Any video editing tool must be immediately compared to my
personal favorite, the well-reviewed VideoSpin ($15).
By comparison, SolveigMM Video Splitter is esoteric and difficult
to use. I ran numerous trials with a sample video file, attempting
to make it smaller, split it up into individual pieces, and so on.
Eventually, through trial and error, I figured it out.
Clicking anywhere in SolveigMM Video Splitter’s video timeline
and clicking creates a triangle marker. A space between two markers
can be snipped out or marked as saved, and then the entire group of
marked-out video can be saved in one new edited file or one file
for each fragment. This isn’t very intuitive, so a video tutorial
would be helpful here.
Once you do figure it out, splitting a longer video into
10-minute chunks suitable for YouTube is a snap–if that’s all you
want to do. There’s a whole lot more to video editing than that,
even if the series of tubes is your only destination. SolveigMM
Video Splitter would be really handy if it could edit the audio
track of a video file separately (or at all). As it is, regardless
of how you edit the video, you’re stuck with whatever audio is left
over in the split files, which could be jarring.
When I edit video, splitting it into pieces is only one of the
many things I like to do. Adding text, fading or animating between
segments, saving as a different file format, or burning to a CD are
all things that SolveigMM Video Splitter can’t do: it’s stuck
saving the modified video file in the same format as the original
file, for example. The aforementioned VideoSpin can do all that,
and it’s free. And VideoSpin can also do all the splitting that
SolveigMM Video Splitter does, too. I’m sticking with VideoSpin for
now. Though SolveigMM Video Splitter is a promising app that’s
worth watching– it just needs to be more versatile.
Note: This demo has a nag screen, and it shows
logos on some frames edited with the splitter. The full version
costs 30 Euros; price is given in U.S. dollars on the day this
review was posted.