Summer is the perfect time to test out that new digital camera or spankin' new camcorder, but what do you do with all those hours of footage? How do you put it together without buying fancy editing software?
Here are some free video and photo-editing solutions to help you organize your summer vacations:
Video editing software can be very expensive (especially if you have a Mac and want to use FinalCut or FinalCut Pro). But getting your movies away from its raw state doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it can be completely free.
if you want to mixup and edit your video clips, this is a great start. Jaycut.com is free and you don't even have to download software. All you need is a web browser, a jaycut account and a broadband connection.
MovieMasher.com is an open-source program, which means anyone can have access to the source code and (the best perk about open source programs) it's also free. MovieMasher's features include: trimming, composite and timeshift video, mix and fade multiple audio tracks, and adding effects, transitions and titling.
There are dozens of free photo-editing programs out there, and we'll have a list of some of the best on our website. But here are two that are not only free, but also simple to use:
Photoscape has a user-friendly interface that looks like simple software yet has powerful editing tools. When you dive deeper into the program, you'll find it's actually packed with features. The best feature of photoscape is that it has a batch editor, so if you need to resize a bunch of photos, say for uploading to the web, you can do them all at once instead of one at a time.
If you use Gmail, Blogger, Feedburner, or any other Google-affiliated program, Picasa fits right in with those programs. It's also owned by Google, and it syncs up with other Google products much like the way Apple products sync up. Its interface is super easy to use, and you have the benefit of Google's server space, which means you can upload, upload, upload away.