Ultra high definition or 4K footage is becoming more popular every year. But not every free video editor supports it yet. In this list we’re going to take a look at some of the best free video editing software with 4K support.
|#||Name||Special Effects||Non-Linear Editor||Ease of Use||Platforms||Rating|
|1||DaVinci Resolve 12.5||Limited||Yes||Intermediate||Windows, Mac & Linux||9/10|
|2||OpenShot||Limited||Yes||Somewhat Easy||Windows, Mac & Linux||7.5/10|
|3||Blender||Excellent||Yes||Quite Hard||Windows, Mac & Linux||7.5/10|
|4||Kdenlive||Limited||Yes||Intermediate||Windows & Linux||6.5/10|
#1 DaVinci Resolve 12.5
In first place we have DaVinci Resolve 12.5, which I have included in my top lists before. Resolve is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It is a non-linear video editor, which means it has multiple tracks for video and audio. Basically this allows you to layer videos, images, text, audio and a bunch of stuff on top of eachother to mix them and create epic videos.
Resolve does indeed support 4K footage. You can change the video resolution in the “Project Settings” of your project. Check the video above for more in-depth instructions.
DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is really a professional level video editor. The interface has many similarities with Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas Pro. Using Resolve you’ll learn a lot of stuff that you can apply in those commercial editors as well.
Overall Resolve is a really good editor and the best one you can get for free that includes 4K support.
Now that Windows Movie Maker is no longer supported by Microsoft and officially history, we need a new simple free video editor that’s easy to use even for beginners. I think OpenShot despite still being in beta has the potential to be such an editor.
The editor does support 4K footage. You can change the project settings by first going to the “File” menu. Then select “Choose profile”, and on the dialogue that pops up, choose the best 4K profile for your project.
OpenShot was originally made for Linux, but it is now supported on Windows & Mac computers as well. However, there is still much work to be done on OpenShot. It is still in beta, but it does look promising. If you want to support the project, head over to openshot.org and give them a donation.
Next up we have Blender, which is actually a 3D modeling and animation program for Windows, Linux and Mac computers. But it can also be configured to do video editing in 4K.
Blender is much harder to use than most video editors. You kind of have to set it up manually for it to work as a good video editor. It’s definitely not the most user-friendly app out there. However, I have heard that the results of editing with Blender can be very good.
Also, if you’re thinking of getting into 3D modeling or animation, then learning Blender for video editing is probably worth the effort.
You can check out Paul Cageggi’s tutorial on video editing with Blender. It’s very useful and should help you get started.
Kdenlive is a free non-linear video editor originally made for the Linux KDE graphical desktop environment. But it has since been ported to Windows. However it is still a test version so all the features might not work as they’re supposed to.
It is indeed possible to set up your projects in 4K resolution on Kdenlive.
Installing Kdenlive is a bit more complicated than most other video editors. It does not have an installer, instead it has a zip file with all the program files in there. And you also have to download the ffmpeg shared build for 64-bit computers, and copy some files from that.
Check out the video above for better installation instructions.