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Check Out MPEG Streamline For Basic Video Editing & Converting [Cross-Platform]

Joshua Lockhart 20-09-2011

free mpeg editorIn the world of home video editing 10 Simple Tips to Make Home Videos Look Professional Whether you're recording something to publish online or to capture memories to keep, these tips will help you make better videos. Read More , it seems like you are either forced to settle with the standard editors that are already provided on your system, or you’ll have to fork over a few dollars just to buy something decent (even items such as Sony Vegas Movie Studio or Adobe Premiere Elements).


With that in mind, there are a few free video editors available in the land of Internet, and although they aren’t entirely useful for heavy editing, they are good for small projects or learning the basics before you make a major purchase. Take a gander at MPEG Streamclip, a basic clip-trimmer and and video converter that is simple yet effective.

Embrace The Clip Trimmer

Straight-up, MPEG Streamclip is not a full-blown nonlinear video editing system. It’s more of a small clip-trimmer – something that you would find as a mere feature in Final Cut Pro 7 Apple Is Refunding Dissatisfied Final Cut Pro X Customers [News] Last week, Apple released a revamped and much cheaper version of its leading video editing program Final Cut Pro. The new version sells for just $300, down from $1,300 - although the previous version included... Read More (the good one) or Adobe Premiere Pro. With that being said, don’t expect to create a major motion picture with this editor/converter. However, I have found some practical uses for the app that you can use in conjunction with your onboard movie editors (like iMovie and Windows Movie Maker).

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Instead of trimming clips within your standard editor, you could first sort through them using MPEG Streamclip and pick out only the ones that you want. After this, just pop the clips in a folder and choose what you want to use. This beats throwing in a clip from a video that is half an hour long.

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Besides splicing the footage, you could always just use Streamclip to pull a piece of footage from a long video that you shot. A good example of this could be a hidden camera prank video which normally takes a long time to shoot. This makes Streamclip ideal for basic YouTube videos or for quick and easy editing. One thing that comes to mind is vlogging which is normally pretty sporadic.

Convert Files However Needed

On top of the extremely primitive editing system included in MPEG Streamclip (and primitive is how I like it in some cases), the app offers the ability to convert files as needed. Just by clicking File on the menu, you will be presented with a variety of formats that your video can be exported in. Below is a list of some of the formats offered.

  • Quicktime
  • DV
  • AVI
  • MPEG-4
  • iPod/iPhone

Beyond these, the converter will also allow you to export only audio if this is what you happen to desire. I’d assume that this would be decent if your camera has a decent microphone and you have recorded an acoustic performance. After that, you could very well pop the track right onto your iPod or iPhone.

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So there you have it – an incredibly basic editing tool for any simple videos that you may have in mind. MPEG Streamclip is relatively easy to use, but there are a few extra heavier video and audio options for those of you that want to dive a little deeper down the rabbit-hole.

What other simple editors have you ever used? Do you know of any similar video converters?

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  1. Alek Davis
    September 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I did not quite get the benefit of using Streamclip to trim videos for later use in more advanced video editors (such as Adobe Premiere, or Windows Movie Maker) vs trimming them in the said editors in the first place. I think I tried most free video converters and for simple tasks (like trimming and converting to different formats), I prefer Format Factory. For more advanced tasks, I used Windows Movie Maker, and recently started using Adobe Premiere Elements (not free).

    • J. Lockhart
      October 2, 2011 at 8:52 am

      It wouldn't be very useful with Adobe Premiere, but I would hardly call Windows Movie Maker an advanced video editor. On actual advanced video editors (such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 – my personal editor – and Final Cut Pro 7), you can trim the video files down in a separate module before dropping them into the timeline. 

      It's a lot easier to do so and much better in the long run, so that's what I was trying to draw a comparison from. However, the con of this is not using it in the same system, which will always be easier in the first place. On the other hand, let's say you have an incredibly long video with oh... let's say 50 shots.

      Using Streamclip, you could go through the entire file, cut out each shot, label them as something (such as "ShotOfFlowers_1" or "ShotOfPeopleTalking_5", and this will be much more organized. This brings the power of an advanced editor into something that is free, or in your case, not free. However, with video capture, Adobe Premiere Elements may divide the shots for you if you use Scene Detect. I used Premiere Elements for a few years before moving to Pro.

  2. Alphaman
    September 21, 2011 at 1:38 am

    What is "MPEG Streamline"?

    • J. Lockhart
      September 21, 2011 at 4:27 am

      Ah! I can't believe that. MPEG Streamclip is the name of the program. Fortunately, it was referred to as the actual title throughout the article. Sorry about that, Alphaman.

      Streamclip = Streamline. Typo on my part.