The following list of editing softwares are all desktop-based, meaning you’ll need a desktop to properly use the applications. Desktop software is often more powerful and offers more tools than mobile applications, so these programs will work great for long-form content like product reviews and testimonials.
Editing videos is seamless with the user interface and extensive features available on OpenShot. It’s free to download for Windows, Mac and Linux systems.
The free version of this software allows for unlimited tracks and layers, image and audio support, as well as drag-and-drop functionality. You can also use OpenShot to transform your videos with trimming, scaling, snapping, and much more.
Pros: OpenShot has an easy to use interface and an excellent user forum for support and tips from their community.
Cons: The setup for OpenShot can take some time and occasional lags in the application have been reported as well.
Best for: Less advanced projects relying primarily on photos and audio.
VSDC Free Video Editor
With a vast amount of features and resources, VSDC is one of the best free video editing software on the market. It’s currently only available to install on Windows.
This software isn’t recommend for beginners, so we recommend checking it out if you have some previous video editing experience with other applications. The number of features and tools available can feel overwhelming to those new to video editing.
Pros: VSDC offers plenty of features exclusive to their software. You also have the ability to export your videos in a number of different formats. Installing VSDC also grants you access for their optional screen recorder tool.
Cons: It’s not very user-friendly for beginners and video lag has been reported with the free version.
Best for: Experienced video editors with more complex projects like commercials and product demos.
While you may be familiar with this software, don’t underestimate its ability to help create stunning video content for your brand. iMovie is free to macOS users and offers a number of different video and audio editing options.
Perhaps its most notable feature is the ability to export your video in 4k resolution. You can also edit videos across different platforms. Start editing from you Apple mobile device and finish up on your Mac.
Pros: The interface is very easy-to-use and offers a plethora of tools for editing video and audio in addition to its support of 4k resolution.
Cons: There is a limited number of features compared to other applications and a lack of control over output formats.
Best for: Smaller projects consisting of short clips, photos, and/or audio like Facebook ads and Instagram posts.
Windows Movie Maker
Just like iMovie, Windows Movie Maker is the standard video editing software for Windows users. Depending on the age of your computer, Windows Movie Maker may already be installed and ready for use. If not, plenty of third party sites offer the application for download.
Great for beginners with smaller projects, Windows Movie Maker offers a decent amount of functionality to make your project professional and appealing to your audience.
Pros: It’s designed for anyone who has little to no experience with video editing software. It’s design and interface are very user-friendly.
Cons: There is limited functionality available with Windows Movie Maker.
Best for: Entrepreneurs with little to no video editing software experience who have smaller projects to complete.
Lightworks is an excellent tool designed to make professional quality video editing available to everyone through their software. While there are a vast number of features available, this software is still quite user-friendly and can be mastered with time.
It’s supported on Windows, Mac and Linux systems and offers the ability to upload your projects directly to YouTube. It has everything you need to create impressive videos.
Pros: Supported on all popular systems and offers an extensive library of tools you can use to create professional videos.
Cons: It can feel overwhelming at first and certain features are only available on the paid version, such as exporting in different formats and uploading 4k videos to YouTube.
Best for: Any level of video editing software experience whether working on small projects or large ones.
Best Free Video Editing Software for Mobile
The following list of apps are great if you prefer to capture and share video content through your smartphones. They also allow you edit videos on the go without sacrificing quality. Discover some of the most groundbreaking and popular video editing software for mobile devices.
Magisto is known as the premiere mobile app for video automation. It allows you to create breathtaking videos without stepping away from your smartphone.
Simply select an editing style, choose your photos and video clips, then finally select the music you’d like to play in the video. Magisto’s AI will organize your content to best showcase the message you want to relay. Premium and professional versions of this app is available for a small monthly fee.
Pros: Automated video editing technology that makes it easy to create captivating videos. Available on iOS & Android.
Cons: Some limitations in regards to making specific edits unless you upgrade to a paid version of the app.
This is a great option if you’re looking for basic editing functionality with the option to add more advanced features as you go. Easily drag and drop video clips, photos, and music to produce a professional video in only a few minutes.
A number of other features are available as well, including preset transitions, intros, and themes.
Pros: An easy-to-use tool with a lot of functionality to help create stunning videos. Also includes a library of presets to help with video editing. Available for iOS & Android.
Cons: The free version adds a watermark to your videos that can only be removed by upgrading to the paid version of the app.