If the prospect of using the pro-grade Lightworks video editor scares you slightly, then you might be looking for some software that’s a little simpler and easier to use.
Avidemux doesn’t give you a timeline or multitrack editing. Nor can you pull in audio and video clips from different sources and splice them together into a new file.
Instead, it tackles the video editing basics and tries to make importing, cutting, encoding and filtering video as easy as possible.
You can import of AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG 1/2, MPEG 4, H263(+), Mov/3GP, OGM, as well as MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV in multiple audio tracks. Many other popular formats and codecs are also supported.
Once you have imported your video, you can then perform some basic edits. For example, you can cut your video, trim it, dump unwanted footage, or take any cut footage and paste it into your video somewhere else.
When you’re happy with your video edit, you’ll need to encode ther footage into a suitable format - this might be to play on a specific device (like a DVD player) or to shrink it down so it takes up less space. Output formats supported include: AVI, MPEG-1/2, MPEG PS A+V, MPEG TS A+V, OGM, MP4, Matroska and Flash Video.
Finally, there’s filtering. Avidemux features a range of filtering options, including auto-resizing and encoding video to be compatible with VCD, SVCD and DVD formats, adding black borders, chroma shifts, Gauss smoothing, deinterlacing, even layering on your own subtitles or bitmap logos.
Of course, in order to burn any finished files onto disc, you will need an external burning program. Avidemux is a video editor and doesn’t include one.
Verdict: Whether you want to convert a video into another format or edit out unwanted parts from some footage, Avidemux is a first-rate video editor that offers countless adjustment possibilities to cut and synchronise video and audio.