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Is Videopad really free for home use?

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Hi,

I downloaded Videopad some days ago as it looked like a quite complete software and it was free for home use. I wanted to make a small video with family photos for a relative who is getting 90 years old. I first tried with some photos, tested transitions and exporting to video file to check if it was actually free; everything looked nice, so I started to make the real video adding several photos, some audios, texts,... I spent like 4-5 days working on this. It let me export to a video file once (as a test), but when I was about to consider it as finished, I tried to export it again to share it with some relatives and it tells me that I have to pay for it as the trial is over and that feature is not included in the trial.

I understand I have made a mistake somewhere and I downloaded the wrong version, but I cannot find another download link apart from the one I used. Is there a different download for home use or is it supposed to work like this? In either case, I think it would be better to inform of those details somewhere.

Thanks!

Fernando

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The core program will run, but select features - exports, multiple audio tracks, plugin effects - are restricted after a trial period.

Uninstall, then install this file.  That may buy you some export options - for a time.

If after reinstalling you are still unable to export, try to upload the project as instructed in "Tips for getting help..."  near the top of this forum.                                                                  In consideration for your efforts, someone may come to your aid.

  Best to license it.

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Yes, you have a certain number of exports until you'll need to purchase a license.

If you're going to be doing video projects even occasionally, VideoPad is well worth the price.

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Thank you for your answers guys,

Thanks also for giving some options to get the project exported.

However, summarizing , then it's not free for home use; it's a limited trial. If you cannot export,... you cannot use it, because that's the point of the program.

I don't think this is the best way to sell the product; maybe it works and you get some sells out of despair but, hands down, the user feels cheated and, at least me, I feel less prone to give money to the people that tries to cheat me.

Maybe it works, but that strategy doesn't feel right, I'm sorry.

Best wishes,

Fernando

 

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Fernando,

I hope that you haven't left.  I ran into exactly the same thing.  But it asked me if I want to "downgrade" to the free version.  There is a way to do this.  Now everytime I start Videopad I have to confirm that I am using it for non-commercial home use.  A small inconvenience.

Go back and try and find that place you can "downgrade".    I haven't run into the restrictions again.  With me it was telling me that I could not export as with you.  Now I can.

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