Every now and again Mac developers ask us to review their latest apps. Our policy is simple. We’ll review apps that we like, apps we use ourselves, and apps that we think other Mac users will find useful and worthy.
Recently, we’ve looked at a bunch of Mac video editing apps that offer features that go beyond the basics in Apple’s iMovie. Unlike iMove, these come with a price. And clones.
Full Featured Editing: Mostly
iMovie is decent for first-time movie editing. It’s faster and easier to create a quick home movie in iMovie than in Apple’s more expensive and capable professional apps (Final Cut Studio).
To be fair, despite all of iMovie’s glitz, glitter, and eye candy, there are plenty of missing features.
These show up in other apps for that market segment of Mac users who want more, but don’t want to spend more.
Today’s catch is Video Studio Express for Mac (and for Windows PCs). VSE is an inexpensive editor and converter. That means you can use it to edit your movies, add some effects and transitions not available, in iMovie, and convert your finished movie for upload to YouTube or transfer to iPad and iPhone.
Almost any type of video can be dropped into VSE—from AVI and MOV, to MP4, FLV, WMV—even OGG, and AIF, and MP3 audio. Editing is done via a more standard non-linear timeline editor with multiple tracks for video and audio.
VSE has options for dozens of special effects, rotations, transitions, titles. Previews are handled in real time. Editing is more similar to the old iMovie HD than the new iMovie.
Editing uses the drag approach to cut, copy, or remove clips of video or audio. Transitions and effects are the kind you won’t find in iMovie. The editing box is somewhat similar to the editing in Final Cut, which is good for more precise controls.
For not a lot of money you get more than iMovie in a familiar package. Movies can be exported direct to YouTube or various Apple iDevices and VSE takes care of the conversion to the appropriate size.
Send In The Clones
All in all, Video Studio Express for Mac is a capable and familiar editor which provides those extras not easily accomplished in iMovie.
Here’s where it gets funny, folks.
I couldn’t find any difference between the AimerSoft version of VSE and the Wondershare Video Express for Mac for the same price.
The features are the same. There’s also a Windows version. Both versions require an Intel Mac (for Mac users). Both companies, Aimersoft and Wondershare, seem to sell the same kinds of video production and DVD creation software. The decision isn’t to buy or not to buy, but which to buy if iMovie isn’t enough and you can’t afford Final Cut Studio and don’t care for Adobe’s Premiere for Mac.