Whether you are editing video for work, or you have jumped on the new trend of streaming your video games, you’ll need something to edit your videos. There are a ton of different options out there. In some cases you might need more then just a video editor.
CyberLink has recently released there new Screen Recorder 3 that has a built in video editor and can inlay a stream from your webcam into your video. I’ve had the opportunity to take a look at this software. I’ll show you how it works and discuss the pros and cons with it.
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What it is and What it can do
Like the name says, this software is designed to record your screen. It also allows you to edit your videos in the same program and it can capture a video with your webcam. There isn’t a better way to have an interactive video then to have an inlay of you in the put into the video. With your microphone you can have your own commentary put on there as well.
I don’t actually have a webcam or microphone so I didn’t use those features and I really can’t talk a lot on them. One day I may end up buying a webcam and a microphone but that day isn’t today.
The software allows recording from a console, and it is very simple to do so. You’ll need three HDMI cables and an HDMI splitter. I didn’t try this out because I have the software installed on a desktop and it isn’t close to my console. My focus was more on the video editing abilities of the program.
It can capture everything on your screen, a certain application, an HDMI device, or a custom window. It can capture up to 120 fps. More frames will take more system resources to keep the frame rate up. On a video game, or other high movement clip will need the higher frame rate. If it’s a training on a power point, you can get away with a smaller frame rate.
This program is useful for those people that like to record or live stream their games to YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook. It can also be used by vloggers and bloggers to create content to share, or in a professional environment to record a training or a meeting.
This will record the system audio as well. You can pick how much of the audio comes from your mic and how much comes from the system audio. This will be especially important if you record or stream video games. You can also add an audio clip to the video, but you better figure out exactly how you want the audio to line up with the video. There is no audio editing abilities.
If you are making music videos, then you have a heck of a job getting the vocals and the video lined up perfectly. I’m pretty sure that everyone that makes quality music videos will record a separate audio track and place it into the video. The only audio option available is to adjust the volume of the audio recorded with the video.
This is arguably the most important thing to know about software is the system requirements there is nothing that you’re Tate’s you more then spending your hard-earned cash on a new program or application only to find out that after you install it that it doesn’t work I’ve had this happened time and time again with both video games as well as other software on my old laptop and it is it’s frustrating.
I have a screenshot of the system requirements. Make sure that if you choose to purchase this software that your computer meets these minimum requirements.
If you aren’t sure how to tell what your computer has, send me a message and I’ll help you out and I’ll tell you where to look and how to find out what your system has.
I’ve also included my computer specs. My computer influences my experience and your experience with the software maybe different.
- Processor: Intel I5 4590
- RAM: 8 GB DDR3
- Graphics card: GTX 950 2GB GDDR5
- Operating System: Windows 10
Video editing features
Admittedly, I haven’t used other video editing software. I haven’t had a need. Since this is my first time experiencing video editing, I am happy to report, that this software is extremely easy to use.
Putting in a text effect is easy. You just need drag and drop the effect onto the preview bar at the bottom. You will need to double click the effect after you drop it to edit the text.
After you drop it you can move it, remove it, change the effect’s duration, or make changes to the effect. You can make your text have starting effect’s and ending effect’s.
The video editor is powered by CyberLink’s Power Director. It comes with all the features that Power Director has. I haven’t used Power Director before, but if you like that software, then you’ll like this one too.
I ran a benchmark on Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War with and without the screen recording happening. I’ve added the screen shot without recording into the video so you can see it.
How things went.
I was impressed with how simple it was. Being completely new to video editing, I thought I’d spend the first hour or so trying to figure it all out. It only took me about 15 minutes to get the basics down and about an hour to click on everything. I found that you can add an audio clip, but you can’t edit the system audio at all.
I was also impressed with the number of effect’s, but ultimately they don’t matter. When you watch movies, TV, or YouTube, there aren’t a lot of flipping and twisting. This software has a cut between scenes, and fading to Black. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple.
I was disappointed that the audio editing abilities are practically nonexistent. The audio capture is perfectly fine for streaming live, or for a video for a vlog. It comes up short for music videos though.
I was also unable to merge two videos into a single video. I tried highlighting two videos to click the edit, but the edit button is grayed out. I tried importing a second video while I was editing one. It replaced the whole project with the second video. I also tried selecting a portion of a video, hitting the copy button, then opening a new video to past it in. It only pasted in a black video segment that was the length of the entire video clip, not just the copied part.
There are two versions of the software available. The differences are show below. Overall, I think that this software will work well for most people. Grab the free trial and make sure it’ll work for you and your system. You can pick a copy up at CyberLink’s website.
Overall ranking for the software: 8/10
Head on over to CyberLink’s website to learn more about this software. If there is something you think I missed, Leave a comment below.