Best Free Editing Software For Making Videos

Everyone loves YouTube. Nearly 5 billion videos are watched on the site every single day, and it’s become the main source of entertainment for millions of people around the world. If you’re like me, you’re wondering how you can get in on this wonderful and growing market. There are plenty of successful YouTube creators, even if they’re not all as rich as Pewdiepie. To get rich, first you have to get started, and getting started can cost a lot of money. Fortunately, everything you need to make professional looking videos is available for free. You’ll need Video, Audio, and Image editing software, and below are what I and many others consider to be the cream of the crop.

  1. Audio

    1. Audacity

      Audacity is the best free audio editing software by far. It has a huge set of built-in tools and features, and a well-designed, intuitive interface complete with an extensive instruction manual to answer nearly any question you may have.

    2. Ocenaudio

      While not quite as robust as Audacity, Ocenaudio offers a sleek, beginner friendly interface useful for simple edits. It doesn’t offer some of the more processor taxing features like effect stacking, but is an excellent tool for those with less powerful machines or only require small changes to their clips.

  2. Video

    1. Lightworks

      Lightworks looks and feels different from any video editor on the market, but has nearly everything you need to get going. The team behind it updates both the free and paid versions frequently, aiming to make great editing software available for anyone interested in pursuing the craft

    2. HitFilm Express

      HitFilm offers a wide array of awesome pro-level tools at it’s base, and gives you the option to buy niche features like split screen masking in a “pay as you go” fashion. The power of this program unfortunately means that it can be extremely taxing on your system, and is only recommended if you meet the requirements to run it smoothly.

  3. Image Manipulation

    1. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

      GIMP has it all. 3D manipulation tools, new export options, and an interface that rivals Photoshop, all the tools you need are right here. The open-source nature of the software means that it’s constantly being added to and improved, while the team behind it works to ensure that it is as user friendly and efficient as possible.

    2. Paint.NET

      I really only recommend this software if your hardware simply can’t support GIMP. The interface is elegant, but it lacks many of the more advanced tools that many editors need. If you’re going for simple edits, Paint.NET will serve you just fine, but it won’t serve serious editing quite as well.