A free one stop shop for video editing online?
As a creative educator using interactive theatre online, I always look for new tools to use and share with my class. Video editing is such a magical, empowering journey. I have been amazed at how much beauty and joy people can draw from creating videos expressing themselves and exploring a theme.
Yet good video editing software could be costly and complex to master. I came across Kapwing when I was searching for a tool to add subtitles to a video series I was making for our Podcast, and I was surprised to find a small wonder of online video editing.
I have tried many video tools and have also used semi-professional editing software like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier and I must say I am truly impressed with Kapwing and what it could do.
Here is a short video review I made:
WHAT I LIKE
Very intuitive editing user experience.
Able to work with video layers like a pro.
Auto-generate and translate subtitles!
THINGS TO IMPROVE
Content scheduling to social media
Collaborative editing on the timeline
You need a pro account to work with longer videos and make them private
How does Kapwing compare with other similar tools?
Compared to other online editing tools, Kapwing stands out in how the intuitive editing experience is similar to pro video editing tools that can cost hundreds of dollars. It also offers excellent features, which are very good for the social media work we live in today, like auto-generating and translating subtitles adding a progress bar and waveform to your videos. It does all this (and probably more) with a free version that does not have the annoying watermark many freeware versions have. The limits of a free account (size of uploaded files, length of video and prviate video sharing) are not a big issue if your main use case is to make short videos for social media.
That said, if you tried Kapwing and see it is not doing the trick, you can also check other video editors out there. Here is a shortlist of three other tools (free and not) I use and think are worth checking out.
VEED – Cloud-based video editing with lots of the features Kapwing has. We got a non-profit account, and I love their waveform graphics, yet I find Kapwing more intuitive and easy to work with.
CANVA is a powerful design tool with lots of features and options for making slides, flyers, and videos. Like Kapwing, it has a very usable free version but does feel like a pro video editor like Kapwing.
MAGISTO – Automatic video editing makes your photos and video look super great without much effort; that said, the free version is watermarked, and you do not get the control and extra features of Kapwing.
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