Top 6 Best Free Video Editors for Windows & Mac OS X

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Top 6 Best Free Video Editors for Windows & Mac OS X – Check out these cool free video editing software for Windows 7, 8, XP, Vista and Mac OS X operating systems: With the popularity of social media and online video sharing at its peak, video editing software has become more of an essential tool for the general web populace than an instrument for the niche crowd. YouTube has made video editing an everyday utility for many internet users. So, if you are person who deals with videos almost everyday, then it’s a sure thing that you might have felt the need of a video editor pretty often. A video editor is a must have software if you want to organize your videos in a proper way and make them look attractive & professional. So in this feature, we bring you the 6 best cross-platform video editors for Windows & Mac that are available in the market today. However, some of these video editing apps are also available for Linux operating system, so if you are a UNIX user – just go for them. Now, let’s check out this list of the top 6 best free video editing software for Windows 7, 8, XP, Vista and Mac OS X:


Best Free Video Editors for Windows & Mac OS X


1. MPEG Streamclip :


MPEG Streamclip is a free video editor for Mac and Windows. It can play,edit and convert many movie files and not just MPEG as the name might suggest. You can Cut,Trim and Join your Video files using this software. You can also set IN/OUT points and convert between muxed and de-muxed files. The tool’s interface is not the most friendly we’ve seen but what it lacks in intuitiveness it makes up for in the efficiency and compatibility departments as the output files are of high quality and the range of input formats supported is quite vast.

MPEG Streamclip also lets you convert videos from one format to another including popular ones such as Ipod compatible formats. Furthermore, the tool can also download Youtube & Google videos when you enter the page URLs into it. It comes as a freeware so you can try it out with zero risk.

Supported input formats are : MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD, VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, MMV, REC, VID, AVR, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A, MP2, MPA, AC3 etc.

Compaitibility :  Windows & MAC

MPEG Streamclip

Download MPEG Streamclip.


2. Avidemux :


Avidemux is a free and powerful video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.  It offers useful options such as job queues, projects and ability to execute custom scripts which are usually limited to paid software.

Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license. The software is regularly updated on the website with the changes reflecting in the download packages. Give it a whirl if you’re in town for some free yet powerful video editing software.

Comapatibility : Windows, Mac & Linux.


Download Avidemux.


3. Blender :


To call Blender a video editor would be an understatement. Blender is a powerful,mighty, professional level open-source 3D rendering software that lets you make your videos dance to your tune. What’s more? It’s free. Yes!

Blender can be a bit daunting for the novice user but once you learn the ropes there’s no turning back. It offers a list of features rarely seen in even paid software including but not limited to : Modeling, Rigging, Rendering, Animation, UV Unwrapping, Shading, Physics and Particles, Imaging and Compositing, and Real Time 3D/Game Creation. Extra functions can be added to enhance/extend the software using custom Python scripts, thanks to its open-source nature.

The Blender community also keeps quite active and provides any help you might need in getting yourself to know to use the tool. It is surely not the easiest tool to learn out there but it does have its perks once you familiarize yourself with it. Here’s a quick guide to getting started on Video editing with Blender.

Compatibility : Windows, Mac, Linux & FreeBSD.


Download Blender.


4. VideoPad :


VideoPad is a easy-to-use yet fully-featured video editing application which allows you to  create professional quality movie projects from various video clips or a single video file. It’s main draw is its intuitive interface and the moderate learning curve. Edit and create videos in formats supported by a wide range of devices such as PSPs, Ipods, Pocket PCs, Mobile Phones etc. You can also upload your creations to Youtube by saving your login credentials in the application.

Videopad allows you to import a wide variety of audio and video file formats including .avi, .wmv, .3gp, .wmv, .divx and many others.  It helps you hit the ground running with its No-fuss interface and straightforward editing tools. Jobs like cutting, trimming, joining and merging are a breeze to accomplish using Videopad. Just throw a raw video at it and start editing.

Compatibility : Windows & Mac.


Download Videopad.


5. Jahshaka :


Jahshaka is an OpenSource real-time video and audio editing and effects system. Jahshaka takes advantage of the power of OpenGL and OpenLibraries to power its engine. It can handle real-time image processing with node based effects; editing in DV, SD, HD and film; real-time 3D compositing and Flash animation (up to 32k matte layers); OpenGL-based paint; and a text module. There’s also modules for color correction, keying, and tracking, and an array of media support.

Jahshaka works on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. The software also contains a media player called JahPlayer that works with almost all video & audio formats. It also works on Nokia phones, which’s neat or a free player bundled with a free software application.

Compatibility : Windows, Mac & Linux.


Download Jahshaka.

You might also find the following article useful : 25+ Best Video Converters for Windows & Mac OS X.


6. Lightworks :


Lightworks is a professional non linear editing system for editing and mastering of movies in 2K and 4K resolutions as well as television productions in PAL, NTSC and high-definition formats. Though primarily a Windows-only software, it recently released a beta version for Linux operating systems with a Mac version on the road map.

Lightworks is being used by the film industry (Hollywood) for quite sometime now. It’s supported format list is extensive with the likes of : ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422, MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers and every professional format you can imagine.

Compatibility: Windows, Linux (Beta Release) ( & soon for Mac).


Download for Windows | Linux(Beta).


I have laid down the list of the best free video editors out there that are available for Windows & Mac and some for Linux. These cross-platform editors come in handy when you want a tool to quickly edit a video file and don’t want to search around the web. I’ve compiled the list but choosing the right one out of the lot i.e one that best suits your needs is something I leave to you. Have fun and leave comments about your editing experience below.

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2 Responses to “Top 6 Best Free Video Editors for Windows & Mac OS X”

  1. Pawan Bahuguna

    Jul 31. 2013

    Thanks for this list of video editing software’s. I was searching this only.

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