Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Nowadays, individuals and businesses are adopting digital marketing strategies to promote their services. They are promoting their services through social media platforms. The promotional content is marketed on these platforms in the form of posts, videos and stories.

Such videos have to go through editing before publishing them online. Video editing is a process of rearrangement of video frames to create the desired outcome. While editing a video, some special effects and music are also added to make the video creative and interesting. Invitation makers, video makers, are also used along with video editing software.

Following is the list of top 20 performing video editing apps to be aware of

Power Director – It is a cross-platform mid-level video editing app compatible with both Android and iOS. This app is equipped with a multi-track editing option. You can export your videos to YouTube directly from this app. In the free version of this app, there is a watermark on all the videos which are edited here. If you get the paid version, you will also get 4K support and advert-free editing.

Inshot – If you wish to upload your videos on social media, then this app is perfect for you. Inshot runs on both iOS and Android platforms. With its great interface you can import, trim, add filters, special effects, captions, emojis, music and sound effects to your videos. There is no multi-track editor option and 4K support in this app.

Adobe Premiere Rush – This is a cross-platform app suitable to edit short videos. Adobe premiere rush runs on all operating systems. In its free version, this app allows some great features to add to your videos. The user interface is quite accessible, and you can upload your videos on YouTube and other social media platforms easily.

Hyperlapse – It is an iOS-supported app created by Instagram. This app lets you speed up your videos in fast frames. You can convert a minute’s video into a 10-second lapse video here. This app is best suited if you wish to upload your videos on Instagram and other social media apps.

Kinemaster pro – This app offers an advanced level of video editing for Android system users. It comes with a multi-track editing option. So, you can merge two or more videos and edit them here. The paid version of this app allows you to perform some advanced editing on your videos. You can also export your videos to YouTube directly from this app.

Shotcut – It is an open-source video editing app available on Mac, Windows and Linux. This app allows you to create some high-quality videos for both professional and normal use. You can use this app for free but its interface is a bit complex.

Machete video editor lite – This app is developed for Windows system only. You can download this app for free and explore some amazing video editing features. You can easily edit your videos and export them to other platforms as well.

Splice – Splice is a Mac video editing software. You can edit your videos here and add special effects with music. This app will help you to create a beautiful video collage seamlessly.

Lightworks – It is a free video editing app supported by Mac, Linux and Windows systems. This app is equipped with high-end editing features along with special effects. The pro version of this app is a paid one and offers more advanced features.

Videoshow – Now this is another popular video editing app for Android and iOS devices. This app lets you add text overlay, filters, music, stickers, and special effects to your videos.

Hitfilm – Hitfilm is an advanced editing app supported by both Windows and Mac operating systems. The paid version of this app has some advanced features, including adding visual effects, 3D rendering and adding high resolution.

Quik – Created by GoPro, this app is available on Windows, iOS and Android devices. GoPro camera users especially can use this app for video editing. This app is equipped with 20 preset themes and other distinct video editing features.

VSDC Free video editor – This app is designed for Windows operating system devices. This free app gives you a lot of professional video editing features. Some of them include-- colour correction, volume correction, sound normalization and object transformation.

Blender – This open-source app is available on Windows, Linux and Mac devices. For some high-quality professional videos, you can rely on this app. It has all advanced 3D editing options.

We Video – We video is a free cloud-based video editing app available on Android and iOS devices. It has all advanced video editing features. However, with the paid version you can export your videos in 4K resolution.

Viva video – This free video editing app works on both Android and iOS devices. Video creators can make the best use of this app. It includes features such as slideshow maker, simple collage maker and creative camera lenses.

InVideo – InVideo is a basic video editing app supported on Windows, Linux and Mac operating system devices. This movie maker app supports multiple video formats and offers various filters with special effects. You can also add subtitles to your videos.

Pic Play Post – You can make some great video collages with Pic Play Post video editing app. This app is free to download and works on both iOS and Android systems. This app is great for uploading video collages on social media platforms.

