While researching some green-screen options for somebody in our training department, I stumbled across a free video editor that I’d never heard of called ZS4 Video Editor. It runs on Windows, OSX and even Linux! Astonishingly, it has over 150 built in video effects.
ZS4 Video Editor is worth using when…
- the final output is a combination of more than 2 media sources rendered simultaneously. (like nine talking heads separately filmed, but later arranged in a 3×3 video wall combination)
- every aspect of the compositing process needs to be ‘tweened with an
adjustable interpolation algorithm, from rotation angles to audio
volume and chroma key sensitivity etc…
- it becomes necessary to create custom effects and
imaging processes by combining any number of effects using a highly
flexible and infinitely variable toolbox of imaging "primitives".
- the user likes to be limited by their own imagination instead of the software-makers ideas of the "desirable".
the ZS4 design therefore favours…
- choice over clarity.
- uniqueness over "standard".
- chaos over order.
- flexibility over simplicity.
Sounds interesting! I haven’t used it myself, but it sounds like it might fall somewhere between iMovie and Final Cut on the Mac side, or perhaps between MovieMaker and Premiere on the Windows side. And since it’s free, there’s no reason not to download it and give it a shot!
If you do try it out, or you already have, leave a comment and share a quick review of it!