Best Video Editing Software Programs for 2018

 

Using free video editing software is an easy and convenient way to edit your videos. Plus, most of them are so easy to use that they’re great for beginning editors.

You might want a video editor if you need to extract audio from a video or add different audio, cut out parts of the video, add subtitles, build a DVD menu, merge video files together, or fade a video in or out. Most vloggers need a video editor of some kind.

Because most free video editors limit their features to advertise their professional versions, you may find roadblocks that stop you from doing more advanced edits. For editors with more features, but that aren’t free, check out mid-level digital video software or these top professional video editing programs.

If you need to convert your video files to different file formats like MP4, MKV, MOV, etc., this list of free video converters has some great options.

1. Corel VideoStudio Pro

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What we like

  • The easy to use interface
  • It’s open source
  • Great user forums

What we don’t like

  • The application has multiple layers of setup
  • Occasional lag

Editing videos with

Corel VideoStudio Pro

is extraordinary when you see the list of its amazing features. You can download it absolutely free on not only Windows and Mac but also Linux.

A few of the supported features in this free editor includes desktop integration for drag-and-drop, image and audio support, curve-based Key Frame animations, unlimited tracks and layers, and 3D animated tiles and effects.

OpenShot is also good for clip resizing, scaling, trimming, snapping, and rotation, plus motion picture credit scrolling, frame stepping, time-mapping, audio mixing, and real-time previews.

The fact that you get all of this for free is reason enough to download it yourself and try it out before you purchase a video editor.

2. VideoPad (Windows & Mac)

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What we like

  • Supports a wide range of video formats
  • Easy to install and use

What we don’t like

  • Lacks advanced features

Another video editing software program for both Windows and Mac is VideoPad, from NCH Software. It’s 100 percent free for non-commercial use.

It supports drag-and-drop, effects, transitions, 3D video editing, text and caption overlay, video stabilization, easy narration, free built-in sound effects, and color control.

VideoPad can also change the video speed, reverse the video, burn DVDs, import music, and export movies to YouTube (and other similar sites) and a variety of resolutions (like 2K and 4K).

3. Wondershare Filmora 

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What we like

  • Supports many input formats
  • Burn files directly to a disc
  • Easy-to-use editing features

What we don’t like

  • May require purchase of needed features
  • Can be slow to make conversions
  • Limited number of output formats

 

 Wondershare Filmora its simple and easy-to-use editing features is what sets it apart from some of the more complex and confusing editors.

Being able to do some light editing to your videos is great when you can also use the same tool to convert the file to a variety of other formats, or even burn the files directly to a disc.

Some of the video editing features of this program includes adding subtitles, clipping out sections you don’t want in the video, removing or adding audio, and merging/joining videos together.

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