NEXT MEETING …    7:30pm 12th September 2019

1st Meeting of our 10th Season

With a welcome for members old and new, we’ll have printed copies of Bill’s programme.  We’ll make sure everyone understands this year’s competition entries and plan any necessary workshops.

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UPDATE… If anyone would like to submit their A-V in advance so I can check it runs OK on the club laptop, please just me know so I can email you special instructions.  Please note you need a fast internet connection as it will take quite a few minutes to upload.



Our annual members’ A-V Evening is always very popular and a good way to show off a different aspect of your talent, i.e. putting a 3 or 4 minute slide-show of one of your photo sequences to music.  Brian traditionally leads this and holds a brief workshop each season to introduce new members to A-V and to update all members about current software.  There are two or three commercial software packages but the following notes relate to free software currently available.

In the past, Windows Movie Maker (WMM) was a popular choice and available free as part of Microsoft’s Windows software but is has been withdrawn since Windows 10.  Although you may find WMM for download on various internet sites, do be warned that many (if not all) are compromised with malware.

Brian has identified a number of possible alternatives to WMM but be sure you always download these from their official sites:-

  1. Microsoft Photos
    +A successor to Windows Movie Maker that is easy and fun to use
    +Pre-installed with many versions of Windows 10
    +Good choice of filters and effects
    -No multi-track timeline
    -Not Mac or Linux
  2. Shotcut  website: 
    +Well designed interface
    +Customizable filters
    -No export filters for some devices
  3. VSDC Free Video Editor  website:
    +Alternative to old Windows Movie Maker if you have a creative streak
    +Non-linear editing with great effects and transitions
    -Not Mac or Linux
    -No hardware acceleration
  4. Avidemux   
    +A Windows Movie Maker alternative with lots of export options
    +Clear interface
    -No timeline
  5. VideoPad Video Editor  website:
    +Closely resembles Window Movie Maker
    +One-click effects and filters
    -User Interface looks a bit dated
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