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VSDC video software is freely available for download to Windows OS-based PCs and laptops.

How to apply effects to video or image with VSDC Free Video Editor

Add an image or video to the scene.

Adding image to scene

To add an effect you should double click the image on the timeline. A new tab with object name will appear.

Effects editing mode for image object

Now open the “Editor” tab on the ribbon command bar and click the “Video effects” (or “Audio effects”) button to see the list of the available effects.

Let’s choose as an example a blur effect "Filters->Blur". A new window is open allowing you to set the object position in time. You can chose the point where the effect should start, its duration and dynamics depending on the parent object duration. The selected effect will appear on the timeline.

Editing blur properties for image object

The effect will be immediately applied to the image.

Blur effect for image object

You can configure other effect parameters in the properties window. Click the effect on the timeline and open the “Properties window” tab at the right of the scene area. For the Blur effect, the available parameters are the following: blur intensity, original and final blur levels which enable to make effect of stepless object blur or increasing of stepless contrasting effect.

You can get more information about the program on Free Video Editor' description page.

How to set properties of object position in time

Video editor enables to work with different objects, namely: "Sprite", "Duplicate", "Line", "Rectangle", "Ellipse", "Tooltip", "Image", "Sound", "Video", "Movement" and also with a large quantity of video and audio effects.

You can add these objects using the same methods which are divided into three stages: choice of object, setting up its position in time and on the scene. For more information about the first and the third stages see example of adding video and image to the scene in section "How to open video file or image for editing".  In the present section we shall explain how to set object when it is added to the scene.

When you add object to the scene or when you apply effect to object you see the following window which sets object/effect position in time:

Object position properties

In this window you may set time of object appearance to the scene (effect start time), duration of display (effect duration), as well as its dynamics upon change of parent object duration. Let’s review in details each parameter:

  • By work area – sets time of appearance and duration as per the marked working area on timeline (duration of video and audio objects is set not according to working area duration, but in accordance with duration of video and audio material in a file).

    Timeline work area

  • From cursor position - sets time of appearance starting from cursor position on timeline and automatically sets duration to the end of the scene (duration of video and audio objects is set not to the end of the scene but according to video and audio material in a file).
  • To cursor position  – sets time of appearance starting from beginning of parent object (scene or sprite) to cursor position on timeline (duration of video and audio objects is set not to cursor position but according to video and audio material in a file).
  • Whole parent duration - sets time of object appearance and its duration equal to parent object duration. Connection of object duration with parent object duration is also set ("Lock end position").
  • From scene begin - sets time of appearance starting from parent object. Object duration is manually set (except for video and audio objects which have duration set according to duration of material).
  • To scene end - sets time of object disappearance equal to time of parent object disappearance. Duration is manually set. Connection of object appearance time and its duration with parent object duration are also set ("Lock start position  and "Lock end position").
  • From manual position – time of object appearance and its duration are manually set.
  • To manual position – time of object disappearance and its duration are manually set.
  • Lock start position  - sets connection of object appearance time with parent object duration, i.e. if parent object duration is changed object appearance time will be automatically recalculated.
  • Lock end position -  sets connection of object duration with parent object duration, i.e. if parent object duration is changed object duration will be automatically recalculated.

We recommend to choose "Whole parent duration" option for filters and other effects covering the whole duration of parent object, because in this case "Lock end position" option is set and when object duration is changed, effect duration will be automatically changed.

At the same time for transition effects we recommend to choose "From scene begin" or "To scene end". In such case options "Lock start position" and "Lock end position" are set the way that when object duration is changed, duration of effect will not be changed, and effect finish time will always coincide with time of object disappearance if you choose option "To scene end".

You can get more information about the program on Free Video Editor' description page.

How to use VSDC Free Video Editor

You can get more information about the program on Free Video Editor' description page.

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How to open video file or image for editing

VSDC Free Video Editor allows you to work with different objects including video, audio and image files.

First, launch VSDC Free Video Editor and click the “New project” button to create your own project or use the “Open project” button to open a previously created project.

You can add necessary objects by several methods: using a menu, a toolbar, a drag-and-drop option or applying resources.

To add an object using the menu

To do it, go to the "Editor" tab, click the "Add object" button and select the "Video" or "Image" option of the drop-down menu.

add object to scene editor

After you have selected a video or image file, click "Open". A window where you can configure an object’s position in time will be opened (for more information about this feature, please see the section "Settings of object position in time"). After you have configured settings and clicked "OK", you will be offered to specify the position and size of the object, the cursor will take the crosshair form. Now select the position of the added object on the scene, click the left mouse button and holding it down, set the size of the object, and then release the mouse button.

Note that, when an object is added to the scene, it is automatically added to the project resources and can be used an unlimited number of times. Removing an object from the scene does not delete it from the resources, however, deleting a resource from a project removes all related objects in the scene.

To add an object using the toolbar

In order to add an object using the toolbar, select the corresponding button and click it. It will open a window proposing to choose a file, and further actions will be similar to the actions specified in the previous section.

Note that, by default, this toolbar appears at the left side of the scene area, but it can be removed by the user. For this purpose, open the "View" tab and click the "Editing tools" button. Besides, this toolbar can be relocated and fixed in any position of the program interface.

To add an object using drag-and-drop standard tool

VSDC Free Video Editor supports Windows drag-and-drop standard tool. It means that you can use the file explorer to add objects to the scene (or to the project resources). For this purpose, choose a file in the file explorer, drag it to the scene and drop the mouse button. The cursor will take the crosshair form and you will be able to change the position and size of the object for adding it to the scene as described above.

Note that, when you use this method to add objects, the settings window doesn’t occur and the properties are automatically set for this object. It means that the time when the object occurs will depend on cursor position at the timeline; the duration of the object will be equal to the duration of the video or audio file, or it will be 5 second long for an image.

To add an object using project resources

The project resources contain objects, for example images, video and audio files, added to the scene. You can also add files directly to the resources and use them in your project later. Choose a file on your computer, drag it with a mouse and drop to the Resources window. It will be automatically placed to the appropriate category.

Note that, there is one more method of adding video files and images using "Files sequence wizard" which allow you to arrange subsequent change of objects or create a slide-show. For more information refer to the section "How to create slide-show: make sequential change of videos or images".

You can get more information about the program on Free Video Editor' description page.

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"VSDC Free Video Editor is a surprisingly powerful, if unconventional video editor"

- PC Advisor

"This video editor gives you tons of control and editing power"

- CNet

"The editor handles many common formats and boasts a good deal of capabilities when it comes time to alter lighting, splice video, and apply filters and transitions in post production"

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