Good (Free) video editing software?

Our youngest is just starting to walk and my wife wants to make a compilation video of the highlights. I’d like Adobe Premier, but that’s way out of pocket. Anyone know of any good freeware video editing apps?

Hi Toggie,

you can try these:

  • VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
    It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

  • Virtual Edit is a semi-professional software video editing package aimed at ambitious content creators to video novices, who want to produce material with a slick and professional look, on a limited budget. Virtual Edit has been written by experts with experience in the Television and Broadcasting industries, which has been encapsulated in this simple software package.

  • Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting.

  • ZS4 Video Editor, the new incarnation of Zwei-Stein Video Editor, is advanced video editing and compositing software with over 150 built-in video effects.
    ZS4 runs on Windows, Linux and OSX and is free to download and use.

I have an experience with this.

Firstly, I used Windows Movie Maker. Editing a movie is easy but when you want to save it, you are in a nightmare! Saving to disk needs hours.

Then I tried Avidemux. GUI is not friendly but 2 properties are super:

  • You can find “black screens” in the movie easily.
  • It has “Smart Saving Technique”. Therefore, saving the edited movie lasts only a few minutes.

I suggest Avidemux.


Thanks for the replies, I’ll take a look at those :slight_smile: