Making movies can be an endless source of fun for children. After the footage is shot and it's time to put it all together, it can be a challenge to find software suitable for kids.
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Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker is free for download through Microsoft (and a native program with some systems). With Movie Maker, children can edit videos with simple drag and drop technology and click a button called AutoMovie, which inputs pan and zoom effects and transitions. It's easy to trim and fade audio and video, and a child can edit a movie very quickly.
Avidemux is an easy-to-use video editor available for free download. To edit raw footage, your child simply selects the parts he would like to remove and presses "Delete." Video can be saved in different formats with a few simple clicks. More advanced editing options are also available as your child becomes a more advanced filmmaker.
VideoStudio Express 2010
With VideoStudio Express, just use the simple QuickCut time line to trim videos or fix brightness and shaky camera problems. The program also offers templates for titles, credits and soundtracks. Your child can tweak videos with a click or fine-tune the entire movie. The program is available from Corel for £25.90 (as of August 2010).
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