What tools do professional video producers use

Ever made a video that you wanted to post on social media but wished there was something you could do to make it more interesting? After all, nobody is good enough to create a perfect video in one go. And even if you do, it's always better to tweak it and add cool effects, sounds, and filters, isn't it?

If you can get used to it, then you've come to the right place. In this post, we are going to introduce you to the nine best free video editing software solutions available today. And no, this isn't just a long list of video editing programs, but a filtered list to introduce you to the best options. This includes both desktop and mobile software that you can use to edit and share your videos. Some of them also work on multiple devices and operating systems and offer real all-channel video editing convenience. So read on to find out about some of the best video editing software solutions that you can start using right now.


Free video editing software tools:


1. OpenShot

Compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

OpenShot is one of the best free, open source video editing software solutions out there. It is a powerful video editor with numerous useful features.

It has an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface that is easy to use even for beginners. It has advanced features like unlimited layers, video transitions with real-time preview, etc.

It also offers many options for video effects, animation, and keyframes. In addition, this tool makes it extremely easy to cut any video.

Pros

  • User friendly interface
  • Unlimited layers

Cons

  • It sometimes delays which is uncomfortable

2. Blender

Compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

 

It's one of the best, most advanced video editing software available on all platforms. It is an open source tool that is available to everyone. And, as far as features go, it has some mighty blows to it.

Key features include live preview, chroma vectorscope, luma waveform, audio mixing, syncing, scrubbing, waveform visualization, and histogram displays. It doesn't have unlimited levels like OpenShot but has 32 slots for adding videos, pictures, audio and effects. It also has a 3D animation suite for professional users.

Pros

  • Good enough to be used by professionals

Cons

  • Not as easy to use as other tools on this list

3. VSDC

Available on Windows.

This is a free, open source video editor that is only available on Windows. It is a good video editing software solution that supports almost all video formats and codecs.

This product is available in both a free and a paid version. The free version is good enough for almost all of your routine video editing needs. For professionals, the paid version offers more advanced features.

It's relatively easy to use and has features like color correction, visual and audio effects, blend modes and filters, etc.

Pros

  • Easy to use tool for everyday video editing

Cons

  • Available to Windows users only
  • The free version sometimes lags behind

4. Shotcut

Compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

This is another open source, free, cross-platform video editing software solution that has decent features. You can just download and use them.

It supports all video formats and platforms, although it was originally designed for Linux. One of their best things about it is that you don't have to import your video into the editor, and that saves a lot of time. It has support for 4K resolution, which is another great feature.

Other cool features include audio and video effects, interlacing, color correction and grading, wipe transitions, etc.

Pros

  • 4K resolution support and other useful features

Cons

  • The interface isn't as easy to use as some of the other tools on this list

5. iMovie

Available for Mac.

 

This is a sophisticated video editing tool that is only available for Mac and iOS users. It is also available in the form of an app and can also be used on mobile devices. And it also supports 4K resolution, which is a useful feature for professionals.

It has a clean and minimal drag-and-drop interface that you can use to add titles, music and effects, etc. to your video clips. You can slow down or speed up the videos and add filters to make them more interesting.

Another interesting feature is that you can change the background position in your videos and place your characters anywhere you want.

Overall, it's a good video editing software that you can start with initially and move on to a more professional software solution later.

Pros

  • Good as basic video editing software
  • Simple drag-and-drop interface

Cons

  • Limited functions for professional use

6. Lightworks

Compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

This is another powerful video editing software solution that has many useful features. There is both a free and a paid version. However, the free version is more than adequate for non-professional use.

Its best features include high-precision video cropping, multicam support, and the ability to export in 720p for YouTube. The tool supports a wide variety of video formats and has a wide variety of video and audio editing options. The paid version of this tool supports 4K video, while the free version does not.

This tool is easy to start using as it comes with many video tutorials to help you understand and work on it.

Pros

  • A good tool with plenty of video editing features

Cons

  • A bit advanced for beginners, but the video tutorials can help

7. VideoPad

Available on Windows.

This is a video editor and filmmaker that only works on Windows PCs and is not available for Mac and Linux. However, if you are a Windows user this is an amazing tool to check out.

It works well as an entry-level tool that can help you learn the basics of video editing without too much effort. It comes with a whole library of pre-made transitions and sound effects for you to play around with.

It also supports 3D video editing, a feature that not all video editors provide for free. And you can directly export your edited videos to YouTube and other social media platforms.

Pros

  • Easy editing of videos and direct export to social media platforms

Cons

  • Not suitable for professional use as it doesn't have many advanced features

8. GoPro QuikStories

Available on iOS and Android devices.

