Top 8 Free Video Editing Software 2020

Video editing software can be used to create professional-quality videos. With these top 8 free video editing software tools, you can edit wedding movies, birthday party videos, travel clips, game videos, and much more.

Top 8 Free Video Editing Software 2020

This is for your information that the Following list is not a ranking and the editors listed here are not in any specific order. You can find the software configuration information on the website of each software.

Key Features:

  • Almost all video/audio formats supported
  • Key frame animation framework
  • Multi-track support
  • Desktop integration (drag and drop support)
  • Video transition with real-time previews
  • 3D animated titles and effects
  • Advanced timeline with drag/drop support, panning, scrolling, zooming, and snapping.

Platforms available on: Linux, macOS and Windows.

OpenShot is a quite popular video editor and it is open source as well. Unlike others, OpenShot offers a DMG installer for Mac OSX. So, you don’t have to compile and install it manually.

If you are a fan of open source solutions and you own a Mac, OpenShot seems like a very good option.

Key Features:

  • Multi-track Video Editing
  • All kinds of audio/video format supported with the help of FFmpeg libraries
  • 2D Title maker
  • Customizable Interface and shortcuts
  • Proxy editing to make things faster
  • Automatic backup
  • Timeline preview
  • Keyframeable effects
  • Audiometer, Histogram, Waveform, etc.

Platforms available on: Linux, macOS and Windows.

Kdenlive is an open source video editor (and free) available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux distros.

If you are on a Mac, you will have to manually compile and install it. However, if you are on Windows, you can download the EXE file and should have no issues installing it.

3. LiVES

Key Features:

  • Frame and sample accurate editing
  • Edit video in real-time
  • Can be controlled using MIDI, keyboard, Joystic
  • Multi-track support
  • VJ keyboard control during playback
  • Plugins supported
  • Compatible with various effects frameworks: projectM, LADSPA audio, and so on.

Platforms available on: Linux and macOS. Support for Windows will be added soon.

LiVES is an interesting open source video editor. You can find the code on GitHub. It is currently available for Linux and macOS Leopard. It will soon be available for Windows (hopefully by the end of 2019).

Key Features:

  • Supports almost all major audio/video formats with the help of FFmpeg libraries.
  • Multiple dockable/undockable panels
  • Intuitive UI
  • JACK transport sync
  • Stereo, mono, and 5.1 surround support
  • Waveform, Histogram, etc.
  • Easy to use with dual monitors
  • Portable version available


Shotcut is yet another popular open source video editor available across multiple platforms. It features a nice interface to work on.

When considering the features, it offers almost everything that you would ever need (from color correction to adding transitions). Also, it provides a portable version for Windows – which is an impressive thing.

Key Features:

  • Advanced timeline control
  • Multi-track editing
  • G’mic tool
  • All major audio/video formats supported with the help of FFMpeg libraries

Platforms available on: Linux

Flowblade is an intuitive open source video editor available only for Linux. Yes, it is a bummer that we do not have cross-platform support for this.

However, if you are using a Linux distro, you can either download the .deb file and get it installed or use the source code on GitHub.

Key Features:

  • Trim
  • Cut
  • Filter support
  • Major video format supported

Platforms available on: Linux, BSD, macOS and Windows.

If you are looking for a basic cross-platform open source video editor – this will be one of our recommendations. You just get the ability to cut, save, add a filter, and perform some other basic editing tasks. Their official SourceForge page might look like it has been abandoned, but it is in active development.

Key Features:

  • All major video formats supported using GStreamer Multimedia Framework
  • Advanced timeline independent of frame rate
  • Animated effects and transitions
  • Audio waveforms
  • Real-time trimming previews

Platforms available on: Linux

Yet another open source video editor that is available only for Linux. The UI is user-friendly and the features offered will help you perform some advanced edits as well.

You can install it using Flatpak or look for the source code on their official website. It should be available in the repositories of most distributions as well.

Key Features:

  • VFX
  • Powerful Tracker
  • Keying tools for production needs
  • Shadertoy and G’mic tools
  • OpenFX plugin support

Platforms available on: Linux, macOS and Windows.

If you are into VFX and motion graphics, NATRON is a good alternative to Blender. Of course, in order to compare them for your usage, you will have to give it a try yourself.

You do have the installer available for Windows and the dmg package for Mac. So, it is quite easy to get it installed. You can always head to its GitHub page for more information.


Now you know about some of the most popular video editing software available out there – what do you think about them?

Are these software good enough for professional requirements? Or, did we miss any of your favorite video editor that deserved the mention?

If you are an experienced and professional video editor, I would like to hear your opinion on how good are these open source video editors for the experts.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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