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Best Free Video Editing Program | Gizmo’s Freeware Archive


Whether you're a professional looking to save money, a student looking for a program to help with a school project, looking for software to edit videos for YouTube channels or its just for intertainment?, then you've come to the right place! Note that other non-windows product like QuickTime works in a complicated manner in Windows OS, due to this, Apple has discontinued production of QuckTime windows version as of January 2016.

I'll be available to address any issues you might have, 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: Be careful when installing the software(s). Choosing custom installation 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. Downloading free software on the internet is (usually) risky, so ALWAYS pay attention to exactly what you are downloading and where you are downloading it from; it's for your own machine's health!

Note: This category is regularly updated including the viewers inputs, so if you got good news share with us in the comments section so we can bring this to the best it can be.

[Doakio Editor's Note: This article was restored from Gizmo's Freeware archives as a service to the freeware community. Gizmo's Freeware provided high-quality, volunteer freeware reviews for decades. They shut down in July of 2021.]

Rated Products

DaVinci Resolve  

The best free video editor you can come across and even rivals some of the best paid software

Our Rating: 5
License: Free (Open source)
Professional non-linear video editing combined with advanced color corrector. Scalable and resolution independent, suitable for personal, studio or large Hollywood usage.
Contains complex interface that might be difficult for average users.
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VideoPad Video Editor  

Basic video editor for personal use

Our Rating: 5
License: Free (Limited features)
Intuitive interface, easy to switch from Movie Maker. Installations available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android and even Kindle.
The difference between free and paid version is unclear. The program might be unstable, according to user comments.
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The Shotcut to your video editing!

Our Rating: 4.5
License: Free
has Advanced graphical node based composition. Very good audio mixing capabilities Combined motion tracking with creation suite. Renders videos in almost all outputs.
Needs time to get used to as it has complex mechanisms. Requires a strong PC so it might affect its performance. Some distributions require additional extensions/plug ins.
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VSDC Free Video Editor  

Professional video editor, alternative to most paid solutions

Our Rating: 4
License: Free
Rich tool-set suitable for professional video editing, opens any video and audio format, no conversion needed. Multiple output options, including HEVC/H265 codec for highest quality.
Getting familiar with all the features might take some time if you are a newbie, as technical documentation is not very detailed.
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Enables simple, fast, time shifted video/voice collaboration and sharing.

Our Rating: 4
License: Free (Limited features)
Free version has limited features, you have to write motivation to get full access.
Has fast video sharing platform amongst social networks including YouTube, with just one click.
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An open source video editor with a large selection of filters

Our Rating: 4
License: Free (Open source)
Powerful, easy to use and well documented tutorials.
As with any other video editing program, it can be confusing.
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HitFilm 4 Express  

Free video editor focused on special effects and animation

Our Rating: 4
License: Free (Limited features)
lightweight, minimum system requirements, numerous creative special effects, powerful 2D and 3D composition tools.
limited export options, some essential features – such as premium format export support – need to be paid for
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Cross-platform NLE Video Editing System with a free version

Our Rating: 4
License: Free (Limited features)
Impressive fast and easy trimming feature, second monitor output and multi-cam editing available. Minimalistic interface, Hollywood usage.
Free version allows you to export videos online only (YouTube or Vimeo).
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A cross-platform video editor supports many video, audio and image formats based on FFmpeg

Our Rating: 3
License: Free (Open source)
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
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Other Selections

This section holds other alternative software products that did not end up on the main list. This is because  i am still running some tests and reviews on them. Hopefully they might end up on the main list if my final reviews have found them to be amongst one of the best. If one of these works best for your projects I am happy for you and would honestly like to hear about it in the comments section below.

  • Gilisoft Video Editor
  • Youtube Movie Maker
  • VideoPad Masters Edition
  • Cyberlink PowerDirector
  • Cinelerra
  • Blender
  • ZS4 Video Editor
  • Cinefx Jahshaka
  • VDSC Free Video Editors

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