Over the last year a lot of online video editors have popped up and so it was time for us to put together a list of everything that we could find with some basic information so you have a single source for comparing all of them. There will be no opinions in this, it's all just straight information about each of the services. This list is more for end-users. There are also several that are aimed at being embedded and offering editing to your website users like Adobe Premiere Express.
JW Player Online Editor
(powered by Mixmoov) - JW Player Online Editor is offering three plans, Free, Advanced and Pro which offer 1-50GB of storage, standard quality (400x300) and high quality (640x480) videos, transitions and effects, and file imports including photos, videos and music from local storage or the web including: Video: .mpg, .mp4, .mov, .flv, .avi, .wmv, .asf, .rm, .3gp, .mkv, divxm Audio: .mp3, .wav, .mp4, .ogg, .m4a, Image: .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .tif. Compatible browsers include, Firefox version 3.6, 8.0 and above, Google Chrome version 13 and above, Safari version 5 and above, Internet Explorer version 7 and above. Paypal only for payments.
YouTube offers its own online video with a drag and drop functionality but only from YouTube videos in your channel. Therefore you must upload the video before using their editor. There's no image import ability, music is only from their particular library and there are just 17 basic transitions and two text effects. Videos are shared through your YouTube channel.
WeVideo Cloud Based Video Editor
WeVideo is a full-featured, collaborative, online video editor. Cloud-based video editing is done from your Internet browser, giving you anytime, anyplace video editing flexibility. And there is no software to download or update. WeVideo makes it simple to publish your video to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter. You can import images, music (they also have 390 licensed titles) and video clips. They offer four plans: Free, Plus, Ultra and commercial. Prices range from $4.99 to $59.99 a month, storage is 1-100GB, resolution 360p to 1080p, number of collaborators from 5 to 50 (per project).
VideoToolbox is a basic, and free, online video editor that offers video conversion, cut/split, demux, thumbnailing, subtitles, audio stream insertion, cropping, watermarking and merging of files.
Kaltura is a major open source video platform and part of that is video editing. Features including trimming and clipping, sequencing (edited playlist), thumbnailing, time-based cues for extra features and advertisements, multiple metadata schemas, subtitles, in-video search, video-presentation widget. A free trial is offered but the suite is part of a commercial package with pricing behind a "contact sales" wall.
Animoto lets you turn your photos and music into stunning video slideshows. Allows video,images and music. Quickly share to major social networks and social media sites. Every Animoto video is completely unique because our Cinematic Artificial Intelligence analyzes the nuances of your images, video, and music. You control the types of effects, backgrounds, and transitions by selecting a video style. Resolution 360p to 720p. Offers an iPhone app. Three pricing plans: Lite, Plus and Pro - Free, $5 or $39 per month - white labeling for Pro users, downloading of files, end-of-video button for call to action applications.
ZEODIA (reader submission) - Only does photos to video
ZEODIA, founded in early 2009, is more than a slideshow creator, it's an online Video editor which allows users to create movies from any group of static pictures and turn them into a video. This leaves the user with a stunning and dynamic photo book, photo album, or scrapbooks that can be shared on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter or even via email.
What differentiates Zeodia from its competitors is that it offers more than simple slide shows. It has an enhanced sophisticated technology which allows it's users more flexibility when uploading and editing their videos. This includes offering two types of video editors: simple and professional. This diversity allows users to control the play duration of each picture, as well as choose which effects, backgrounds and transitions take place between pictures. Another differentiating feature to Zeodia is that it is a profile based website. This allows users the ability to create their individual portfolio as well as share them easily with in different social media platforms as well as the Zeodia platform itself.
Magisto (reader submission)
Magisto is an automatic video editing solution. Currently it's available as a web app at Magisto.com as well as a free iPhone app. They've also partnered with YouTube and users can create videos directly via YouTube Create.
The idea is that it takes the work out of video editing by letting users upload their video footage, choose a title and a soundtrack and then sit back while Magisto edits their video for them. Magisto's algorithm is designed to analyze the footage to determine the best parts and then edits those parts together with effects and transitions to make a video that would take hours if users created them on their own.
Magisto is free to use and videos are hosted on the site, although they do have a premium download feature. Users can download videos for $0.99-$2.99 (depending on the quality) to get a non-branded downloadable version of their clip.
I'll keep taking emails and suggestions for online video editing suites. Feel free to drop me an email at crick at reelseo.com with the pertinent details and we'll get it added on.