Top 10 Best Professional Video Editors in 2019

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We list the top 10 best and free video editors for Linux, Windows. Have a look.

Video editors are costly software, especially those are more advanced such as Adobe Premiere Pro. However, there are plenty of known/unknown Video Editors available which are totally free of cost and open sourced. Here we list 10 free video editors which might be useful for you and your use case. 

Top 10 Best Free Video Editors

1. Blender

Blender is a free and open-source video editor, 3D modelling software that used to create movies, animated films, renders, simulations, motion tracking and many more. Blender is very popular tool used and contributed by hundreds of people around the world. Primarily used by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on.

Blender Video Editor
Blender Video Editor

Blender’s feature list is huge, however here are some noteworthy features.

  • Modeling
  • Sculpting
  • Animation & Rigging
  • Grease Pencil
  • Rendering
  • Simulation
  • Video Editing
  • Scripting
  • VFX
  • Interface
  • Pipeline

2. Lightworks

Lightworks is a freemium video editor capable of editing videos for social media, 4K videos and movies. Lightworks has been used in some popular Hollywood movies editing as well. This non-linear video editor is free to download and you might have to pay for some additional features.

Lightworks Video Editor
Lightworks Video Editor

Here’s a quick sneak peak of its features:

  • Simple & intuitive User Interface
  • Access amazing royalty-free audio & video content
  • Easy timeline editing & trimming
  • Lo-Res Proxy workflows for 4K
  • Real time ready to use audio & video FX
  • Export video for YouTube/Vimeo, SD/HD, up to 4K
  • Wide file format support including variable frame rate media
  • Grade your sequence professionally utilising up to 32bit GPU precision and histogram tool

3. Shotcut

Shotcut is another free, open source and cross platform video editor loaded with features. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k. 

Shotcut Video Editor
Shotcut Video Editor

Notable features of Shotcut:

  • Support for 4K resolutions
  • Audio, Video, Webcam capture
  • Wide range of file format support
  • $K resolution support
  • Plugins 
  • Audio and Video filters

4. Avidemux

If you are just a beginner in Video editing, learning or a hobbyist – Avidemux is ideal for you. This free and open source video editor designed for simple cut, filter and encoding tasks. Being a basic video editor, it supports wide range of file formats. Also you can automate tasks using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.

Avidemux Video Editor
Avidemux Video Editor

5. HitFilm Express

HitFilm Express is an awesome video editor – freely available for download – as the name says – the express version. Loaded with features and developed professionally, HitFilm express is an ideal video editor for beginners, YouTube creators and movie makers. However, it is only available for Windows and Mac. Linux version is not yet profitable as per the development team considering low user base. 

Hitfilm Express Video Editor
Hitfilm Express Video Editor

Having said that, if you still looking for a free and professional video editor, you can give HitFilm express a try. Please note that you may have to pay if you opt for additional version of the product with more features.

6. DaVinci Resolve

This is the most professional video editor out there which is capable of 8K editing. Available for Linux, Mac and Windows, DaVinci Resolve is a Proprietary commercial software. HOwever, you can still use the free version of the software which is more than enough if you are a standard user. It comes with a studio version which is a paid variant with additional features such as more plugins, addons etc.

DaVinci Resolve Video Editor
DaVinci Resolve Video Editor

Here’s a quick feature guide.

  • Dual Timeline
  • Source Tape
  • Dedicated Trim Interface
  • Intelligent Edit Modes
  • Fast Review
  • Transform, Retime and Stabilize
  • Quick Export
  • Media Import
  • Portable Editing
  • Custom Timeline Settings
  • Adjustment Clips
  • Facial Recognition
  • Speed Warp Retiming
  • Image Stabilization
  • Keyframe Curve Editor
  • Tape Style Audio Scrubbing
  • Faster, Smarter Encoding

7. OpenShot

If you are looking for a simple UI based free video editor yet powerfull, OpenShot is the choice. Designed with a mindset with a low learning curve for video editing – it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

OpenShot Video Editor
OpenShot Video Editor

Here’s a quick rundown on its features:

  • Cross-Platform
  • Quickly trim down your videos
  • Using our powerful animation framework, you can fade, slide, bounce, and animate anything in your video project
  • Add as many layers as you need for watermarks, background videos, audio tracks
  • Video effects engine, remove the background from your video, invert the colors, adjust brightness
  • Audio Waveforms
  • Title editor with templates
  • Render beautiful 3D animated titles and effects, such as snow, lens flares, or flying text.
  • Control the power of time, reversing, slowing down, and speeding up video
  • Use a preset or animate the playback speed and direction.
  • Drag and drop video, audio, or images from your file manager
  • 70+ Languages
  • Simple User Interface

If you are a beginner in Video Editing and trying out first time, this is the editor you should be using to get a feel of it.

8. KDenlive

KDenlive is a 15+ years old video editor application. KDenlive is free and open source video editor built upon QT framework, powered by some of the best FFMpeg, frei0r, movit, ladspa, sox framework. This video editor is for average users with some additional advanced features – but not too much to absorb and learn.

Some of its features includes:

  • Multi-track video editing
  • Use any audio / video format
  • Configurable interface and shortcuts
  • Titler with 2D Title
  • Many effects and transitions
  • Audio and video scopes
  • Proxy editing
  • Automatic backup
  • Online resources download directly from UI
  • Timeline preview
  • Keyframeable effects
  • Themable interface
KDenlive Video Editor
KDenlive Video Editor

9. Flowblade

“FAST, PRECISE and STABLE” – is the tagline of Flowblade video editor which explains its target users. Flowblade is a non-linear video editor loaded with features such as –

  • Edit tools
  • Timeline features
  • Compositors
  • Filters
  • Range log
  • Proxy editing
  • Batch render queue
  • G’mic effects tool
  • Audio mixer
  • Media relinker
  • Titler
  • Misc. Features
  • Rendering
  • MLT supported video and audio codecs
Flowblade Video Editor
Flowblade Video Editor

Flowblade is only available for Linux Systems and not available for Windows or Mac.

10. Olive

Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software. It is being developed at the moment and in ALPHA stage. Looking at the interests, it seems promising and user are creating videos via Olive. However, being a ALPHA version, it is not recommended for professional work at the moment but you can still give it a try.

Olive Video Editor
Olive Video Editor

Available for Windows, Linux and Mac, you can download via below link.

Wrap up

We tried to give you a guide on free video editors that is available across platforms and helped you to pick based on your taste and use case. This list is not of-course exhaustive as there are other applications as well.

Let us know your valuable comments on this list.

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