I’m planning on launching a YouTube channel for BPB, so I went on a lookout for freeware apps to handle the job of video editing. Anyway, it turned out that there are actually some really good freeware video editing tools out there, so here’s my selection of the best free video editing software tools for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Follow the links for screenshots & download info:
- Avid Free DV by Avid (Windows)
- Avidemux by Mean (Linux, Mac, Windows)
- Blender by Blender3D (Linux, Max, Windows)
- Lightworks by EditShare (Windows)
- Movie Maker by Microsoft (Windows)
trakAxPC by HighAndes (Windows)
- VirtualDub by Phaeron (Windows)
- Vivia by Vivia (Linux, Windows)
- Wax by DebugMode (Linux, Windows)
- ZS4 by t@b (Linux, Mac, Windows)
Perhaps video editors are not what you’d usually expect to find on BPB, but a lot of musicians (including myself) like experimenting with video. Not to mention that having decent YouTube videos can attract more listeners to your music. So, I figured it would be pretty cool to add a bpb Freeware Studio article about free video editing software.
In terms of features and functionality, Lightworks is easily my #1 choice for free video editing software. It’s a professional non-linear video editing application which became open source in 2011. The project is still in beta, but the official release date is very close. Lightworks is not the easiest video editor to learn, but it’s definitely worth investing some time into. I mean, some of my favorite movies were edited on Lightworks (even some Oscar award-winning titles like Mission Impossible, The Departed, Pulp Fiction, and more)! To get started, check out the Lightworks QuickStart Guide and take a look at some of the available video tutorials (I’ve included one at the bottom of this article).
trakAxPC is somewhere between an audio sequencer and a video editor application. Much easier to use than Lightworks, but then again not as full-featured. The free version lacks some cool features included in the full version (which is priced at $24.95), but it’s still a great choice for a video editing tool, especially if you work with a lot of audio files. To get started with the program and learn about its features, check out the Support section on the trakAxPC website.
Another good free tool is Avid Free DV, which was a freeware version of the professional Avid video editor. After Avid bought Pinnacle, they dropped support for this great little non-linear video editor. However, it is still available for free download via digitalFAQ. The software is a bit dated, but it’s still a pretty decent video editor with good workflow and all the basic features you may need.
VirtualDub is a free video editor, as well as a free video capturing utility. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. Here’s a nice tutorial for using VirtualDub as a free screen capturing utility (very useful for creating video tutorials and such).
ZS4 Video Editor is an improved version of the Zwei-Stein Video Editor. It is an advanced video editing and composition software with over 150 built-in video effects. The workflow may seem a bit challenging in the beginning, but ZS4 is a very powerful free video editor worth learning.
Vivia is a simple video editing program for Linux and Windows. It provides extremely easy editing of clips and transitions in real-time, along with multi-camera support for editing scenes that were recorded by more than one camera simultaneously.
Finally, here’s the first part of a great series of video tutorials by dvstudiosproductions, which will help you get started with Lightworks:
And that’s all for today. If there’s a free video editor that isn’t yet included in the list, please let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading BPB and happy video editing!
Special thanks to Tesseract for suggesting Expression Encoder 4 and Scott Lavender for suggesting Blender and OpenShot!Share This! ♥ :