Bolide Movie Creator is intended to produce home videos and it certainly lacks the sophistication required to create professional clips. However, its bright side is that is very easy to use, mostly by people who have had previous experience with this kind of tool.
To create a movie, the first step is to populate the media library. Luckily, the application automatically looks in the standard media folders. In addition, you can import files from other locations, including networked ones. It is a shame, though, that it cannot record directly from a webcam (an extra tool is necessary) or download Internet clips. In terms of compatibility, you should not worry as it supports a long array of source media formats.
Something I appreciate from this tool is that it actually has a timeline with multiple tracks, which makes it easy to visualize what you are doing. Likewise, you can preview the media objects or the whole composition. Unfortunately, I could not find a way to separate the video and audio tracks of an object.
Various basic editing features are available. For instance, you can split a video at a given location and set transitions between the objects. Moreover, it is possible to apply effects, such as zoom, highlight and text. My favorite was definitely “virtual screen”, an effect that places the original video within a framework. Luckily, there are various templates to choose from, and you can also create your own. As for audio, you can apply some effects as well, like adjusting sound volume or reducing noise.
Once you are ready to export, you can select an output video format (MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV and GIF). Additionally, you can adjust quality according to your necessities and available storage space. It is a pity that it cannot upload video directly to any cloud service, something that other tools have been doing for a while.
All in all, Bolide Movie Creator is a video editor without great pretensions. Yet, what it has to offer seems enough for home users who just want to show their latest clips to the rest of the family in a fancy way. The product is free to try, although I must alert you that it will stamp a watermark on the videos.
- Wide source format support.
- Timeline with various tracks.
- Preview of objects and composition.
- Nice effects.
- Adjustable output quality
- Cannot separate audio from video.
- Cannot record directly from a webcam.
- Cannot download Internet movies.
- Cannot upload movies to the cloud