The 10 Best Free Video Editors in 2021

Have a video to edit and don't know where to start? Choosing the right program can make your life a lot easier in this matter. Whether it's a simple little edit like a photo montage, editing to post on social media, a video for family and friends or even professional videos, here in this article you will meet the 10 best free video editors on the market!

Of course, some programs on this list have paid versions, but it is possible to work well with what is offered in the free version. Prepare your best videos and follow me to this list!

List of the Best Free Video Editors

Opportunity

Openshot interface | free video editors 2021
Openshot is for very simple, but non-linear edits

If you want an editor that is simple, but at the same time allows you to make non-linear edits like the professional ones, Openshot is a good choice.

What would these nonlinear editions be? Well, basically you will be able to move freely in the timeline of your video, being able to place videos freely and without a certain order, also offering the possibility of working with layers of videos and images.

Openshot is based on FFmpeg (tool for recording and converting audio and videos) and therefore it supports several formats, be it audios, as well as videos and images. It also has an integration with Blender and Inkscape, for creating titles and logos.

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The program is extremely simple, the most you will be able to do in it will be to add some fun effects, like negative, waves, blur and make your audio / video faster or slower.

The downside of Openshot is that it crashed a lot, at least on my computer.

The program is available for Windows, MAC and Linux.

System requirements:

  • Windows 7,8 and 10+
  • Compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions (download the correct version)
  • OS X 10.9+
  • Linux AppImage format, requires no installation

Shotcut

Shotcut interface | free video editors 2021
Shotcut is a very complete editing program

Shotcut is an open source program, that is, its code is free for everyone who wants to make edits, being a program made by the community itself.

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Shotcut is a complete program, with many (many!) Filter options to edit your videos in a professional way. Among the available filters are: sepia, text, saturation, noise reduction, opacity, mask, rotate, mirror, distort, blur, chroma key, brightness, and many others.

With this program it is also possible to choose the amount of video and audio tracks to be used freely, adding and removing whenever you want.

It is also based on FFmpeg, that is, it supports several audio, video and image formats. It is also possible to export in several formats, including “DVD”, “Youtube” and “GIF”. You can also export the project as an audio or image-only file.

The negative point is that, being very technical and complete, it is a little more complicated to handle, I needed a tutorial myself to find myself at the beginning.

Shotcut is available for Windows, Linux / GNU and MAC.

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System requirements:

  •  Windows 64-bit 7 - 10
  • Apple macOS 10.10 - 10.15
  • Linux 64-bit ccom at least glibc 2.27
  • CPU: Intel or AMD x86-64, at least one 2 GHz core for SD, 4 for HD and 8 for 4K
  • RAM: at least 4 GB for SD, 8 GB for HD, and 16 GB for 4K

Lightworks

Lightworks interface | free video editors 2021
Lightworks is not available in Portuguese

Lightworks is probably the most complete program on this list. It was even used in the production of famous films from world cinema, such as Pulp Fiction, Moulin Rouge and The Wolf of Wall Street. That is, it is possible to make very professional edits on it. In 2017, the program even won an EMMY for being a pioneer in non-linear digital editing.

In Lightworks, a peculiarity is that, in addition to the files on your computer, you have access to royalty free video and audio libraries (that is, free of copyright, free to be used in your projects).

To get an idea of ​​the depth of Lightworks, there are more than 10 different ways to insert text into your video.

Well, it was expected but the program is even more complicated to use than Shotcut. On the official website it is recommended that the user read the tutorials available before venturing.

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You can also upgrade your Lightworks to the Pro version, in which case paying for a subscription. With the free version you can only export your video in 3 formats: Youtube, Vimeo and mp4 (up to 720p). With the pro version, it is possible to export in several other options, in addition to Youtube and Vimeo up to 4K, and some other more technical features (see here the comparison of the versions - in English).

The downside is that Lightworks is not available in Portuguese, you need to unwind your good old English to work on it. In addition, the program, being more complete, is a little heavier, requiring a little more from your computer.

Lightworks is available for Windows, Linux and MAC.

System recommendations:

  • Intel i7 or higher
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Two high resolution displays (1920 x1080) 
  • Video card (NVIDIA or AMD) with 1GB
  • Separate media and system drivers
  • 200MB free on disk

VideoPad

Video interface | free video editors 2021
The VideoPad is the darling of my heart

The VideoPad is a program that I have been using for a long time to have fun, and it serves extremely well for this purpose.

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It has compatibility with several audio, image and video formats. It is possible to make simple edits such as: crop, decrease, position, rotate, zoom, adjust color, saturation, temperature, change speed, chroma key, among many others.

It also has several transition options between one video / image and another, which can be very useful for home editions as a retrospective.

