Best Free Video Editing Program

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Introduction

Hello and welcome to the Best Free Video Editing Program review page! Whether you're a professional looking to save money, a student looking for a program to help with a school project or just a person who likes making videos and needs an editor, this page is for you.

I will also be here to answer as many of your questions as I can in the comments section and on our forum. So please, if you need some help picking the right program or if you are an experienced video editor and feel that a specific free editor should be reviewed, because it has worked so well for you, let me know and hopefully, together, we can help everyone find the Best Free Video Editing Program for them!

Disclaimer: All free video editing software recommended here are for Windows. Companies like NCH and others who distribute partially restricted free versions of their primary-for-profit product or other freeware will often attempt to add other programs during install of the software you actually want. Be careful to only approve the installation of the programs you want and recognize. If you are given the choice of standard or custom installation choosing custom will often give you the opportunity to see exactly what components the software is installing and choose which parts you do or do not want. I do my best to make sure nothing recommended on this page in the main section or the comments will afflict your computer with viruses or useless programs. Downloading free software on the internet can be risky though so ALWAYS pay attention to exactly what you are downloading and where you are downloading it from: it's for your own health!

Discussion

VirtualDub is an impressive open source package that is regularly updated by its author. Note that it mainly supports AVI files and can read (not write) MPEG-1 and BMP images but doesn't handle some video formats like DVD or MP4. And like all video software, it needs a pretty fast PC. In the world of video editing VirtualDub has always been there. It's a very reliable program that with the right amount of knowledge can accomplish just about any task. VirtualDub is licensed under the GNU General Public License , meaning you can use it for free. No risk involved, and the whole source code is available if you want it.

The package is however not complete without the additional filters. A comprehensive collection of third party filters is available from here.

Avidemux is a free, open source, video editor written in C++ by Mean, Gruntster and Fahr.  Note that it mainly supports AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. It will run on almost any operating system like Linux, Ubuntu, Debian, Mandriva, Windows, Mac OS, PC DSB, using minimal resources. Advanced users can customize the program. Newer distributions have a command line interface. Large selection of filters. It can be too complicated for beginners or even intermediate users who often have problems syncing sound and video in their projects as well as adding filters and adjusting the beginning and end of clips.

The official site doesn't support download exe. file directly and users can mainly download from Berlios.de,SourceForge.

OpenShot is a free, open-source video editor for Linux licensed under the GPL version 3.0. It mainly supports many video, audio, and image formats based on FFmpeg. There are several features differentiating it from others.

  • Unlimited tracks / layers, which expands the capability of editors' imagination
  • 3D Animated Titles, after using the open-source package of Blender
  • Key Frame animation,
  • Over 20 other video effects

There are 2 addons for downloading, AV Linux Live DVD and PPA. The former one is free custom shop modded and rodded 32bit PAE computer Operating System designed to turn a regular old (or fairly new) PC or Intel Mac into an Audio/Graphics/Video workstation appliance and the later one will only be used when users' OS is Ubuntu 9.10 and above. Like Avidemux, it's not a easy editing tool for those who are not familiar with encoding, FFmpeg stuff.

Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editor for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, which supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing. The best pro is to support multitrack and unlimited media files in timeline. Like FCP, it organizes videos and audios with layers and there are multiple addon sources to enrich video results by adding scripts, background textures, keyboard stickers and music.

Other Selections
This section will hold all products reviewed that did not end up on the main list, which will be listed one by one in the following days. This is because of my own experiences running the programs on my computer for my projects and the evaluation I made of its efficacy as well as how easily others were able to complete projects in a satisfactory and timely manner. This may not apply to how the program will run on your system for your projects so please, do not become upset if you see a program you like below. If one of these is your favorite for your projects I am happy for you and would honestly like to hear about it in my email or the comments section below.

