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 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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