Video editing software can be incredibly expensive, and it can be extremely time-consuming finding the right one that works for you.
But, it really doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are so many free video editing software platforms out there that can match that of paid video editing software.
To help you all out we have comprised a list of the best free video editing software out there.
The best free video editing software
Here we go – the list you’ve been waiting for: The best free video editing software available for all kinds of filmmakers.
Da Vinci Resolve is an incredibly powerful editing package. It’s definitely one of the more advanced packages with features that include: colour correction, multi-cam editing and audio correction. It has plenty of tools to perfect your footage with text creation both 2 and 3 dimensional.
This is perfect for anyone that wants to do more with their video than trimming it and uploading it. We would say this is the closest to Adobe Premiere Pro in terms of a free video editing software, it really is hard to beat!
Blender was originally designed as a 3D design platform – but is now one of the leading video editing software. It comes with video editing software that is in-depth and comes with an easy-to-use interface that can be used to simply trim some footage or edit, sync and colour correct.
Blender has it all, it mirrors Adobe Premiere Pro’s Lumetri scopes with its own Luma waveforms to assist you with all your colour correcting needs. As well as colour correcting Blender allows you to use the masking tools for any additional FX you may want to add to your footage.
It definitely sits more in the advanced editing camp, so if you’re looking for something to trim some footage, we recommend looking elsewhere but if you’re looking to edit and create some advanced colouring and masking – even some 3D visuals, Blender is definitely the one for you.
This one is for Mac users and is really simple to use. The intuitive interface allows anyone to pick it up and get started on their own video editing journey. It’s ideal for learning the basics and can be used as a stepping stone to the more advanced video editing software.
We wouldn’t recommend it for anyone looking to colour correct or edit complex footage, it’s best for simple editing and learning the basics.
HitFilm Express is a very professional and smooth looking video editing program, the capability it has for a free video editing software is insane.
The layering and masking features in HitFilm express are reminiscent of Adobe Premiere Pro and work to a decent level as well. With these, you’ll be able to use all the basic masking and layering techniques you need to create your films.
The easy to use interface is another benefit of HitFilm express, easy to manage and find your way around. They also do a great job of providing you with guides and tutorials – ideal for beginners.
Other features include the following:
- Advanced cutting tools
- Compositing tools
- Audio and video filters
- 3D video support
- Keying features to allow for green screen effects
Overall a great free video editing program, we’d say it was slightly catered for the mid-level editors due to the tools available, but it’s the perfect platform to carve your way in the editing industry.
Shotcut is an open-source program similar to Blender and supports a whole range of video formats which is a massive bonus. One huge benefit is that it supports 4K editing where a lot of free video editing software lacks the ability to.
The native timeline editing means you have a lot of freedom and creativity when it comes to editing your footage. Another positive from the makers is you don’t need to constantly import clips, so it makes editing a lot quicker and efficient in that sense.
Shotcut is ideal both for beginners and intermediate filmmakers, definitely one of our favourites for ease of use and capabilities.
A bit different this one, it’s solely for mobile – but worth the mention, especially if you need to splice up a quick video for social media.
Quik is developed by the makers of GoPro and is very similar to their other video editing app called Splice. It offers lots of editing options for mobile devices including transitions and audio editing.
However, we have it on this list as it’s able to automatically sift through your footage and find key moments and even add transitions – the best thing is it’s available for both Apple and Android, unlike Splice.
VideoPad is another we had to include on the list. It’s a great platform, one we love to play around on all the time. It’s got a great library full of premade transitions for you, excellent if you are new to editing.
You can reduce camera shakes and stabilise videos as well as being able to export your footage in many different formats. If you’re an advanced editor or filmmaker you’d be better off looking to use Da Vinci Resolve or Blender – editing software with more capability. However, if you are new to editing this is one of the best starting points imaginable, easy-to-use interface, simple and with a multitude of transitions.
When looking for the best free video editing software, take into consideration what capabilities you need it for. Are you making simple edits for social media videos? Are you needing it for an indie feature project?
Make sure you scope out your project and read the reviews above to make the best decision for you. Filmmaking doesn’t have to be expensive and you can make some incredibly detailed films on a minimal budget these days.
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