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5 Top Free Video Editors

12 min read
Aug 20, 2021

If you want to create video content but don’t have a large budget for it, these free options might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Toby CoxSenior Content Writer

Back in 2018, 85% of people in the United States reported watching video content. When the pandemic forced people indoors for the majority of 2020, video consumption rose (full content available to clients). 

Video continues to grow as an impactful medium to connect with consumers, but it is one of the more costly types of content to create. If your business doesn’t have the budget to spend thousands of dollars on a video editing platform, you’re not alone. 

The good news is that you don’t have to—there are plenty of platforms that offer the functionality you’d need to create video content that is everyone’s favorite price: free. 

And there’s more good news: We’ve done the legwork for you. We have found five highly rated free video editing platforms. You can read about our methodology below.

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This article looks at five highly rated free video editing options. See the list of free video editing tools in GetApp’s software directory.

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5 best free video editing software

DaVinci Resolve


DaVinci Resolve is a video editing software for post-production processes, such as adding in visual effects, color correction, and audio editing, picture-in-picture effects, clip retiming, stabilization and dynamic zooming. It also allows users to import footage and organize clips while collaborating with others and accessing projects remotely. When the video is ready, the platform also allows users to render, export, and share their content on platforms such as YouTube. 

The tool’s free plan is available for anyone to download. It allows users to edit and finish up to 60 fps in resolution as high as Ultra HD 3840 x 2160. Users of the free version also get color grading tools and can collaborate with other users on projects.

Bin and timeline locking to prevent collaborators from overwriting each other’s work in DaVinci Resolve

Bin and timeline locking to prevent collaborators from overwriting each other’s work in DaVinci Resolve (Source)

Key highlights of the tool:

  • The free version includes a comprehensive set of features for video editing such as importing footage, trimming clips, adding visual effects and transitions between clips, editing the speed of clips, audio editing, and image stabilization. 

  • Users can collaborate on a single project, while not having to worry about overwriting each other’s work. 

  • Free users can export videos without a watermark. 

Upgrade cost: The step up from DaVinci Resolve’s free version is DaVinci Resolve Studio which costs $299. To upgrade, you will need to go through a reseller. 

Support: Users can email or call Blackmagic Design’s (the company that produces DaVinci Resolve) support team. On the website, there is also a community forum that answers commonly asked questions.

Mobile apps: Not available. 

Suitable for: Creative teams with editors, visual effects artists, picture editors, and audio engineers that need to work together to create video content. Typical customers include small businesses, mid-size businesses, and large businesses.

Descript


Descript is a transcription and video editing software designed for professionals across a variety of industries, including marketing, sales, and online learning. It allows users to upload audio and video files and add introductions, captions, transitions, and visual effects. Users can also create shareable links, embed videos in content, and integrate Descript with other platforms such as Evernote, Slack, and Google Drive.

Descript’s free version allows users to record, edit, and mix one project, record 20 screen recordings, and upload three hours of transcription.

AI used to create a transcript from audio or video files in Descript

AI used to create a transcript from audio or video files in Descript (Source)

Key highlights of the tool:

  • Users can edit video by editing text. 

  • The platform is non-destructive, which means it preserves original files as users work on a project. 

  • Makes it easy to use screen recordings in videos. 

Upgrade cost: There are two tiers above the free version. Descript Creator is $12 per user, per month. Descript Pro is $24 per user, per month. Descript also offers customizable options. 

Support: Descript offers user support through chat, phone, email, and an online forum that covers commonly asked questions.

Mobile apps: Not available. 

Suitable for: Freelancers and businesses of all sizes across industries who make training, marketing, or explainer videos.

InVideo


InVideo is an online video editing platform that allows users to create custom video content. The platform offers advanced editing options, templates, and a library of images and videos. The templates can be customized for marketing, event planning, promotions, branding, and social media content. 

Its “free forever” version allows for unlimited team members, access to more than 4,500 templates, automated speech to text, and access to a library of stock images and videos. With the free version, no video can exceed 15 minutes and will have a watermark.

Using templates in InVideo

Using templates in InVideo (Source)

Key highlights of the tool:

  • Create content for your social media marketing campaign and share without having to download it.

  • Offers collaboration tools to make working with remote teams easy. 

  • Users can make videos quickly due to its intuitive interface.

Upgrade cost: There are two tiers above InVideo’s free version. InVideo Business costs $10 per month (or $120 billed annually), and InVideo Unlimited costs $30 per month (or $360 billed annually). 

Support: Support options include phone and email support, chat, and a forum that answers common questions. InVideo also offers 24/7 support with live representatives.

Mobile apps: Not available.

Suitable for: Small businesses, entrepreneurs, teachers, social media influencers, or any professional creating video content.

