Cuts review

Posting videos to the internet is an appealing prospect, but you need serious hardware to do it. Not only does rendering video require a decent processor and plenty of RAM, but cutting clips and storing them on your PC is a sure-fire way to start seeing “out of disk space” warning messages.

Cuts review

But with the huge market for watching short videos online, there’s also a need for places to edit the raw footage without complex and expensive hardware or software. Here, we look at four of the best free online video-editing suites. Needless to say, you’ll need a reasonable broadband internet connection to take advantage of them.

Taking a slightly different tack, Cuts is a great example of a Web 2.0 “mash-up”, where two online applications are merged. In this case, a video is taken from YouTube, MySpace, or Google, and you cut or loop different sections of the video, besides choosing from a range of sound effects such as canned laughter or explosions. Once you’ve made your changes, your newly cut video is available at Cuts.com. The original video remains in its starting location – making it a slight hostage to fortune should the URL change – but it means Cuts doesn’t have to host the video itself, merely the changes you made to it. It isn’t as powerful as Pinnacle Share or Jumpcut, but it’s still a quick and easy way of having fun with online videos without needing to upload anything at all.

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