What is a good, user-friendly video editing program?

Rob Zaleski June 24, 2011

I want to be able to cut, edit, add music, manage volume levels, and insert title screens to short videos for posting on YouTube and Facebook. I don’t have a lot of technical background, so I need user-friendly interface. I still want it to look polished and sound good, so a decent amount of options would be nice. Free would be great, but modestly priced programs are ok too. Any ideas?

  1. Azamat "Bohed" E
    April 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    For the purposes you have mentioned, I always used 
    Windows Movie Maker. Should be good enough for you too.

  2. Anonymous
    June 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Ashampoo video styler

    Easy handling (“one click”)Adjustment of brightness, contrast etc.Adding background music and effectsSimultaneous encoding of several videosUpload videos to YouTubeCreation of videos in Facebook or MyVideo formatTouch screen support



  3. Simen
    June 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

    You can try OpenShot (Linux and Live CD)
    (free, see OpenShot.org for live CD)

  4. Anonymous
    June 26, 2011 at 12:10 am

    If you're on a Mac, Apple's iMovie is bundled free with every Mac purchase. It is THE best consumer video editing program for any OS. You can also buy Final Cut Pro X for only $299, if you have Snow Leopard. This is what the majority of Hollywood uses basically. This is a real bargain. In fact, up until recently, Final Cut Studio used to cost $999. That was a bargain, since one of the apps in the studio, Color, used to cost $25,000 before Apple bought it out. Now you're getting it for $299. It's a nice time to buy FCS. You can even buy the apps in the studio separately if you don't have the money straight away.

    On Windows, I know that Sony's Vegas editing program is held in high esteem. Also, Adobe has a program called Premier which is also used in Hollywood, though not as much as Final Cut. However, these are expensive, so check out this page for free alternatives: http://savedelete.com/best-free-windows-video-editing-software.html

    For Linux, you can check this page out: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/top5-linux-video-editing-system-software/

    Bottom line, if you're on a Mac, you have the best consumer editing software for free, or you can buy the best pro editing software for a VERY cheap price. On Linux, all solutions are free, but aren't as user-friendly. On Windows, there are some free apps too, that will probably be a bit more user-friendly than Linux software.

    • Rob Zaleski
      July 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      I'm fairly certain that if I had a Mac, all in my life would be lovely. At least that is the thought that some of my friends keep trying to instill in me. I just haven't been able to fathom dropping that kind of money right now. Maybe eventually.
      However, I'm doing this for a non-profit that has no budget for this stuff yet. So I'm working on the best free ways to do something. Thanks for the info!

  5. Anonymous
    June 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Hi, you can use any one of the software's like Ulead video studio, Pinnacle Studio, Windows Movie Maker, sony vegas,etc. If you need a free software go for Windows movie maker. There may be a highly user friendly software available somewhere in the internet, but for some advanced effects you need to learn how to do with it, by make use of the accompanying help/tutorials. If you are ready to spend some money then go for adobe premier.  Avid had offered a free version for home enthusiasts called Avid Free DV, but now discontinued.
    Avidemux is a free Video Editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF. You can also take a look at AVS Video Editor. For Mac users , video editng software like iMovie, Final cut express, Premiere pro, After Effects pro, Avid Express pro etc. You can use iMovie to edit videos on Mac, which is much simpler than others.
    The best advice that I want to give is stick any one of the good video software and try to master in it, or try all of them, finally you will get a good video software or you will get the idea how it works-by the time you will be a master. For more tricks and tips about simple video editing visit - http://coolefriend.com

    • Rob Zaleski
      July 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      I just started using Windows Live Movie maker. Not too bad for a free program. Hopefully a Mac is in my future and everything will be 100% better. Thanks for all the good information!

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