VirtualDub was a great piece of free software for learning video editing waybackwhen on Windows. It was lite, capable of handling AVI (defacto source at the time), and did I mention it was free? Also it was free, so that was cool when it launched in 2004.
It was so cool it lead to a forked piece of software known as VirtualDubMod, which itself has gone on to inspire at least one other software I still use.
Every software comes with its own design, layout, menus, and options. One of the features of VDubMod was the ability to change the CPU resource setting – “thread priority” – for the process from within the software (as opposed to the Task Manager). This was done via a simple drop-down menu accessible once the processing of the video began – of course the default setting was…
Of course don’t change the resource setting as the software is mopping up – that could lead to a crash while the render is finishing. Solution: “Don’t do that.” (Psst: Stay Normal!)