It is also possible to separate audio from video and edit as two different tracks (this is very useful for me).

At the beginning, only one audio track and one video track will appear on the timeline, but it is possible to add more tracks as needed just by dragging the clips upwards (in the case of videos) and downwards (in the case of audios). You also have the possibility to make edits in 3D and 360.

The negative points of Videopad are: it is a program made only for amateur use, for professional editions it is necessary to make the purchase (and the prices are in dollars, an additional pain). The other point is that the program is in English, but this is easily circumvented because it has a lot of image explaining each button, especially the filters, being very easy to find even without knowing the language.

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The VideoPad is only available for Windows and MAC.

System Requirements:

  • Windows 10, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
  • Works with Windows 64 bit
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

Kapwing

Kapwing interface | free video editors 2021
Kapwing works in the browser!

If your goal is to make editing simple and quick, perhaps Kapwing is the best option for you, so pay attention. That's because Kapwing is an editor that doesn't need to be installed to be used, and runs on PCs and cell phones.

As a browser editor, it is very simple, but it even has a lot of functionality: it is possible to adjust opacity, brightness, contrast, saturation and distort the image, crop, change the speed, zoom in, animate the input and output of the video, place (and animate) text, insert elements such as balloons, stars, arrows, insert captions and even record your own screen or use the webcam.

There are even options for meme templates for you to play for real! It is even possible to start a project from scratch.

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Export options are scarce, but they work: mp4, gif, image and mp3.

Now for the limitations. Kapwing has a paid, more complete version. Everything described in this text are free functions, but there are some limitations, such as: the maximum you can edit is 7 minutes of video or 250MB, whichever comes first, and 3 hours of video per month. In addition, it is possible to re-access content that has already been edited for only two days.

The Pro version costs $ 20 (yes, dollars) per month, and offers video editing of up to 1h (or 2GB, whichever comes first), saving all your content, saving srt files (ie subtitles), uploading custom fonts and access to premium features.

But honestly, for you who want a simple and fast edition, this paid version won't even be necessary.

VSDC Video Editor

Vdsc interface | free video editors 2021
Simple and complete, so it's good

VSDC is a darling of users. And who better to evaluate a program than the users themselves? Well, that says a lot about the quality of what we have here.

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Come on, a small sample of the extensive tools available in VSDC: in the option “video effects”, the first option to appear is “quick styles”, which are some filters already ready for you to put in your video as old film, level of gray, blur, automatic levels and contrast, among others. This option is for you to edit quickly, without many details.

But, if you have plenty of time to play with your video, feel like you have an option. Just basic adjustments, have the traditional contrast, brightness, level, hue, saturation, temperature, add to these filters as sepia and gray scale (attention, gray scale and black and white are COMPLETELY different filters, don't make my mistake !), of course that every editor has these functions, but here you can EDIT THE FILTER SEPARATELY, leaving it exactly the way you want it.

Leaving the settings option and going to the third option, filters, it is possible to find things like pixelize, blur, noise, diffuse, they are filters next to the Photoshop filter options. Going down to transforms, you can edit the screen in almost any way, turning, tilting, rotating, zooming, cropping, reflection and distortion are some of the options.

In addition to all this, there are also transparency effects (such as fade in and fade out), other special effects (such as glitch, beautify and TV effects) and transitions. And I only made a light stroke on the huge range of possible editing options. And, of course, it still has the audio effects!

All of this, and I didn't find the program at all as complicated as some of the options above. On the contrary, I was able to handle all possible options very easily (remembering that I am not a video editing professional, but I have quite a bit of experience in video editors).

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Look, I was very surprised by VSDC, you can do basic editions to super detailed ones, so the program is for both amateurs and professionals. BUT, here comes the downside: like the VideoPad, the free version of VSDC is intended for personal use only, for those who want to use the program professionally, they need to buy the Pro version (sad but fair). With the Pro version, even more editing tools are released, in addition to being able to export your projects in a better resolution.

VSDC is only available for Windows.

System requirements:

  • Windows from Vista
  • Works on x32 or x64 systems (download the correct version for your system type)
  • Size: 89.4MB

Olive Video Editor

Olive is another Open Source option on the list. Olive is still in development, so it may have some bugs, it uses the information of the users themselves to change the main program.

Olive is a very complete and complex program, as it is designed for professional use. If you are already used to video editing programs, know complex terms and already know everything in the area, then this is the program for you. I recommend, however, to download version 0.1 for now, as 0.2 is still very “raw”, and the developers themselves do not recommend it for “serious projects”, because it can present bugs at any time.

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I thought that the Olive interface is very reminiscent of that of Premiere, so for those who know how to work with the Adobe program, it might be better in this one.

