Edit Video is also a bit of a misnomer. There’s no timeline or storyboard in edit mode for example, only the opportunity to apply enhancements, filters and effects over the whole length or a selected section of a video. The enhancements are all automatic, so you can adjust contrast, saturation and white balance with just three clicks, or all three using the Magic Enhance button.
Results depend on the content of the video, with indoor scenes benefiting more than sunny, holiday footage, but the tools are worth experimenting with and can provide noticeable improvements.
The Video Split applet enables you to split a video by length in seconds or megabytes or to divide it into a number of equal parts, but again there’s no attempt at detecting scene changes, which would be more useful. You can go in manually, run the video and flick backwards and forwards a frame at a time to set markers for splitting, but this is fiddly.
The Video Message applet frames your video with any of 26 pre-designed frames and enables you to add a text caption – that’s one caption for the whole video. The frames are generally greetings based with no noticeable themes, but are reasonably attractive. There’s no facility to add your own frames, though you can choose between resolutions of 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 for the finished message.
The final option is to burn a CD or DVD with the results of your work. It offers Video CD, Super Video CD, and DVD plus it can burn data and audio CDs as well. It also includes a CD and DVD copy facility and supports dual-layer discs. You could use this applet as a simple Nero replacement if you find that application a bit too techie.
Movavi VideoSuite reminds us of an early version of Paintshop Pro. OK, it’s aimed at video rather than still photography, but it has the same feel of a tool primarily designed for file conversion with other functions added on to bulk it up. There are plenty of things it can’t do, particularly on the editing front, but at half the price of its main rivals it will be all some home video makers need. And it’ll put those videos on virtually any player you require.