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video editing onlineStorytelling. Videos are the preferred canvas for the digital storytellers of today. Videos as opposed to any other medium, blunts the imagination and gives it to you direct. A picture postcard can convey just so much about your latest vacation. Put your joy on a video and give your family and friends a more immersive experience. The good news is that to create a video, you just need a camera. And you probably have it on the smartphone you are carrying. The actual video creation tools – the video editors – are within reach of an URL.

Video editing online has 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 need to turn your latest vacation, or even your Sunday cooking into a video that others can enjoy? Maybe, just a read through these five free tools for online video editing.

YouTube Video Editor

You will most probably knock on YouTube’s door when it comes to hosting your video clips. So, why not make use of YouTube’s very own Video Editor.

Features you can use:

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  • Combine multiple videos you’ve uploaded to create a new longer video
  • Trim your uploads to custom lengths
  • Add a soundtrack from YouTube’s library of approved tracks (browse by genre and artist).
  • Enhance clips with special tools and effects (add text, tweak brightness and contrast, ass transitions, and stabilize to reduce camera shake etc.).
  • Use the Blurring tool in sensitive videos to protect privacy.

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Also Read: How Functional Is The Current YouTube Video Editor? How Functional Is The Current YouTube Video Editor? How Functional Is The Current YouTube Video Editor? A while back, Matt wrote an article about the 2010 YouTube Video Editor, and although it doesn't seem that long ago, a lot has changed. Back then, it had a few basic features, but in... Read More

Video Tool Box

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The free online video editing application comes with an advanced file manager that helps you to upload and download video files from other sites on the Web.

Features you can use:

  • You can upload videos up to 600 MB. You can also directly record streams from your webcam or another videocast device.
  • You can download videos from more than 20 video-sharing websites.
  • You can add your own watermarks to the videos.
  • Crop, merge, demux, and hardcode subtitles to your videos.
  • Gives you two modes to work with – simple and advanced. It is a video converter too as it can convert between all of the popular video formats (3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, WMV).


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Pixorial brings collaborative video editing to the cloud. The online video tool has a free Basic plan, and a bouquet of Premium plans. Sign-up with Google or Facebook.

Features you can use:

  • The Pixorial Movie Creator gives you 1 GB of online space to upload, create, and collaborate on videos. You can also connect to Google Drive (and its 5 GB storage) and sync your videos.
  • The Movie Creator brings advanced editing that allows you to trim videos, combine clips from different videos, add music, and create text, titles and credits.
  • The Desktop Uploader helps you upload all your videos to the cloud. Alternatively, you can use the Webcam recorder to capture videos from the webcam.
  • Pixorial also offers 500 royalty free music tracks for use.
  • Pixorial has apps for iPhone and Android that make it easier to capture, upload and share your videos.


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WeVideo is another collaborative online video editing tool. It again comes in a mix of free and premium plans. For instance, the free account allows you to collaborate with a maximum of 5 people. Let’s talk a bit more about the free account.

Features you can use:

  • WeVideo give you 1 GB of online storage.
  • WeVideo supports most video formats.
  • Videos are limited to 360p resolution. Also, the free account restricts exports to 15 minutes worth of playtime per month. You can export to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter.
  • You can also connect WeVideo to Google Drive and sync your videos across the cloud.
  • The editing interface is full featured with effects, animations, transitions, and color correction filters. You can also use 390 music loops in your videos. WeVideo supports multi-track audio.

FileLab Video Editor

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FileLab looks like one of the newer kids on the block, and it offers a very easy interface to impress us. It is one-third of the FileLab trinity that also includes an audio editor and a Windows Cleaner. To launch the video editor, you will need to install the FileLab plug-in which is a 1 MB download.

Features you can use:

  • Trim, cut, split, merge, rotate and mix videos.
  • Go creative with two dozen video effects, such as Old Movie, TV Simulation and Pencil Sketch. You can add multiple effects to different parts of a video. Also, embellish with animated text and music.
  • FileLab gives you a gallery of transition effects and timeline to finetune the video playback by adding different transitions.
  • Add video overlays to your movie and set their transparency, position and direction.
  • HD video format is supported. You can also export the video to be playable in Android, iPhone and iPad.

