There are not many possibilities for video-editing on a Mac compared to the windows-platform. Maybe you can find some useful Apps for your IOS-device, but I will focus here on desktop-software, because I still think, that working on a desktop-computer is the most comfortable and powerful solution.
I have still not pulled the trigger on Final Cut Pro X, probably the best software for OSX, but with a price-tag of 299 Euros too expensive for me. Therefore I looked for cheaper offerings.
Final Cut Pro X
When I started to create my first music-videos I worked with Imovie, which is included in OSX normally. But the 2008 Imovie confused me. The user interface was not logical and I struggled to place exact cuts. Meanwhile Imovie was updated and it seems, that Apple has implemented at last an endless timeline for videos with the possibility to zoom in and out. The 2008 version lacked in this necessary tool and offered just a timeline like a crawling snake. So you should give it a try, if you are on a newer Mac.
Imovie2008 with snake-timeline
Caused by the frustrations with Imovie I explored next Quicktime Pro. First you have to install the free Quicktime-player, the click “Registration” for the Pro-version. While the plain Quicktime-player can just play different video-formats, the pro-version offers some editing-functions. You can easily copy, cut, paste different files, but you have to open a new player for each file, dead simple but also very limited. I think it costs 30 Euros.
Because I wanted to have more options I explored next a very interesting and powerful software called “Blender“. This program was developed for professional purpose, but before the launch the company crashed. The founder of the Blender-foundation decided to open the code as open source and to develop it further for free. With the help of volunteers Blender is still alive. Blender is used to create 3D-models and 3D-animations. If you are not fearing the steep learning curve you can create Animations in Hollywood-quality.
Many people don’t know, that Blender also includes a powerful Video-editor. I tested the video-editor, when I did my first LEGO-animation, and have not found anything, what Blender can not do regarding video-editing. The downside of Blender is the learning curve, which I mentioned above. There is almost nothing you can do without reading the manual. And you have often to go back to the manual. The user interface is very abstract and overcrowded with cryptic values, so for a normal user it’s like studying law at university and it will take a comparable amount of time to master this monster-software. At one point I gave up. If you are a professional programmer this might be the software of your dreams, the possibilities are endless.
The software is affordable with a 50 Euros price-tag, easy to handle, with a clear user-interface. And it’s available for OSX and Windows based systems. In my opinion Videopad keeps the right balance between the amount of features and an easy user interface. It looks not as stylish as Imovie or Final Cut, but at last I don’t care about a shining look, when the functionality is not on the same level. Meanwhile I have produced several videoa with Videopad and though it is not as mighty as Blender I appreciate the easy use very much. If you are on OSX and on a budget I highly recommend it.
At last I want to recommend two helpers for the little director:
If you have exported video from your camera to the computer and one of the programs mentioned above can not read the files (There are millions of different video-formats) you will like to convert the file. I always use handbrake for this kind of task. Free, easy to use and stable: What you can ask more from a software?
And if you just want to watch a video-file and all players can not open the file there is a good chance, that VCL Media Player can open it.
VCL Media Player
Next time I will tell about some artistic advices for music videos.