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Video Editing on a N’tbook??

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Yes you can!

AVS through its site at AVS4You.com offers a full range of video and audio editing, conversion, recording, and burning tools which, despite the system requirements published for the various programs, work just fine on an Atom powered N’tbook.

AVS4You program manager.

AVS4You program manager.

They have a pretty unique licensing system too. You pay a flat fee for a one year, or unlimited (your choice) license key, and that gives you access to all their programs. Yes all. And to upgrades as they happen. Considering the quality and number of their offerings, this is pretty spectacular. Enter your key for any of their programs and a little program manager app downloads which allows you to download and install what you need from their library with a single click for each program. Could not be easier.

I was looking specifically for a program to edit AVCHD files from the new Sony Webbie HD cameras. There are not many out there. I turned AVS up in a Google search.

Despite the descriptions, you do not want the AVSVideoRemaker. You what Video Editor 4, which imports and edits AVCHD files with ease, and allows you to save the edited files in any number of useful formats.

AVSVideoEdit 4

AVSVideoEdit 4

It runs well on my Aspire One 150. You need to set the screen to 1024×768 in the video control panel to get to the buttons on the bottom of some of the screens but with auto scroll it is not an issue.  AVCHD files import flawlessly, and the editing functions work without undue lag. You can not play back the clips in real time (they are somewhat jerky on an Atom based computer) but you can easily trim clips, add effects, add text, install fades, etc. It is not real snappy, but it works and is certainly usable. Comparison testing with my work laptop (duel core)  shows that the N’tbook is a bit slower on all edit functions, and takes about 1/3 again as much time encoding a 10 minute video to MPEG. Acceptable for N’tbook use,  imho.

You might also want the DVD Creator from AVS, and the VideoConverter. Both worth the download. The AVS Video Player is also an interesting alternative to Windows Media Player (but see below on MediaPlayerClasssic).

And while we are boosting video programs, if you need to play AVSHD files on your N’tbook, you need a copy of WindowsMediaPlayerClassic. It is the only player I have found so far that will play AVSHD files smoothly on an Atom based N’tbook. For a download try here.

So, yes, video editing on a N’tbook is possible, even in HD. And they said it could not be done!

Written by singraham

March 25, 2009 at 5:17 am