Statistics show that more people engage with videos than simple texts. According to Small Business Trends, videos of eCommerce products increase conversion rates by 144%, making content marketing videos better tools than photographs. Apart from online marketing, videos are an important aspect of our daily life as they exit for music, comedy, game shows, etc. and it is essential to have the best software.
Today’s listicle is a combination of the best free video editing software that will enable you to produce professional-grade videos with animation and text effects, transitions, audio editing, etc. They are listed in alphabetic order.
Blender is an advanced free, open-source, cross-platform 3D creation suite with a built-in video editor capable of performing basic and complex editing functions such as cutting and splicing, color grading, video masking, scrubbing and waveform visualization, filters, transition effects, chroma vectorscope, and histogram displays, live preview, and Audio mixing.
Being a modeling software, Blender is among the video editors in this list with a steep learning curve with features such as a path-tracer engine for realistic rendering of animated objects, the option to code game logic into the software for video game development.
2. DaVinci Resolve 16
DaVinci Resolve 16 is an advanced video editing software that combines visual effects, audio post-production, color correction, and 8K editing into a single tool that both beginner video editors can take advantage of without compromising the editing power and flexibility that professionals require.
It has the ability to work efficiently online and offline with advanced features such as facial recognition, high-quality motion estimation speed, intelligent auto-editing that syncs audio and visuals, a dual timeline for easy navigation, etc.
DaVinci Resolve 16 has a free edition available for Windows, Linux, and Mac users as well as a full ‘Studio’ version which costs $269.
3. Filmora 9
Filmora 9 is a freemium video editor designed to provide the power and efficiency required by professional video editors to beginners and hobbyists without compromising style or performance. With it, users can easily create interesting videos using a nicely themed UI integrated with a filmstock media library.
Its features include over 100 layers for creating easy-to-edit stories using a beautiful timeline, green-screen effects, keyframing, background noise removal, 4K video resolution, and tons of animations and effects including reverse and slow motion. Filmora has a free edition available for Windows and Mac alongside two payment plans, an annual subscription for Personal, Business, and Educational users, and a one-time fee of $69.99.
4. HitFilm Express
HitFilm Express is a free video editing software created with the intention of providing all the tools required to create awesome films, gaming videos, and all-round media content in a single software that appeals to beginners, YouTubers, film students, and creatives without a budget alike.
Its features include unlimited tracks and transitions, free video tutorials and projects, over 410 effects and press, full 2D and 3D compositing, a professional-grade video editor, and integration with Blender, to mention a few. HitFilm is available for free on Mac and Windows and it has a pro version that costs $497.
iMovie is Apple’s very own free video editing software that enables users to create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies on their iPhone, iPad, and Mac laptop. It features all the basic tools for creating and editing videos combined with advanced features not found in many free video editing software.
iMovie’s features include extra special effects, intelligently adding soundtracks that autofit movie length, built-in music, studio-quality title animations, stylist genre-specific video filters, greenscreen effects, multiple exports, and share options, etc. It comes preinstalled on Macbooks and is free to install from the App store.
KineMaster is a full-featured mobile video editor that fits several advanced editing tools in the palm of the hand. Its features include eight different blending options for overlapping videos and images with artistic effects, a reverse tool for making focal shifts and in-camera transitions, a chroma key for compositing two or more videos with an alpha mask preview, support for 4K video resolution at up to 60 fps, and as many as 9 video layers at a time.
KineMaster has a free version that exports videos with a watermark. If you fancy using the app, you can upgrade to the Pro Edition for $4.99 per month.
Lightworks is a robust non-linear video editor for mastering digital video and it comes loaded with several amazing features that make it efficient for some of Hollywood’s biggest projects like Pulp Fiction, Heat, The Wolf of Street, and Road to Perdition, to mention a few.
It features a simple user interface for easy timeline editing and trimming, real-time ready to use audio and video effects, support for several file formats including variable frame rate media, and the ability to tons of royalty-free audio and video content.
Lightworks is has a free version available on Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms with a Pro subscription plan for $24.99 per month.
OpenShot is an efficient video editing program designed to be easy to use by beginner video editors. Its features include customizable title-card templates, drag-and-drop for adding image, audio, and media files, powerful key-frame animations, and unlimited layers for audio tracks, background videos, etc.
OpenShot is completely free as it is 100% open-source and available on Linux, Mac, and Windows.
9. Quick by GoPro App
Quick by GoPro App is a robust video editor designed to enable users creators video on the move. With it, you can record, edit, and share videos from a single app UI equipped with the ability to automatically add smart clip transitions. Other features include professional time-lapse sequence creation, an AI editing assistant, over 100 royalty-free songs, and automatic syncing of videos to music.
Quick is free to use on Android and iOS devices with a premium subscription model costing $4.99 per month after a 30-day free trial.
Shotcut is a robust open-source video editor with support for a wide range of video formats including ProRes, 4K, FFmpeg, and DNxHD. It was originally designed for Linux until it was extended to the Mac and Windows platforms since when it has continually received performance and feature updates that place it on par with paid alternatives.
Its features include a multi-format timeline for mixing frame rates, advanced audio filters, native timeline editing, etc. and it is completely free.
11. VSDC Free Video Editor
VSDC Free Video Editor is a non-linear video editing application for processing high-resolution clips including VR 360-degree, 4K UHD, and 3D videos. Its features include color-correction tools, transitional effects, motion-tracking, mask tools for hiding/highlighting specific elements, sharing directly to social media, unique Instagram-grade image filters, etc.
VSDC Free Video Editor is available for only Windows as a free version with a pro version that costs $19.99.
So there you go. Nine great free video editors for desktop/laptop users and 2 of the best free video editing apps for mobile phones. Did your favorite make it to the list? Feel free to add your suggestions and the reasons they stand out in the comments section below.
Martins is a developer with over 300 listicles on FOSS software. While studying for an MSc in Cybersecurity, his passion for technology keeps him covering different tech topics especially about the best software for readers to use.
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