Best Free Video Editing Software 2016

Premium video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas or Final Cut can be quite expensive depending on your budget.

But there are some decent alternatives available, in this article and the video above I will list some of best free video editing programs available at the moment.

# Name Type Platform Watermark Non-linear Export MP4
1 Lightworks Software Windows, Linux, Mac No Yes Yes
2 VSDC Free Video Editor Software Windows No Yes Yes
3 WeVideo Web App Windows, Linux, Mac Yes Yes Yes
4a Windows Movie Maker Software Windows No No Yes
4b iMovie Software Mac No No Yes
5 Machete Lite Software Windows No No No


#1 Lightworks


Lightworks is a non-linear video editing program for Windows, Mac and Linux that has been around for 25 years and has been used to edit major motion pictures, including The Wolf of Wall Street and Pulp Fiction. Lightworks is available for free but to use it you have to register on their website and renew your free license every week. The free version of Lightworks also only exports videos in MP4 format at 720p.

Homepage | Download Lightworks


#2 VSDC Free Video Editor

VSDC Free Video Editor

VSDC is a free non-linear video editor for Windows only. It comes close to a professional video editing program, having a timeline with multiple tracks for layering video and audio clips. It has a wide array of other features, including transition effects, color, brightness and contrast adjustment, volume adjustment and more. VSDC can also screencapture your desktop and record video from your webcam.

Homepage | Download VSDC Free Video Editor


#3 WeVideo


WeVideo is a web-based non-linear video editing platform that can be used on any operating system with a graphical user interface, a web browser and Adobe Flash. With WeVideo you can upload video clips and edit your videos in the cloud. It does have some drawbacks, free users can only upload 2GB of video clips and can only publish a maximum of 5 minutes of video footage. Also, videos edited for free have a WeVideo watermark.

Homepage | Signup for WeVideo


#4 Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing program developed by Microsoft which is only available for Windows. It’s a linear editor but fairly easy to use. You can trim and combine video clips, add and remove audio, use transition effects and create text titles and credits. Windows Movie Maker might be a good program for those who are starting out and only want to edit simple videos. Mac users have similar access to iMovie, a video editing program developed by Apple, which is included for free in all new Mac computers since 2003.

Homepage | Download Windows Movie Maker (Windows Essentials 2012)


#5 Machete Lite

Machete Lite

Machete Lite is a simple video editing tool that can cut, join and trim video clips, and remove audio. The free version can only import and export .avi and .wmv files, limiting its potential. The upside with Machete is that it is extremely simple and easy to use, and it’s a lightweight program that uses a minimal amount of computer resources. This makes Machete a good program to use on an old or otherwise slow computer for doing simple edits.

Homepage | Download Machete Lite



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