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Best Video Editing Software – Free & Opensource

Recently one of my friends asked me to recommend best video editing software which is free & opensource.   He is a novice in video editing and expects a simple free video editor for beginners in which he can add videos, images, and music tracks and produce a simple video that he can share with his friends.

I reviews many video editing software keeping him in mind.  I tried many of the freeware software which are proclaiming that they are free. But they provided only limited features and I  needed to buy the pro version to get the result that I wanted.

A wide range of online video editing software are available which all comes with different level of technology and leverage.

Finally, I was able to figure out some open-source software that can fulfill your needs as well as beginner friendly. You can modify any video or create a new video using this software. You could save money by using these software if you are beginner or novice user.  Please remember that you may need a professional video editing software if you want to use some advanced features in video editing.

Before we jump into the details of these software let’s know what is open-source software

What is open-source software?

Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance.

The person created the software that has the source code and will have full control over it. It is commonly known as “proprietary” or “closed source” software. Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office are examples of proprietary software.

Open source software is different. Its authors make its source code available to others who would like to alter it or share it. The softwares mentioned here are good examples of open source softwares.

General Features of Video Editing Software:

Here are some general features of the video editing software that will help the users to do editing.

  • It allows users to upload video, image, and audio files.
  • It provides a tool for arranging, clipping and manipulating the videos.
  • It saves or exports the completed files in different video formats.

Now video editing is possible for everyone. It does not require any hands-on training instead one can just download the editing software and go with it with ease. I have shortlisted just 2 open source video editing software for someone who is a novice in video editing.

Best Free Open Source Video Editing Software for beginners


Openshot Logo

Openshot is one of the best free open source video editing software for beginners and it is an entirely open source.    This free software comes as a nice balance between advanced features and a simple interface. It allows real-time previews when you create transitions between clips similar to professional software. OpenShot’s simple and user-friendly interface shows some extra polish you don’t always see in a free open-source video editor. 

Openshot Video Editor
Best Video Editing Software

Features included:

  • Cross-Platform Support (Linux, Mac, Windows)
  • Unlimited tracks/layers
  • Desktop integration (drag and drop support)
  • Video transitions with real-time previews
  • Title templates, title creation, subtitles 3D animated titles (and effects)
  • Advanced Timeline (including drag & drop, scrolling, panning, zooming, and snapping)
  • Audio mixing and editing

It is great for users who are just starting out with video editing with no experience.  You can find tutorials and guides on its website.


Blender Video Editor Logo

Blender is an open-source program that is entirely free to use. Blender was actually designed as a 3D animation suite, but it comes with a very useful video editor.  Blender’s video editor should be enough for most of your needs.

Other than it allowing you to perform basic actions it also allows you to do some complex tasks like video masking. This makes it a very flexible video editor for both beginners and advanced users.

Blender Video Editor
Best Video Editing Software

The Blender Video Editor includes the following features:

  • Live preview, luma waveform, chroma vectorscope, and histogram displays.
  • Audio mixing, syncing, scrubbing, and waveform visualization.
  • Up to 32 slots for adding video, images, audio, and effects.
  • Speed control, adjustment layers, transitions, keyframes, filters, and more.
  • It has advances projects that involve 3D animations.

Many resources are available on their website but most of the resources focus on the 3d animation rather than just video editing.


This article on Best Video Editing Software – Free & Opensource is based on my own review of these applications.   This article is not intended to promote these products in any way.