What’s a free, highly flexible video editor for Windows?

Mario February 8, 2015
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I have recently started out a YouTube channel and I am in desperate need of a video editor that meets the following criteria:

  1. Free of charge
  2. Wide import/export format support (including MP4)
  3. Easy way to cut, trim and split video tracks
  4. Multi-track timeline
  5. Windows version

I am beginner to video editing. However, I need something with a few more capabilities than Windows Movie Maker. I have tried several programs out (Lightworks, AVS Video Editor, VDSC Video Editor, Aura Video Editor, Videopad, to mention a few) and they all lack in some of the aforementioned requirements.

Is there any tool that meets the criteria above?

Thank you for your help

  1. carson
    February 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    thanks for question... comments are so helpful.

  2. HQI
    February 13, 2015 at 1:30 am
  3. Rajaa Chowdhury
    February 10, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Kindly tryout Jahshaka from http://www.jahshaka.com . I am sure it is meeting all the criteria you have mentioned. Tutorials at http://www.jahshaka.com/tutorials/ and more tutorial videos are at https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeWareFrolics/videos . the current version is Jahshaka 2.0, but Jahshaka 3.0 is on the anvil with even greater features - ReInventing Hollywood, bringing you the future of immersive digital content creation with the leading free and open source digital content creation suite. It is available on Windows XP to 8, Linux and OsX. It is FREE under GPL license.

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  4. Rajaa Chowdhury
    February 10, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Checkout EZVID at http://www.ezvid.com/ . Download link is at the bottom of the webpage. Youtube video of what it can do is at http://youtu.be/CyJGcATaCs0 . Also checkout Jahshaka at http://www.jahshaka.com/ . Hope either of the two should meet your requirement though I am pinning my hopes more on the latter. They are FREE and on windows.

  5. ha14
    February 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Professional Multitrack Video Editing With Blender - Part One- A VERY SLOW Blender Tutorial
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmMjFJTfDjI

    Editing Videos with Blender
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYVZ6rtayaA

    http://straightedgelinux.com/blog/howto/videoBlender/export.html

    • Kannon Y
      February 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Out of all the video editing software I've looked at so far, Blender looks the most promising. Thank you for mentioning it.

  6. ha14
    February 9, 2015 at 8:06 am
  7. Ben S
    February 9, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I just came to recommend VideoPad and now I see you've already tried it. For my limited purposes (a few gaming clips, editing out expletives) it's worked great.

    What aspects of VideoPad are lacking for you? I'd like to help you out but I honestly don't know of any other good quality freeware video editors and I'm curious why it didn't work for you.

    • Kannon Y
      February 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Not sure about OP, but I've been using SolidWorks free for a little while now. It's comparable to any paid software, but it's got a much higher learning curve than Apple's video editing software. From what I just read about VideoPad is that it's like SolidWorks, with a much lower learning curve. Thanks for suggesting it!

  8. Jan F.
    February 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Quite frankly, there will always be one or the other shortcoming. Otherwise there would be one tool used by everyone, especially if it's a freeware.

    Avidemux - no multitrack stuff but one of the best out there
    http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

    AV Linux - not a Windows software but a live system with the LiVES video editor
    http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html

    VideoLAN Movie Creator
    http://www.videolan.org/vlmc/

    DebugMode Wax
    http://www.debugmode.com/wax/

    Other then that you may just be better off investing into something like Pinnacle Studio or Premiere Pro (CC Single App).

    • ha14
      February 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      do you have any experience with
      http://www.openshot.org/

    • Jan F.
      February 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      I don't have any hands-on experience with OpenShot.

      One of it's shortcomings compared to LiVES is that you cannot split the audio from the video track, you can only "mute" one or the other so you have to use the recording twice to make adjustments. Another thing I heard was that it doesn't support full screen playback.

      No "deal breakers" here I guess ~ it just comes down to personal preference.

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