5 Best Free Video Editors For Windows

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Video Editing Software for Windows

Here are the best five video editors for Windows with which you can easily tweak your videos, and after that can transfer them to your smartphone, upload them on YouTube or share them on Facebook.

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is an excellent choice when it comes to video editing, as it have all the essential features required in any essential software suite. It is easy to use software and makes video editing quite hassle free. Windows Movie Maker provides an opportunity to users by providing a vast range of features such as adding title, transition effects, adding/ fading audio, adjusting the volume features, audio addition to video clips as well as to attach new audio tracks to videos. Videos can be saved in 1080p resolution and a large number of file formats is supported in Windows Movie Maker.

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Lightworks

Lightworks is a serious video editor with all the professional editing tools. It’s been around since 1989. However, it’s a professional-grade editor with a whole lot of features and editing mixing effects but newbie might find it a little confusing to use. It’s also been used for editing many professional movies.

It has a free version, and in this version only 720p output is supported so if you want to have some higher resolution 1080p video outputs you need to go for paid version. Undoubtedly Lightworks is one of the best quality free editors which allow creating somehow higher quality videos other than most free editors out there.

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Avidemux

Avidemux is a free, open source video editor for Linux as well as Mac OS X. It’s not a very serious editor like Lightworks, but definitely holds much more video editing tools than Movie Maker. Updates are frequent so you will not feel like missing any latest tool or features. GUI as well as Command line scripting is available, subtitles addition, non-linear editing support with all the major video and audio formats for input and output. WMV and QuickTime are not supported though.

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YouTube Editor

YouTube offers you its own web based video editor so that you do not need to download any other editing software. With this you can easily do some basic video editing and can upload to YouTube. The most useful feature of YouTube editor is that it gives you the free access to YouTube’s library of Creative Common videos and music. This means that you don’t need to download them and can use into your video just like that.

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The working is similar to iMovie and Windows Movie Maker as the editing process is linear, also video and audio tracks can be edited individually. Its drawback is that it can only be used to edit YouTube videos and lack professional editing features.

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VSDC Free Video Editor

VSDC is like a semi-professional video editor available in decent price. It is a non-linear editor and has some advanced features along with a range of different video and audio effects such as color correction, blur reduction as well as volume correction.  

VSDC‘s interface can be a little confusing for beginners but with the time they will get used to it. The worth mentioning feature of VSDC is that it allows users to output 1080p video at 30 frames per second which is obviously better than Lightworks, who only allows 720p in its free version. You may need to tackle annoying adware prompting while downloading and installing the software.

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These 5 video editors seems like the best choice when it comes to the best free video editor for Windows. Movie Maker is definitely the most appealing one but Avidemux and VSDC Free Video Editor can be a good choice for amateurs.

Do let us know in the comments which one is your favorite Windows video editor.