This is a mobile video editing tool that allows you to create beautiful videos on the go. It has a simple interface and a lot of useful features, thanks to GoPro's expertise.

This app from the camera manufacturer GoPro is essentially intended to provide an easy way to edit the videos recorded with the camera. That's because it can connect directly to a GoPro camera and you can control things right from your phone. However, you can use it to edit all types of videos.

It has numerous automatic editing features that you can use to edit your videos and make them more engaging. There are a ton of presets out there and you don't really have to do a lot to edit your videos with this app. However, it is only intended for beginners and does not offer much for professionals.

Pros

  • Lots of options to play around with, especially if you don't know the basics of video editing
  • A really great way to edit and post social media videos on the go

Cons

  • Doesn't provide users with many advanced editing options or controls

9. Adobe Premiere Rush

Available for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.

This is a new application from Adobe that can meet all of your video editing and sharing needs. It is a mobile application that allows you to edit videos anytime anywhere. There's also a desktop version that's compatible with both Mac and Windows PCs.

It has a very user-friendly interface and offers color, audio and graphic animations as well as other editing options. You can also create a video directly from the application, which makes the application even more convenient. Features are a bit limited in the free version, but the paid version has a lot more to offer.

A total of. If you want an all-in-one app that lets you create and share videos on social media, this is the solution for you.

Pros

  • A very handy tool for creating, editing and sharing videos on social media
  • With multi-channel accessibility, you can create videos on one device and edit them on another

Cons

  • The free version has limited features, but the paid version offers a lot more.

10. Filmora

Filmora is a powerful, free, and well-designed video editing software tool. You get many of the professional features such as For example, overlaying clips and sounds, and the ability to use Filmora's keyframing feature to achieve perfect timing. You can also get rid of annoying background noise and publish your video in 4K. Filmora is available for Windows and Macintosh, and you can also export your videos in various frame sizes for online sharing.

Pros

  • Full of features
  • User-friendly for experienced video editors

Cons

  • Not available to Linux users
  • Can be a challenge for new video editors
  • It may not include all of the pro features you need for advanced editing

11. Shotcut

Shotcut comes with an incredibly long list of features, which makes it easy to be a pro tool. For example, large format support (allows you to incorporate a range of images, timelines, 4K resolution, color, text, noise and counter generators and much more. Audio features include the ability to add bass, treble, notch, pitch, reverb, Switching channels, mixing across all tracks, using dissolves and stereo, mono or 5.1 surround sound and much more. And when it comes to the visual effect, the user is spoiled for choice. Shotcut has more than 13 unique features that will turn your video into a polished work. Shotcut is available for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

Pros

Cons

  • Possibly too complex for beginners

12. DaVinci Resolve

 

DaVinci Resolve is one of the more professional video editing platforms that we added to our list. Everything about this tool is aimed at professionals who need the latest cutting software to edit every aspect of their product. Take the individual user cache function. It was developed to give every user working on a project the opportunity to generate and manage their own cache files and thus optimize the performance of their system. You also have the option of protecting projects by using user rights. As a bonus, DaVinci Resolve also comes with a collection of 500 royalty-free Foley sounds. DaVinci Resolve runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Pros

  • Built for professionals
  • Full of features

Cons

  • Not suitable for beginners

13. Avidemux

Avidemux is the epitome of an open source project. It was built by people from all over the world and includes code from other projects, all of which together provide a humble but functional platform. Avidemux is not intended to be used by production houses. It's designed to help manage small projects and has enough for the beginner to get the job done. Functions include cutting, filtering and coding. Avidemux also supports AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, ASF and MP4 formats. Avidemux is also available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license.

Pros

  • Free and easy to use

Cons

  • Does not contain features that advanced users need
  • Limited functionality makes this tool less attractive compared to other free options

14. HitFilm Express

 

HitFilm is a professional cutter. It is part of a collection of projects published by FXHome Limited, a team of coders behind other developments from Imerge and Action Pro. FXHome has strong ties to the production community which helps them build some really impressive video editing software. They work with Hollywood studios, software companies, and even YouTubers. As for the feature film, you are provided with a tool designed to help you make blockbuster films. It comes with full 2D and 3D compositing, over 410 effects and presets, free video tutorials and projects, unlimited tracks and transitions, and is available for Windows and Mac.

Pros

  • Full of features
  • Ideal for professionals

Cons

  • Overwhelming for beginners
  • Not available or Linux users

15. InVideo

InVideo is an online video editor. It's perfect for beginners or marketers who need to produce video content quickly without familiarizing themselves with the finer details that can be found in highly edited and professionally produced videos. Even when it is online, it is still packed full of features that you will appreciate. You get access to over 1500 design templates to streamline your video creation, export your videos in HD, the text-to-speech (and URL-to-video) function to convert blog posts and other text-based content into fast and engaging content Use videos and access Pexels, Pixabay, Unsplash for royalty-free content.

