An impressive open source package mainly supports AVI files


Our rating: 

License: Free (Open source)

Pros & Cons:

Great piece of software for the power user who is really familiar with video editing.
Can be quite confusing for the average user.

Our Review:

VirtualDub is an impressive open source package that is regularly updated by its author. Note that it mainly supports AVI files and can read (not write) MPEG-1 and BMP images but doesn't handle some video formats like DVD or MP4. And like all video software, it needs a pretty fast PC.

In the world of video editing VirtualDub has always been there. It's a very reliable program that with the right amount of knowledge can accomplish just about any task.

VirtualDub is licensed under the GNU General Public License , meaning you can use it for free. No risk involved, and the whole source code is available if you want it.

The package is however not complete without the additional filters. A comprehensive collection of third party filters is available from here.

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I'm new to the video editing world. I'm downloading the software because I have six .AVI files that I would like to merge into one file.
Am I in the the right place?

Yes, you can merge the individual AVIs into a single one with VirtualDub. If you have any further questions, please ask in the forum.

I see it saves mp4 but doesn't let you edit them. All I want is a simple program to add my own text to mp4 files. Basic stuff. What could be more simple?

Try windows movie maker. I think it can do what you want and it's easy to use (it has been a while since I used it). You can also try HitFilm. It's a little bit complicated for a novice but there is a tutorial on youtube that you can follow. I'ven done it before.

The only problem I see with "DaVinci Resolve" is that it's not compatible with "XP" or "7"; only "8" and "10". I currently use "XP" and plan on upgrading to "7" at the earliest opportunity. I am not a fan of "8" or "10" and so I will have to default to "VirtualDub" and use "Davinci Resolve" on my wife's Windows 10 machine. She had "7", but let it upgrade to "10" against my advice.

I think you mean "interface" instead of "interphase". Perhaps you wrote this using voice recognition software?

Win7: 64bit download only.