Gavin Brockis on Wednesday 13 June 2012 Tweet this!
Overview / WeVideo
A powerful, flexible and free online video editor
WeVideo is an online video editor which allows you to upload your video recordings, edit them together, add effects, transitions, graphics, sound effects and voice-over, and integrates very smoothly into YouTube.
There are two versions of WeVideo - a standalone one, hosted on WeVideo's own website, and a simpler (but still powerful and easy to use) version available as a YouTube plug-in:
Both of these apps seem to place ease of use front and centre, with very intuitive interfaces and popular features and templates to make creating polished videos a quick process, without the need for much experience or training in the mystical art of video editing, but both are also considerably more powerful and flexible than YouTube's own clip editor (which doesn't offer much more than compiling of clips).
Other advantages of the online hosted model are the ability (for subscribers only) to collaborate instantly with others at entirely different locations - one person can be recording and uploading footage on location, while her colleagues can be starting to edit the same project in the studio, for example - and for all users the clear benefit of not having to install any software on host machines, often a major barrier on managed machines. Initial tests indicate that upload times are pretty fast, throttled primarily by your internet connection speed.
Of course there are limitations imposed on the outputs for the free versions, with a watermark applied and resolution limits (360p) for videos made with the YouTube plug-in, and storage limits for the standalone editor. These can be removed by buying upgraded rendering on a video-by-video basis (with no subscription involved), or subscriptions are available for their standalone service offering increased storage and higher resolution outputs.
In any case, the free versions are very usable for experimenting and learning the interface and features, as well as making 'quick and dirty' edits, so if you need a video editor this may be a good contender with some unique benefits.