VSDC is a video editing software that can be downloaded and used for free. Many users consider VSDC to be a handy option for editing videos with some basic and simplified effects. Although we call it a basic video editor, it actually is compatible with 4K video, etc. If you want to get to know more about this, you should read this VSDC free video editor review.
One of the most notable aspects associated with the VSDC free video editor is its unusual interface. Besides, it utilizes a pretty uncommon terminology as well. So, if you are a beginner to VSDC, you are likely to spend some time learning these aspects.
VSDC free video editor review in a nutshell
If you don’t want to read a detailed VSDC free video editor review, read this concise review instead. In this section, we will explain the good and bad aspects of VSDC in a very brief manner.
The interface of VSDC may confuse you a bit at the beginning. However, once you have got used to the interface and the terminology it uses, it is pretty handy. You can use it for basic editing tasks without any doubt.
What we like about VSDC
- It is compatible with 4K videos
- You will find plenty of built-in effects integrated into this software
- Plenty of transitional and audio filters
- It can be handled conveniently once you have got used to
- Supports all the basic editing tasks
- It has a powerful screen-capturing tool which can record videos and capture still images
What we don’t like about VSDC
- The unusual interface that has an old-fashioned touch
- It doesn’t have some of the popular and modern features (like 360-degree, motion tracking, etc.)
- No playback movie option in VSDC main window
- It is compatible with the Windows platform only
VSDC Free Video Editor Review – Versions of VSDC
Well, VSDC offers an entirely free version that comprises of the basic video editing features. However, if you want to experience more with it, you may opt for the paid version as well. If you go for the paid version, it will cost about $20. This package works for two machines for a period of one year.
As a result of subscribing to the paid version, you will be able to get technical support. In addition to that, you will get access to the following aspects.
- Full multimedia suite
- Range of advanced settings
- Proper hardware acceleration
- Resolution with sub-pixels
- A handy masking tool
- Chroma key feature
- Audio waveform etc.
All these features are exceptionally handy for any video editor even if you are a beginner.
The splash screen of VSDC comes with the appearance of a website instead of a desktop program. We don’t say that it is a bad approach, however.
When you launch VSDC software, you will see that it pops an ad every time. But if you go for the pro version, the app will be disappeared, and it will no longer pop.
VSDC Free Video Editor Review – Interface of VSDC
After launching VSDC, you will see an interface that is pretty similar to a website. It hardly looks like a desktop program. It also has a hybrid layout that allows you to create and edit videos. In addition to that, it offers plenty of useful links to instructional videos. This app has a large number of useful features, but it has a pretty outdated interface. As we believe, the ribbon layout is not a common option for video editing applications. If you like, you can simply adjust the interface of VSDC so you can hide or show the elements. For instance, it can adjust the toolbars, explorer, and properties menu.
When there are multiple video clips are included in the timeline, you will see them inside ‘Sprite.’ To separate tracks, you should double click on it. As we have mentioned before, VSDC doesn’t have a playback option. In that case, when you want to play a video, you should go for the help of Windows Media Player. To do it, you will actually have to watch the video after hitting the preview button. When you press the button, you will see that Windows media player opens on top of everything. Well, needless to mention how disturbing it is.
The interface of this software has a lighter background and some colorful icons. However, these icons look pretty old-fashioned. The terminology is another disturbing aspect. That means, they use a terminology which is pretty uncommon. If you are already familiar with other video editing platforms, understanding the terminology would be very difficult.
When you try to import several clips to the app simultaneously, VSDC will offer a storyboard layout. This storyboard layout places the clips in a special sequence. It offers a range of slots for transitions. In fact, this app lets you create a variety of transition styles with good sophistication. Each of these styles it offers can be previewed dynamically. This can be seen through the window when you move the mouse over it (hover). It gives you an idea about the appearance of the video clip when the effect is applied. It comprises of video effects such as TV styles, so they appear like old-school TV signal style. Also, they consist of modern-day Instagram-like filters as well. In addition to that, it comprises of a variety of other styles.
