When you want to play, edit, or convert a video file that's located on your laptop or desktop PC, Windows 10 and macOS have solid official software that works well enough most of the time. However,more
When you want to play, edit, or convert a video file that's located on your laptop or desktop PC, Windows 10 and macOS have solid official software that works well enough most of the time. However, you can find free options that cover a wider variety of file types and offer more settings to fine-tune your results. Let's show you the main things that you should look for when shopping for video software.
Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free, open-source app. In some cases, it may play a file that VLC cannot, or play it more smoothly. People who play a lot of locally stored media usually have both apps installed, to cover as many bases as possible. Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema can't play feature-film Blu-ray discs.
With good video editing software, there's minimal processing time when you add video and audio clips that you want to put together. It has a preview window that quickly lets you check your progress without bogging down your computer. What you see in the preview is more or less the same as what you see in the final video file. When it comes time to convert your project into a file, the editor can take full advantage of your computer's potential processing speed to render the end product quickly and without errors. Ideally, the rendering function has presets for quality and file size that are optimized for things like uploading to YouTube or Facebook, and the ability to create your own presets. And you want an editor that's updated a few times a year to fix bugs and add new features.
Adobe Premiere Elements ticks all of these boxes, and for a reasonable price. If you have more money to burn, Premiere Pro, Avid, and Sony Vegas Pro are also good, but you may require training to get the most out of their more advanced features.
VLC is one of the most popular video players around -- and for good reason: It's not just high-quality, it's also completely free. There are no ads, and you don't need to give the company an email address. You just download and install it, then play your video file. It relies on donations to fund development. However, VLC won't play feature-film Blu-ray discs by default, due to legal issues.