Free Video Editors

Most of us like to shoot videos using our cams and edit, merge, add audio to videos, etc. To do this we need to have good video editing softwares. I thought of listing down some of the freewares for editing videos:

1. Windows Movie Maker:

It is undoubtedly the first choice of most of the Windows users for editing videos. The main reason for this is it’s free and easy to use. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. New effects and transitions can be made and existing ones can be modified using XML code. But, one major drawback I feel its little buggy and it crashes sometimes while saving your work and exporting your output.

2. VirtualDub: (For Windows)

VirtualDub is a freeware (licensed under GPL) and a very neat utility for all your video capturing/ editing needs. It helps you decompress and recompress both audio and video. You can even remove and edit audio tracks without touching the video. You can also adjust frame rates and decimate frames. It has also got an extensive video filter set, including blur, sharpen, emboss, smooth, 3×3 convolution, flip, etc. For more feature have a look at the Virtual dub website.

3. Avidemux: (For Windows)

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. It is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license.

4. Zwei-Stein: (For Windows)

Zwei-Stein is a freeware non-linear, non-destructive video compositing and editing system which offers many advanced features unavailable elsewhere. With Zwei-Stein you can edit up to 256 video, audio and still image clips, each with up to 64 effects chained serially. Cropping, panning and custom effects are easy with automatic key frames.

5. AVIedit: (For Windows)

AVIedit is small freeware capable of doing great things. It allows you to join and split avi files, extract frames, etc. You can capture video by number of ways, including one-frame-per-minute (web camera) option, workaround annoying 2 Gb file size limit, send your videos to printer, heavy compress it and post to your webpage. You can change framerate, duration, frame size, color depth of your videos and other properties, even without recompression and without loss of video quality. AVIedit allows you to convert avi clips to bmp and bmp to avi, animated GIFs etc.

6. Virtual Edit: (For Windows)

Virtual Edit is a semi-professional software video editing package aimed at ambitious content creators to video novices, who want to produce material with a slick and professional look, on a limited budget. Virtual Edit has been written by experts with experience in the Television and Broadcasting industries, which has been encapsulated in this simple software package.

7. Wax: (For Windows)

Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime. It can create 2D & 3D special effects and can work in two modes – as a standalone application which would appeal for home users/beginners, and as a “plug-in” to video editors/NLEs which would be more useful for professional editors.

8. AVI Trimmer:

AVI Trimmer as the name suggests, it’s a simple freeware to cut and trim AVI formats. It’s small, smart, easy to use and involves no encoding/decoding processes. No video / audio degradation and out of sync problem arises after editing.

9. (Web based editor)

Jumpcut is a web based video editing software. All you need to do is go to the website in your facourite browser and upload a video. Once the video is uploaded, you there are dozens of transitions and special effects to play around with. You can also import photographs from your Flickr or Facebook account to add them in your videos. This is ideal for those editing small clips and videos. But if the video is huge in size it will take lot of time to upload if you’re on a slow internet connection.

10. Apple iMovie: (For Mac)

Apple iMovie is comparable to Windows Movie Maker, but Apple iMovie is used on the MAC operating system. Apple iMovie has many advanced features and add-ons. Unfortunately, the software is only free if you buy a new MAC system.

11. LiVES: (For Linux)

LiVES mixes real time video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or frame rates. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.

12. Cinelerra: (For Linux)

Cinelerra is a free professional video editor for Linux users. It’s a very high end non-linear video editing system. You can have a look at the preview of video editing in real time without rendering, which makes the editing easy. Video effects are also made possible.

Choosing the right freeware depends upon your needs. If you’re a Windows user and you’re looking for a simple editing software then Windows Movie Maker, Avidemux and Virtual Edit are a great choice. And, if you are interested with cutting and trimming AVI files then the AVI trimmer and AVIedit should do the job. You can also try out Jumpcut online editor for editing small clips and videos. On the other hand for professional editing Virtual Dub is a good choice.

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