If you are just a beginner in video editing, you may be confused by the wide range of video editing software in the market today. Some software packages cost more than $500 while others are below $100, and yet some are free!
There are many free video editing software for download. Here are the top seven that we have found:
- Windows Movie Maker (PC):
Pre-installed in latest PCs running Windows Vista, Windows Movie Maker makes video editing easy and fun. You can create, edit, and share your videos right on your computer. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best scenes. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, or CD. You can also save your movie back to the video tape in your camera to play back on a TV or on the camera itself.
Download Windows Movie Maker.
- Apple iMovie (Mac):
Drag-and-drop editing — easy way to make videos. It gives you more ways to add clips to your project: You can replace or insert clips using a single pop-up menu. Or edit just your audio. When you choose to show the Advanced Tools menu in iMovie preferences, drag-and-drop editing includes additional options such as cutaways, picture-in-picture, and green-screen effects. The software is only free if you have a new MAC system.
Download Apple iMovie.
- Debugmode Wax (PC):
Wax is a bit outdated but it is still a high performance and flexible free video editing software. It can be used as a stand-alone application, or as a plug-in to other video editors. The software also features unlimited video and audio tracks . The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video editing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime.
Download Debugmode Wax.
- Zwei-Stein (PC, Linux):
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.
- Jashaka (PC, Mac, Linux):
Jahshaka is a video and film compositing, editing and special fx system that uses OpenGL & OpenML hardware rendering to give operators real time interactivity. The system is cross platform, and also includes full CG, paint and image processing modules. The worlds first open source, hardware accelerate editing and effects system!
- Virtual Dub (PC):
Virtual Dub offers simple editing capabilities. It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Sony Vegas, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. You cannott get creative with the software, but you can use it to make simple, clean edits in your video footage. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.
Download Virtual Dub.
- Jump Cut (online):
Ok. There is nothing to download here. Jump Cut is an online tool, a free video editing utility that allows you to cut video, and add audio, photos, effects and titles right on the web. The future of online video is here. Upload your media, grab shared media, create and remix movies, publish to your friends, share with the world.
Visit Jump Cut.
While the above free video editing software will satisfy simple video editing needs for most beginners, you might want to do more and download a free trial of video editing software like Corel VideoStudio ProX2. Of all the available free programs out there, these are the top seven free video editing software programs available.