Simple, Native Video Editor?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by iamse7en, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. iamse7en macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    I do video editing where I will take a 2 hour clip and make about 40-50 edits, taking out half-second clips here and there.

    I'm looking for a video editor that does not require a long importing process, and if possible, a fast save/export process as well. In other words, a native video editor.

    For many years, the best application has been SimpleMovieX. It's quick, lightweight, and does native editing (supports all files that QuickTime supports). I can open a movie in SimpleMovie with no importing process, make a bunch of quick, precise edits, and it saves within minutes.

    However, the app hasn't been updated in awhile and isn't supporting 1080p/5.1 files, which my videos now are.

    Does anyone know of a great video editor that would satisfy these requirements? It looks like there are quite a few unknown video editors in the Mac App Store, but hoping someone around these parts would know of one to try. Thanks!
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    I take it that you're not interested in iMovie?
  3. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Quicktime Pro

    Quicktime Pro can, I believe.

    Though the import process to iMovie shouldn't take more than a few minutes.
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Look at DaVinci Resolve Lite 11 by Blackmagic - very powerful software at no cost. It was formerly color correction software, now updated for editing. - two of my friends swear by the Lite version, you might want to check to see if its output is sufficient. Resolve Lite is pretty easy to learn IMO - I got the hang of it in about a week and I don't know much about NLEs or other video editors.
  5. iamse7en, Oct 9, 2014
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    iamse7en thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    iMovie is so terrible. I can't figure out how to do very basic things such as: enter a timestamp, select 1 second, then delete it. That's all I need to do. It doesn't even show the time bar. Plus I need to make very precise edits, down to the millisecond/frame.

    QT 7 cannot get very precise, but even beyond that, it won't even open up one of my 1080p movies (though QT 10 will).

    I just tried DaVinci Resolve, but it was soooo slow. It wouldn't even play the 1080p movie smoothly - went at a snail's pace that made it unusable. I have a 2013 Retina MBP with 8GB RAM, and it wouldn't even run smoothly on that. Beyond that, I also couldn't figure out how to do something as simple as enter in a specific time stamp, select the next second of frames and then delete them.
  6. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Sad that Resolve is a dog for you. The Mac I tried it on is a top-of-the-line late 2013 rMBP. The two editors we use here are Premier and FCPX - Resolve is a product we just dabble with but two of my friends love it using i7 iMacs. If I come up with something else I'll pass it on.
  7. dollystereo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2004
    Probably you are using files directly from a camera. You need to "decompress" them to be able to edit them fluently. Specially if it is 1080p footage.
    Imovie does that, and I think resolve can do it to. After the files are decompressed (transcoded in a larger-lighter format) it should run fast and responsive.
    GoPro files are an example of super compressed slow editing files.
    Usually I do my editing in FCPX and I transcode on import, sure you have to wait, but then even an older machine can edit them.
  8. iamse7en thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    They are already very compressed. 2 hour 1080p is only 4 gb, and Resolve was an absolute dog. Pretty silly, really.

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