To be reviewed:

LiVES

Cinelerra

Kino

Windows Movie Maker

Wax

FFMpeg

Blender

ZS4 Video Editor

Cinefx Jahshaka

Lightworks

Movica

 
 
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Quick Selection Guide

Avidemux
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Powerful, easy to use and well documented tutorials.
As with any other video editing program, it can be confusing.
http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/
2.6.8
12.07MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
This product is portable.
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, PC-BSD
VirtualDub
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Great piece of software for the power user who is really familiar with video editing.
Can be quite confusing for the average user.
http://www.virtualdub.org/
1.10.4
1.9 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7, licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL)
OpenShot
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Powerful with many other add-ons like 3D animated titles
Should download some other add-ons like PPA if users' OS above Ubuntu 9.10
http://openshot.org/
1.1.3
12.3MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Fedora 11+, Ubuntu 8.04+
Kdenlive
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
High compatibility of input and output media formats Support multitrack and unlimited media files in timeline Multiple free open-source addons Have creative video effects like Cartoon,Charcoal and Flippo
Not suitable for greenhands Update slow No powerful video effects like PIP, faceoff
http://www.kdenlive.org
0.9.8
3.2M
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
GNU/Linux distributions;FreeBSD;Mac OS X;NetBSD

 
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by Anonymous on 29. January 2009 - 8:41  (14895)

Give Pinnacle VideoSpin a try. I have tried every other proram menioned in this post and found them either extremely unintuitive or difficult to figure out. I was very impressed with VideoSpin. Nice interface, simple functions, easy to understand, and intuitive.

by Anonymous on 11. February 2009 - 18:40  (15850)

uh...can't believe wax hasn't been mentioned :)

http://www.debugmode.com/wax/

by Anonymous on 15. February 2009 - 22:47  (16108)

Doesn't really look like a movie editor when i looked at, but I could be mistaken

by Anonymous on 20. February 2009 - 3:41  (16400)

Hmmm, you forgot Avidemux,
a really good, stable, fast, user-friendly, linear video editor,
for all basic (...and more) tasks.

You should give it a try....

by Anonymous on 27. February 2009 - 0:49  (16856)

thx to the editors for providing all this info.

I was wondering if there is an open-source and/or freeware video editor that comes close to or is better than Avid, Final Cut Pro or Premiere?

by Anonymous on 9. March 2009 - 23:02  (17468)

This is great piece of free software. Thanks for info!

by wculbertson on 17. March 2009 - 16:36  (18040)

I have seen several reviews for various free video editors, but have not found one that has a specific function I need. I have a co-worker that gave me a camera to download the video from, and make a DVD movie. All went well, except that part of the time she held the camera sideways. This means to properly view the movie, you need to either lay down, or have your head cocked way over and end up with a very stiff neck afterward. Now for my need: is there any free video editor that would take a video clip and rotate it ninety degrees, either right or left; similar to the way a photo editor will?

If anyone knows of one, I would greatly appreciate knowing about it. Thanks.

by Anupam on 17. March 2009 - 17:56  (18047)

Please have a look here at the software:
http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-Video-Flip-and-Rotate.htm

Its a freeware from DvdVideoSoft. I haven't tried the software myself, but it may serve your purpose. Give it a try, and please do share the results here.

Also, if you have further questions, posting in TechSupportAlert freeware forum, will be good :).

Anupam Shriwatri, India

by wculbertson on 18. March 2009 - 14:36  (18101)

Thanks for the suggested software. I tried it, and it works great, it is extremely easy to use. It definitely is what I needed. The only limitation I have found is the output format is limited to an avi, but I can live with that. I can always take the avi and convert it later. It will accept a lot of formats as input.

The site also has a lot of other free apps that look very interesting that I want to try when I have time, as well.

I apologize for posting my question in the wrong place. I guess I was too focused on my immediate problem to realize there was a forum to ask the questions in. I just registered, and put my question in the area I was interested in. I will go to the forum to see what is there.

