A few days ago, I was trying to make a video with Adobe Sparks. Though it's a very versatile tool with plenty of features, the watermark feature dismayed me a bit. That's how my search for a video editor started. My main criteria were ready availability without download, ticks all the right boxes, and comes without the annoying watermark at the bottom.
At this point, you might argue that it's better to get an offline free video editing software. You are not entirely wrong. However, I wouldn't want to fire up a big software just to make short funny videos. Want something light, and preferably online. Also, sometimes simple is better.
So, here are some of the top free online video editors with no awkward watermark at the bottom.
1. Movie Maker Online
Movie Maker Online is a simple online tool which lets you stitch photos and videos together into a single video. It follows the familiar style of most online tools. The options to add images, music and video are at the top while the other options such as filters, text formats, and music are at the bottom.
Making a video is pretty much a straightforward affair with this tool. Just upload the photos or videos, and adjust their order. Text and filter modifications can be done at the bottom of the screen.
Its music library is quite big and allows you choose from rock music to sweet melodious tones. Once done, hitting the Make video button should do the trick.
Movie Maker Online serves you a good deal of ads just like any other free online tool. You won't be able to use this tool with an ad blocker. So, if this is a trade-off that you are willing to make, it's worth a shot.
Clipchamp has a lot to offer, including an advanced interface. Plus, it houses a vast library of stock images. And these were enough to make me fall in love with it. Sadly the stock images are available only in the paid version.
Making videos with Clipchamp is as simple as a walk in the park. All you have to do is upload the photos as well as videos and place them on the timeline. The safest bet is to follow the order — upload the video and audio followed by the title and the background image.
There are some notable features of this tool. For example, you can add individual filters to the videos or image. Plus, you can control the exposure and the saturation of the film at the same time.
A significant limitation is that the free version lets you download only SD (480p) videos.
The next tool on our list is Hippo Video. Yes, I swear that's the name! Fortunately, the interface is not as amusing as the name. It's clean and smooth and is on par with Clipchamp. The great thing about this online tool is that you can add music either from Google Drive or your PC.
The beauty of Hippo Video is that it's almost a full package in itself. You can either import a video from your PC or record straight from your webcam. What's more, you can choose the video resolution before you start editing the video.
Hippo Video supports only a handful of file formats including MP4, MKV, FLV, 3GP, and MPG. Plus, the video shouldn't exceed 500 MB.
Earlier it had the option of creating video from image slideshows. However, that has been discontinued.
By far, Video Toolbox is the most complicated video editor when compared to the above tools. But worry not, it makes that up with its array of advanced features. For one, you can convert your files to any of the popular video formats such as MKV, MOV, MP4, etc.
On top of that, it can import videos as large as 1500MB. So, unless you have a video made using a DSLR, it should get your work done.
Apart from the above, Video Toolbox lets you crop, merge, and cut video files. Moreover, you can add your own watermarks or rip audio from video. You can record video from videocasts and the webcam of your PC.
Before you can do all of that, you'd first need to register with the site. Once your account is activated, you can start editing your videos.
Though it is not a video editor to be specific, it is suitable for the minor trim or crop jobs. The minimal interface enables you to upload videos from your computer and even grab them from other websites as well as Google Drive. That's cool.
Free online video editors are limited in many ways. For instance, you need excellent upload and download speed. However, if you aren't looking to edit long and large file size bearing videos, then any of the sites mentioned above should work for you.
Otherwise, you can always make some short but cool videos in a jiffy.
Which was my favorite? Well, I have my eyes on Clipchamp for now. If you ask me, offline video making software was never my thing.