iMovie is my favourite video editor to I recommend to beginners. It’s a shame that the software is exclusive to macOS and hence neither Windows nor Linux user can enjoy this editor. However, If you do own a Mac, you must know that iMovie comes pre-installed with your Mac which essentially makes it free. But that’s not what makes it best for beginners. The best part about iMovie is its simple and intuitive interface which is really easy to figure out, even without help. Also, Apple’s optimisation makes iMovie a really snappy editor which can be used even on older Macs without any problem. As a beginner, iMovie is the best video editor you can use on a Mac. I say this especially because iMovie acts as a really good primer for Final Cut Pro, which you are essentially going to use as you get more and more comfortable with video editing and iMovie no longer satisfies your requirements.
With Camtasia, you can record on-screen activities and organize the footage into professional looking videos. You can also import and edit video clips, music, and images and add interactive content, such as in-video quizzing or in-video links. Once completed, projects can easily be exported to Flash or HTML5, and watched on PCs, Macs, iPads, Android tablets, and most Android smartphones. Camtasia is very easy to use and ideal for creating marketing or tutorial videos, which can easily be integrated into powerpoint slideshows or other kinds of presentations. But if you are interested in creating longer movies or films, it might not be the best option. To learn the fundamentals of the program, check out this great Camtasia Studio tutorial or this course on Camtasia essentials.
Back when my kids were applying for college and we were putting golf videos together to send to coaches, a friend who was into videos editing had a program that made it look easy. It showed and played the video at the top of the screen and he would just section off the area we wanted, then would drag it down to the newly created video we were making. I have been looking for something that would allow me the ability to do that but what I have been trying to work with is what is on my computer now which is “Movie Maker”. I have limited tech skills and I seem to forget how to do this every time I sit down.,
You might find that the free video editing software above are either too simple to meet your demends like audio editing and color correction, or too difficult to understand the workflow, then you should look at Wondershare Filmora9, which has significant improvement in overall performance, making the product faster, more powerful, and taking the user editing experience to a new level.
HitFilm Express is one of the more professional video editors to make the list. It contains all the features you would expect from a basic editor (splicing, trimming, and audio editing) plus much more. While some users may find HitFilm a little advanced, it’s certainly one of the best all round free video editors out there. The free package includes over 180 special effects.
Hi Lance, thanks for an informative article. I’m currently editing my YouTube videos on a 5year old laptop and Movie Maker. My problem is it crashes a lot and I have to exit and start over. I would like something with more features than Movie Maker and am also in the market for a new computer. Filmora or Power Director seems like it would fit my needs, but my question is what should I be looking for in a computer to handle all the video editing. Processor, graphics card, RAM, etc. Thanks again.
At last, you have reached the end of the article and hopefully, now you have a fairly good idea which video editing software you should go for. The choice really depends on your need, skills, and budget. Don’t just the most popular ones, pick the one which is good for you. If this article helped in the choosing your favourite video editing software, do let us know which one you’re picked in the comments section below. Also tell us, if you are already in love with some other video editing software which is not on our list.
Good old iMovie comes baked into Mac OS. Like most native Mac apps, this video editor is very intuitive to use. It features a drag and drop interface. Mac users can use iMovie as a playground for learning the basics of video editing. Once you are up to speed, you may find that alternative video editing software in this list may better suit your needs.
DaVinci Resolve is arguably the most advanced video editor on the list. While it has many professional video features, its interfaces remain intuitive. Alongside video slicing and trimming you can master audio and correct color. You can also use it to add 2D and 3D titles to your video. If you just want to trim and upload your videos, the rich feature set of DaVinci Resolve may be too extensive. However, if your video project is a little more advanced, the free version of this software is hard to beat.
Last but not least we come to FilmoraGo. FilmoraGo is a solid video editing app without any watermarks or paid subscriptions. Add music, transitions, and trim video clips all from within the app. You can easily add themes, text, and titles to your videos. There is a desktop version starting at $44.99 a year, but you can still get a lot of editing joy from the free mobile app.
It is worth pointing out here that Adobe Premiere Elements is also well integrated with other Adobe programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe Photoshop Elements. Photoshop is definitely an excellent program (if you’re interested in learning Photoshop, check out this cool course on mastering Adobe Photoshop) and it can actually be used to edit any image on the Adobe Premiere Elements timeline. So if you’re already an Adobe user, Adobe Premiere Elements is definitely a solid option. If you are interested in learning how to use the software, it’s definitely worth taking this Adobe Premiere Elements training course.