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21 best video editing software for Windows & Mac

Video making & editing is fun but it’s hard to decide which software to use for making your videos awesome. We know you just want to start editing videos without wasting time on installing & learning each and every tool for video editing.

We have reviewed many video editing tools and hand picked top rated tools for beginners as well as professional video editors. This list includes softwares for Windows, Mac or Linux users.

I am including a list of best free video editing softwares and a separate list of paid video editing software for this Do It Yourself series. If you don’t want to download then I have another list of best cloud based video editing tools at the end of article.

I have not included the Window Movie Maker and iMovie softwares because they are rich in heritage for their parent OS and every native user is familiar with them. It is always recommended to start with your default video editor if you have just planned to try a video editing software for the first time.

Top 11 free video editing software

1. Avidemux

If you are not a professional video editor, Avidemux is a good option to start with. It aims to make video editing as simple as it can but with a professional touch

Avidemux ditches the timeline and multi-track editing features and straight away starts with upload and start your editing project.You can crop, resize, add text overlays, rotate the clip and use lot more filter options.

Key Features:

  • Available for Windows/Mac OS/Linux.
  • Good for professional starters.
  • Simple to use if you are handy with your Window Movie Maker or iMovie.
  • Supports multiple video formats, including AVI, DVD, MPEG, QuickTime, and MP4.
  • Save the edited video to any popular video format.
  • Comes handy with filters and if you want to give your video professional touch, it can be done with the help of the filters.

Learning the extensive features of Avidemux is not tough. Although if you want to learn some advanced features, refer Avidemux wiki.

2. Wondershare Filmora

To start editing without much professional noise on the screen, you can select ‘Easy Mode’ and all the advanced feature will hide. You can drag and drop your clip, select theme for your video, add few animations and import to your laptop or directly on Youtube/Facebook.

Key Features:

  • Available for Windows/Mac OS.
  • Good for both beginners as well as professional video editors.
  • You can switch between easy and advanced mode.
  • Supports multiple video formats, including MP4, AVI, MOV, AVCHD and more.
  • Enables you to crop, trim, cut, split and combine in a few clicks.
  • Advanced filter and visual effects to touch up your video.
  • Tilt Shift, Face off, Mosaic, Jump Cut and more functions for you to try out.
  • You can edit your video for free but if you want to save in your PC you will have to pay.

3. Blender

Blender is for professional hands. For an amateur editor, it may look overwhelming. if you are not familiar with any professional editing tool then Blender is not for you.

Blender is an open source software. It has a fully customizable interface which allows you to change, adapt and redistribute the layout of all UI components and tools.

There are 32 slots for adding video clips, audio clips, images, and effects to produce some incredibly complex videos.

Key features:

  • Available for Windows/Mac OS/Linux.
  • Better for professional video editors.
  • Edit your videos with simple effects like transitions, speed control, filters, adjustment layers and much more.
  • It has a built-in text editor for annotations.
  • It supports character modeling through Sculpting so that you can make smooth toon characters.
  • Blender comes with interactive 3D paint for vertex weighting.

4. Lightworks

Lightworks was used to edit award winning movies like Pulp Fiction, L.A. Confidential, and The King’s Speech. Now you can assume the power of professional lightworks. The good news is – it’s available for users like you and me with simple to use UI.

Lightworks is available in two different licence, free and paid (pro).  In the pro version you can get more advanced features like Boris Graffiti and Boris FX packages, export to AVI, MXF, MOV, WAV, WMV formats and much more. But the free version is also powerful for your editing and filtering projects.

Key features of free version:

  • Available for Windows/Mac OS/Linux.
  • Good for semi-professional video editors.
  • Free licence comes with real time effects in SD, HD, 2K, 4K and 5K, including over 100 presets.
  • Packed with advanced multicam editing and second monitor output.
  • You can drag and drop, replace, fit to fill, backfill your clips. Packed with multi-colored markers for edits and clips and has more professional editing tools.
  • Lightworks comes with colour correction, video tilting and audio enhancement.
  • You can save your project or export it into Lightworks Archives, vimeo or youtube.

5. DaVinci Resolve 12.5

DaVinci Resolve is a next-generation color grading software with high end professional editing system. It is packed with major advances in HDR grading controls, caching formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ and DNxHR, and has complete end to end HDR workflow from on set production to post production.

DaVinci Resolve is a paid remote rendering system  (third party panel) but the editing software is available for free to download. You can download the free software on your laptop and start editing your video without any hastle.

Key Features.