Pixiko


Pixiko is a video editing solution that allows businesses to create videos for their social media and websites. It offers features such as text overlay, audio capture, brand overlay, split and merge, and speed adjustment. Users can edit videos, GIFs, and audio files for social media, websites, and ads. It also offers a number of templates for users who need a little help getting started. 

Pixiko’s free-version users can add text to video, loop and merge videos, reverse and rotate video, and add visual effects.

Create videos for specific social media platforms in Pixiko

Create videos for specific social media platforms in Pixiko (Source)

Key highlights of the tool:

  • Its simple platform allows users with any skills level to edit videos

  • Crop videos to fit specific social media platform dimensions 

  • Edit audio and add text 

Upgrade cost: A one month subscription costs $14.87, and a one year subscription costs $148. 

Support: Users can talk with Pixiko’s customer support through chat with live representatives 24/7. 

Mobile apps: Not available. 

Suitable for: Small teams with varying levels of video editing experience looking to create videos for social media or their websites.

Renderforest


Renderforest is an online video editor that allows users to create explainers, animations, slideshows, promo videos, music visualizations, and video resumes, all of which can be stored in the cloud. Users can access a library of templates and create videos with ease. 

Users that opt for the free version, can export an unlimited number of 360p videos that are up to three minutes long, access more than 200,000 stock photos, and a limited number of music tracks. All exported videos from the free version will be watermarked.

Library of animations in Renderforest

Library of animations in Renderforest (Source)

Key highlights of the tool:

  • Access to more than 500 video templates to create videos, mobile application promotions, and logo animations.

  • Create videos in multiple formats.

  • Access hundreds of thousands of clips in stock footage.

Upgrade cost: Renderforest Lite is the next step up from it’s free version and costs $6.99 per month (billed annually). 

Support: Renderforest users can access support through its email help desk or 24/7 phone support with a live representative. 

Mobile apps: This platform is supported by Apple mobile devices but not Android mobile devices. 

Suitable for: Freelancers and businesses of all sizes. Large enterprise businesses, however, might not find this to be the best fit.

How to choose the right free video editing for your business

When choosing your free video editing tool, it’s important to consider your options and specific needs. Here are some things to consider before choosing one: 

  • Confirm the number of users covered. Think about the number of people who will need to use the video editor. Some platforms are online while others need to be downloaded to your computer. Some platforms cover multiple users while others may require you to pay per user for others. 

  • Compare software features for the free plans. While all of these platforms are free video editors, they offer different features and cater to different needs. For example, are your videos more like commercials, or are they for social media?

  • Check the cost of upgrades. As your company grows, you’ll want to make sure your software can grow with you. When comparing software options, check how much each platform charges to upgrade from its free version to a paid version with more features.

Common questions to ask while selecting a free video editing tool

With so many options to choose from, you’ll want to make sure you ask the right questions before deciding on a video editing platform. Here are a few questions to consider asking software providers and their sale representatives during your search:

  • How many users are covered under the free version? Once confirmed, verify how easy it is to replace users.

  • Will my video have a watermark? Some free versions will export videos with a watermark that will only go away with the paid version of the platform. 

  • How easy is it to share videos on third-party platforms? Most platforms allow users to download and easily share on social media. 

  • What is customer service like for those using the free version of the software? Every platform offers different levels of customer service for users of the free version. Confirm if you’ll have access to live representatives and think about whether that’s important to you. 

  • Can I speak to a customer who has deployed your tool in the past six months? If the vendor avoids answering or is uncomfortable with you speaking to a recent customer, they might be concerned you’ll find something wrong with their product or service. 

Looking for video editing software for your creative team? Visit GetApp’s video editing software directory to compare more tools and read user reviews.

How we evaluated products

Products considered for this article had to:

  • Offer a free, stand-alone version of the software (not a trial version of the software where you must purchase a product after a limited amount of time).

  • Meet our video editing market definition: Video editing software helps create professionally looking educational, promotional, and entertainment videos clips and movies, offering features such as collaboration elements, video and audio capture, and split and merge functionality. 

Software that met the market definition also needed a minimum of 20 user-submitted reviews and had an above-average overall user rating compared to other products in the category.

  • “Top” free tools had a minimum overall rating of 4.5/5 stars from reviewers on GetApp at the time of publication.

Note: The content in this piece that provides opinions and points of view expressed by users does not represent the views of GetApp.

About the author

Toby Cox

Senior Content Writer

Hey there, I’m Toby. I’m a Senior Content Writer at GetApp. I bring you insights about software and technology trends for small businesses. Home base: Washington, DC; Things about me: I love bees, tacos, and yoga; Tech trends I think you should keep an eye on: Immersive reality technology and blockchain.

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