Pricing and Features
Free to Use
Video Toolbox is a free-to-use video editor for anyone that does not need a complicated and costly tool for their video project. It is capable of processing videos up to 600 MB in size, and while it may not be a sizable allocation for accommodating high resolution videos, it is sufficient enough to create a video of average quality and length. Creating an account automatically gives you 300 MB of storage allocated for video files only, and 700 MB for all types of data in the Recent Output files. The storage may be a little small for bigger-scaled projects though, but for a free service, it is a generous offer.
Ease of Use
You can convert your files to several different video formats, like 3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, and WMV. You can do this by simply clicking on the selected format when you are in Simple Mode. If you want to tweak the finer details of the video, you can go to Advanced Mode where you can change some settings like video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, sample rate, and audio channels.
You can crop any part of the video and determine its ratio, whether it is fixed or a custom measurement you have in mind. As with any simple video editor, you can cut and make snippets of an existing video and create a montage from different files. You can also add a watermark to your videos, although you are pretty much restricted to text, so you can’t add any logos or fancy artwork. You can also create presentable covers by taking snapshots and setting them as a file thumbnail.
If you have a webcam connected to your computer, you can start recording and have the file sent straight to the editor. It can then display details about the video like codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, and other pertinent information. This file analysis is available for all videos that is used within the tool.
Lastly, if you want your video to sport subtitles, you can do so with Video Toolbox. Do take note though that these are hard-coded subtitles, meaning there won’t be any option to remove them, and they will show up for the entire duration of your video.
When Simple is Too Simple
Video Toolbox does not show any fancy menus in their editor. You will mostly find that their interface is made up of simple text and drop-down menus. This layout is not the most user-friendly editor that you will encounter, but a few minutes of clicking around will get you familiarized with it. That said, they still could have made a better job had they upgraded the interface to a more modern design, not only for easier customer use, but also to give it a more appealing look.
Demuxing is the process of splitting a video file’s elements, which would be its video, audio, and a possible subtitle track. If you are familiar with video files, you may see it as only one file, whether it is an MP4, VOB, or any other video format. Demuxing creates several files from this one “master” file, by separating the different tracks that make up the video. Thankfully, Video Toolbox is capable of demuxing files, and for a free editor, it is a pretty good deal, since there are no extra expenses for using it. Other free online movie makers only offer a simple “cut and paste” editor, which is very limited. This one lets you enjoy more than just creating video mashups, and while there aren’t effects available, you can still be creative just by clipping video, audio, and subtitle texts from other files and adding them into your masterpiece.
Video Toolbox offers a help center with useful information about using the editor. While it is quite short, it does a pretty decent job of guiding users who may not be familiar with the tool in one sitting. If you have any more questions, or are experiencing issues with the editor, you can leave a message on their contact page. You can also connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
What's the Verdict on Video Toolbox?
Video Toolbox Review 2020 – Conclusion
Video Toolbox is actually not a bad service considering that it is a free video editor. You get to enjoy basic features like cropping and cutting a video, analyzing the video’s technical details, adding a watermark for ownership purposes, and taking quick snapshots to use as thumbnails for the files. At the same time, you can also do some advanced editing, like hard-coding subtitles, converting to different file formats and tweaking coded and bit rate settings, and of course, demuxing videos to separate the video, audio, and subtitle tracks from a single file. That said, the editor comes with shortcomings, too, like the rather outdated interface, the limited storage, and the lack of video effects. Still, if you just want a simple editor that entails no costs from your end, then Video Toolbox should be a hit.