8 Excellent Video Editing Software & Online Tools That Are Free

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The rise of YouTube and other popular video sharing sites have ensured that video editing doesn’t remain a super-geeky thing. Don’t be surprised if you catch your 9 year old sprucing up the video of her puppy using a video editing tool before uploading it to YouTube. With the kind of free video editing software available at your disposal now, it’s not at all difficult to edit and create great videos.

The following list talks about 8 such tools that can help you edit, add affects and do much more with your videos. Both desktop software and online tools are included. Check them out.

UPDATE: We’ve added a bonus tool in the end. Don’t miss that!

Windows Live Movie Maker

windows live movie maker

Windows Live Movie Maker – that comes as a part of Windows Live Essentials suite – is a powerful and feature-rich video editing software by Microsoft. You can edit videos, audio, add all kinds of effects, add photos directly from Windows Live Photo Gallery and do much more. There’s also an interesting feature called the AutoMovie theme that lets you quickly choose photos and videos and then automatically create a movie out of them in no time.

VideoToolBox

videotoolbox

VideoToolBox is a pretty impressive online video editing tool that’s free. It can accept video file up to 600 MB in size and has a range of features to cater to all your video editing needs. It also has a video recorder tool. We’ve covered it here – VideoToolBox: Online Video Editor to Convert, Crop, Merge & Split Video Files.

iMovie

imovie

iMovie is Apple’s flagship movie making software that comes bundled with the iLife suite for Macs. It has an impressive array of features including People finder, a feature that can find faces in the video. You can also create quick trailers of your videos with iMovie.

Wax

wax video editing software

Wax is an advanced video editing tool that can add 2D and 3D effects to your videos apart from doing various other kinds of video editing tasks. It is Windows only, and also comes as a plugin to popular (and costly) video editing software like Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe Premiere. So, if you are a professional user, you too could make use of this tool.

Stupeflix

stupeflix online video editing tool

Stupeflix is a nice online video editing tool that can help you create quick videos out of the images you upload by adding some pretty cool effects. You can also pull in the images from Flickr, Facebook or Picasa accounts. The free account limits the videos to 1 min, but that’s usually enough if you are looking to create something short and sweet. Read more here – Stupeflix is a Powerful Tool to Make and Edit Videos Online.

AVITrimmer

AVITrimmer video editing software

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If you are looking for a simple, no-frills video editing tool to edit your AVI or MKV files then you might want to check out AVITrimmer. This tool can trim your AVI or MKV files without any loss in the quality (no encoding or decoding is involved).

JayCut

jaycut online video editor

JayCut (Update: From their homepage it looks like they’ve shut down the service) is a free online video editor that has an amazing number of features that is a bit surprising for a web based editing tool to have. The good thing about JayCut is that even beginners can quickly understand its interface and get started with the video editing process.

Avidemux

avidemux video editor for Linux

Linux users, if you had been feeling left out so far, Avidemux should cheer you up (of course you could go with the online tools mentioned above too). We mentioned Avidemux before in our list of tools to rip audio from video. It’s not incredibly feature-rich but has enough to get the job done.

Bonus: VideoPad

Our reader Noopur Julka tipped us about another nice video editing tool called VideoPad. She graciously agreed to send in her experience of using the tool.

VideoPad Video Editor (Windows only) gives your videos a new life. This full featured video editor lets you create professional looking videos with transitions, effects, music and narration in minutes, making your video look impressive and most importantly sharable!

VideoPad

There is an apt direct YouTube share option included in tool too.

For instance, I have uploaded two videos. The first one below is the unedited version while the next one has been edited with VideoPad.

1. ScubaDiving (Unedited)

2. ScubaDiving (With VideoPad)

Videos speak louder than text, no?

So, have you used any of the aforementioned tools before? Use something else? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

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  • Sumanth Kumar

    i know and used windows movie maker..but don know abt the remaining…will surely give a try to all of them in my next project.. :)

  • Mustafa

    i have heard that lightworks is also good http://www.lightworksbeta.com/ … i havent gotten to try it out yet…..

    • Abhijeet

      Yes, Lightworks certainly looks pretty good. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Ashok

    I have used windows movie maker and like it very much, but I am looking for some software that can convert movies created by windows movie maker, that it can be played on a DVD player. Can anyone suggest me something?

    • j7

      ashampoo movie shrink it converts to any file you want

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  • http://www.ediy.co.nz/ Web Design

    The list has some really nice tools for editing videos. Good thing – most of them are novice-friendly.

  • I_Simply_Walk_Into_Mordor

    Windows Live Movie Make r 7 keeps crashing right as I try to save a HUGE project I’m working on. Is there some program that almost exactly like it? THanks, my email is I_Simply_Walk_Into_Mordor@Hotmail.com
    -Benjie

    • OMEGAMAN

      You have to remove all unwanted clips from pin list or you are going over a 2GB 1080 Production, go to your video output and make your own custom output 512 x 288 will completely fill the screen and it compresses your video to 1/5th the size oryou can break your project into shorter 15 minute or so clips ‘I hope this helps’.

  • tfbninja

    you have to pay for videopad.

  • Guest

    Stupeflix is cool but in order to get a regular video with out the effects yo have to pay for pro. and they make you get a subscription .

  • Tiesha Thomas

    Stupeflix is cool but in order to get a regular video without the effects you have to pay for pro. and they only offer recurring payment subscriptions .too pricey for me

  • Marco

    I love using JayCut software.

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  • Aj

    Great list above. I only do very basic editing..family videos to share, etc.,so the tools that came with my free RealPlayer download are sufficient for my needs: http://www.real.com/resources/video-editing/

  • Victoria

    i was looking for a video maker and visited several forums to find the best one, my favorite by far is Kizoa video maker since its free and a lot easier to use. I highly suggest this to anyone out there still searching for the perfect video maker!

  • Jose Fotografia

    http://wideo.co is an excellent free tool to create animated videos.