Try Video Software For FreeWhen you’re first starting out in video production, you’ll be looking to buy some software—after all, the best hardware is only as good as the software you run on it.

You can spend some serious money on software for all the editing, digitizing, and effects you want, but it’s a good idea to try some software out for free before you make final purchase decisions.

Most good software lets you download a trial version prior to buying. Here are some suggestions:

  • Adobe Tryouts. Massive Adobe allows you to sample some of its video production products at adobe.com.
  • Atmosphere. This application, the basic version of which is free, allows you to create nature sounds for video. A deluxe version is also available for purchase at relaxingsoftware.com.
  • Boris Demos has trial versions of several special effects programs, including Red, Blue, Graffiti, Continuum Complete, and Final Effects. Go to borisfx.com.
  • Cinergy Script Editor is a complete production management system and has a free download version. mindstarprods.com.
  • Heuris MPEG Power Professional allows you to encode 8 seconds of video using its demo version at heuris.com.
  • Leapfrog Productions gives you a free copy of Burnin, a window dubbing application. You also can try a demo of CCaptionPro to use for closed-captioning at ccaption.com.
  • Main Concept gives you a free five-pack of its Texture Loops at mainconcept.com.
  • Nero Multimedia Suite 10 is available for a time-limited trial. This is a digital media suite to use for burning, editing, authoring, and backup. Check out nero.com.
  • Scenalyzer Live is a DV capture application with scene detection and time-lapse capture. Try it free at scenalyzer.com.
  • Videomaker Magazine, at videomaker.com, has an option for free membership with limited access which includes access to some online video production courses.