In the edit menu, you will find a drop-down that comprises of a variety of options. You can apply these effects simultaneously on the video clips.
The object explorer option and properties window of VSDC offers you the parameters of the clips. Remember that VSDC doesn’t allow you to move clips manually into a single track (which is a disadvantage). This feature is included in various other video editors as a basic feature. In VSDC, there is a feature called VSDC to hold the separate clips together within a single track. All the individual frames are hidden within this special Sprite container.
It is absolutely true that VSDC comes with a range of useful features to edit videos with basic effects. However, all those features are packed within an outdated ribbon menu. As we believe, a ribbon-style menu is a pretty unusual option for a video editing application.
You will also notice that the drag and drop option is limited to the video-playback window only. This option will place a video in the timeline. However, you cannot simply drag and drop videos into the timeline. It doesn’t work with the ‘Objects Explorer’ too. One good thing about this VSDC is that it allows you to reorganize the interface. Just like other video editors, VSDC lets you work with the interface. For instance, it allows you to show or hide objects like side panels, toolbar, and objects explorer. Through this option, you will be able to declutter the interface and get more ‘workable‘ interface. In the properties panel, you will see plenty of information as well. This information tells you about the clip you are working with. Also, it simply governs features such as slow-motion and time-lapse options.
When it comes to audio features, VSDC free video editor offers you some standard features only. For instance, it allows you to add a soundtrack to a video or mute the original sound. In addition to that, it allows you to apply effects such as fade, low-pass filters, delays, chorus, etc. It doesn’t offer effects like pitch-change, however.
VSDC also has some good features for the respective audience. As an example, we can point out the 4K conversion. That means VSDC allows you to edit 4K videos as well as convert other videos into 4K. There are features like shape masks, and in addition to that, it got a fully-featured text tool. This tool can add some ‘spiciness‘ to your videos. 3D texts and rotation are included there so you can make your videos somewhat attractive compared to the original.
Besides, here is the comprehensive HitFilm Express Review for your reference too.
VSDC Free Video Editor Review – Sharing feature
VSDC also supports a variety of file formats that are being used in the modern-day world. It offers both input and output options. Also, it offers some of the newest codecs as well. So, the compatibility of this software is a pretty good one. It also supports the most popular outputs that supports social media platforms. So, you can either save the files directly on your computer or share it on social media. Nevertheless, there is one downside with VSDC when it comes to compatibility. It doesn’t support Blu-ray media.
Performance of VSDC
In this VSDC free video editor review, we are now going to review the performance of this application. When it comes to performance, it offers decent speed when editing 30-fps videos in a reasonably powerful computer. The most important thing you should know is that VSDC is just a basic video editor. So, it should perform faster compared to other feature-packed, heavier software. We also expect it to run on relatively low-powered computers. When it comes to software like DaVinci Resolve, they may perform slower compared to VSDC. That is particularly because of the heavy features associated with those competitor software applications. So, the bottom line of the performance factor is that it offers a decent speed. In general, we should say that VSDC offers decent performance for a basic video editing software.
Conclusion on VSDC Free Video Editor Review
What we can say about the overall features of VSDC is that it is more of a basic editor. The free version of this software lets you edit videos with routinely tasks for regular use. If you are making videos using your daily activities or for fun (for consumer audience), VSDC is good enough. However, it lacks some of the basic features as well. For instance, it doesn’t have 360-degree editing. But if you want to perform basic tasks such as combining, cutting, and splitting of clips, VSDC is good. Thankfully it has outputs that support social media. So, you can create some cool basic videos using VSDC and post them on your social media without converting.
4K support is another vital feature we like about VSDC. It allows converting videos into 4K and even edits 4K videos.
The interface of this software is a pretty complex one. Also, the terminology used in this software (for menus, etc.) is unusual. So, if you are a new user, it will give you a hard time getting familiar with the interface. To fix this and mitigate the difficulties, you will have to go through some videos as well. After thinking hard, you may opt to go for its paid version if you don’t want to see ads.