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Machete

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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: 4.3MB
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Latest version

5.0 (September 30, 2018)



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Download Machete 5.0  4.3MB  Win



Software License

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



Supported operating systems

WinWindows




Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Version 5.0 (released October 1, 2018):

Improved user interface
Shortcut keys can be customized
Support for video files with H.265 (HEVC) video stream
Several 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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10 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


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




Ive always liked this software as it does a fine job at removing unwanted parts of a video, but only recently I learned its defect at inserting a clip. Say for instance your H264 video frame rate runs at 23.976 according to MediaInfo and you want to insert a new file to it(despite having exact encoding compression settings!)it may be still rejected saying 'your original file is 23.97599 and your second is 23.976, so you have to re-encode both source and clip as well.

That said other editors such as Boilsoft throw up this error message as well. I've even had two exact frame rates with Machete and also still get your encoding compression settings do not match, despite re-encoding the source and additional file to the same parameters. Like I said Machete is good for deleting unwanted parts of a video, but pretty useless at inserting clips to your source with the same the same attributes. I once did this inserting a video clip with TMPGenc Express, but forgot how I'd managed to do it.


Review by Gordy on Jan 20, 2019 Version: 5.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 8/10


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