What’s the first thing that comes to your mind for video editing software? Usually Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro. I use both of these platforms to edit all of my videos, but sometimes you just need a quick and simple software to get the job done. I use Final Cut Pro X more than I do Adobe Premiere Pro and that is solely because I was brought up learning how to use Final Cut on Macs at school. Here are four different softwares I think are great free alternatives.
This is a GREAT all-in-one video editing option! DaVinci Resolve includes color correction, motion graphics, visual effects, and audio post production. In my opinion, it is the best free option that resembles the two big players. The color warper is awesome for color grading your pictures and videos right inside the application, along with the normal vector-scopes. Version 17 is the latest update which includes new HDR tools and an AI controlled mask. You basically receive unlimited tracks (aka 2,000!), and they updated the clip inspector which has made it a lot easier for its users!
Pros: All in One Type Software. AI Masks. Color Correction Tools. Facial Recognition
Cons: No external software usage. Steep learning curve.
A choice for a beginner or YouTuber who is ready to learn how to use detailed VFX tools. You can get a hang of it though by watching a few of their tutorials. Animation tools are included that let you create video/audio transitions without a need to have composite shots, which will most likely save you lots of time in your editing process!
Pros: Auto-stabilizer. Audio mixer. Unlimited tracks.
Cons: Limited transitions. No Green Screen editing.
Want high quality and quick video cuts? Lightworks is the choice for you. The platform is very simple and easy to use. They have a library of stock images and videos for you to input in your projects if you are editing in Lightworks. There is a paid version for $24.99/month if you end up wanting to upgrade.
Pros: Multi-cam editing, Stock items included. Team sharing features.
Cons: No stabilization features. Less output options.
EASY Mac user option if you are looking to create a quick video without trying to put too much effort in. It is already included with your MacOS software, so you don’t have to download anything. It supports 4k footage and works seamlessly between your iPhone, iPad and MacBook/iMac. You would be able to easily Airdrop your project to your phone when done and send it out to your family and friends.
Pros: Pre-Made trailer templates. Apple Device compatibility
Cons: Only for Mac users
Please reach out to me if you want any more suggestions for video editing softwares or if you have any questions when you are in the process of choosing a software!