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clapper21.pngIf you're looking for some great video editing software that also happens to be free, look no further. Before you start, however, I have a word of warning. The disappointing thing about free video editors is that there aren't really any equivalents of Photoscape or Audacity. There is definitely awesome video editing software out there, but unfortunately you'll have to pay for it. If you are going to edit on a regular basis, think about buying a program - check out the trial versions of Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas or Movavi Video Suite. Who knows, you might be impressed enough to decide it's worth the cost.

If you're sticking to free programs for the moment, however, read on. This is my list of the best editing software around, easiest first.

Total beginner? Start simple with Microsoft Live Movie Maker. Some of the apps out there are really complicated but this Vista-only version of Windows Movie Maker will start you off gently. Now, before you go rolling your eyes, actually take a look at this app. Simple, definitely, but also very effective and for basic video/image mash-ups, it's a great option. It's incredibly easy to use and if this is your fist time creating videos, you'd be mad to ignore it.videopad.png

Got a little bit of experience? Try VideoPad Video Editor. Whereas Microsoft Live Movie Maker is the best bet for total beginners, those of you with some experience, or maybe users who are technically able, but new to video editing, should give Videopad a try. It's got a good selection of export options, great help and makes the perfect first app.

Need an app for slightly more complex tasks? Avidemux is the one. This open source tools is perfect for tasks like cutting and encoding and it supports plenty of formats. Best of all, it has lots of information available on its wiki and forum, so even if you do run into problems or want to ask for help from more experienced users, you'll have no problem finding people to help.

Are you a user who knows what you want? VirtualDub, or sister application VirtualDubMod, are perfect. Even the developers admit that it's not the snazziest app on the block, but for fast linear clean-ups of video that will be sent to other programs for editing, you can't beat it. It's not the ideal application to make a nice video of family celebrations, but if efficiency and speed are of importance, it's fantastic.videolan.png

Like to keep up with the latest software? Videolan Movie Creator is the newest of the new. VLC video player has legions of fans, but the developers have recently brought out a video editor that looks really promising. We say 'looks' because it's so early a version it's not even a beta release - it's pre-alpha - but when we reviewed it, we were sure it was destined for great things. Check it out!

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  • watson |
    26/04/10
    watson

    there is a lot pf video software.

  • Mia |
    25/05/10
    Mia

    thank you a lot! if u need to convert video to flash u can use Video to Flash Converter PRO by geovid as video editor for example.

  • WebGuide4U |
    20/07/10
    WebGuide4U

    really a cool list for newbie and the professionals one. looking for video editing softwares just landed here from google. thanks for providing this useful list

  • DailyTechPost |
    15/09/10
    DailyTechPost

    Thank for such a wonderful list....I am downloading them right now :)

  • Ajoy Saha |
    18/11/10
    Ajoy Saha

    It's best list for video Editing Software, thanks for providing this.

  • Ramiro Guzman |
    08/12/10
    Ramiro Guzman

    Hello, I'm new to this digital jungle. I purchased a ZOOM Q3 video recorder which records to .MOV and am having trouble editing my videos. I just want to cut and paste a few shorts takes that I have, add music, and maybe some basic text,and download to Youtube. I've tried Movie Maker and the files are not compatible. Same with Nero Express Seven. Can anyone point me in the right direction? It would even be better if the app was free!!

  • Chleo |
    28/12/10
    Chleo

    windows movie maker sounds like just what I need right NOW- am using windows 7 and it doesn't work properly so in reality useless- your list has helped me know where else to look- thank you

  • harensarma |
    30/12/10
    harensarma

    It's the best software I have found which can fulfil my needs. With many many thanks and heartiest gratitude to you. Happy new year. Al the best

  • S.H.ROXY |
    06/01/11
    S.H.ROXY

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    06/01/11
    emon

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    12/01/11
    Al Hudon

    I have 9 grandchildren and 6 great grand children and just want to see their pictures once in a while. Please help me for I am a old man. Al Hudon

  • Ashya |
    20/01/11
    Ashya

    Thanks for helping us find editing softwares for people who so what they do best make videos :)

  • mukesh |
    04/02/11
    mukesh

    hi......

  • tylercheez |
    07/02/11
    tylercheez

    For the guy al hudon,if you are working on a simple project just get windows live moive maker,that's good for begining,if you want something very complaxe try videospin.will cheack back in 3 days to see if u did good

  • Prithviraj Sen |
    17/02/11
    Prithviraj Sen

    it is very good for new user

  • Abhimanyu |
    22/03/11
    Abhimanyu

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    20/04/11
    Mervin

    Sigh why can't I have a software that meets my demands, which includes being complete without cost since I am still young and don't think I should tell my dad to buy these kind of things for me

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    13/07/11
    shola

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    27/07/11
    GP Parrthiban

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    08/08/11
    j.simiyon

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    22/08/11
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    31/08/11
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    07/09/11
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    08/09/11
    Ali Dauda

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    13/09/11
    Sinjan Das

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    03/12/11
    farhad

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    22/12/11
    Aaksh

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    22/12/11
    Aaksh

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  • aliraza |
    04/01/12
    aliraza

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  • jim |
    09/01/12
    jim

    using win 7 ultimate. have video file 1 gig, want to keep fidelity of video, audio is speech. want to convert file so it's smaller, maybe 250 mb, not compressed. any ideas? thanks

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    15/01/12
    bharat

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  • jayaprakash |
    17/03/12
    jayaprakash

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    25/03/12
    Sisco-Prince Amos

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  • manish |
    09/04/12
    manish

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    09/04/12
    manish

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    08/05/12
    abhiram

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  • Patricia |
    02/07/12
    Patricia

    I've arrived at this elderly blog via a July 2012 article re Windows Movie Maker. At first I wondered why "FREEMAKE VIDEO CONVERTER" was not included in the list, especially for inexperienced users, but then realised it may not have been released when the blog was written. I've been using it for about a year for editing (and/or sometimes converting - lots of formats to choose from) recorded video streams, downloaded videos from YouTube and elsewhere, and uploading to YouTube. I highly recommend it. I have recommended it to e-pals who are completely new to video editing and they love it. It is still being improved, doesn't do 'crop' yet, but it is so easy to cut and join clips. Their website is Freemake.com and they have a Facebook page.

  • Mark |
    24/07/12
    Mark

    I have some camcorder footage which has audio interference. Is there any video editing software that will also allow me to edit the audio to try and remove the interference? Thanks.

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    27/07/12
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  • edward |
    04/08/12
    edward

    can i have a video editor which will help me change my face on the movie?

  • saju |
    10/09/12
    saju

    best editing

  • adnan |
    30/09/12
    adnan

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  • santosh |
    11/11/12
    santosh

    give me suggest which is video editor is best please tell me

  • RAMJAN HASAN LOHAR |
    15/11/12
    RAMJAN HASAN LOHAR

    VERY VERY GOOD I LIKE THIS SOFTWER

  • Charlie S |
    20/11/12
    Charlie S

    I am using window movie maker, but unable to load avchd please provide information greatly appreciate or may be recomend to get new software?

  • noble |
    27/11/12
    noble

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    19/12/12
    RIAZ

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    06/01/13
    yogesh

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  • Hunter |
    10/01/13
    Hunter

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