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The Internet allows anyone to make art these days. And with smartphone video technology making everyone a Spielberg Smartphone Spielberg: How To Shoot Striking Videos on Your Mobile Smartphone Spielberg: How To Shoot Striking Videos on Your Mobile The best camera you can possibly lay your hands on is the one that you currently have on you, or so the saying goes. Ever since hardware manufacturers started putting bigger and better cameras on... Read More coupled with the means of sharing to sites like YouTube, Vimeo and the like, you can quickly publish your homemade movies in minutes. But what if you don’t have high-end software? And what if you have a Chromebook? If you’re on a budget and need free video editing options, look no further than these three Chrome apps, compatible with both your browser and Chrome OS.

It should be noted that each tool adds their logo at the very end of the movie, and some have restrictions on the number of media clips, size of files, total volume of media uploaded, and video length. If you’re seeking more functionality and quality, all three have options for upgrading to a premium version.

WeVideo

A full-featured video editor for all skill levels.

You may already have heard of WeVideo as a video editing app for Android WeVideo Video Editor: Easily Record, Edit & Share Videos [Android] WeVideo Video Editor: Easily Record, Edit & Share Videos [Android] Read More . It’s also one of the most popular video editing web apps 5 Free Tools For Online Video Editing 5 Free Tools For Online Video Editing Online video editors have helped to turn everyone into armchair filmmakers. Most online video editors give you the basic cutting, splicing, and merging tools. Then there are the ubiquitous sharing options. What else do you... Read More . The reason behind this is due to its user-friendly and intuitive interface coupled with great features.

Uploading The Media

1.1 WeVideo - Upload Media

You can upload the media for your video from several sources: your computer, Google Drive, Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, Dropbox, Picasa, Box, OneDrive and DailyMotion. Unfortunately, there is no option to drag and drop media files into WeVideo at this time.

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WeVideo allocates a generous 5 gigabytes of space and has no file size restrictions. Keep in mind though, the larger the file, the longer the upload time.

NOTE: It’s worth saying that during the time of uploading my video clips, I experienced some Internet-connectivity issues and that it did not lose upload progress, but the file continued where it left off once connection was regained.

Creating The Video

1.2 WeVideo - editor

One thing that makes WeVideo stand out among the rest is the ability to access and reuse uploaded media and previous projects.

There are three editing views: Storyboard, Timeline Simple and Timeline Advanced.

In addition to your own media and audio, you can access WeVideo’s database of graphics, audio and complete themes, which incorporate specific transitions, music and sound effects, and text font. Graphics consist of image and solid colored backgrounds, frames and overlays. For audio, you can access free and premium music, and sound effects. You can choose between many transition patterns and effects, and add text.

Saving And Sharing

1.3 WeVideo - publish

When your project is complete, click “Publish” and you will have several options to chose from. You can export it to Google Drive, DailyMotion, YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox. You can also just publish it to WeVideo. From there you can download it to your computer, by clicking “Exports” and the “down arrow” on the movie clip.

1.4 WeVideo - share

To share the video, click the blue circle with the “share icon”. You can post directly to Facebook and Twitter, or copy the video link or embed code.

The Finished Product

Stupeflix Video Maker

A streamlined video editor with all the features you need to create a great movie.

Stupeflix is a less advanced video editor than WeVideo, but still packed with some good features. For instance, adjusting video clip speed Working With Slow-Motion Video: Tips For The Editing Time Lord Working With Slow-Motion Video: Tips For The Editing Time Lord So you've shot some video at a high frame rate... what exactly should you do with it now? Read More (e.g. slow motion) in WeVideo requires a premium account, but it is a free feature in Stupeflix.

Uploading The Media

When adding video clips there isn’t a way to drag and drop the files from a folder on your computer into Stupeflix. You can, however, select multiple files at a time to upload. Just click the “plus sign” to get started and choose “Add Photos & Videos”.

2.1 Stupeflix - upload

You can’t upload files larger than 40 MB for free, however a workaround is first uploading the file to Dropbox and then importing from Dropbox into the editor.

2.2 stupeflix - upload sources

In addition to Dropbox and your computer, you can import media from URLs, record through the webcam, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Picasa.

To add audio, you can upload a track from your computer or choose from the library of music on Stupeflix.

2.3 stupeflix - audio

NOTE: In my experience, the bulk upload didn’t well during the intermittent Internet connectivity that I mentioned previously – I had to re-upload several of the media files individually.

Creating The Video

Stupeflix comes with several themes to choose from, though only two are free. Others cost $5 or require a Pro Account.

2.4 stupeflix - themes

Once you have an account, you can save previous projects or make a new edit of a published video.

2.5 stupeflix - videos

From the editor, you can upload new media, add title slides, custom transitions and even a map using Google Maps by clicking the “plus sign” icon, like you did to add the initial media. Each video clip has several options: Edit, Duplicate, Delete, Add Text Overlay, Add Audio Overlay, Add Text to Speech (Pro) and Insert Custom Transition.

2.6 stupeflix - clip options

Small, but excellent features like adapting the pace of the video to match the music and several video editing options make Stupeflix a great choice.

2.7 stupeflix - project settings - pace

Saving And Sharing

The free account allows you to download a 360P (640×360) version of your video.

2.8 stupeflix - dowload video

You can share your video directly to Facebook, Twitter and email, and upload to YouTube and Facebook.

2.9 stupeflix - share

The Finished Product

Magisto

Easy and fast movie maker – no editing required.

Magisto takes a different approach that the previous two tools mentioned. Instead of you doing the editing, all you need do is upload the files, pick a theme and music and let Magisto do the rest. The result is pretty impressive!

If you’re looking for an option to quickly make a great looking video, while not having to spend much time doing so, Magisto is for you. It’s also the perfect tool for kids who want to make videos 5 Ways Kids Can Make Their Own Movies With A Smartphone 5 Ways Kids Can Make Their Own Movies With A Smartphone Spielberg crashed his toy trains. Michael Bay blew his toy trains up. Either way, people who grow up and become multi-million-dollar directors all started when they were just kids. Read More .

Uploading The Media

3.1 Magisto - drag and drop

Though Magisto doesn’t connect with the wide array of cloud services that WeVideo and Stupeflix do, it does allow you to easily drag and drop your files from a folder.

3.2 Magisto - upload

NOTE: The upload process also wasn’t interrupted at all by intermittent Internet connectivity as other tools were.

Creating The Video

3.3 Magisto - editing style

As previously stated, the video creation process is very simple and straightforward. Select from the many “Editing Styles” Adventure Sports to Foodie.

3.4 magisto - pick music

Then pick your tunes. You can upload your own music or choose from the large selection of audio tracks.

3.5 magisto - publish

Lastly, just add a title, choose the length and click the blue, “Make my movie” button.

Saving And Sharing

3.6 magisto - share

You can always access your published movies from your Magisto account by clicking “My Movies”. From the video, you can share to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, email and an embed code.

The Finished Product

Take Your Pick

Each of these tools will appeal to different people and skill levels. Sometimes we just want to throw a bunch of video clips together and not put in a whole lot of time. This is where Magisto works its magic. There is also a level of curiosity in me that wonders what Magisto will come up with.

For those who are looking for a full-fledged video editor, WeVideo is no doubt the best, no matter what skill level you have.

That said, Stupeflix definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Though it may not have the most fluid interface or the traditional timeline video editing features, it still has all you need to create a great video.

Which video editing tool will you decide to use? Why? Share your thoughts about these and other online video editing options in the comments!

  1. Kelly Davis
    March 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Just wanted to share another option for those who want to edit their YouTube videos without leaving YouTube is the built-in editor in combination with the 'Pro Mode for YouTube Video Editor' Chrome extension. The extension improves the overall usability of the YouTube editor and you aren't required to upload your videos to another service. Read more about it here: kldavis4.github.io/Pro-Mode-for-YouTube-Video-Editor/

  2. Jan
    February 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    My students are having to go through to many steps. They are combining information in slides and want to add clips from videos to make a 3-4 minutes class presentation. Not being able to just drag and drop a video and easily edit out the 30 seconds of a video to enhance their categories is making life difficult. They have to use a You Tube converter and copy link into their Google drive, then upload it into WeVideo to clip out what they want to use, then download into YouTube again to insert into their Google Slides.
    Couldn't this be easier?