Again, thanks for the advice.

by Anupam on 18. March 2009 - 15:28  (18108)

Hii.. thanks for posting back. And great to hear that the program served your purpose. Yes, the site has many other nice freewares too.
Yeah, you can always convert the video to another format. If you need some names of freeware converters, do let know :).
And hey, no need to apologize... please. It was just an advice about posting in forums. Not meant to make u feel u did a mistake. Just wanted to let you know about the forums, that have just got a new look and started afresh :).
Take care buddy :)

Anupam Shriwatri, India

by Anonymous on 21. March 2009 - 1:43  (18272)

Hi all,

There seems to be a lot of free video editing tools available, but I am a novice and have one simple wish - I want to stitch separate videos together to make one long video. I need something easy to understand that will just join all the files together. Any ideas? And thanks.

by Anonymous on 25. March 2009 - 15:23  (18533)

Hey guys are there any good video editing software for vista?

by Anonymous on 25. March 2009 - 16:13  (18536)

Avidemux for the win. I was mainly using it for simple editing and found it much easier for my purposes then Virtua Dub. I didn't think it could join video but a quick google led me to loads of tutorials and it does the job nicely.

If they are wmv files though Microsofts Movie Maker does the job very easily, you may have it installed.

by Anonymous on 27. March 2009 - 16:18  (18675)

For me best free video editor is Blender.
Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2
Tutorial 2

by Anonymous on 24. April 2009 - 4:35  (20410)

I use the free "Video Spin" by Avid/Pinnacle, for my home DV editing.

It's adware and crippled in some export formats. I use "Quick Media Converter" to get around that.

I used to do professional video editing with Avid software but sometimes a lighter product is better.

If all you want is cuts, fades, simple audio control -- then Video Spin might be good enough for you. It's a stable product and it's free!

by Anonymous on 25. April 2009 - 14:50  (20507)

I have never used VirtualDub but i have used Avidemux and Mediacoder and both of hese softwares are good. Both are available at Sourceforge.net

by drewbee on 26. April 2009 - 21:53  (20596)

Great post mate :)

Will be updating soon

make sure to check back regularly!

by Anonymous on 26. April 2009 - 22:48  (20598)

Is there a freeware video editor that lets you chromakey? (Use green or blue screen)

by Fireboy241 on 15. December 2009 - 23:50  (38755)

For the future editor of this category: try checking out Jashaka, it has been mentioned by CNET

by bishan on 21. December 2009 - 13:42  (39102)

It has limited features. Anyway thanks
Bishan Chakraborty

by Anupam on 23. December 2009 - 17:09  (39242)

The VLC team is working on a cross platform video editor. Details here :

http://lifehacker.com/5432946/vlc-team-working-on-a-cross+platform-video...

by Anonymous on 10. January 2010 - 16:27  (40783)

I'm a novice myself, but I think you may find HJSplit what you're looking for. It does join video files.

by Anonymous on 23. January 2010 - 8:23  (41823)

AviSynth another powerful video editing tool.

by Anonymous on 9. February 2010 - 18:10  (43184)

Avidemux (No.1 on this page) will rotate 90 degress...Video-Filters-Rotate

by HeWhoRocks on 10. March 2010 - 18:38  (45322)

Hi TheGutterTech.
A visitor left this link on my category but i can't use it. Maybe you can?
http://www.trakax.com/software/pc/

Have a good one.
grf

by Anonymous on 12. March 2010 - 16:50  (45439)

Which is the best for editing with layers.
Example: Im in the front walking...and theres a backgorund video where There are bombs exploding everywhere.
Which freeware can do this?

by Anonymous on 26. March 2010 - 20:21  (46253)

WAX

by Anonymous on 27. March 2010 - 1:27  (46268)

Let`s face it...there`s no really good free video editor that will do all the things you want it to do.

by Anonymous on 10. April 2010 - 5:57  (47348)

Yes there is, it is called LiVES.

- http://lives.sourceforge.net

by Anonymous on 19. April 2010 - 7:53  (47950)

SUPER © is great for converting wmv/asf. Vdub never works well with these, even with the plugin or old/mod version.

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