Picture this. You’re looking for some free video editing software and want to find out which one is the best. Sounds pretty easy, right? Just Google ‘Free Video Editor’ and you’re good to go. Well, you might be mistaking. I’ve decided to take a leap into the world of free video editors for you to see if I could find the best one, without the need to empty out your wallet.
I thought it would be easy to find free editing software as well. My dog turned 1 year old last January and I decided I wanted to make one of those corny videos out of all the pictures and clips I took of him up until his first birthday. After spending some time with some of the video editors I was able to find online for free, I noticed that barely any of them did what I wanted them to.
The objectives of my quest to find the best free video editor were simple: I was looking for a video editor that:
- Allowed me to import my own clips and pictures
- Made these well-represented on a customisable timeline
- Gave me the opportunity to add in a couple of effects
- Allowed me to cut and trim my own clips
Only one video editor did pretty much all of the above. Let’s examine the ones I’ve tried.
Movavi Video Editor
The Movavi Video Editor has a short trial period in which, there are quite a lot of effects and options available to you. However, if you export your project it will be haunted by one of those dreadful watermarks. Any audio files you might want to export will also be cut in half. Eventhough it doesn’t meet the requirements, it’s a pretty good demo of the full version of the software.
Videopad rarely worked on any of my machines. On launch it presented me with this weird error about a file not being installed and downloading it seperately activated my anti-virus software. From what I figured out online, the software works relatively well, but prevents you from exporting your video in the trial version and you can’t save your project! No use in downloading this one.
Wondershare Filmora is a mess. There aren’t a lot of options, the translation of the software is terrible and there is no way to export your videos in the free version. Clips aren’t easily edited and eventhough the interface is clean and straightforward, there is just to little to do in the free version .
Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker is the first free video editor that comes to mind when looking for one. The interface might be clunky and it’ll take quite some trial and error to use it effectively, but ultimately it works. Plus, there are plenty of effects to mess around with. The only problem is that Windows Movie Maker isn’t free any longer, it’s not pre-installed when you buy a new computer and because of the termination of the support for the program, it’s not available as a free download either. I figured all of this out after not being able to export the video I had been working on for an hour and a half.
Lightworks is in my opinion the best free video editing software available. It offers a range of effects, gives you the opportunity to import and edit most files and exports your project in 720p as well as 1080p. The interface is a bit clunky and you’ll need some time to get used to it, but in the end it works well. After your trial period expires, you can just log in to continue using the free version. You can download Lightworks for free right here: https://www.lwks.com/
So there you have it. Have you found a free video editing software that works great that I haven’t mentioned? Please let me know in the comments down below. If you liked this post, would you please consider subscribing to LiveLifeLounging? And feel free to share this post with your friends. Everyone will need a video editor one day!