Video Editing Software – MOV Cropping and Compression

My digital camera takes some sweet video. It comes back in .MOV QuickTime format. Thing is, a 3 minute video is like 300 MB.

What I want is the ability to compress the video so I can upload to YouTube. Another cool thing would be a feature to “crop” the video. There is a lot of dead space around the edges of the video, kind of like a picture. I would like to crop it (then it would zoom in on the actual content).

I look online and they are all crappy/don’t work, or have some catch where you need to install a bundle to install it, etc.

I would even pay 50$ or so for something that actually worked.

Does anyone know of any good video editing software that handles QuickTime and isn’t a piece of crap?

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By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

2 replies on “Video Editing Software – MOV Cropping and Compression”

I just use Windows Movie Maker which allows you to save the movie as a compressed .wmv file. You can even tell it the file size you want it to end up as (say 99M) so it’ll upload to YouTube. But we both know that Movie Maker is a piece of crap otherwise so let me know if someone suggests something better because I’d be interested myself.


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