Filmora Go – This Android device-supported app is available for free. With the accessible interface, you can edit some great videos here. This app does not support the multi-track editing option. You can export your videos directly from YouTube from this app.

Lumafusion – This iOS-supported video editing app is for professional video editing. This paid app has pro-level features including 4K UHD 25fps export, colour correction, keyframing, insert/overwrite capability, audio mixing and much more.


In the past 24 hours Croatia has recorded 116 new cases of Covid-19 as the second wave of new cases continues. There are currently 1,204 people infected with Covid-19 across the country, among them 139 people are currently hospitalised and eight people are on a ventilator.

On a positive note there have been no casualties in the past 24 hours due to the virus, and it would appear from the number’s and statistics that the vast majority of these new cases have milder symptoms of the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 4,253 people have contracted the new coronavirus, of which 120 have died and 2,929 have recovered.

There are currently 4,507 people in self-isolation up and down the country.

To date, a total of 102,189 people have been tested, of which 1,338 in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said.


In the last 24 hours, 7 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are five people (three men and two women) from Ploče who are epidemiologically linked to a gathering in the Split-Dalmatia County, and one man from Dubrovnik who is the contact of a previously known case, as well as one woman also from Dubrovnik for whom an epidemiological link is still being established. All are on home treatment with mild symptoms.

On a positive note five people have made a full recovery in the county.

There are a total of five people currently hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

Since the beginning of the pandemic a total of 5,145 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.

There are currently 250 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the self-isolation measure was established.


The director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine (HZHM) and a member of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, Maja Grba Bujevic, said on HTV's "Good Morning Croatia" show that the epidemiological situation in Croatia, when numbers of new Covid-19 cases are rising, that we must be aware that face masks have become part of our everyday lives.

She stressed that face masks are now part of the fight against coronavirus. Grba Bujević pointed out that there are a lot of people who are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not have any symptoms and do not know that they are ill. She added that such people can spread the virus to other people and that is why wearing masks is very important.

The director of HZHM said that there are some people who cannot wear masks. The World Health Organization has recommended that masks do not have to be worn by children under the age of two. She added that even such small children should get used to protective masks so as not to create an aversion to masks, but they have no obligation to wear masks.



Grba Bujević said that there is a group of sick people who find it difficult to wear masks, and this group also includes people with disabilities who cannot physically put a mask on their face and take it off. She added that people suffering from some mental illnesses must talk to a psychiatrist in order to wear masks. A member of the National Civil Protection Headquarters said that the mask does not have to be worn by people who have chronic diseases, especially those related to breathing difficulties in ordinary circumstances.

She said that a lot of education is required and that we need to understand that masks will be more and more a part of our everyday life. Grba Bujević emphasized that care should also be taken of people who are hard of hearing and rely on lip reading.

“The person speaking to someone who is lip reading actually has to take off the mask, but in doing so one should take great care of the physical distance,” she pointed out.
She stressed that it still stands that masks don’t have to be worn outside although social distancing should be maintained.

The World Health Organization reported that a record daily increase in the number of people infected with the new coronavirus of 237,743 cases was recorded in the world on Friday.

The largest increases are in the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, the WHO said in a daily report.

The previous daily record for Covid-19 cases was 230,370 on July 12.

The number of deaths has remained steady at an average of 5,000 in July.

The total number of cases of Covid-19 in the world on Friday approached 14 million, according to Reuters, and will soon cross another threshold in the seven months since the start of the spread of the new coronavirus, which has killed 590,000 people so far.


There was a slogan used by the Croatian National Tourist Board which sums up where I am currently calling home perfectly – The Mediterranean as it once was. After 22 years of living in Dubrovnik there is only one part of the county that my feet hadn’t touched. That final piece of the puzzle has now been solved. Lastovo!