  • Available for Windows/Mac OS/Linux.
  • Good for professional video editors.
  • Non-linear color grading for quick matching and adjustment of similar scenes.
  • Unlimited windows, layers and blurs that allowed complex color grading enhancements and fixes in real time
  • Color grade of RED Raw files in real time.
  • Professional editing from rough cut to finished edit!
  • End to End Color Management

6. Ezvid

Ezvid is a movie editor as well as screen recorder. With a simple to use UI, you can edit your video, record your screen, and make a slideshow. If you are a novice and want to make a professional video, Ezvid can help you to make one.

For editing you can drag and drop your media files, edit clips and rearrange sequences of clips or personalize more by adding music, text and you can also record in your own voice.

It’s a good option if you want to run a vblog or want to make description video.

Also Read: How to create engaging videos with Camtasia Studio and SmoothDraw

Key Features:

  • Available for all versions of Windows.
  • Better for beginner video editor.
  • For editing you can control video speed, merge and split videos, trim & cut, and duplicate movie files.
  • Supports AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG4, MP4, FLV, video formats.
  • Uploading to youtube is also available.

7. Movika

Movika is a graphical interface that uses two widely used editing engines asfbin and mpgtx for WMV, MPEG and FLV formats. You can edit selections by fine tuning sliders. Movika is a simple to use software and can be operated with the help of keyboard shortcuts.

A simple example of operation is, you can do the selection for your editing project while the video is running, just by pressing few keys on your keyboard (like shortcuts you use to play videos on VLC player). The usage of keyboard shortcut reduces the chance of loosing accuracy and the delay due to it.

Key Features:

  • Available for Windows.
  • Good for beginner video editors but need good command on computer keyboard and some technical knowledge is required..
  • You can drag and drop your files and start editing with keyboard shortcuts.
  • You can select or delete multiple portions from a video file. Also you can merge or cut your video files.
  • You will also need to have .NET framework 2.0 for Movika to work good.

8. Hitfilm4 Express.

HitFilm4 Express includes the core editing and 3D compositing tools. With the help of easy to use GUI and tutorial available on website.

You can create a professional looking video even if you are just a beginner.

HitFilm is split into four parts Home, Project, Edit and Export, each providing a specific set of features. You can switch between these different screens at any time while working on a project using the buttons at the top of the screen.

If you are a fan of Sci-fi movies like Iron Man or Start Wars, you can develop your own characters with their free tutorial. However, you have to pay for downloading your characters.

Key Features:

  • Available for Windows and Mac.
  • Good for beginner video editor.
  • Imported by drag and drop or you can upload by choosing file.
  • 2D and 3D compositing is available with over 140 interactive visual effects.
  • Video formats like quicktime, AVCHD, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG-1 & MPEG-2, MTS, MXF, DV, HDV, WMV are supported.
  • Can be exported to Quicktime, MP4, image sequence , AVI , YouTube direct upload.

9. Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a community driven multi track video editor. It is an interactive tool for beginner or semi-professional video editors wishing to get a Sony Vegas level of editing.

You can add unlimited number of videos and audios and edit as per your choice.

Mac beginners may find it a little mess to install Kdenlive. An easy step to install is to install Macports first and then and follow these instructions.

Key features:

  • Available for Mac/Linux.
  • Good for both beginner and semi-professional video editors.
  • Kdenlive relies on some open source projects, such as FFmpeg, the MLT video framework and Frei0r effects.
  • Almost all the Video, audio or image files are supported. You can also import DV, AVCHD and HDV formats for editing.
  • There are tools to create, move, crop and delete video clips, audio clips, text clips and image clips.
  • Exported to DV, Mpeg2, AVCHD,high quality h264 formats.

10. Jahshaka

Jahshaka is a 2D and 3D modeling suit much closer to Blender. So if you are a beginner and does not like to go deeper into the professional editing tools but want to make some helpfull video, this may sound like your tool.

Jahshaka is an immersive editing platform for animation, compositing, editing and special effects. Jahshaka is in beta stage and has some issues while installation. Check the compatibility of your system before downloading.

Key features:

  • Available for Windows/Mac/Linux.
  • Good for beginner video editors.
  • You can do 2D and 3D animation and compositing.
  • Colour Correction is also available with easy to use GUI with editing effects.

11. VLMC

VideoLAN Movie Creator is a project by a non profit organisation. Yes, it is different from VLC Media Player.

VLMC is a movie editor for the beginners who wants to make a high quality video.

