The Best Free Video Editors For Windows, Mac, And Linux

This time, we’re going to have a look at some of the best free video editors for 2016. I’m going to mainly be focusing on desktop computers. So basically video editing software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Alright so let’s get started.

The Best Free Video Editors For 2016

  • Lightworks
  • VSDC Free Video Editor
  • WeVideo
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Machete Lite

Lightworks – The Best Free Video Editors

LightWorks best free video editors

Lightworks is a one of the best free video editing software. What’s even better is that it is available for free. But with some limitations, you have to sign up on the Lightworks website and renew your free license every week. And with the free version you can only export projects as 720p mp4 files. But for most purposes 720p is enough and renewing your license once a week it’s not a big deal considering what you get in return.

The video editor is nonlinear with a timeline that has multiple tracks for a video and audio footage. You can trim clips in the timeline and apply multiple effects and transitions. Lightworks also supports plugins, it supports a wide array of video input formats including AVCHD, h.264, XDCAM at about dozen more. But as mentioned previously the free version will only export 720p mp4 files with an option to upload directly to YouTube.

Lightworks is a little bit more difficult to learn. So there are some tutorials on the Lightworks website that will teach you the basics. So if you have a little time and patience to learn Lightworks is definitely the best entirely free video editor that I was able to find. Lightworks is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

VSDC Free Video Editor – The Best Free Video Editors

VSDC best free video editors

VSDC free video editor is a more advanced nonlinear video editor, that has a good amount of features it feels almost like a professional video editor. It is more difficult to learn, but it also has more features. So you can use it to make better videos.

VSDC supports multiple layers where you can add images video and audio content. You can import objects by themselves or in the form of sprites where you can combine videos at transitions and other effects. Anything important by themselves you get a leader combines several objects in this price. With VSDC, you can also create text titles, adjust colors levels, brightness, and contrast or create blur and transitions among other things. Audio effects such as volume adjustment fade in or fade out low pass, high pass more are also available.

The VSDC can capture video from your webcam is able to capture your desktop and can burn your projects to DVD. Video projects can be exported in multiple formats including MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEG, and MOV. All in all VSDC is a fairly comprehensive video editor, especially considering that is completely free. The VSDC is only available for Windows.

WeVideo – The Best Free Video Editors

WeVideo Best Free Video Editors

WeVideo is a web-based nonlinear video editor which allows you to upload videos and edit them in the cloud. This might be a good option for those of you who have low-performance computers, as you’re not processing the video in local. Those you’re not using your own computers resources as much although the editor itself does require some amount of processing power and memory despite being web based.

WeVideo is closer a professional video editing tool. As it comes with a timeline that supports multiple tracks for a layering video and audio, title, special effects, graphics and other overlays. You can also adjust colors, brightness, contrast, saturation, adjust the video size, and rotation among other things. with WeVideo you can also record from your webcam. WeVideo will also export as an MP4 and publish a completely edited videos directly to YouTube and other sites.

The downside with WeVideo is that the free account option only includes 2 gigabytes of video clip uploads and a maximum of five minutes in edited and published videos making it fairly limited. Another downside with WeVideo is that it does come with a watermark into the upper right corner when you export your video.

As WeVideo is a web-based video editor, it can be used on any major operating system with a graphical user interface. You just need a web browser with the latest version of Adobe Flash.

Windows Movie Maker – The Best Free Video Editors

Windows Movie Maker Best Free Video Editors

Windows Movie Maker is a fairly simple and easy to use video editor. It comes with a decent amount of features. It is included by default in some Windows installations. But if you’re missing it you can download windows essentials 2012 for free from Microsoft. With Windows Movie Maker, you can cut join and trim video clips and remove audio, create transition, effects, adjust colors, brightness, and contrast among other effects. You can also make text titles and credits and record video from your webcam.

Windows Movie Maker can also export files as MP4 among other file types. You can publish or share videos directly to YouTube and other websites through Movie Maker.

Movie maker is obviously only available for Windows. But if you’re using a Mac, you should have iMovie, which is actually a better than Windows Movie Maker. It should be included in all new Mac computers.

Machete Lite – The Best Free Video Editors

Machete Lite best free video editors

Machete Lite is a free lightweight Video Editor. Machete Lite is a simple tool for cutting and joining video clips. But the free version has some severe limitations.

For example, you can’t add an audio track although you can remove all the audio and can only import and export AVI and WMV files. But not mp4 files which are the most common video files nowadays.

Machete Lite is good if you are editing on an older computer or a netbook with low CPU power and memory or a low-performance graphics card. Machete Lite is only available on Windows.


So here was the best free video editors 2016 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Those free video editor tools are not professional editing software but very close to professional editing software. If you have any better free video editing software list then write down the list in the comments section. And make sure to share this awesome article to your friends.

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