Programs to edit videos

Avidemux (Windows / macOS / Linux)

Avidemux is a multiplatform program that is undoubtedly one of the best solutions to edit videos at no cost that allows you to edit, convert and edit videos in all major formats (AVI, MPEG, WMV, etc.) through an very simple and convenient interface to use.

To edit videos using this software, you need to set the first video you open to have the same resolution as the ones you add later. For the rest, the commands to select, cut and paste the scenes are at a glance and easily identifiable by anyone.

Avidemux is free software available for Windows, macOS, and even Linux. To download Avidemux to your computer click here.

Wondershare Filmora (Windows / macOS)

Wondershare filmora is one of the best video editors available for free for Windows and macOS, which combines an extremely intuitive interface (in city language) with a very advanced set of functions related to video editing. It allows you to cut, edit and edit videos in various ways, as well as add filters, writings, soundtracks and narrations to them. It supports all major video and audio file formats and also includes a One-Stop store, through which you can get audio clips, video effects and media. In addition, it offers a selection of royalty free audio clips that you can use at no cost for your projects.

Once downloaded and installed, Wondershare Filmora presents itself with a very linear interface: at the top is the classic menu with commands to manage files and recall the tools included in the program. Below the latter is the toolbar with the buttons to access the libraries with Media (i.e. multimedia files), AudioTitlesTransitionsEffects ed elements of various kinds (such as emojis and badges), which can be used simply by selecting them with the mouse and dragging them on the timeline, down.

In the center of the window, then, there is the work area with the panel for browsing the elements selected in the toolbar (on the left), the pane for importing and managing multimedia files (in the center) and the preview of the selected videos (on the right). At the bottom, immediately above the timeline, there are two toolbars: the one on the left contains the basket (to delete selected items), le scissors (to cut scenes), the cutter (to cut out the picture), theclock (to change the video speed), the palette (to adjust the colors), lo screen (to apply effects via green screen) and the adjustment bars (to edit the video by rotating it, zooming in / out, etc.); the one on the right, on the other hand, contains the marker (to add a marker on the selected scene), the microphone (to record a voiceover), the music note (to open the audio mixer), le arrows (to use adaptive zoom) and buttons capacitor positive (+) lead e negative (-) lead (to increase or decrease the zoom level of the movie).

Once you have finished your work on the video, you can save it to your PC or share it online by clicking on the button EXPORT (above), by logging into your Filmora account (or creating one) and choosing the output format. It should be noted that the free version of Filmora imprints a watermark on the videos made: to remove the watermark (and get free technical support), you must subscribe to the Pro version of Filmora, at a cost of 39,99 euros / year, or buy a lifetime license for the software, at a one-time cost of € 59,99. 

EaseUS Video Editor (Windows)

Are you looking for a video editing program that is powerful, flexible yet easy to use? Then I guess you should take a look at EaseUS Video Editor: a video editing software compatible with all major video file formats (both incoming and outgoing), with also support for videos from smartphones, tablets, webcams and other devices, capable of combining many advanced functions with a 'simple interface fully translated into city.

It allows you to edit videos by splitting, merging and creating montages complete with photos, background music, audio narrations, titles and over 50 visual / transition effects. The videos obtained can then be uploaded online to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms, thanks to dedicated export profiles.

To try EaseUS Video Editor for free, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Free trial. The software is compatible with all major versions of Windows. Once the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click your Yes, OK, NEXT (four consecutive times), Install e end, but will conclude the setup.

Then start EaseUS Video Editor, choose whether to create a project in 9:16 (Portrait), 16: 9 (Widescreen) o 4: 3 (Traditional), follow the initial tutorial and import videos, photos and music to use in your montage by pressing the button Import or by dragging them directly into the software window.

After that, drag the elements you want to use in your montage onto the timeline of EaseUS Video Editor, below, in the order you prefer. Well: now you just have to use all the tools made available by the program to apply the desired changes and insert new elements in the project.

By selecting a multimedia element on the timeline, you can then use the buttons located in the center of the screen for divide, crop, adjust the zoom, apply themosaic effect, register a audio narration or other. By clicking on the icon of the pencil), instead, opens a menu to adjust speed, orientation, contrast, saturation, volume and audio fade.

To add Text, filters, Transitions, Elements e Music, go to the appropriate tabs that you find in the left sidebar and drag the element of your interest to the timeline.

