If you’re wanting to make basic video edits or try to make a dent in the net as YouTube can kick back the high costs of some of the most professional editing tools. That’s why it’s important to have a good list of free alternatives nearby, and that’s what we bring you today for Windows.
We are going to propose you seven programs quite capable to edit your videos. They may not have support for high revs or advanced options, but they are enough to practice while deciding whether to spend and how much for a more professional program.
Avidemux is one of the best alternatives you can find. It is free and multiplatform software, so besides being a free program has versions for GNU / Linux, Windows, MacOS and PC-BSD.
It offers practically any option that you can ask for a free program. It allows you to add audio tracks and images to your videos, cut and paste fragments of your videos, and a very wide collection of filters. It also supports subtitle formats, and is compatible with major video formats such as MKV, AVI or MP4.
Lightworks is possibly one of the best, or the best, video editors you can find for free. Its annual license costs $134.99, but you have as an alternative a free version with some limitations like not having support for 4K (you’ll have to settle for 720p), different effects and advanced options.
However, the free version has versions for Windows, MacOS and GNU / Linux, a modern interface and its basic functions. Also options like importing files of all formats, being able to make copies of your projects or export them to platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Therefore, even if only to get out of a certainty trouble you can take advantage of it.
VirtualDub is another free and open source software with GNU license, compatible with any version starting with Windows 98. It stands out especially for its capacity of compression, the divisions and the possibility of adding different video tracks. You can also use batch processing to manipulate multiple files at once.
Its big negative point is that it is already a little veteran, and it is not compatible with some modern video formats like mp4. However, if you are able to ignore these shortcomings you have a good tool that has the support of the community, thanks to which we can extend its functions with third-party video filters.
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Formerly known as CineFX, Jahshaka is a cross-platform video editor compatible with Windows, MacOS and GNU / Linux. More than a video editor itself is almost an effects engine, so we could compare it with Adobe After Effects. It allows to create 2D and 3D animations, the management of means and assets and the creation and edition of effects.
VSDC Video Editor
VSDC Video Editor is a tool not too well-known, but that besides having its version of payment counts also like a gratuitous one. Of course, for the support you will have to pay and have some other ads.
Even so, the editor has a minimalist design and easy to use. It allows you to apply “Instagram” filters and transitions to videos alter the light and apply video and sound effects. It also allows the creation of masks for the hiding, blurring or underlining of elements in the video, and allows you to export the creations to your social networks.
WeVideo is one of the best online publishers you can find. It has a free version for which you just have to register, it allows you to make the edits collaboratively and has an application for Google Drive, so you can save your creations directly in the Google cloud.
This free version allows you to work with files up to 1 GB, save your projects at 720p resolutions and benefit from their compatibility with major video formats. You also have a library of hundreds of songs to give your videos something to watch, which you can upload to YouTube and other services once you have finished.
And we end up with VideoPad, which along with the already mentioned Lightworks is possibly one of the best publishers with free version that you can find. It offers several combinable transitional effects, and allows you to decorate your videos with different brightness, saturation and color settings.
The application also has several export functions, allowing you to burn your finished videos to a DVD, save them to your hard drive in a variety of formats or share them directly on Facebook or YouTube. It also has some pre-configurations to adapt it to different mobile players.