Freemake Video Converter can do some basic video editing operations: cut unwanted video parts, join files, or rotate video. With Gold Pack release it also got the option to delete black bars. Still it has never pretended to be a fully-featured video editor, it’s a video converter first of all. The question “What’s the best free video editor?” is actively discussed on the Net. We also decided to do our bit and round up top 5 free video editors with their pros and cons.
Windows Movie Maker
This is a great video editing tool available among other free Microsoft software. It helps users combine photos and videos, add transitions and effects, trim, split, speed up or slow down a video, change sound or add a theme, post to YouTube and much more. by far, this is the most widely used free video editor.
- numerous video editing options;
- working with timeline got better in v.16;
- increased number of output video options.
- not available anymore as a part of Windows OS;
- no video cutting option found.
Download Movie Maker here
Pinnacle VideoSpin is a nicely designed video editing tool both for beginners and professionals. The main functions are: adding text or audio overlays, video effects, 2D transitions, making photo slideshows, deleting unnecessary scenes, uploading ready videos to YouTube or Yahoo! Videos.
- supports the most popular file formats;
- easy working with timeline.
- no more available at developer website, only as a part of Pinnacle Studio ($60);
- requires registration while installing;
- requires purchase of Advanced Codecs Pack ($10) to work with MPEG2, MPEG4, and DivX codecs;
- opens browser window for ads display.
Unfortunately, Pinnacle VideoSpin doesn’t get any updates since 2009 and might not be compatible with the latest software on your PC.
VirtualDub is an open-source software regularly updated by its creators. It has a bit utilitarian interface and may seem uneasy to master, still the software is great to do difficult video editing operations: delete, add, reorder video parts, crop side bars, reduce video file size, convert to grayscale, rotate video, etc.
- has video capturing option;
- can be extended with third-party video filters;
- has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files.
- poor interface.
Download VirtualDub from SourceForge
Avidemux is another GPL-based video editor to cut, apply visual effects and transcode videos to other formats, insert or extract audio streams into/from a video file. Avidemux has built-in subtitle processing option and is available for Mac and Linux OS’s as well.
- lightweight and fairly simple;
- has command line interface for advanced users;
- large selection of filters.
- complicated for beginners.
Download Avidemux from SourceForge
Wax is a free video editing tool which main function is to add special effects for video files. As other video editors it can also delete, add move video scenes, remove black bars, upscale, and rotate videos, work with 3D effects.
- works with 3D files;
- rich in video effects;
- outputs to numerous formats.
- outdated interface;
- a bit clunky if working with HD video.
Download Wax here
What video editing tools do you use?