The best free video editing software: Great tools for YouTube stardom and more
Article originally posted at https://www.pcworld.com/article/3240982/software/the-best-free-video-editing-software.html
By Samuel Axon
Samuel Axon is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who’s spent the past 10 years covering culture, personal technology and video games. He is also the director of Playsource, a marketing services platform for indie game developers.
According to Samuel, “The best free video editing software can be surprisingly good. The choices vary widely and include include scaled-down, trial versions of professional suites, open-source alternatives with a plethora of features, and simple applications aimed at home video creators. Our top picks will be functional for many users, across many use cases.
If you’re willing to spend a little money, check out our reviews of paid consumer video editing software. Typically, those are easier to use than the free ones here thanks to great support and tutorial libraries and more refined interfaces, but they don’t necessarily have more features.
With free video editing software, you’re rewarded for your patience. If you can handle some steep learning curves, you’ll be surprised at what you can do with a budget of zero. Here are our top selections.”
Without wasting much of your time, here are the best free video editing software that will reward you for your patience, only if you can afford to learn how to use them.
Shotcut Free Video Editing Software
According to PCWorld, “Shotcut has been around for more than ten years, but it has been steadily updated by open source developers who have been dedicated to the mission of providing a prosumer-level video editing suite at no cost.
This program supports most audio and video formats you’d need, it allows you to carefully craft most aspects of your video with powerful filters, and it has a highly customizable user interface that can scale based on your needs from the basic to the advanced.
It doesn’t provide as much guidance as some other software, but curious editors can venture to YouTube and elsewhere on the web for support from a still-active community of enthusiasts. If you’re willing to spend a few hours cracking the egg open, you’ll be rewarded with a video editing program that is every bit as useful as others for which you’d spend $100.“
Media Composer First Free Video Editing Software by Avid
The very best tool in media post-production, and it’s not overrated. Although it has a paid professional version that is used to edit big screen Hollywood movies, the free version is packed full of quality. This Avid Media Composer First is the new free version that offers lots of features almost as it’s an upgrade version. The only downside of this software is the learning curve.
If you have the patience to learn and understand how stuff works, you’ll be the best in your industry. The software creators did not cut any corner in creating this powerful piece of software.
Don’t forget to leave comments below, and let me know the kinds of free video editing software that you have tried in the past, or maybe still using.