A Close Look at VSDC: Free Video Editing Software for Windows 7

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Are you looking for a free video editing software for your Windows 7 PC and struggling to find the one that does the job as expected? Meet VSDC Free Video Editor. It’s free, feature-rich, and runs exceptionally well on your OS.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at VSDC and show you what it’s capable of.

Download VSDC Free Video Editor

(You can choose between the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions for maximum compatibility)

Here is what you get when you download the software

VSDC is not just a video editor. You get a multipurpose media suite that will come in handy for quite a few tasks besides video editing. See it for yourself: VSDC includes a slideshow creator, screen capture and video capture tools, a built-in video converter, and a voice recorder.

For the purpose of this blog post, we won’t be reviewing all of these tools, but just so you know, it’s a powerful replacement for several 3rd-party apps you’re probably using already and a good way to save your PC memory.

Speaking of memory, VSDC installation file is only 44Mb, and its system requirements are so low, you’ll be fine even with an outdated computer that lacks memory.

VSDC system requirements:

Windows XP/SP3/Vista/7/8/10

RAM 256Mb for the program

Minimum 50Mb of free disk space

 

Full format compatibility

This is another topic often causing unnecessary headaches. Frankly, formats should be the last thing for you to worry about, but here is what happens and why. Different recording devices produce different video formats and codecs on the output. Some video editors have troubles opening some of those formats. For example, it’s well-known that Movie Maker - the used-to-be-default video editor for Windows – couldn’t easily open MP4 video files. And because MP4 is quite a common video format, many users had to deal with conversion before they could open a video for editing.

So, in case you were wondering…

VSDC developers addressed this issue by implementing a built-in converter so that their video editor opens all the popular formats regardless of what device was used to record the footage. VSDC recognizes and works flawlessly with videos shot on smartphones, professional cameras, action cameras, drones – what have you.

Here are some popular formats supported by VSDC

AVI, QuickTime, HDVideo, WindowsMedia, DVD, MPEG, MPEG-4/MP4, Divx, AMV, and many others. On top of that, you can edit 4K videos as well!

VSDC – Free Video Editing Software for Windows 7 Overview

When you open VSDC for the first time, you get a clear picture of what your options are. The upper ribbon-style menu pretty much includes everything you need to start.

The feature-set can be broken down into the following sections:

  • Actual editing: cutting, splitting, cropping, rotating the footage.
  • Merging video fragments: adding transitions between the elements.
  • Visual adjustment: color filters, styles, and advanced color correction tools.
  • Video effects: zoom, mirror effect, old TV effects, Chroma Key (green screen), etc.
  • Speed adjustment: slow motion and timelapse effects.
  • Audio effects: amplitude setup, noise reduction filters, the Reverse audio effect.
  • Working with text: adding subtitles and creating titles using a full-featured text editor.

When it comes to video creation process, VSDC suggests two ways: the short one and the longer one. We’ll review both.

VSDC Wizard

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The fastest way to create a simple slideshow-type video is using the “Run Wizard” option in the upper left corner. This is a good choice when you just need to have multiple images or videos combined into a quick clip. Nothing fancy and only several minutes worth of your time.

If you ever created clips in Windows Movie Maker, you’ll immediately get a hang of VSDC Wizard. In a nutshell, you can upload several images and videos in bulk and then merge them using smooth transitions and effects. Wizard menu enables you to cut, crop, and rotate pictures, set up duration, and apply Instagram-like filters. These filters are actually quite convenient if you want all the files to appear in the same style and color theme.

Once you’re done with the sequence, click on the Apply Settings button, and you’ll find your creation on VSDC timeline. It will be named “Sprite”, so don’t be surprised. In VSDC terminology, Sprite is a way to describe a sequence of merged files. Technically, after that, you can just add an audio file for background music (“Add object” button) and export your project, because the movie is ready.

This is, however, just the top of an iceberg when it comes to what this free video editing software for Windows 7 is capable of. Keep reading to learn about the advanced effects available in VSDC.

Non-linear video editing

What you just saw in the previous part of the post about VSDC Wizard, is called linear video editing. That means you can only place media files in a direct – or linear – sequence. One media file after another.

