Movie Clips Free is a simple application that works as a basic video editor. The program is designed mainly for home users who are in need of a straightforward and cost-free utility to make simple video adjustments.
Ease of use seems to be the tool's greatest asset. For this reason, the program comes with a clear-cut and user-friendly interface, displaying all the editing functions as suggestive icons placed on the upper bar. This way, you have the ability to trim a part of large movie and save it as a standalone file. The selection is done manually, by using the slide bar to determine the start and the end points of your video fragment.
Unfortunately, you aren't provided with the possibility to insert precise numeric coordinates for more accurate results – without an alternative selection method, you will have to rely on your manual precision when trimming video scenes.
The crop function seems to be more elaborated, as you have the chance to complete the size- and axes-related forms using numeric values. Furthermore, you can rotate the image, as well as merge multiple video clips in order to obtain a single large file. Yet, if you expect to be provided with transition effects to bind the videos you've just appended, I shall mention that you won't find such feature in Movie Clips Free.
A good function is that this app comes with refers to audio customization – namely, you can delete the existing soundtrack, replace it with a new one, or overlay some music while keeping the original sound. The tool also allows you to increase the playback speed on specific movie sections – yet, slow-motion playback is not supported.
In short, Movie Clips Free comprises basic video editing features. The lack of advanced and complicated settings makes it suitable for home users with less software experience. The array of supported video formats is unknown, as the developers don't mention anything in this regard and the tool doesn't include a Help menu. I managed to load MP4 files, but with FLV and AVI formats I received an error message. Whether it is just a bug that needs fixing or the list of supported files is reduced to MP4 only, is something that will probably be clarified in future versions.
- Free tool
- Simple interface
- Can replace and overlay sound
- Good preview
- Trim and crop features
- Merges video files
- Lacks advanced video editing features
- No ability to add transition effects between video fragments
- Susceptible to occasional blockages
- Seems to support MP4 video formats only