Despite everything, Olive didn't run on my computer, so I can't give any details.

Oh, and the program is in English.

Olive is available for Windows, Linux and MAC.

System Requirements:

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  • Windows 7 or higher
  • macOS 10.13 or higher
  • Required space: 191.3MB

capcut

Capcut interface | free video editors 2021
Capcut is a mobile editor to edit videos for your social networks

Capcut is a mobile editor. For you who want to edit short videos like stories or videos for Tik Tok, it is the perfect app.

There are several options to edit your video, such as changing speed, volume, split, animation, removing background, filters (there are many filter options!), Adjustments such as saturation, contrast, brightness, highlight, shadow, hue, among others. You can also disguise marks on your face with the “beauty” tool, add voice effects, freeze, and many others.

It brings countless options for you to play a lot with your video and be successful on networks. You can add emojis, texts, special effects, you can also choose audios from an extensive library to complement your video, or even record your own voice to put in the background!

Capcut, being for cell phones, is very complete and you can have fun and make cool edits.

System Requirements:

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  • Android 5.0 or higher
  • iOS 10.0 or higher
  • Size: 69MB (Android) / 206.8MB (iOS)

InShot

Inshot interface | free video editors 2021
InShot is very similar to Capcut, with the difference that it is also an image editor

InShot is very similar to Capcut. With the difference that it also gives to edit images and make collages.

With InShot, you can choose the right crop for your video depending on the social network to be used. It has templates for Instagram, Youtube and Tik Tok, as well as other custom sizes.

With regard to audio, it is also possible to select audios from a library that the application itself has, in addition to making a recording and, of course, using the audio from the video being edited.

You can put emojis, and even make really cool animations with them, put texts (and animate). It also has a library with a mooonte of filters and to make adjustments such as brightness, contrast, temperature, color, saturation and the like, it is necessary to select the “filters” tool, and then choose “adjust”.

In addition, editions such as crop, split, change speed, volume, duplicate, reverse, frozen, change background, have all these functions with easy access on the screen.

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Both Capcut and InShot are VERY easy to move and intuitive. Ideal for making cool and creative edits for your networks. The only thing that can be a little annoying in InShot are the advertisements.

System Requirements:

  • Android 5.0 or higher
  • iOS 11.0 or higher
  • Size: 57MB (Android) / 137,1 MB (iOS)

DaVinci Resolve

Davinci interface resolves | free video editors 2021
And he solves it!

And it is with a joke from uncle of the pavé that we enter the last program on this list: “If none of the other options solved, DaVinci solves”! Yes, it's really bad, but I couldn't let it go.

DaVinci Resolve is also a program aimed at professionals. That is, amateurs beware! Chances of getting lost detected! It is also a program very compared to Premiere, so I can already know more or less what degree of complexity I am referring to. Despite everything, he promises to be simple to the point that beginners can work with him.

Despite being free, it is recognized as one of the best video editing software even among paid giants. According to the developers themselves, it is the only program that combines “professional editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics and sound post-production” into one.

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Basically, all the functions discussed in this post, DaVinci Resolve does everything and a little more. It is even used by major Hollywood studios in their productions.

One of the strengths of DaVinci Resolve is the faster rendering speed. In contrast, it is necessary to have a better computer to run the program, it requires more processing.

Another negative point is the need to create a register to download the program. However, if you have a good (but really good) computer, install and try Davinci Resolve because it is completely worth it.

DaVinci Resolve is available for Windows, Linux and MAC.

System Requirements:

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  • Windows 10 Update Creators
  • macOS 10.14.6 Mojave
  • 7.3 CentOS
  • 16GB of system memory (32 for Linux)
  • GPU with at least 2GB of VRAM
  • GPU Driver NVIDIA / AMD / Intel - the one specified by your GPU
  • A minimum NVIDIA driver version 451.82 is recommended

But anyway, what is the best program for me to edit my videos? Well, just like I said in the text about image editors, everything will depend on your goals, and also, on your degree of knowledge. In theory, the best editor of this list, and in better, one reads more complete would be the DaVinci Resolve. But it is not every computer that runs the program, so it ceases to be the “best” when we analyze this point.

If you want to make edits to stories on social networks, InShot and Capcut would be better options, for sure. If you want to do a quick edit and don't have any programs installed, use Kapwing. VSDC won my heart because it is simple and complete, but only for personal editions. Everyone has positive and negative points, it will depend on you choosing the one that best suits your needs.

And don't be afraid to test. Download more than one program, see for yourself the positive and negative points of each one, and nothing prevents you from using more than one, for different purposes. And most important of all: have fun!

Do you agree with me? What is the best program on this list for you? Comment to me that I'm dying to know! Did this text help you choose? I hope so!

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