VideoPad by NCH Software is a basic video editing program that has many of the tools and features we looked for in our review, though it does lack some important ones. It has the familiar timeline/storyboard workflow, which means you can view your project linearly or by each individual object regardless of how long it runs. You can switch back and forth between these two views with all your edits intact, which is great for beginner or novice users because it allows them to construct the basic building blocks in storyboard mode and do their fine-tuning in the timeline.
This video maker software allows you to add unlimited editing tracks to your project, giving you the versatility you need to create complicated projects. It also gives you tools like Chroma key (green screen), a video stabilizer and closed captions for the hearing impaired. These features allow you to create professional-level videos without investing in expensive professional software.
Another boon for this software is the ability to import, edit and export 4K ultra-high-resolution video footage. Additionally, you can employ motion tracking tools that will recognize and follow moving objects and people and allow you to apply effects and enhancements to them, thus eliminating the need to edit each frame separately.
The picture is only half of your video’s story. The best video editing software should offer robust audio editing tools. VideoPad allows you to perform basic edits like adjusting volume and adding effects, including reverb, echo and distortion. However, it’s missing the advanced tools found in the best video editing software, like a full-bodied mixer and the ability to calibrate your audio for surround sound setups.
You should be able to get the hang of VideoPad rather easily. As with all the video editing software we reviewed, you’ll need to spend a few hours getting to know its features and tools. However, it lacks some tools we look for that make creating videos even easier. Other products we reviewed, such as our top pick CyberLink PowerDirector, have themes and templates that walk you through the process step by step or even create finished videos automatically. It’s also missing the ability to create photo slideshows from the images on your machine, although you can do this manually. The inclusion of any of these tools would make VideoPad even easier and more useful for beginner and novice users.
VideoPad is an acceptable video editing solution. It has most of the basic tools we look for in this category and even some of the more advanced ones. But it’s missing tools like an audio mixer, automatic video creator and surround sound configurator that are found in products in the top tier of our side-by-side comparison chart.