5 Free Tools For Online Video Editing

video editing intro   5 Free Tools For Online Video EditingStorytelling. 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

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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:

  • 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.

YouTube also has the largest collection of Creative Commons videos. You can choose from 4 million videos and add them to your projects.

Also Read: How Functional Is The Current YouTube Video Editor?

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 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?

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Joel Lee

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

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

Ty Neal

I think it already has.

SaapeXD MoHods

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

Stephen Streater

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

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


Great Collection! thanks for share

Nguyen Tran

Relly powerful…

Edward Bellair

Something new to try. Thanks

Rigoberto Garcia

Interesting tools. Noting each for reference

Janice Burgess

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

Andrew Hauser

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

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

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 http://www.starsvu.com web application.

Alexander Bedrik

i think it’s more interesting to use software that is for both webcam and video editing online. More opportunities. Maybe SplitCam software. http://splitcamera.com/


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

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 :-)

Steve Blanchard

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