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.
While all the other video editing software do offer built-in color correction tools, none of them offer as extensive control over color correction as DaVinci Resolve. This video editor started its journey as a color correction tool which slowly evolved into a full-fledged video editor. Needless to say, color correction still remains its biggest weapon that it can hold over other professional grade video editing software. In fact, its color correction tools are so good that it’s the default choice for film and tv-series makers for color grading purposes. Apart from its extensive color correction toolset, DaVinci resolve offers a familiar multi-track timeline with quick edit pop-up and customisable keyboard shortcuts. It also offers a plethora of video transitions and effects along with features like multi-cam editing, keyframes, speed effects and more. DaVinci Resolve is a very competent video editing software, with the best color correction tools to go with it.
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.
iMovie is one of the easiest video editing programs out there. With a couple of clicks and some dropping and dragging you can conduct high-quality edits that seriously enhance the quality of your video. And with One Step effects you can apply a variety of different editing techniques instantaneously to your whole video, with just one click. The audio editing capabilities are also a program highlight, with 19 different unique audio filters that allow you to easily edit sounds and even change voices. iMovie is considered a consumer-level editing tool, so it’s not at all hard to learn.