Key features:

  • Compatible for Windows/Mac/Linux.
  • Good for beginner video editors.
  • Supports AVI, mp4, FLV, MXF and much more.
  • Position your skin’s items with the mouse or the arrow keys.
  • Absolutely no XML knowledge required

5 Best paid video editors

1. AVS Video Editor

AVS video editor can become your favorite video editing software if you are looking for a simple to use, professional quality video editor for your Windows PC. It offers features such as Trim, cut, split, merge, rotate and mix videos. You can select between 300 effects.

AVS comes with integrated video cache technology which makes HD video editing much faster.

Although it is a paid software but you get unlimited trial version with few limitations.

Price: 39$ for 1 year access and 59$ for life time.

Key features:

  • Available for windows only.
  • Good for both beginner and semi-professional video editors.
  • Supports AVI, VOB, MP4, DVD, WMV, 3GP, MOV, MKV and more formats.
  • HD Support, Non-destructive Editing, Single Video Track, Dual Audio track.
  • You can transfer video from DV, web or VHS cameras and save video on hard drive or burn DVD discs.
  • Supports English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Danish and Russian languages.
  • Can be exported to AVI, MP4, WMV, SWF, FLV, MPG formats.
  • Share videos directly on Facebook, Flick and MySpace.

2. Sony Vegas Pro

Sony Vegas Pro is a video editing software package for non-linear editing. Vegas comes with real-time multitrack video and audio editing, resolution-independent video sequencing. It has build in professional effects and compositing tools.

Vegas is now available in three latest configuration:

  1. Vegas Pro 13 Edit: For video and Audio Production.
  2. Vegas Pro 13: For video, Audio, and Blu-ray Disc Creation.
  3. Vegas Pro 13 Suite: For editing, Disc Authoring, and Visual Effects.

Price: $393.95.

Key features:

  • Available for windows only.
  • Good for both beginner and semi-professional video editors.
  • Comes with tool set including 3D track motion compositing with control over z-depth, and spatial arrangement of visual planes including plane intersection.
  • Effects can be applied at any stage of the visual signal flow.
  • It can convert any format to any other format without any external support or plugin. This feature is one of it’s kind in NLEs.
  • Supports AVI, MP4, WMV, WMA, OMA, OGG, AAF, AIF  formats.
  • Can be exported to MP4, WAV, WMV, MVC, MP3 formats.

3. Adobe Premier Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software. It supports high resolution video editing and enables the user to create a high end professional video with easy to use GUI.

It comes with a spectrum of programs depending upon the need of a user like if you want for your individual usage, or for a school usage or for some business purpose. All these programs have different structure and price.

Price: $20 per month (Rs.1,000/- for India)

Key features:

  • Available for Windows/Mac
  • Good for both beginner and semi-professional video editors.
  • Supports almost all video formats..
  • Comes with HD Support, Multi Track editing, storyboard mode, unlimited audio and video tracks, linear timecode display and NDE.
  • You can apply everything from quick color corrections to complex Lumetri Looks.
  • You can also edit projects on Microsoft Surface Pro, Windows tablet or Apple trackpad.

Adobe Premiere Pro is a part of Adobe Creative Cloud and not a cloud based software itself. Do not confuse after opening their website. Adobe does not delivers a CD or DVD for their new softwares. You can directly download one from their Creative Cloud service on the website.

4. CyberLink PowerDirector 14 Ultimate

PowerDirector is a consumer focused software for video editing. It comes with a simple UI allowing any user start editing with the tool in seconds.

Even a novice can make make a beautiful video with the help of CyberLink PowerDirector. But as you enter deeper into the tool, it becomes complex. But you can create quick movies or can add motion inside movie titles, punch up the drama with cool focus effects, and get guidance as you go.

Price: 76.99$

Key features:

  • Available for Windows.
  • Good for both beginner and semi-professional video editors.
  • Comes with multicam editing and 3D and 4K capability.
  • Blu-ray disc helps in getting more clarity.
  • Specialized action like cam tools motion tracking, screen recording content-Aware editing.
  • Interface can get complex and sometimes crashes on heavy usage.
  • Supports almost all the video formats.

5. Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is a non linear video editing software developed by Apple Inc. It is designed for  improving speed, quality, and flexibility in the video editing process on your Mac.The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are some of the movies which were edited by Final Cut Pro.

If you want to make a high end professional video with background rendering and want to avoid some mistakes about the magnetic timeline set, this sounds like your tool.

Final Cut Pro may not work with the older versions of Apple OS X. So before downloading you much check the compatibility of Final Cut Pro with your PC.

Price: $299.99.

Key features:

  • Available for Mac.
  • Good for professional video editors.
  • Supports all format which is compatible with QuickTime.
  • Comes with HD Support, Non-destructive editing, storyboard mode, up to 99 video tracks and 99 audio tracks.
  • Can be exported to all format which is compatible with QuickTime.

