What's the best free video editing software?
I'm looking for the best video editor software that's available for free. Preferable open-source, but it's not a requirement. Also explain shortly why.

for Windows. If you are looking to make basic video editions or try to make a hole in the net like youtuber, this collection will help you find the right tool depending on the level of difficulty or the range of options you are looking for.

As expected, many of these alternatives do not have the high range of options that other professional and paid programs. However, with them you will have more than enough for basic and advanced editions, and there are even with support for 4K resolutions.


Avidemux is a free software application and multiplatform, which means that your code can be reviewed by anyone to improve it or look for errors, which will always be free and compatible with several operating systems. In this case, you have versions for GNU / Linux, Windows, macOS and PC-BSD.

It offers virtually any option you can ask a program gratuitous. It allows you to add audio tracks and images to your videos, cut and paste fragments of your videos, and a very large collection of filters. It also supports subtitle formats, and is compatible with the main video formats such as MKV, AVI or MP4.


A free alternative, open source and multiplatform in case you look for a balance between complexity and ease of use. It supports hundreds of audio and video formats, as well as codecs thanks to FFmpeg, it offers timelines in multiple formats, and the possibility to adjust the frame rate or add filters.

It allows you to capture screen, audio and webcam, network streaming, and supports resolutions up to 4K. It also offers a modular interface with panels that you can dock and undock, including those of file properties, playlist with thumbnails, history or encoding. It also allows drag-n-drop to add content.


Lightworks is one of the most complete publishers on the market. Your annual license costs $ 134.99, but you have as an alternative a free version with some limitations such as not having support for 4K (you'll have to settle for 720p), different effects and advanced options.

However, the free version has versions for Windows, macOS and GNU / Linux, a modern interface and its basic functions. Also options like importing files of all formats, being able to make copies of your projects or export them to platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo. Therefore, although you do not have as many options as the professional version is a good contact for quick jobs.


OpenShot Video Editor is an application designed to offer an easy-to-use, fast-to-learn video editor with multiple possibilities. In addition, you can download it for free in Windows as well as in macOS or GNU / Linux, and since its files are cross platform, what you start in one operating system you can end up in another.

It has several functions, such as the ability to drag content within the interface to import it, add watermarks, change the size of the clips, cut them, rotate them or add transitions. It also allows you to add 3D effects, subtitles, map the time of the clips and edit their sound. Come on, a pretty complete option.


WeVideo is one of the best online publishers you can find. It has a free version for which you just have to register, it allows you to make the editions in a collaborative way and has an application for Google Drive, so you can save your creations directly in the Google cloud.

This free version allows you to work with files of up to 1 GB, save your projects with 720p resolutions and benefit from their compatibility with the main video formats. You also have a library of hundreds of songs to give some video to your videos, which you can upload to YouTube and other services once you have finished.


And we end with VideoPad, which together with the aforementioned Lightworks is possibly one of the best editors with a free version that you can find. It offers several combinable transitional effects, and allows you to decorate your videos with different brightness, saturation and color settings.

The application also has several export functions, allowing you to burn your finished videos on a DVD, save them on your hard drive in a variety of formats or share them directly on Facebook or YouTube. It also has some preconfigurations to adapt it to different mobile players.


VirtualDub is another free and free software application with GNU license, compatible with any version from Windows 98. It stands out above all for its compression capacity, divisions and the ability to add different video tracks. You can also with batch processing to be able to manipulate multiple files at once.

Its big negative point is that it is already a little veteran, and is not compatible with some modern video formats such as mp4. However, if you are able to overlook these shortcomings you have a good tool that has the support of the community, thanks to which we can extend its functions with third-party video filters.


Formerly known as CineFX, Jahshaka is a cross-platform video editor compatible with Windows, macOS and GNU / Linux. More than a video editor itself is almost an effects engine, so we could compare it with Adobe After Effects. It allows to create 2D and 3D animations, the management of media and assets and the creation and editing of effects.

Vsdc Video Editor

VSDC Video Editor is a tool not too well known, but in addition to having its paid version also counts as a free one. Of course, if you have a problem the support is paid, and the free version has some ads.

Even so, the editor has a minimalist design and easy to use. It allows you to apply "Instagram" filters and transitions to videos, alter the light and apply video and sound effects. It also allows the creation of masks for hiding, blurring or underlining elements in the video, and allows you to export the creations to your social networks.

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I personally use Windows Movie Maker as it is easy to grasp and does not require much more skills as the functions are easy to grasp for anybody who have some basic skills.

While if you want a little extra fun and features than Shotcut would be the best priority and yes it is free. A ton of cool features you will find and all the details are available in Youtube if you get stuck in any phase of your editing.

I use both of them in my usage daily. Both of them are user accessible and free.


Final Cut Pro gives you a months trial!! Worth a look ! I got a few videos made in that time.


There are many free video editing software available. I'm going to share which I've used in past and is cloud based. Cloud based means you do not need to download any software on your computer you just type in the URL and start using the video editing software. Following are the some of those cloud based application to edit your videos:-

1. Video editor by Kizoa - the video editor is for free. You can cut videos, there are some free templates you can use and create your customized video.

Website:- https://www.kizoa.com/Video-Editor

2. Video editor by moviemakeronline, its a free video editing cloud based software and easy to use. Upload your video, make edits using editor add style and than download your customized video.

Website:- https://moviemakeronline.com/

3. Video editor by hippovideo.io this is my favorite video editing software. Totally free and  you can edit/import videos from anywhere to start editing your video. Hippo Video editor lets you trim clips, cut, crop, add text, emojis allowing your to make your video just perfect.

Website:- https://www.hippovideo.io/hippo-video-editor.html


I am a big fan of Openshot.  www.openshot.org.  

I used to use the Windows Movie Maker for most of my video editing.  With the release of Windows 10, they no longer support that so it is not an option anymore.

Openshot is free and it is very easy to use.  I like that it has a large variety of formats that you can export to.  

My sister in law is taking a college class and she had to do interviews and then edit them into a final project video.  She is not that great when it comes to technology, but after I installed Openshot for her, she was able to fully complete her final project with no help from me.  

The fact is, it just works. 

I run an IT department and I am in charge of about 200 to 300 PC's in my environment.  I now include Openshot as part of my base image to install on all of my PC's.  If the students in my district need to make a video, I want something easy and fast for them to use to create it.

I highly recommend it!


I have tried a few video editing softwares and have found that the one I have stuck with is openshot video editor.

I was using a paid for video editor but I found that my pc wasn't fast enough to use for the paid version and I needed something else.

Open shot gives me all the stuff I need to edit videos and is powerful enough to do all sorts of editing to my videos.

You can drag and drop video and music files add opening titles and use green screen if you want by using this product.

I have never had a problem with it and I am happy with it's features that make it stand out from the other open sauce products that are out there.

If you are wanting something more simple I would go for windows movie maker, but this is a lot less powerful.

I hope this helps you on your way.