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TOP 10 BEST FREE VIDEO EDITOR TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

Do you want to learn how to edit videos but aren’t sure where to start? As difficult as learning a new skill often is, the financial cost of video editing software is typically even more of an impediment. If you are not sure where to spend your money — or if you even want to spend money — consider free video editing software to get started.

Video editing tools help users digitally edit video and audio files to create promotional materials, educational guides, short videos and feature-length films, to name a few. The best free video editing software for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android can provide the tools you need, on any device. Without video editing tools, we wouldn’t have my favorite short-length video format: the music video.

Without further ado, let’s talk free video editor tools for beginners and get you on your way to video editing mastery. The following list includes video editing tools that are free to download or include free trials.

Here are the best free video editor software in 2018

  1. imovie
  2. Lightworks
  3. VSDC Free Video Editor
  4. DaVinci Resolve
  5. Filmora
  6. Freemake
  7. Camtasia
  8. Clipchamp
  9. Shotcut
  10. HitFilm Express

FOR EACH FREE VIDEO EDITOR I PROVIDE:

  • An overview
  • Highlighted features
  • Free and paid options details

I have pulled all of the product details highlighted herein directly from the vendors’ websites. I elucidate the free options so you will know if these products are available as free licenses or temporary free trials. I have also highlighted the paid options so there are no surprises. If you test a free video editor application, like it and want to upgrade, you will understand the cost to do so.

 

 

iMovie

 

OVERVIEW

iMovie provides Apple-based video editing software: you can start editing on an iPhone or iPad and then finish on your Mac.

FREE OPTION

  • Free for macOS and iOS

FEATURES

  • Select from dozens of styles to add beautifully animated titles and credits
  • Add a broadcast feel to your school report with picture-in-picture and split-screen effects
  • Choose from 10 creative video filters that add a cinematic touch
  • Built-in music, sound effects, and voiceover
Download

Lightworks

 

 

OVERVIEW

Lightworks, a professional non-linear editing (NLE) software (non-destructive to the source material), can produce video in SD and HD with up to 4K resolution. (Thelma Schoonmaker used it on “The Wolf of Wall Street.”)

FREE OPTION

  • Free license version limited to a 1080p Vimeo export
  • Can’t import 4K video files
  • No Blackmagic or AJA camera support
  • Limited exporting options

PAID OPTION

Lightworks Pro license, including Boris Graffiti and FX packages, costs:

  • $25 per month
  • $175 per year
  • $438 outright

FEATURES

  • Simple and intuitive User Interface
  • Easy timeline editing and trimming
  • Real-time ready to use audio and video
  • FX access to royalty-free audio and video content
  • Lo-Res Proxy workflows for the 4K export video for YouTube/Vimeo and SD/HD
  • Video tutorials available via Lightworks YouTube channel
Download

 

VSDC Free Video Editor

 

 

OVERVIEW

VSDC is a Windows-based professional NLE suite.

FREE OPTION

  • Download and use completely free without restrictions
  • No trial period, watermarks or ads

PAID OPTION

  • Technical support prices start at $10 for Free option
  • Video Editor Pro is available for $19.99

FEATURES

  • Non-linear video editor
  • Visual and audio effects are split into five categories: color correction, object transformation, object filters, transition effects and special effects
  • Blending modes and Instagram-like filters
  • Create different shaped masks for hiding, blurring or highlighting certain elements in your video and apply special effects inside or outside the masked area
  • Easy export to social networks
  • Subpixel accuracy provides smooth animation, rotation, transformation and precise relative positioning
Download

 

DaVinci Resolve

 

 

OVERVIEW

DaVinci Resolve provides professional tools for video and audio editing in SD, HD and Ultra HD.

FREE OPTION

  • DaVinci Resolve 14

PAID OPTION

  • DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio for $299

FEATURES

  • Professional editing, color correction and Fairlight audio tools for SD, HD and Ultra HD work at up to 60 frames per second
  • Includes virtually every imaginable editing and trimming tool available
  • Includes fully featured Fairlight audio in the same software you use for editing and color correction
  • Picture editors, colorists, and sound editors can work in parallel
  • Runs on all major platforms: Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Video tutorials available on Blackmagic Design YouTube channel
Download

Filmora

 

 

OVERVIEW

Filmora is a Mac-, Windows-, iOS- and Android-based video editor.