When you look back a few years, a lot many of the free online video editors that were available then 18 Online Tools to Edit, Mix and Enhance your Videos 18 Online Tools to Edit, Mix and Enhance your Videos Read More have fallen by the wayside. Some new ones have come up, but none of them will be putting the desktop video tools out of business soon. But even then – online video editors have a few advantages other than their here-there-and everywhere presence. You don’t need to worry about codecs. Then, as we have seen with most of the examples above, they offer online storage plus sync and sharing options with services like Google Drive, YouTube, and Facebook. Also, being browser based, they are far lighter on system resources. Yes, they have their limitations too – from restricted video lengths to the problem of uploading fat video files via a sloth connection.

Check out our archive of posts on video editors.

If you are needs have more to do with social sharing and creating small video clips, online video editors could be the thing. Which is your preferred one? Is there any online video editor that should have been on this list?

Image Credit: Video editing via Shutterstock

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  3. Lara
    December 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Link should be - oops

    • Saikat Basu
      December 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions. This article is starting to look dated now. Since I wrote this back in 2012, many more tools have (obvioulsy) come out thanks to the ubiquitousness of video sharing.

  4. Lara
    December 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Another good tool for online video editing is Viddyad - It keeps things simple but is very handy for smaller projects.

    Also worth checking out Shackr or Render Forest.

  5. vidlogo info
    October 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    There is another free online tool (free for short/medium videos) that lets you combine your logo into your video.
    It is still on beta but it can be helpful for adding a logo or adding a watermark into a video.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 15, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Thanks for the link. Looks useful -- more importantly neat and effective. But the bandwidth requirements and waiting times could be a problem for larger videos.

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    December 3, 2012 at 8:31 am


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  9. Steve Blanchard
    November 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I only anticipate that the online video editing platforms will get better and better - this is just the beginning for sure.

    • Gary
      March 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Steve, actually it's the end, not the beginning. The last time. Antichrist is al around. What does shame and furnace mean to you??

  10. Ted
    September 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

    A couple things to watch for....some of these have watermarks they put in your video, and at least one you are giving them rights to do whatever they want with your content. Anything they want until you delete it.

    On top of that the Video Tool Box has no privacy policy, no tos , nothing about who has rights to the material or anything.

    I'd advise people don't get blinded by the fact these or anything else is free and gets fully informed first.

    • Stephen Streater
      October 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Also check that you're not giving away rights to your content unintentionally. A lot of "free" tools make their money by selling your creations - which is fair enough as long as you are aware of it.

      Having said that, you can use the contents of this comment for free :-)

  11. Alexander Bedrik
    August 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

    i think it's more interesting to use software that is for both webcam and video editing online. More opportunities. Maybe SplitCam software.

  12. Andrew Hauser
    August 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Really cool tools! Editing software is definitely helpful for those who want to create quality online video. Aside from editing, it is important to have distribution and analytic services to optimize your video content. Analytics can help you to compare your videos against each other to see where you can improve in the future.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 10, 2012 at 5:22 am

      If one is serious about it, there's no difference between managing a blog, and managing your video channel. In that respect, I think that YouTube is the best tool for the job. It gives you everything under 'one roof'. And you can argue with its reach.

      • Maha Achour
        August 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        I agree, however next wave of video editing tools must support scripted videos by integrating the script writer with video editor. Such technology is in the core of web application.

  13. Janice Burgess
    August 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I really love the cool stuff you offer. When I purchase something make use of has reviewed it's reliable.

  14. Rigoberto Garcia
    August 8, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Interesting tools. Noting each for reference

  15. Edward Bellair
    August 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Something new to try. Thanks

  16. Nguyen Tran
    August 7, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Relly powerful...

  17. Lambvolution
    August 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Great Collection! thanks for share

  18. SaapeXD MoHods
    August 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    So ye got any good recommendation for a windows/linux video editor?

    • Stephen Streater
      October 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      You could try the Clesh online video editor. This works in Java, so you can run it on Windows, Linux, MacOs - and there is an Android app as well.

      It is based on the professional FORscene service used for making TV and web content, which has handled over 2,500,000 hours of professionally shot video online.

      Those not so familiar with video editing (or those who would like to suggest new features) can make use of the free chat room or the free individual online support chat room each user has.

      • Saikat Basu
        October 17, 2012 at 12:49 am

        Thanks for the recommendation Stephen. Clesh, it seems, has quite a few cross-platform tools including an Android app.

  19. Joel Lee
    August 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Whoa! These services are really cool. I had no idea that there were online video editing services. Now that I know, maybe I'll do a bit more editing myself... :)

    • Saikat Basu
      August 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Who knows...a few years down the line, words would give way to videos. Blogging to vlogging.

      • Ty Neal
        August 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        I think it already has.

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