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Top 3 Best Free Video Editing Software (2018)

If you want to make content on YouTube that doesn’t look like its made by a 5 year old, then you may want to get some decent video editing software. Fortunately, there’s plenty of good free options available, and you can actually get them legally, you dirty pirates.

I’m going to look at the top 3 best free video editors in this article and the video above. Also I have made some basic video editing tutorials for a few of these programs to get you started, they are linked below.

# Name Timeline Format Support 4K Support Effects & Features Difficulty
1 Hitfilm Express 2017 Non-linear Great Yes Excellent Average
2 DaVinci Resolve 14 Non-linear Great Yes Good Average
3 Shotcut Non-linear Great Yes Average Moderate

 

#1 Hitfilm Express 2017

Hitfilm Express 2017 Best Free Video Editing Software

In first place we have Hitfilm Express 2017. This is without a doubt the best free video editing software currently available. However it is only available as a 64-bit version for Windows and Mac computers.

Hitfilm Express is similar to DaVinci Resolve in many ways, it supports 4K footage and has similar media format support. However it has a better functioning timeline and interface, as well as a compositing editor and overall more special effects and features.

Additionally it includes a integrated store where users can easily buy special effects packs and other additional features. I have also made some tutorials for Hitfilm, you can find them in the description.

Hitfilm Homepage | Download Hitfilm Express 2017 | Hitfilm Express Basic Tutorial

 

#2 DaVinci Resolve 14

DaVinci Resolve 14

Next up we have DaVinci Resolve 14, which is also a free non-linear video editor. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers but only as a 64-bit version.

Like Shotcut, DaVinci Resolve also supports 4K projects, most of the popular media file types and can export projects in the Quicktime MOV and MP4 video formats. Resolve also has excellent color grading capabilities.

The main differences between DaVinci Resolve and Shotcut are that Resolve has a better interface, more special effects and features, and is slightly easier to learn how to use.

DaVinci Resolve Homepage | Download Davinci Resolve 14 | DaVinci Resolve Basic Tutorial

 

#3 Shotcut

Shotcut

In third place we have Shotcut which is a free open-source non-linear video editor. Basically what non-linear means, is that it can have a timeline with multiple video and audio tracks. So you can layer videos, images, music, sound effects and so on, to create a better final result

Shotcut is also available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, both as a 32-bit and 64-bit version. It can handle most of the popular media file types, and can also export projects in many different video formats. And yes it does support 4K footage and has a selection of special effects, albeit somewhat limited.

Shotcut Homepage | Download Shotcut