You shoot videos regularly, but you don’t always need to edit those videos. On the off chance that you want to edit, why install an app or go through the rigamarole of signing up for a site? You can get many everyday jobs done with no-signup web apps. That also gives you an armor of anonymity.
There are also free online video editors with no downloads and no sign-ups that do the small things well.
For example, you can resize, rotate, trim or cut, and reduce the file size of any video with ease. You can even add captions or subtitles, and increase the volume. But if you need anything more, you’re better off with advanced free online video editors, where you’ll need to sign up to use them.
1. Kapwing: Resize Videos for Social Media and Add Subtitles
Kapwing has a series of tools for common video editing tasks. Three of these outclass the others: a video resizer for social networks and a tool to add subtitles.
The resizing tool will instantly fit your video to the best size for popular social networks. Upload your video and choose what you want to resize it for: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat. Kapwing has built-in settings for that, and will show you a preview too. Publish the video on that social network, or download it to your hard drive.
The subtitle or caption tool is as simple as they come. Pause the video where you want and add the text. Create a new line and a new timestamp for more text. It’s super easy and the best online tool we’ve seen to add captions.
These features make Kapwing one of the standouts among free online video editors.
2. VideoLouder: Increase or Decrease the Volume of Any Video
This is simple, isn’t it? You’ve got a video where the volume is too low to hear clearly. So head over to VideoLouder and artificially boost it. Or if the video is too loud, decrease the volume, even all the way.
VideoLouder works with any AVI, MPEG, MP4, MOV, or XVID file, of up to 500MB. It’s as simple as it comes, but you can’t change the file format while you’re at it. The site also protects your privacy by removing the video from its servers a few hours after the initial upload.
Like Kapwing, VideoLouder is part of a larger set of video editing tools. You can extract or remove the audio of any video file as well. There’s also a video file size compression app, but forget about that and use the next tool in this list, Compressify.
3. Compressify: Reduce File Size Without Affecting Quality
Social networks drastically limit the file size of videos. So when the size is too large, pass the file through Compressify to shrink your video without losing quality.
The “magic” lies in using Google’s WebM format, a file format designed for videos on the internet. It makes videos 20 to 60 percent smaller than the original. All the major social networks support WebM, so you’re good to use the video. And you can check a before-after comparison to see how good the file compression is.
And if you like Compressify, remember to check out other apps to reduce the file size without losing quality.
4. RotateMyVideo.net: Rotate Any Video Quickly
Shooting videos on your smartphone can be problematic later. Vertical (or portrait) videos don’t look good on YouTube, while horizontal (or landscape) videos are weird on Instagram or Snapchat. RotateMyVideo is the simple solution.
Upload a video from your hard drive, and you’re ready to flip it. Rotate it left or right with the buttons. You can also change the aspect ratio of the video, flip between 4:3, 16:9, or keep the original. Once you’re done, download the video or share it directly on social networks.
Of course, when faced with a large file, you are probably better off using offline Windows or Mac tools to rotate the video. But this free online video editor works well for smaller ones.
5. Online-Video-Cutter: The Best All-in-One Tool
If there is one site you need to remember in this whole list, it’s Online-Video-Cutter. It has been around for a long time, and is a swiss army knife of video-editing tools.
The web app works with files up to 500MB in size, and in almost any file format. Here’s a quick list of what you can do:
- Trim: Cut a small clip out of a longer video. You can preview it too.
- Crop: Like cropping a photo, you can crop a video and change its frame.
- Rotate: It’s as easy as RotateMyVideo, but you can’t change the aspect ratio.
- Convert: You can convert the file from one popular video format to another.
Online-Video-Cutter is completely free, but you’ll need to activate Adobe Flash to use it. And it’ll delete your video a few hours after you are done, so no one else can access it. Honestly, this is one of the best no-signup websites to bookmark.
Recommend Free Smartphone Video Editors
All of these sites work better on the desktop than they do on mobile. For smartphones, you’re probably better off installing an app. We have our own list of best video editors for Android and for iPhone, but we want to hear from you.
What’s your favorite video editor for a smartphone, whether Android or iOS?
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