Sharing videos online used to be something that only a few were able to do, but thanks to sites like YouTube, MetaCafe, and “fill in your favorite video service here,” anybody can do it. Many times the raw footage needs some tweaking – maybe a few seconds or minutes cut out, transitions added, and music applied. After video sharing sites became huge, so did online video editing services. Some of you may just be getting used to the idea that you can edit your photos online, let alone edit videos online! Today we’re going to be taking a look at four different online editing services that are easy and free to use which will help you put together the perfect movie.
Jumpcut describes their service as “the easiest way to upload, edit, and share your video and photos. Free.” It’s perfect for editing your videos up to 100 MB in size. You’ll be required to register, but once you do, you can upload either video clips or photos from your computer and begin editing them. They offer an easy-to-use web-based video editor that you can use to move video clips around, add clips and titles or music, and sound effects. Once the video is perfected, you can publish it and make it private or public. You can also share it via email, or post it to another site like MySpace, Facebook, WordPress, and more.
If by chance you don’t have any videos to play around with, you can use their “explore” feature to checkout the work that people have done. You can also search by tags which is a great feature.
Motionbox describes their service as the following: “Motionbox makes it easy to upload, organize, enhance, and share your personal videos with family, friends, & groups.” It’s another one of those “one-stop” places where casual users can get all of their video editing done. They offer both a free service and a premium service which costs money for those who want unlimited storage and high quality video downloads.
As a basic member, users can upload video (up to 300mb – 100 MB per file) and then mix and edit it (take out portions). They can also share the videos online and make them public or private. The user interface is easy to use and offers most of the basic functions.
Yes, Eyespot is a fungal disease but it’s also a free and easy to use video editing and sharing service. Not only can you edit your videos at Eyespot, you can also host them there as well. There are a variety of different video file formats that they accept like ASF, AVI, DivX, and more, so you should have no problems. They’re all about personalizing your videos and allow you to “mix, discover, interact, and publish” your media.
If you just want to watch videos that others have put together, you can do that without creating an account. However, if you plan on using this service to create your own mixes and edit movies, you’ll need to sign up for a free account. The only requirements to use this service are a web-browser and a Flash plug-in installed.
–One True Media–
Like some of the other services, One True Media offers both a free and a premium service. They say that “it’s a snap to mix your photos and videos with our effects to create something wow-worthy.” Once you become a member, you can upload your photos and video clips and then choose a style, add effects, captions, and music. You can also choose a thumbnail which will represent the montage that you create. Out of all of the services that we’ve looked at today, I tend to like One True Media’s interface the best.
–Wrapping it up–
Of course, don’t forget that you likely have Windows Movie Maker or iMovie already on your computer just waiting to be used. Both are great solutions for editing videos and are convenient simply because you don’t have to take the time to upload your video clips to a service like the services mentioned today.