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Top 10 Free Online Video Editor Platforms to Look Into


People create and share videos now more than they ever have in the past. If you want to perfect your videos before publishing, combine various clips or have fun by adding music or special effects, then you will want to check out these great free online video editor platforms.

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Choosing the Best Free Online Video Editor

1. Lightworks

If you are looking for a free online video editor with advanced features and functions, then you will really enjoy working with Lightworks. This editor is powerful is compatible with all of the major operating systems, including Linux and Mac OS X. It will allow you to edit videos, correct colors, add text effects, mix audio and manage your projects. The interface can also be customized to suit your needs.

Even though Lightworks provides professional features, there are a couple of disadvantages. One is that the free version is a renewable license that is good for only seven days at a time. The other is that the user interface might be overwhelming for non-professional video editors.

2. YouTube Editor

The YouTube Editor is completely free to use and can be found on YouTube. This is a great editor if you want to publish videos on YouTube. Editing is easy to do and you will be able to trim clips, add effects, combine videos and add music.

You will have to create an account to be able to use this free online video editor. Once you have finished editing your video, you will have to publish it on YouTube or nobody will be able to see your work.

3. Shotcut

Shotcut is an editor that provided you with basic and advanced editing tools. It is open source and that means that it is absolutely free for you to use. You can do things like cut videos, convert to various file formats, apply filters or add effects. You can also record using this editor. It records and streams from a webcam and the footage can be saved.

If you don’t mind a learning curve, then Shotcut is one of the best free online video editors available. However, you will have to take the time to learn. Sadly, there is also no screen capture tool.

4. VideoToolBox

VideoToolBox is a truly free online video editor. There is no need to sign up for a free trial and you will be able to enjoy using all the functions offered for as long as you want. This editor has some great features, such as video analyses, file conversion, adding a watermark, extracting audio, cropping videos and embedding subtitles into the video. In addition, you will also be able to take a screenshot of your video and then create a unique thumbnail with that image.

There is really nothing bad to say about this free editor, but you are limited to processing videos that are less than 600 MB in size.

5. Magisto

Magisto is a unique free video editor. It is extremely simple to use and you will have edited videos within minutes without having to do any of the work. This platform creates your movie automatically and all you have to do is upload a video and then choose the effects, music, and graphics you want to add. Once your video is finished, you can share videos on all the major social media sites or manage the movies in an album. Not only is this platform free to use on the PC, but you can also download it as an app on mobile devices.

6. Avidemux

Avidemux is a free online video editor that will give you a few essential tools for basic editing. Several formats are supported by the editor and you can convert files to other formats, trim videos, rip audio and export files.

If you are looking for an advanced editor with lots of fun features, this is probably not going to be right for you. The tools are basic and you will not be able to create elaborate movies using this platform.

7. VSDC Free Video Editor

One of the more powerful free online video editors is VSDC. Using this suite of tools it is even possible to create professional videos. It supports a lot of formats, HD quality video, stereo sound and finished videos can be exported in several formats. In addition to the basic editing tools like cropping and merging, you will also be able to insert visual and audio effects. One unique feature is that this editor even allows you to burn your edited videos onto a DVD or exported for viewing on mobile devices and gaming consoles.

The only drawback of this video editor is that the interface is not the most intuitive. You will have to get used to how it works before you will be able to take advantage of all the advanced tools and filters.

8. Kizoa

Another great and simple editor is Kizoa. You can cut videos, add effects, apply filters, insert text and even create GIFs. The site has numerous templates for users to choose from and they can be used as is or customized.

To use the video editor for free you will have to start a free trial. It comes with 1GB of space and once you use it up you will have to upgrade your account. You can test out the editor for free without registering. However, in order to save your work you will be required to join.

9. VideoPad

VideoPad is a free editor that is ideal for beginners because it is simple to use and does not have a steep learning curve. There are many editing tools included and it is compatible with all of the most common file formats. You can do things like trim, add effects, correct brightness or saturation, and export edited videos in a number of formats.

As far as the editing tools go, there are no drawbacks to this editor. However, pay attention when installing the software since it does contain browser extensions and adds things to your start menu.

10. Kaltura

Kaltura is an open source free online video editing platform. The suite of tools are suitable for all experience levels and it is possible to create professional videos with them. You can trim, clip, sequence clips for playing back, add in-video search options, insert subtitles and create thumbnail images from the video.

One thing to keep in mind with Kaltura is that you have to first sign up for a free trial account before you can use it. The trial comes with 10GB to use for hosting and streaming. Once you reach that limit it will be necessary to upgrade.

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All of these free online video editors give you the tools you need to create videos you will want to share and enjoy with friends, families and even strangers.

If you have a favorite free online video editor not listed here or know of a hidden gem, please comment and let us know about it! We would love to hear from everyone and welcome your tips, opinion, and feedback.

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