5 Best cloud based video editors

The provision of cloud based video editing solutions means that you no longer have to install resource intensive applications on your hard drive.

If you can create a video by capturing content of your powerpoint slides using best free video making tools and do the editing online on a certain platform, I think there couldn’t be a better way to run your video editing project with ease.

Cloud based video editing is in initial phase and will take time to grow effective. But there are few highly dedicated teams around the world which are planning to bring revolution in this field. Our favorite YouTube team is among one of them. You can find the rest of them as the list goes on.

1. YouTube Video Editor

While talking about best online videos it is obvious that YouTube video editor will take the first place due to genuine reasons. YouTube itself is a huge platform for playing online videos and it becomes a plus if you get a simple yet practical video editor for free.

With the help of video editor you can crop and merge videos and images, add transitions, effects, and basic titles. You can also stabilize the camera movement.

Although you cannot download the clip on your hard disk but youtube is a commonly used platform so you can share your video with whom so ever you want to.

Price: Nil.

Key features:

  • You can upload all types of images and videos from your computer.
  • Good for both beginner and professional video editors.
  • You can combine multiple videos and images you’ve uploaded to create a new video.Trim your clips to custom lengths.
  • Add music to your video from a library of approved tracks.
  • Customize clips with special tools and effects.
  • You cannot download the edited video on your PC.

2. WeVideo

WeVideo is a collaborative online video editor in the cloud system. It comes with full-feature video editing, Google Drive integration, support for all types of media files and allows you to edit and create stunning videos online.

With an easy to use interface WeVideo allows you to work with your team from any part of the world and it compliments the remote work culture. So if your sound engineer is on holiday and you need an urgent compilation of some project, you can call her to come online and work simultaneously with you on WeVideo.

If you need a handy online video editor that can help you collaborate with other users for your editing project, then you should try WeVideo.

Price: WeVideo has several packages for personal, educational and business use with a starting price of $4.99 per month.

Key features:

  • You can upload all file formats.
  • Good for both beginner professional video editors.
  • Full HD screen recording and video creation is available.
  • Comes with advanced features like green screen and slow motion.
  • Project can be saved to Vimeo, WeVideo, YouTube, DropBox, Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, DailyMotion.
  • Projects can also be exported on PC.

3.  Loopster

Loopster is a simple to use yet semi-professional cloud based video editing tool. It offers a free version and upgraded packages on different price for different users.

Loopster allows users to work in a collaborative system with a separate admin panel to control whole process from one end.

With the upgraded version you can get more advanced features like slow motion, real time voice recording, take screenshot and print it directly etc.

Price: Basic version is free. The membership starts with $3.99 per month.

Key features:

  • You can upload all file formats.
  • Good for both beginner and semi-professional video editors.
  • Comes with advanced features like slow motion and fast forward, real time voice recording, graphics and collaborative features.
  • Has online sound library.
  • Has Loopster trailer in all upgrades except educational and business package.
  • Available for Android and iPhone stores.

4. Kaltura

Kaltura is the first Open Source online video editing platform. You can get professional and commercial packages on Kaltura which allows you to complete your editing project with more speed (if your internet connection is good) and awesome effects.

Kaltura also boasts of a free open-source community supported solutions, in the areas of video publishing, management as well as syndication and monetization.

Price: $1000 per month.

Key features:

  • Import of all formats are allowed with multiple selection at one time.
  • Good for both beginner and semi-professional video editors.
  • You can trim videos, string or clip together, add subtitles and and cue points to enable chaptering.
  • You can do in-video search.
  • Merge slideshows and video to make a business presentation.

5. Animoto

Animoto is oriented presentations that combine images and videos by following a preset theme. It lets you turn your photos and music into stunning video slideshows. The Cinematic Artificial Intelligence analyzes the nuances of your images, video, and music and edits it professionally for you.

With these automatic features you have the privilege to choose types of effects, backgrounds, and transitions by selecting a video style to create a video of your taste.

Price: Starts with $8 per month.

Key features:

  • All file formats are supported.
  • Good for both beginner and professional video editors.
  • You can choose from 50+ basic styles and 20+ professional and customisable styles.
  • In app music library is available..
  • You can download your project on computer.
  • Animoto logo appears in the basic version which can be customised for your client’s logo or anything you want in the professional and business versions.

Summary

I did my best to explore the internet to find list of top video editing softwares for you. I may be possible that you are using some awesome tool that I have missed. You can share the name of best video editor that works for you.

Any question and suggestion is welcome in the comments.

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