Top 5 Free Downloadable Video Editors

Although various video editing software available on the market don’t offer the quality or features found in paid video editing software, there’s still some great editors which will do the job at no cost. Here is a list of the top 5 free video editing software you can download.

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker once came standard with all machines operating on the Windows platform for many years. It’s designed as a basic video editing tool which enables you to crop, cut, rotate, speed up or slow down video as well as add soundtracks, transitions and other effects. When the editing is done, you can upload the project directly to Facebook or YouTube. By far, this is the most widely used free video editor.



Like Windows Movie Maker, iMovie is another easy-to-use video editor capable of creating fresh videos without any video editing skills. It comes as a part of the iLife suite which features a clean interface that is user-friendly, attractive and easy to navigate. In a matter of minutes, you can import all your video clips from different devices, add themes, text, music, and save it to different devices or export the file directly to YouTube and Facebook.



Avidemux is an open-source video editing tool which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s designed for quick video trimming, filtering and encoding and provides a slew of other basic features. With it, you can apply visual effects and convert videos to other formats, insert or extract audio streams into/from a video file. One main drawback is the outdated interface, which always makes it difficult to navigate more intricate features and worthwhile tools.


VSDC Free Video Editor

VSDS Free Video Editor looks and feels just like a professional video editor. It supports different video formats like AVI, MP4, MKV, MPG, WMV, 3GP, FLV and provides an easy way to combine multiple source chunks into a resulting high-quality video. By applying a bunch of filters and effects, this application can turn even a commonplace video a classy pro-quality movie. As for export options, it offers optimized save outputs for a variety of devices, including smart phones and gaming consoles.



 Lightworks is the most advanced free video editing software in this list. It’s recommended for those who are familiar with video editing software and have used similar programs before, because beginners will spend a long time learning how to use the program. Features include the professional-level color correction, GPU-accelerated real-time effects, video capture, wide format support, as well as the traditional video editing tools for trimming, cropping, cutting and more.


If you want a more advanced video editing tool, Wondershare Video Editor is a better choice. With it, you can practically:

  • Import and edit almost any video, audio or photo file;
  • Crop, rotate, split, merge video and add voiceover or background music;
  • Retouch your video with effects like picture-in-picture (PIP), jump cut, tilt-shift and much more;
  • Share video by uploading them onto YouTube or Facebook; or
  • Burn and create a new DVD collection.

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