Ever since I saw my first Tinkernut video tutorial, I was hooked on the presentation style, which I wished professors would adopt. The creator of Tinkernut excels at making a myriad of educational tech-related videos (ranging from making your own operating system to original DIY projects) mixed with awesome effects that are anything but boring. I first learned of Wax 2.0 through his channel and this is definitely an application that aspiring video creators should take a look at.
Wax 2.0 is video creation software that comes from the creator of Wink (which lets you make awesome Flash-based product demos) who is dedicated to ensuring that anyone can start authoring their own videos.
You can use Wax 2.0 to create video sequences with special effects or as a plugin for commercial video editors such as Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere.
Here Are The Files Wax Accepts
- Video footage: Must be in the AVI container format (which may hold video and audio),
- Audio: WAV files,
- Images: PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, TGA files.
- Others: Icons (ICO), Photoshop (PSD, which you should read more about in the free PDF manual) and AviSynth files (AVS format used to easily embed subtitles).
You’re most likely going to have to convert your videos or audio clips to use them in Wax, but fear not as there are many capable multimedia converters abounding the net, including FormatFactory and MediaCoder (which has been featured with other incredibly popular video converters for Windows).
Also note that the videos exported from Wax 2.0 can only be in AVI format, which can end up being ultra huge files, unless you have DivX or Xvid.
Both of these have been discussed in the recent mini-guide for publishing YouTube videos and another handy article on shrinking video file sizes for easier sharing. There are also codecs you can use in other popular open-source video editors such as VirtualDub and Avidemux, so what makes Wax 2.0 different?
What Makes Wax 2.0 Stand Out?
Besides the video-editing platforms we’ve discussed above, Windows Live Movie Maker is also available for download plus, you can technically also upload videos to YouTube and edit them online so what’s the big deal about Wax 2.0? There’s a few pretty useful features you should consider Wax 2.0 for:
Modifying Clip’s Properties
VirtualDub and Avidemux can do finish any video-splitting, -trimming or -merging tasks in a jiffy when you use Direct Stream Copy mode. However, most filters you use (e.g. adding some blurring effect, or changing the perspective) have to apply to the whole video. Thus, you cannot have specific parts modified, unless you’re using something like the zoom 1.2 filter which has a phase 2 you can adjust to revert back to the original settings.
Meanwhile, Wax 2.0 has the Quick 3D video plugin which is a Godsend. You can basically enlarge, shrink, and modify the video or image around which I’m sure you’ve wished Windows Live Movie Maker could allow.
First, right-click on the Media Bins area and select Add Media Files. After you’ve chosen your files, drag them to the timeline, go to the Video Plugins tab under the Media Bins area and under Video Plugins: 2D, drag Quick 3d to the items in the timeline (repeat as necessary for all items in the timeline you want to change).
Click on the arrow next to Quick 3D and you’ll see the ways you can edit the actual clip.
If you’re looking to have a property change over the course of the clip’s appearance, right-click on the property and select Linear.
Using A Green Screen
In the same box where you found Quick 3D, you’ll also see under Color, the green screen plugin Chroma Key.
Drag it to the timeline item whose background is a solid color, use the eyedropper to select that background color, adjust the Tolerance level and you can ‘get rid’ of the boring background or use a different one.
If you check the Invert box, you can roll your own homemade iPod ad!
Obtaining Way More Effects
So Chroma Key is probably the easiest to understand, but you can achieve much more if you shoot for more complex effects, such as these:
Watching what each of the effects available in Wax can do might be easier than reading about them so here’s a good video:
Want to try the more any of the more advanced effects just described? Here’s how to use the Rotomate plugin to clone yourself:
And here is a video I made myself advertising MakeUseOf!
What do you say? Do you have some suggestions for other free video creation software? Let us know in the comments!
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