Download of the day: Avidemux

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Avidemux provides easy to use video editing tools that are perfect if you're put off by some of the higher end packages – and higher end price tags.

Why you need it

Video editing is not always the simplest task in the world, and getting started may seem like more hassle than it's worth. But not with Avidemux, a free program that aims to make video editing as simple and straightforward as possible.

To that end it ditches the timeline and multi-track editing features often seen in other video manipulation programs and instead simply lets you import your video file and get started straight away. You can perform simple editing tasks like cutting and trimming the video or moving sections around, making it ideal for novice users and those looking to learn the basics.

But that doesn't mean Avidemux is short on features. It has numerous filtering options, allowing you to add a touch of flair to a video or alter its look, while there are options for auto-resizing, text overlays, deinterlacing and more.

Key features

  • Works on: PC, Mac, Linux
  • Versions: Free
  • Simplicity: Avidemux takes the complexity out of video editing, so you can get stuck in regardless of your experience level
  • Editing tools: There are a range of simple editing tools that are ideal if you're not looking to do anything too complicated
  • Filters: Get creative with Avidemux's filters, which can add a whole new look to your video

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