Pros

  • Easy to use for beginners and marketers who need to produce tons of videos to feed their funnels
  • Create up to 60 videos per month with the free plan

Cons

  • Limited features make this a tool that professionals cannot use
  • The free plan is watermarked

16. Machete Video Editor Lite

Machete Video Editor Lite is the free version of Machete. Its functions are similar to those of Avidemux. This tool is designed for simple tasks like cutting, copying, pasting fragments of video files, and editing tags. You can also edit WMV video files (* .wmv, * .asf), WMA audio files (* .wma), and AVIs. Unfortunately, you cannot replace or add an audio stream. Machete Video Editor Lite is only available on Windows.

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use

Cons

  • Limited functionality makes this tool less attractive compared to other free options
  • Not available for Mac or Linux

17. Promo

Promo describes itself as the world's number 1 marketing video maker. And we believe it has all the makings of a tool marketers will love. You can add and edit the size, font and color of text, insert pictures, add sounds and much more. Like InVideo, this tool comes with tons of templates (2500), over 15 million high quality HD videos, and images from Getty and Shutterstock. Your videos can also be formatted to appear perfectly on all social platforms. Unlike InVideo, Promo is free but available for an undisclosed trial window.

Pros

  • Online and easy to use for marketers

Cons

  • Trial basis - no credit card required
  • Limited functionality

18. Horizon

Horizon is a mobile video editing tool. It's available for iOS and Android and has just enough functionality to help you create simple but engaging videos.Features include tilt to zoom, up to 2K horizontal recording, access to eight real-time filters, support for slow motion at 60 and 120 FPS, and the ability to record videos and photos horizontally.

Pros

  • User-friendly mobile application
  • Enables quick editing on the go

Cons

  • Not designed for in-depth editorial projects

19. VideoStudio

VideoStudio was developed by Corel, the brand best known for Corel Draw. Their video editing tool is designed for beginners. The easy-to-use layout is almost intuitive, and you have access to filters, use MultiCam editing, add creative titles, graphics and overlays, use color grading, and much more. The 30-day trial isn't entirely free, but it's enough to get a good feel for the tool.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Numerous functions for beginners

Cons

  • 30 day trial
  • Limited functions for professionals

20. Apple clips

Apple Clips is an iOS-based mobile video editing application. It comes with everything you need to quickly capture, enhance, and share short videos with the world. Features include the ability to add text, speech-to-text, and stickers. One feature that we think makes Apple Clips a standout tool is the TrueDepth camera option. It allows you to use various backgrounds and animated landscapes that appear in 3D.

Pros

  • User-friendly and intuitive
  • Syncs with other Apple devices you own
  • Sharing video phone apps

Cons

  • Limited to iOS
  • Cannot add sound clips

21. Kdenlive

Kdelive is designed for the GNU / Linux platform, but also works on BSD and MacOS. Work is underway to make it available on Windows. It's a far more powerful tool than most beginners will be ready. The features are robust and include everything from multi-track editing to incorporating almost any type of audio file, keyframe effects, transitions, and more.

Pros

  • Full of features
  • Ideal for professionals

Cons

  • Complex for beginners
  • Not available to Windows users (as of this writing)

22. ClipChamp

Like Promo and InVideo, ClipChamp is an online video editing tool. We like that it's packed with features you'd expect from more advanced editing tools. These include trimming and cropping, flipping video, using transitions, and color balancing.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Perfect for marketers
  • Unlimited video exports

Cons

  • Free (no attempt required)
  • Exports in 480p (SD)

23. Kapwing

Kapwing is an online video editor that comes with just the right level of functionality to make any marketer smile. You get a feature to add and adjust elements (text, images, and sound) and a trimmer to perfectly fine-tune your videos for size and time. You can also collaborate with team members in real time.

Pros

  • No watermarks on free plan videos
  • No limit to the lifetime of the free plan

Cons

  • Content you save expires after seven days
  • The video duration is limited to 10 minutes.

24. Microsoft Photos

While it's not the first tool that comes to mind, it's still free and probably one of the easiest tools to use. Microsoft Photos is designed for editing photos, and it also lets you create and edit videos and movies. You can add filters, text, camera motion effects, music, and more.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Free for Windows users

Cons

  • Not available for Mac and Linux users

25. Free Movie Maker

Free Movie Maker is a simple yet easy-to-use video editor for small projects and video enthusiasts. You can add music and special effects, cut, trim and merge files. It also supports over 500 video formats.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Ideal for beginners

Cons

  • Limited functions
  • Not available for Mac and Linux users

26. FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo was developed by Wondershare, the same creators of the world famous video editing software Filmora. However, this version is a mobile alternative. While not nearly as rugged, it is available to both iPhone and Android users and has a number of features that will make it easy for you to edit content on the go. These include trimming clips, splitting footage, and introducing transitions between clips. You also have the option to choose the best aspect ratio for your video (perfect for posting on social media platforms), the ability to invert your video, and control the speed of your content.

