I know absolutely nothing about video editing. I’m one of the few individuals who have not yet created a fan video of my favorite TV show and uploaded it to YouTube. So, with that in mind, Jumpcut offers a good introductory foray into the world of video editing.
Registering is simple and uses your Yahoo ID Account – if you don’t have one, simply navigate to http://mail.yahoo.com. Once you’ve done that, you’ve got the option to fill out your profile, add a photo etc.
Jumpcut gives you the option to edit your profile, or explore the site, which is where the social networking content comes into play. Featured videos and users take up most of the home page, with an easily navigable, framed left-hand menu. Starting from scratch, you have the option to either browse through the very informative user guide, or just start creating. You can upload your own raw content, “grab” some of the public videos on offer, or even “remix” another user’s video.
The layout is clean and simple, and editing features range from the standard (fades, tints, audio) to the more advanced (angles, filters, and effects). The only major downside is that uploading even a 60-second video takes almost 20 minutes, which is why a fast broadband connection is a must. Still, this site provides a basic starting point for video editing, provides a lot of enjoyment, and has a much more solid social network than similar sites such as Vimeo or YouTube.
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