    • Jan
      February 3, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Also, can't use Magistro when there is dialogue as it forces them to choose music! Some are also doing voice over for parts of their presentation and they can't do with being forced to choose music as part of the video components.

    • john
      April 26, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Hi there, it can be quite a bit easier if they have Windows. I would hardly recommend a Chromebook for a student, or professional.

      There are many free tools for video editing.

      Want to just cut a video? Try avidemux. Want to do more editing? Try VSDC Free Video Editor. Want to do professional studio-like editing using Hollywood-grade freeware? Try Fusion 8, it's free.

  3. Jeff
    January 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    ._.

  4. Jeff
    January 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Sorry, Magisto doesn't work.

    :P

  5. youuuloveme:P
    November 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Yes Madison there is youu just have to click finish and it should give youu an option to upload to youtube, google drive, dropbox, etc. But youu have to have a youtube channel in order to succeed at this...

  6. Pissed Off Nerd
    November 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE SOFTWARES ARE PIECES OF S***!

    NO MATTER WHAT I DO IT WON'T LET ME USE YOUTUBE VIDEOS! I NEED TO USE YOUTUBE VIDEOS BECAUSE I CAN'T DOWNLOAD MY OWN WHEN I NEED TO USE SCHOOL COMPUTERS! GOD F****** DAMN IT!

    WHY CAN'T GOOGLE GIVE ME A SIMPLE VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE! YOU OWN YOUTUBE! LET US USE IT! AND ALL THE SOFTWARE THAT DOES USE YOUTUBE COSTS WAY TOO MUCH F****** MONEY!

    GREEDY BASTARDS!

    • kaylaloves12345
      November 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      I AGREE :)

    • pissed off nerd jr
      January 8, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      agree

  7. Chloe Leigh
    July 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    This is helpful, I thought that with google being top quality and owning youtube that they'd have a really good editing software but alas, I use wevideo but the quality is a bummer with all of these, I'm saving up for a PC/iMac now haha :P :)

  8. Maria Jose Mora
    May 18, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Hi,
    Thank you for the summary! I have been using WeVideo, but I found some problems with the free version in my school.
    We have google apps for education in the school.
    I loved the idea of Stupeflix, but I couldn't find a way to take images from Google Drive. Can you please help me? I see the Picasa icon, but we haven't used it yet.
    Thank you!

  9. madison
    May 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Wevideo is great an all but i cant upload videos to youtube, is there a way to?

  10. Emily
    April 27, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I definitely think Stupeflix is the best. WeVideo is amazing but when you try to upload a video over 4 minutes you have to pay. And only 1 video a MONTH! Nope. Stupeflix wins.

  11. macdillon
    February 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    One problem I keep running into is the limitation of HD 1080p + on DVD. I like to read about solutions for video production for HD, similar to iDVD, Toast DVD. Sure anyone can edit a HD (4k) movie with GoPro Studio, iMovie, chrome, but are we really expected to upload 4 GB + to the cloud and stream it for replay? I don't think so. I don't even own a Blue-Ray player, maybe I need to discover a Blue-Ray DVD burner and save edited movies this way. No one seems to have an answer. Meanwhile I keep making 720 DVDs with iDVD, Toast, etc. An article here would be helpful.

    I'll look into these chrome option more also.

    • Aaron Couch
      February 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Macdillon,

      I don't think these Chrome apps would help you with that problem, to be honest.

      You're looking for a free solution, I assume? Have you posted in MakeUseOf Answers by chance?

  12. Christina Teskey
    February 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for the summary -- it was well done and very helpful!

    • Aaron Couch
      February 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Awesome! It's great to hear it was helpful for you, Christina!

  13. Ahmad Imran
    February 15, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Nice one Aaron, a summary of the three options for those who want to edit and create videos on their Chromebooks or from within the Chrome browser. I miss a built in video editor on my Chromebook and would like to see Google include it as a resident option in the coming times.

    • Aaron Couch
      February 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Exactly, Ahmad! I'm glad the article solved that for you. I agree it would be nice if Google included an official video editing app.

      I assure you, after sifting through the "junk" apps and narrowing down the options, these three are the best picks. Thanks for reading and for your support!

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