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Video Toolbox – video editing makes an ambitious move online


Video Toolbox is a new online service which aims to provide the kind of sophisticated video editing that usually comes with standalone programs on your computer. When I say sophisticated I don’t mean full on audio editing, transitions and the like, but cut/split, demux, format convert, etc, which is still a pretty ambitious toolbox to move online. So does it work? Well kinda.

The interface is great for all you lovers of black backgrounds with white text, for the rest of us, it’s a bit difficult to read. Nevertheless the feature set is fairly easy to access, most of it coming from a sidebar menu, with a drop down which acts on selected files.


Once signed up and signed in, you can upload a video or grab one from an online service like YouTube, and start doing stuff to it. I first tried splitting the clip to make it shorter, which failed for some reason. I next tried to add a watermark, which seemed to work, but in actual fact delivered an indecipherable blob of red text to the top left hand corner of the screen.

Finally I did a conversion from AVI to FLV and this worked fine, although the resolution drop was severe enough to make the result unwatchable. I sound like I’m down on the product, but actually I am assuming these are teething problems which can be overcome with time. And once they have been fixed, this could be a very useful service indeed.

The idea of being able to quickly and easily tweak a small clip of video – maximum storage space is 300 MB for the free account – is great, and it’s clear the developers have implemented the technology needed to do this stuff. Now all they have to do is debug and optimize. Definitely one to keep a close eye on.

 In order to provide best services for as many users as possible we have set some limitations on user’s disk space and maximum number of concurrent conversions per client. Free users are allowed to store up to 300MB videos in their FILE MANAGER as well as 700MB of data in RECENT OUTPUT FILES. – All videos in FILE MANAGER older than 1 month will be automatically deleted. – All videos in RECENT OUTPUT FILES older than 24 hours will be automatically deleted. In case you’re about to exceed your 700MB quota during any video processing then your oldest files will be automatically deleted even if they aren’t 24 hours old yet.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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