How to edit video? How to add a filter to a video? How to cut the scene and stitch it onto a different segment?
These questions generally asked by people who barely at video editing. Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe After Effect, or Adobe Premiere Pro is an excellent software for professional users. Meanwhile, these tools have complicated features that may hard to understand especially for the beginner.
You have to walk before you can run.
This idiom is true for nearly all scenarios. If you are going to mastering video editing, why not to try a simple free software as your baby step?
Here are the best free video editing software for dummies (at least in my opinion).
Avidemux is a free simple video editor that designed for adding a filter, cutting scene, and encoding. It supports the majority of video format, including AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, and MKV. It won’t decode the output if the input still has the same format; as a result, the software is consuming less memory and time during the process of rendering. It covers almost all requirements of basic editing.
Avidemux is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux for free.
Shotcut gives professional-interface, but in the state of the program, it essentially offers tremendous options for the new user. It has customizable filters and well-designed interface. The resolution supports up to 4K, which really useful for sharp video editing. Some helpful features including filter parameters, unlimited undo/redo, multitrack timeline, and drag-drop editing would improve the editing experience. The developer behind the software also still releases major updates, including bug fixes, adding a new filter, and advancing performance.
Shotcut is available free for the current popular operating systems, such as Windows, Mac, and Linux.
#3 VSDC Free Video Editor
Did you ever hear about VideoPad from NCH Software? That was a simple premium video editor and quite popular. The VSDC Free Video Editor offers similar features like VideoPad but free. It comes with non-linear video editing that allows you to add effects, transition, filters, and much more easily. The maximum resolution supported is 1920×1080 at 30 fps, which enough for standard usage. The software also provides a way to burn the video into DVD; this kind of feature is rarely found on free software.
VSDC Free Video Editor currently only available for Windows XP SP3 or higher.
So, what do you think? Which editing software you’d like to use?
Let me know in the comment and please tell me the experience of using that software 🙂