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Video Editors

Free Video Editors

Powerful free video editors that may be all you need.
Updated: 5/12/20
EditorDescriptionCross PlatformCost
VeedVideo editing made simple
The easy way to create stunning videos, add subtitles and grow your audience. Get started now, no account required.
OnLine EditorFree and premium versions
Davinci ResolveRevolutionary tools for editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production, all in a single application!YesDaVinci Resolve 15 Beta: Free
DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Beta: $299
OpenshotOpenShot is an award-winning free and open-source video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Create videos with exciting video effects, titles, audio tracks, and animations.YesFree
Donations excepted
ShotcutShotcut is a free, open-source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux that works with a variety of formats and with resolutions of up to 4K. YesFree
VSDThe video editor is intended for editing video files and creating videos of any complexity involving various visual and audio effects. The program offers rich functionality and yet has a simple and intuitive interface, allowing you to create videos with a bare minimum of efforts.No
Only Windows
Pro Version: $19.99
LightworksLightworks is a professional non-linear editing system for editing and mastering digital video in various formats, including 2K and 4K resolutions, and television in PAL, NTSC, and high-definition formats.YesFree
Pro Version: Prices vary

Video Formats For The Web

Video formats that you may encounter on the web. A simple and quick guide for the beginner.
Most popular format, used on prominent social media: youtube, vimeo, instagram, facebook. Most suitable for live streaming, There is less loss of quality with capability of higher compression. Can play on major media players and sound card drivers.Not as easy to edit or update (from a movie making viewpoint).
Audio Video Interleave.
Although developed by Microsoft, it can run on all OS[mac, linux, win]. Advantage: can store both video & audio in a single file. Has high quality audio fidelity.
Huge files, compression a must.
Same codec that created your movie needs to be used to view it on another device.
Does not support JS interactivity.
Developed by Apple and compatible with both Mac and Win platforms. can hold different media elements, including video and audio, all in one compact place.
Best for transmitting files on the internet, Used primarily on the web.
Requires QuickTime Media Player. Uses higher compression so video quality may suffer.
Open source
Very high quality video quality even on older computers.
Many online video platforms like Youtube do support it.
Currently only supported by Chrome & FF. Partial mobile support: some Android browsers. Many media players do not support this format.
To play offline, need to convert to MP4 or AVI.
Web Video Text Tracks Format (webvtt).
Developed by W3C, a cross platform and cross browser compatibilty.
Uses the HTML5 element for displaying timed text.
Is supported by most video players and streaming platforms,
Not as popular format today.
Information not as readily available as compared to other formats.