Finally, when you are satisfied with the result, click on the button Export and select il format where to export the video. For web-optimized formats, go to the section Video platform and choose one of the available services (eg. YouTube, Facebook o Twitter); subsequently, it indicates the path in which to save the movie (through the icon of the folder) and the first button Export, to start exporting.

The free version of EaseUS Video Editor adds a watermark to the generated videos and does not allow export in Full HD format. To remove these limitations and access additional functions, you must purchase a license for the Pro version of the software, with prices starting at 46,95 euros (or less, in the promo). 

Lightworks (Windows / macOS / Linux)

Lightworks is another excellent software that is fully part of this list of programs to edit video: it is the best solution for those looking for a software to create and edit professional-level videos but at no cost.

Lightworks is not exactly synonymous with lightness and neither is it very easy to exploit but it ensures full use of the computer's potential. The software is in fact inclusive of all the main functions for video editing, including some special features reserved for "professionals".

Lightworks is free in its "basic" version and is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux. The program is eventually also available in a paid edition that provides additional functions such as exporting to YouTube's 1080p format and creating stereoscopic content.

Sony Vegas (Windows)

Another great program that I suggest you consider if your intention is to edit video is Sony Vegas: it is one of the most popular professional software in the Windows environment. The program features a user interface inspired by that of multi-track audio editors and includes a huge range of effects and functions.

Sony Vegas, as I have already mentioned, is a program intended for professionals in the sector but can also be used by simple video editing enthusiasts. In this case, some practice is required in order to obtain noteworthy final results.

Sony Vegas is a paid software and is available only and exclusively for Windows. The program can also be downloaded in a free trial version lasting 30 days which can only be obtained by registering on the official website of the program. To download Sony Vegas to your computer click here.

AVS Video Editor (Windows)

Didn't the programs for editing videos that I have already proposed to attract your attention? No? Well, then try taking a look at AVS Video Editor: it is a commercial video editing software that offers a good compromise between quality and price. It supports all major video file formats (AVI, VOB, MP4, DVD, WMV, 3GP, MOV, MKV, H.263 / H.264 codec, etc.) and allows you to apply over 300 different video effects to your videos.

In addition to allowing you to edit videos easily, AVS Video Editor offers advanced features that eliminate the flickering of movies shot with mobile phones and cameras, add transition effects between scenes, and allow you to apply audio commentary and subtitles to processed movies.

AVS Video Editor is a paid program available only and exclusively for Windows. The software is available for unlimited use at the one-off price (when not discounted) of 199 euros and in the form of an annual subscription at the price of 29 euros. The program can also be used as a free trial version for a limited time. 

Free Video Joiner (Windows)

Free Video Joiner it is not properly inserted in the list of programs to edit videos but for those who simply want to merge videos without too many pretensions it is the best.

Yes, in fact, it is a software that allows you to choose an unlimited number of videos in various formats and resolutions and then merge them into a single video in a format of your choice among all the most popular ones (including those designed for mobile devices).

Free Video Joiner is a totally free software but it is available only and exclusively for Windows operating systems.

iMovie (macOS)

iMovie is the macOS application for basic video editing. Yes, it is a resource produced directly by Apple and if you purchased a Mac in times that are not exactly remote, it is almost certainly already installed on your computer.

This program combines an extremely intuitive user interface with a set of advanced features and special effects: ideal for editing videos rich in transition effects, soundtracks and animated captions. Includes a variety of pre-built styles for making themed trailers and montages.

The software is available only and exclusively for macOS and, as I told you, it is provided “standard” in most of the Macs currently on the market but is also available as a separate downloadable application at no cost. There is also a mobile version for iPhone and iPad (also free). You can find iMovie directly on your Mac by going to the folder Applications or you can download it to your computer by clicking here.

Final Cut Pro (macOS)

If iMovie is primarily intended for home users but can also be used by more experienced users, Final Cut Pro instead, it represents one of the most popular programs for editing professional-level videos in the Mac world. It is produced by Apple itself (like iMovie) and offers all the most advanced editing and editing tools.

The program has a very pleasant user interface in full Mac style and also supports multi-track editing of 4K movies.

Final Cut Pro is only available for macOS and only for a fee at the price of 299,99 euros, but you can try it at no cost for a period of 30 days. 

Article made in collaboration with Wondershare and EaseUS.

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