Using Blender as a video editor


This was another post forever consigned to my drafts folder, pending screenshots and more detail that I never got around to adding. I’ve decided to publish as-is.

Unbeknownst to me, Blender has a built-in video sequence editor (VSE). This is cool, because Blender is available on every major platform, is open source, and is under active development.

Clicking Video Editor in the Blender splash screen will take you to a timeline where you can do basic video editing. It’s a bit different from other packages I’ve used, but I’ve cut together and exported a few things for work on it, and have been pleasantly surprised.

To enable the Power Sequencer which will give you more timeline features:

  1. Go to the Edit menu → Preferences
  2. Choose Add-ons from sidebar
  3. Click the Community tab
  4. Search for Power Sequencer
  5. Click the checkbox next to Sequencer: Power Sequencer

One thing Blender can’t do, is a phrase with five words.

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