Free & open source video editing software

Open-source video editing softwares

If you are just starting your business and if you’re on a tight budget, it can be difficult for you to purchase video editing software to edit your videos. Fortunately, there are plenty of free video editing software that you can use to edit your own videos or to create videos for your business. 

Open-source video editing software allows you to create those videos without having to spend money purchasing the software.  This blog will highlight the top 10 free video editing software and its features for you, so you can choose the one that is just right for your business needs.

Open-source video editing softwares

Shotcut

Shotcut is one of the best free open source video editing software. It’s a cross-platform supported video editor, i.e, irrespective of whether you use Windows, Linux, or Mac, you can edit your videos using Shotcut.

Since it’s open-source software, you will be receiving future updates of the software without spending an extra penny. Being a free open-source video editor, Shotcut provides below numerous features for its users

Shotcut Video Editor Features

  • It supports all the popular image, audio, and video formats
  • Supports native timeline editing, you don’t need to import your videos
  • You can record audio and webcam directly from the editor
  • Multiple audio/video filters are available to edit your videos
  • Supports addition of multiple tracks in the editor
  • You can export videos up to 4K resolution

Openshot

OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows that can create and edit videos. It is simple to use, yet powerful enough for professionals with all the features you need to create the perfect video. 

Openshot Video Editor Features

  • Cross-platform support
  • You can add unlimited tracks or layers
  • Support all major audio/video formats
  • All basic video editing features like cut, trim, resize, rotate.
  • Provides audio mixing & editing features
  • Supports keyframe animations

KDEnlive

KDEnlive is another open-source video editor. This video editor tool can be used for basic editing to professional video editing needs. It’s an easy to use interface with multiple audio/video tracks and it supports almost every audio and video format. 

It also offers a wide range of transitions and effects as well as color correction tools. It allows you to add transitions between pieces of media and what’s really great about it is that there is also an automatic backup of your project every few minutes if your computer crashes!

Blender

Blender is another free, open-source video editor. It is mainly designed to cater to 3D design. It also provides the privilege of editing your videos. This tool comes with a wide range of options for absolutely FREE.

However, this software is not very beginner-friendly. If you are someone who is new to video editing and don’t have much knowledge on this, I would suggest you start with easy-to-use software and gradually upgrade your skills and start using a blender.

Blender Features

  • You can use it for creating 3D models, graphics, animation
  • Powerful path tracer rendering engine 
  • Seamless sculpting options 
  • Provides you an option to sketch your 2D drawings in 3D using the Grease pencil
  • Basic to more complex video editing features

Now, if you are just looking out for simple video cutter and joiner, you may not need any exclusive video editors. Below are few options for you to check

Simple video cutter and joiner

Avidemux

Avidemux is a very simple open source video editing tool. If your needs for video editing are very basic, you could download and use this Avidemux tool. This tool is available on all three platforms. 

It can help you with basic editing features like cutting the clip, applying filters, deleting a clip. It also provides multiple encoding options. This tool will quickly help you to do some basic edits, however, if you need some advanced video editing options, please choose the other free open source video editors mentioned in this blog.

Vidcutter

Vidcutter is an easy-to-use video cutter and joiner. This is a tool that can just help you in cutting, joining & exporting your video. It supports most of the common formats like AVI, MP4, MPEG, MOV. You can add multiple clips and reorder them in the desired order and export the final video.

This is a handy video cutter tool if you are in hurry to post your video by doing some simple cuts wherever necessary.

Apart from the open-source video editors, if you are looking out for some free video editors to explore, you can see the below list of editors. 

Advanced Free Video Editors

Free Video Editing Software

Lightworks

Lightworks provides a Free version of the video editing software with few limitations. Using the free version of the tool, you could export your video at the max up to 720p resolution. Even this editor is highly powerful with plenty of professional features. However, there would be a learning curve. 

If you are already aware of using video editors, you could check a few tutorials on the usage of Lightworks on YouTube or from their official site and start working on it.

Points to remember

  • Meant for professional editors and not for beginners
  • The free version supports up to 720p resolution

Davinci Resolve

Davinci Resolve is one of the best video editing software which is widely used by many professionals. Davinci Resolve is a Freemium tool, you can download the software for FREE and use it. 

If you like using the software and its amazing features, you can upgrade and purchase its paid version. So, now let’s see what Davinci Resolve has in store for video editors

  • Professional video editor used in the Hollywood industry
  • It is an all-in-one solution for your post-production video and audio
  • Advanced color grading options are available
  • Provides hundreds of tools for creating cinematic visual effects
  • Supports 2D and 3D visual effects
  • Multiple users can work on the same project at the same time

Also, before you consider exploring Davinci Resolve, keep in mind that this is one of the high-end professional video editors, so you should have a minimum of 16GB RAM in your machine to run this Davinci Resolve video editor.

Hitfilm Express

Hitfilm express is a fremium video editing software. It provides many professional video editing features with numerous effects. However, few of these effects required to be purchased separately as an add-on. 

You can export your videos upto 4K resolution without water mark. This video editing tool may need a learning curve but there are plenty of tutorials available for Hitfilm Express all over the internet for you to check.

VSDC Video Editor

VSDC Free Video editor is a comprehensive video editor that allows users to import and work with audio and video in multiple tracks simultaneously. It has many inbuilt video/audio effects and filters. VSDC Video editor doesn’t require any high-end configuration, it can run on low-end system configuration PC also.

Rendering the large videos using VSDC video editor saves you enormous amount of time. This free video editor can only be used for non-commercial use. If you would like to use this editor for your business purpose, you need to purchase their pro version. VSDC Video Edditor pro version includes much more advanced video editing options.

Conclusion

Now that you have read the blog and are aware of different free or open-source video editors. You can download these tools based on your video editing requirements. Test an editor and if you feel it to be good, proceed with the same, otherwise, you could start testing another video editor from the above list.

Video Editing would need a learning curve and it is a time-consuming job. If you are looking out for a video editing service for your YouTube videos or tutorials, please feel free to email me at [email protected] or comment below.

I hope you enjoyed this article, if you are aware of any other free video editing software, please let me know in the comments below.

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