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Machete is a convenient utility for playing and editing multimedia files. Currently, Machete can edit video and audio files in AVI, FLV, WMV, MP4, MKV, WMA, MP3 and WAV formats. The support of editing functions for other formats is planned for future versions of the program.

Trialware $20
OS: Win
File size: 2.7MB
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7.8/10
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Latest version

5.1 (November 14, 2021)



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Download Machete 5.1  2.7MB  Win



Software License

Shareware (Free download but time limited software. Full version from $20)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows




Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New


MACHETE 5.1 IS NOW AVAILABLE

The ability to edit WebM video and audio files
Support for MKV files with Opus audio stream
Other minor improvements

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All features


Play AVI, WMV, MP4, WMA, MP3, WAV and FLV video and audio files, as well as some others

Edit MKV (Matroska) video and audio files (*.mkv, *.mka)

* most video codecs supported: H.264 (AVC) and others
* most audio codecs supported: AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and others

Edit FLV (Flash Video) video and audio files (*.flv)

* most video codecs supported: Sorenson H.263 (FLV1), On2 VP6 (FLV4) and H.264 (AVC)
* most audio codecs supported: MP3 and AAC

Edit MP4 (MPEG-4) video and audio files (*.mp4, *.m4a)

* most video codecs supported: H.264 (AVC), MP4V
* most audio codecs supported: MP3 and AAC

Edit WMV video files (*.wmv, *.asf) and WMA audio files(*.wma)

* most video codecs supported: WMV, MSS and others
* most audio codecs supported: WMA, MP3 and others

Edit AVI video files (*.avi)

* most video codecs supported: DV (Digital Video Type 1, 2), DivX, XviD and others
* most audio codecs supported: MP3 (VBR and CRB), AC3 and others

Edit MP3 (MPEG Layer-3) audio files (*.mp3)

* VBR and CRB encoding supported

Edit uncompressed WAV (Waveform audio format) audio files (*.wav)

* PCM bitstream supported

* For all formats listed above, the following editing operations are available:

* cut, copy, delete and paste fragments of video files
* save video fragments as separate files
* insert one video file into another file of the same format

Edit file tags (metadata) for all supported media formats

Extract and save audio stream as a separate file

Extract and save video stream as a separate file

Add/Replace audio stream in video files

Save a video frame as a bitmap (*.bmp) file




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11 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


This is a follow-up to my comments from last March. I have not yet tried this latest update in quite some time, v. 5.1. Some interim updates to the base 5.0 had to be obtained through unofficial sources, as they were not found over the past couple years on VH, or at the developer's site. My previous attempts at contacting the developer were unavailing -- don't know whether that lack of response has since improved. I happened to have a license for ver. 5. In theory, that made me eligible for any 5.x updates, such as this one. What I ended up doing was applying a tactic that has been effective in some other such situations. I used UniExtract 2 to remove the installation archive constituent files, then swapped in the new .Exe file. This appears to have been successful, and it recognized my existing license, merely incrementing the version. Because my video editing needs are usually on the modest side technically, and I prize its simplicity of use, this remains my 'Go To' choice for most of the video edits that I do. The program does have certain limitations, but it has generally been quite effective for my usage.

Review by Seeker47 on Dec 17, 2021 Version: 5.0 Build 88 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




This is very confusing to me: just discovered *here* that development of Machete had ceased (apparently), which was news to me. It only shows a version 5.0, dating back to 2018. That is now echoed in the changelog at the MacheteSoft site. Yet I'm nearly certain that I obtained Build 77 from their site, released in early 2020. (But I'm not seeing it their now . . . ?) And you can find a Build 88 elsewhere online, which became available in late 2020.

I think this light duty video editor was arguably the best of the simple, basic ones that only cut on keyframes -- which was fine for most of my daily usage. Results were pretty good overall, although some video files / formats presented problems that it could not adequately handle. MKVs could be highly variable, depending on what was in the container. I just cut out and saved a sequence out of an x265 HEVC video episode: the video came out as intended, but minus any soundtrack. With some other sources, there could be sync problems, or aggressive pops / clicks / nasty sound artifacts. With some videos, I had to convert them to another format first, in order for Machete to be able to work on it. In most cases though the results were good enough for me to keep me using it. There was probably no other video editor I've seen that had such a close-to-zero learning curve, where you could just start using it immediately. In contrast, the full-fledged editors are a fairly advanced course of study.

On the downside, they never supported .MPG / MPEG-2 formats, or dealing with DVD VOBs: for that you'd be much better off doing your clip extraction with the good 'ol DVD-Shrink' Re-Author mode. The Machete license was quite inexpensive. However, any company response or support was effectively nonexistent. I would have liked to see them continuing the program development . . . but am left wondering WHERE these post-2018 builds are coming from ?


Review by Seeker47 on Mar 2, 2021 Version: 5.0 Build 77 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 8/10




I had 2 identical clips fp/s and Machete still threw up a warning saying mismatched clips. This is useless software! Also having to edit at key frames is so annoying.

Review by Paulo on Jul 23, 2020 Version: 5.0 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10




Rating by suburbanrealvote on Dec 20, 2019 Version: 5.0 build 44 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




I used to use this a lot, but like a lot of editing tools it is limited to key frames which severely restricts the outcome you want e.g an unwanted frame then becomes a bigger deleted section or jump cut in a video project. Also the review about mismatched video frames per second is true. Unless your source and the clip you want to insert is a imperfect match it will never work. That said I've had clips from a project source and the source itself, only to get rejected as a mismatch during the process.

Review by Mark on Aug 13, 2019 Version: 5.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 6/10


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