I am using Windows movie maker but it is now unsupported and lacks a couple of features I would like. What software would let me do the following

  • take 1080i video from my Nikon camera (MOV H.264/MPEG-4 AVC with AAC sound)
  • add a 10 second title with my text overlaid on a still from the video
  • cut out sections of video
  • mute some sections
  • add overlaid subtitles for selected position and duration
  • record new audio voiceover for sections
  • generate & insert short video sections from stills
  • output in a format suitable for upload to Youtube

I'm not interested in special effects. I don't want spinning 3d titles with firework sparkles and dancing unicorn overlays. I don't care if transition types are limited.

I don't want to pay a fixed monthly fee. Free is good but a low-cost cost perpetual licence might be ok.

I tried Avidemux but found it difficult to work out how to add the sort of titles I want and it seems to focus on video codec arcana a bit too much for my liking.

Platform Windows 10, maybe Ubuntu.

  • Except for "record new audio voiceover for sections", I'd say take a look at Shotcut. They have AppImages for Linux, so you can try without installing. But it's also available for Windows if you rather want to use it there.
    – Izzy
    Commented Feb 9, 2019 at 19:21

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Take a look at Moviepy with ImageMagick installed. It is a programmatic experience rather than interactive but works very well. (You just need a player such as VLC that shows you the times within the movie so as to select the bits that you would like to operate on).

MoviePy runs under Python which you will need to install first on Windows and uses FFMPEG which it downloads and installs for you on first use so can output a huge range of formats.

All of the above is:

  • Free (Gratis)
  • Open Source
  • Cross Platform.

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