Top 11 popular free, open source, cross-platform video editor in 2020

#Tool NameWebsiteAlexa Ranking
1shotcuthttps://shotcut.org/11,528
2openshothttps://www.openshot.org/7,453
3olivehttps://www.olivevideoeditor.org/142,283
4lightworkshttps://www.lwks.com/27,552
5hitfilmhttps://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express14,282
6filmorahttps://filmora.wondershare.com/video-editor/518
7vsdchttp://www.videosoftdev.com/11,262
8blenderhttps://www.blender.org/3,635
9imoviehttps://www.apple.com/in/imovie/51
10davinci resolvehttps://www.blackmagicdesign.com/in/products/davinciresolve/4,346
11kdenlivehttps://kdenlive.org/en/66,965

shotcut

Shotcut is a free and open-source cross-platform video editing application for FreeBSD, Linux, macOS and Windows. Started in 2011 by Dan Dennedy, Shotcut is developed on the MLT Multimedia Framework, in development since 2004 by the same author.

Shotcut supports video, audio, and image formats via FFmpeg. It uses a timeline for non-linear video editing of multiple tracks that may be composed of various file formats. Scrubbing and transport control are assisted by OpenGL GPU-based processing and a number of video and audio filters are available.

  • Format support through FFmpeg
  • Frame-accurate seeking for many formats
  • Webcam and audio capture
  • Network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)
  • EDL (CMX3600 Edit Decision List) export

OpenShot

OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editor for FreeBSD, Linux, Haiku, macOS, and Windows. The project was started in August 2008 by Jonathan Thomas, with the objective of providing a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.

OpenShot’s core video editing functionality is implemented in a C++ library, libopenshot. OpenShot uses the Qt toolkit and offers a Python API.

Since version 2.0.6 (released in 2016), OpenShot is now a cross-platform application. OpenShot is also available as PortableApps for Windows since 2020

Olive


Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software. Olive is making rapid progress and users are already producing videos with it, but it’s still currently in alpha meaning it is incomplete and not fully stable. Regardless we invite you to download the latest build and try it out for yourself. Quite a lot! And new features are being added every day. Even if Olive is missing something you need, come back in a month or two and it’s possible it will have been implemented.

lightworks


Lightworks is a non-linear editing system (NLE) for editing and mastering digital video. It was an early developer of computer-based non-linear editing systems, and has been in development since 1989 and won a 2017 EMMY Award for pioneering digital nonlinear editing. Lightworks has millions of adoptors worldwide due to the software being available across three platforms in Windows, Mac and Linux. The development of an open-source version was announced in May 2010.[3] No source code of the program has yet been released.

hitfilm

HitFilm Express is a free video editing software with professional-grade VFX tools and everything you need to make awesome content, films or gaming videos. Perfect for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.

Filmora Video Editor


Filmora Video Editor is a powerful video editing tool for Windows users. It was originally called Wondershare Video Editor but was rebranded as Filmora after its fifth release. Some of the key features offered by the video editor are animation, overlays, audio control, on-screen recording, and multi-editing modes. The video editor is popular for its feature-rich but straightforward interface and is suitable for both beginner and advanced users. It is also available for download on Mac OS devices.

VSDC


VSDC Free Video Editor is a non-linear editing (NLE) application developed by Flash-Integro, LLC. The program[1] is capable of processing high-resolution footage including 4K UHD, 3D and VR 360-degree videos. VSDC allows for applying post production effects, live color correction, and motion tracking. It supports VirtualDub plug-ins as well as the ability to capture video from screen, record voice, save multimedia files to numerous formats including those pre-configured for publishing on Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLnWhi1jMPw

Blender


Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, and computer games. Blender’s features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, soft body simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, rendering, motion graphics, video editing, and compositing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPrnSACiTJ4

iMovie


iMovie is a video editing software application developed by Apple Inc. for macOS and iOS devices.[2][1] It was originally released in 1999 as a Mac OS 8 application bundled with the first FireWire-enabled consumer Mac model – the iMac DV.[3] Since version 3, iMovie has been a macOS-only application included with the iLife suite of Mac applications.[4] In 2013, iMovie was included for free with the purchase of a new Mac or iOS device and has been free to all users since April 18, 2017.

DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve (originally known as da Vinci Resolve) is a color correction and non-linear video editing (NLE) application for macOS, Windows, and Linux, originally developed by da Vinci Systems, and now developed by Blackmagic Design following its acquisition in 2009. In addition to the commercial version of the software (known as DaVinci Resolve Studio), Blackmagic Design also distributes a free edition, with reduced functionality, simply named DaVinci Resolve (formerly known as DaVinci Resolve Lite).

kdenlive


Kdenlive acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor[5]) is a free and open-source video editing software based on the MLT Framework, KDE and Qt. The project was started by Jason Wood in 2002, and is now maintained by a small team of developers.

With the release of Kdenlive 15.04.0 it became part of the official KDE project.

Kdenlive packages are freely available for Linux, FreeBSD, and Microsoft Windows, and the source code is available under the terms of GNU General Public License version 2 or any later version.


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