These features alone make the tool amazing, but there is more that you can do. FilmoraGo offers effects, stickers, filters, text and royalty-free music usage, records your voice from smartphone, adds built-in sound effects or imports music from your iTunes library.


27. Movie Maker 10

Movie Maker 10 comes as a free video editing tool, but there is also a Pro version. What to particularly consider with this tool is its long list of features. The free version includes everything from merging photos and video, overlaying text, animated panning and zooming to more than 30 transition effects and lettering. You also have access to a music editor with clip trimming, fade in and fade out effects and the ability to produce HD quality videos. This tool can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft Store and is not a standard feature of Windows.

Pros

  • Packed with features.

Cons

  • Possibly advanced for beginners.
  • Only available on Windows and for Windows 10 or higher.

28. Splice (by GoPro)

Splice is a mobile video editing tool from GoPro. It comes with a host of valuable features that make editing on the fly as easy as possible. The iPhone and Android apps allow users to sync video with music, add title slides, text overlays, and even customer outros. In addition to these features, they are also able to perform all of the standard actions one would expect from a video editing tool - you can trim, crop and control the speed between transitions, and even bring photos to life with pan and zoom effects.

Pros

  • Packed with features.

Cons

  • The functions of the free version are limited.

29. KineMaster

 

Like other mobile apps on our list, KineMaster aims to bring as much of the desktop editing functionality as possible to a handheld device, and the results are pretty impressive. KineMaster allows you to trim and split videos, preview your work instantly, add multiple tracks to your video, and insert multiple layers of text, video and images. You can also use the art tool to blend backgrounds and control the speed of your videos.

Pros

  • Packed with features.

Cons

  • Possibly too many features to manage on a mobile device.

30. Cinelerra

Image: Cinelerra

Cinelerra has been around since 1998. While it is used to perform more advanced editing, you won’t be mistaken for thinking and feeling that the UI is a little dated. It includes a host of features that rival more the high-end video editing tools on our list, and for a free tool, we think it really packs a punch. Features that stand out include motion stabilization, the chance to elevate images and make them appear as videos, pass live input through your timeline, and perform other crucial tasks like syncing video and leveraging optical flow.

Pros

  • Feature-packed.
  • Produce videos in 8K resolution.

Cons

  • Too advanced for beginners
  • Dated UI design
  • Built for Linux

31. Lumens 5

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Lumen5 is an online video editing tool and likely one of the most popular options available today. It's used by the likes of Salesforce, SAP, TIME Magazine and The Economist. Lumen5 is targeted at content marketing teams that need to churn out quality video content with limited resources, and it's more than capable of delivering the goods. You're able to create storyboards, set layouts that incorporate various types of content, include music and also add text. It also offers hundreds of themes and colors to help you create perfect videos as fast as possible.

Pros

  • Feature pack and has just enough to help marketers develop video content fast.
  • Can export videos with 720p video resolution on the free plan.

Cons

  • The free version includes a watermark.
  • Limit of five videos per month.

32. Movie Creator

Image: Movie Creator

Movie Creator aptly dubbs itself a 'video editor and slideshow maker app'. It's feature set, while not as robust as other desktop editing tools, is also not the slimmest on our list. In fact, while it's available for download, its features include many that online videos editing tools offer. You can use the app to trim, merge and mute videos, and add music and extract MP3s. Movie Creator also allows you to add stickers, filters and themes, text and save your video in a host of formats and resolutions.

Pros

Cons

  • Only available on Windows 10 or higher and Xbox One.

33. Fastcut by Magix

Image: Magix

Fastcut is a Magix’s free video editing offering. While not as feature-packed as Magix, it still gives users enough to create amazing videos they can share with the world. Features include the ability to trim and rotate recordings and access to a soundtrack library of over 200 songs. You can also add text, edit your recordings and export your videos in full HD. One of the more impressive features we haven't seen in very many editing tools is the chance to upgrade by feature type. This means that while you may want a free tool for now, you should find the need to expand your features set, you don’t need to pay for a complete upgrade, you can simply purchase the features you need.

Pros

  • Feature-packed for a free app.

Cons

  • As a quick and easy-to-use tool, the option of using templates would save time. Regrettably, templates are reserved for Fastcut Plus which retails at $ 49.99.

Summary