FREE OPTION

  • Free trial with Filmora watermark

PAID OPTION

  • 1-year license for $44.99
  • Lifetime license for $59.99
  • Multi-users lifetime license for 2-5 PCs for $179.97

FEATURES

  • 4K editing and GIF support
  • Noise removal, reverse, color tuning and camera shake effects
  • Social Import
  • Precision speed control
  • Frame by frame preview, pan and zoom and 1:1 & portrait Support
  • Add up to 5 text tracks and 10 music tracks to your timeline
  • Picture in picture (PIP) track, audio mixer, advanced text editing
  • Green Screen, split screen, and screen recording
  • Selection of color grading presets inspired by popular movies
  • Video Stabilization, tilt-shift and audio separation
  • Video tutorials available on Filmora YouTube channel
Download

 

 

Freemake

 

OVERVIEW

Freemake provides free video editing software without registration, time limitations or hidden costs.

FREE OPTION

  • All Freemake programs are free to download; no trials or limitations

FEATURES

  • Video converter and downloader
  • Convert to MP4, MP3, AVI, WMV, DVD, iPhone, Android
  • Convert YouTube to anything
  • Cut, join and rotate clips
  • Convert movie with subtitles
  • Embed video to websites
  • Video tutorials available on Freemake YouTube channel
Download

 

 

Camtasia

 

OVERVIEW

Camtasia provides tools to customize and edit videos.

FREE OPTION

  • Free 30-day trial

PAID OPTION

  • A single-user license for $199.00
  • Upgrade current license for $99.50

FEATURES

  • Record your screen, make edits and add effects
  • Make training and support videos: record mouse movement, show keystrokes and add notes
  • Create marketing and demo videos: drag-and-drop editor, motion graphics, and music tracks
  • Transform powerpoint presentations and webinars into a compelling video
  • Create engaging educational videos
Download

 

 

Clipchamp

 

OVERVIEW

Clipchamp provides a private, browser-based video editor and webcam recorder.

FREE OPTION

  • Basic is limited for personal use

PAID OPTION

  • Business is $7.50 per month billed annually or $9 month to month
  • Professional is $82 per month billed annually or $99 month to month
  • Business is $249 per month billed annually or $299 month to month

FEATURES

  • 5 videos per month
  • 5 min per video webcam recordings
  • Unlimited maximum input video length
  • Unlimited maximum input video size
  • Video compression
  • Batch video processing
  • Plugins available for WordPress, Slack and Gmail
  • Video tutorials and training available on Clipchamp YouTube channel
Download

 

 

Shotcut

 

OVERVIEW

Shotcut is a Windows-, Mac- and Linux-based free and open source, cross-platform video editor.

FREE OPTION

  • Free and open-source

FEATURES

  • Support for a wide range of formats
  • Audio features
  • Video effects
  • Editing features
  • No import required meaning native timeline editing
  • Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring
  • Resolution support to 4k
  • Tutorials available
  • Video tutorials and training available on Shotcut YouTube channel
Download

 

HitFilm Express

 

 

OVERVIEW

HitFilm Express 2017 is a Mac- and Windows-based free editing and VFX software. It is the free version of HitFilm Pro.

FREE OPTION

  • HitFilm Express is free to download

PAID OPTION

  • HitFilm Express add-ons are available for purchase starting at $10

FEATURES

  • 2D and 3D effects compositing
  • Compatible with Mac and Windows
  • Over 180 visual effects
  • Editor with transitions and unlimited tracks
  • International filmmaking community
  • Video tutorials and training available on HitFilm YouTube channel
Download

 

Best Bonus: 

 

 

Media 100

 

OVERVIEW

Media 100 Suite is a macOS-based free professional video editor for for tape or digital.

FREE OPTION

  • Free to download

FEATURES

  • Easy-to-use, responsive interface
  • Broad support for 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards
  • Edit in Media 100 and export their Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects for finishing
  • Boris RED is included for integrated transitions and titling on the Media 100 timeline
  • Eye Scream Factory’s “100 Essential Transitions” package is included featuring a variety of designer transition effects including artistic dissolves, glow dissolves, luma dissolves, pullswaps, rays dissolves and Wipes
Download

 

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Imran is a tech geek who spends half of his day reading and writing about tech. While the nights are spent on shooting or editing YouTube videos. Feel free to geek out with him on-

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