Split screen effect

But the real value of VSDC is the ability to work as a non-linear tool. If you pay closer attention to the screenshots, you’ll notice multiple video tracks on the timeline. That means media files may appear in any sequence you want. Not necessarily one after another – but simultaneously too.

For instance, an image can appear in the corner on top of another video being played – like those photos and graphics we see in the corner of a TV screen when watching the news. Another example, you can divide a screen into several parts, place different videos in each section, and make them all play at the same time. Just like in popular music clips on MTV!

Finally, VSDC even allows you to “blend” different pictures and videos into one composition to achieve breathtaking results. Such as a ghost effect or a breathtaking double exposure effect.

You got the idea. Technical possibilities here are almost endless. And given that non-linear video editing software is what professional cinematographers use, you can literally replicate real movie effects using this tool.

Now, let’s deep dive into some tricks even a complete amateur will be able to learn using this free video editing software for Windows 7.

Color correction in VSDC

Even if your video has been recorded on a professional camera, there may be few flaws caused by the lightning. Especially if you were shooting outdoors! In VSDC, you can fix practically anything when it comes to the visual adjustments.

So, if the pre-installed styles (the upper menu on the top) are not sufficient for your needs, you can adjust Contrast, Color, Gamma, Saturation, and other parameters independently to achieve the required results. Simply go the Video Effects -> Adjustments and chose the settings you’d like to play with.

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What’s even better, using Adjustments, you can easily save overexposed and underexposed videos. You know, those shots coming out looking too light or too dark that you probably considered failures. So, don’t rush to hit the delete button, before trying to fix them in VSDC.

Add beautiful titles, time counter, and other objects

Apart from numerous visual enhancement, VSDC boasts tons of really useful functionality.

By clicking on the “Add object” button not only can you import new images, audio and video files, but also add subtitles, text objects, graphic figures, and even time counter. The latter is especially applicable if your goal is to show progress over time, for example when you create a timelapse or a slow motion video.

Although VSDC doesn’t provide templates for titles, it has a full-featured built-in text editor similar to what office apps provide. So, you have all the freedom of making text objects look exactly the way you want them to by choosing the font, the size, color, alignment, and everything else. You can even create a contoured text, change the border thickness and the opacity level to make it naturally blend with the image. How cool is that?

Finally, you might be wondering what the graphic figures may be used for in a video. Here is an idea. If you look closely at the screenshot below, you’ll notice the image looks more cinematic because of the black borders on the top and the bottom. This effect has been achieved by means of adding two rectangles to the scene. Simply open the “Add object” menu, choose “Rectangle”, change the Brush color to black (upper menu) and draw a rectangle of a preferred size as you would have done it in a basic graphic editor like Paint.

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VSDC video export options

Eventually, you’ll need to save your masterpiece, and this is where VSDC surpasses its counterparts in the number of formats and configurations.

You have a wide selection of media devices to export a clip for – like PC, DVD, or Apple devices – and you also have pre-configured profiles to upload it to social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, and YouTube. There is actually a direct YouTube uploader too, so you can publish videos on your channel directly from the VSDC interface. If you have specific requirements for the video quality, width, resolution, or framerate, you can customize that too by manually editing the export profile.

Heads up: VSDC allows you to export videos for free. You might be suggested to upgrade to PRO for faster encoding in case your project is slightly heavier than average, however, you can skip the offer just by clicking “Continue”.

 

Looking for a free video editing software for Windows 7?

VSDC is a great choice that is truly free

The Internet is saturated with “freeware” that turns out to be far from free. Watermarks, export format limitations, feature restrictions, embedded ad banners, and other unpleasant surprises have undermined confidence in zero-cost tools.

Unlike many other programs, VSDC is truly free. And given that it provides a stable powerful solution for video editing with literally hundreds of how-to guides available on YouTube, you should definitely give it a try. After all, you’re not losing anything, that’s for sure.

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To download the new version of VSDC Free Video Editor, please, proceed to www.videosoftdev.com/free-video-editor