Free Video Editing Software and Websites

The Best Free Programs for Editing Your Videos

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Using free video editing software is an easy and convenient way to edit your videos and a smart choice for beginners. Some of the free video editing programs have limited editing features, so after a while you may want to look at the mid-level digital video software or the top professional video editing programs. Some of the video editing programs are downloadable software, while some are cloud-based and hosted on video editing websites.


Free Video Editing Software and Websites

  • Apple iMovie is a free download from the Mac App Store. IMovie is a mature product that offers many options for editing video and audio, and adding photos, music and narration to your movies. iMovie is unlike other video editing software, so it can be a little intimidating, but it is feature-rich. An iMovie app is available for Apple's mobile devices

  • VSDC Video Editor has a simple interface combined with rich functionality. This non-linear editor for PCs contains a large number of visual and audio effects you can add to your videos. The program's 4K and HD export capabilities maintain the highest quality, while export profiles for the popular social media sites make posting your video online simple.

  • Pinnacle VideoSpin for PCs is free video editing software that is specifically designed to take the complexity out of video editing. It includes tools, transitions and effects so you can easily jazz up your videos.

  • YouTube Video Editor
    YouTube's video editor is an easy, free way to trim clips or remix videos. The editing power is limited, though, and you'll never get an uncompressed version of the final product.


  • WeVideo is a shared online video tool, so several people can work on the same project. The site stores your video in Google Drive so it doesn't take up space on your computer. You can use the Android and iOS WeVideo app to capture footage on your mobile devices.

  • OpenShot Video Editor for PC, Mac and Linux is downloadable software that is simple and powerful. This cross platform application handles unlimited tracks and includes a title editor, video effects to add to your video and 3D animations. Enhance your video with slow motion and time effects. 

  • Machete Video Editor Lite for Windows is a free version of Machete. The free Lite edition is useful for simple slicing of video files, deletion of unnecessary fragments, copying, moving and mixing individual pieces. The free version supports only AVI and WMV files and cannot edit audio files. This is a good starting point for people with zero video editing experience.

  • Blender for Windows, Mac and Linux is more than a video editor—it's a 3D animation suite. However, there are plenty of features for video editing. Expect transitions, speed controls, adjustment layers and filters. Add audio clips, images and effects to your video. Blender is loaded with functionality and you can create professional-quality video with it, although it may be a little overwhelming for beginners.