It’s been quite a while since my Video-Editing Resource Roundup back in 2009. Check that link out for a recap, though quite a few have disappeared in the time since that post first was written.
There are tons of resources, but these (beyond the Microsoft ones that come on/with Windows) are the primary free versions that I am playing with nowadays.
- Shotcut by MLT Framework - a free, open-source cross-platform video editor. It has a nice GUI and runs on Linux, OS X, and Windows. For a brief introduction, take a look at this review by AddictiveTips blogger Waqas Ahmed. Shotcut: Nifty Multi-Platform Video Clip Editor With Custom Filters
- Lightworks - Wow. This one still amazes me. The free version is a bit stripped down with some of the supported features but for most wanna-be video-editors, it’s a great place to get your feet wet and have the water go quickly over your head. Download. The newest version requires activation, but you can register for a free account to activate it.
- Avidemux - free and no-frills video editor do to basic cutting/filtering/encoding. Latest version is 2.6.4 released May 09 2013 so it is still being updated regularly. Good place if you want an alternative video editor but don’t need all the bells and whistles of the big-boy-toys.
- VirtualDub - video capture software that also lets you do pre/post processing. Pretty cool if you don’t want to use the manufacturer’s software that come with the video device.
Moving on now…