An island paradise, a place that time has forgot and a yachter’s dream. It quickly appeared that I was not the only citizen of Dubrovnik not to visited the furthest inhabited Croatian island from the mainland. “Oh, I have always wanted to go there, but it’s so far away,” was basically the standard reply I received. In one way they were right. The connections to Lastovo from Dubrovnik are, well let’s be diplomatic and say, time-consuming. I could have probably been in any other city in the whole of Croatia in the time it took me to get to Lastovo. And this is an island that is in our county!

First impressions – a smaller and wilder version of Mljet. The sea is clear. No, that is a massive understatement. The sea makes a bottle of Jana look cloudy. I have probably never seen a cleaner sea in my life. And the colours and shades. Degas’s palette didn’t have half of the blues I have seen in the sea around Lastovo, and Edgar did love those blue shades.

The old slogan really sums it up perfectly, both in a positive way and a negative way. For the nature is best untouched but the man made things could do with some serious touching. Apart from the natural amphitheatre that is the town of Lastovo the other coastal settlements are, being diplomatic again, less attractive. But that is so often the case, for in terms of beauty man can’t beat nature.



“No, I am originally from Zagreb and moved here a couple of years ago,” said a waitress in a beach bar. She was followed by a lady renting kayaks from Pula, a couple who own a restaurant from Slavonia and a chef from Zagreb. Finding someone born on the island was proving to be challenging. “Yes, we are born and bred on the island, I’m 82 and my wife is 80,” smiled a couple as they bounced through a wooded pathway down to a beach. We had found the middle of nowhere, on an island in the middle of nowhere, and there were a couple from Lastovo, like some almost extinct species.

Split seems to be the main destination. The honey pot that the bees of Lastovo migrate to. “Yes, we feel much more part of Split than Dubrovnik,” answered an islander with a deep Split accent. “Even though it takes us five hours to get to Split by ferry, it is closer than Dubrovnik. I can’t remember the last time I went to Dubrovnik,” she added with a smile. And that is generally the answer I got from locals. Split is their city. Dubrovnik is a necessary evil. “We were part of the Republic of Dubrovnik for centuries, but now we feel like Dubrovnik has ignored us,” concluded the local. You can’t blame her.

Covid-19 has brought new challenges. To be honest I felt light years away from Covid-19, or indeed anything else from the outside world. But in times of pandemic an island is either the best place to be or the worst place to be, there is no middle ground, no grey area. “Are you from our county?” asked a local. Seemingly when it came to Covid-19 the islanders were back in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County as there were less cases than Split.

Tourism on the island is on life support. The yachts are few and far between. The German campers are more numerous but still far from numerous. On a personal note if it wasn’t for a global pandemic I probably still wouldn’t have ever seen Lastovo. Every cloud has a silver living. And so as I sit with the dawn sunshine washing over my balcony I wonder if I’ll ever see Lastovo again. My guess would be probably not. But a long weekend on the furthest point of our county has certainly helped to bring some order to my thoughts and reprioritise my life, and for that I thank Lastovo.       

The National Headquarters announced that Croatia has recorded 86 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. There are 1,190 active cases, which is 14 less than yesterday. 136 people are hospitalized and six are on a ventilator.

"The shortest way to suppress the epidemic is to adhere to the measures,” commented the Minister of Health, Vili Beroš.

"The number of patients in the world is almost 13.5 million," said Minister Beroš.

He pointed out that on the 143rd day of the appearance of Covid-19 in Croatia, 3,953 people have been infected with coronavirus.

"12 people died in this wave. There are no new hotspots. Covid-19 clinics have been organized in 10 counties," Beroš added.

"In the last twenty days, the situation has worsened and we are recording an increase in the number of infected people, so we are taking selective measures. I am asking citizens for maximum patience and continuous responsible behaviour," concluded Beroš.


In the past 24 hours, 3 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are one male and one female from Župa and a younger male from Konavle. All are contacts of previously known cases. Two people from Dubrovnik have made a full recovery.

A total of 6 people are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,011 samples have been sent for analysis to Zagreb.

There are currently 234 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established.

The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County continues to appeal to the citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.


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