Here are the two free video editing software I use daily. These tools are easy and have the feature I need. As they serve my need, I don’t need to buy any expensive video editing software. Although I can always use more features of paid program, I have not intention for upgrading these software anytime soon.
Windows Movie Maker
For ease, I have been using Windows Movie Maker for the last two years. Although the video editor is pretty basic and doesn’t have much feature, this is the best video editor for making slideshows and basic video editing experience.
The software supports video formats ASF, AVI, DVR-MS, M1V, MP2, MP2V, MPE, MPEG, MPG, MPV2, WM, WMV. In audio it supports AIF, AIFC, AIFF, ASF, AU, MP2, MP3, MPA, SND, WAV, WMA formats. The output however is Windows Media Video (WMV) or DV AVI format. The software has the basic editing functions like crop, trim, rotate, joining of videos. The program is usually included in Windows operating system. If not, you can download it from Microsoft website. The program doesn’t work in any other OS.
If you are looking for a free video editor for simple cutting, filtering and encoding of your video, Avidemux might be the right choice. The video editor uses a variety of codecs and supports AVI, MPEG files, MP4 and ASF. It also features task automation feature for projects job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
I have been using this tool to trimming and cropping videos.
The software is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license. More about Avidemux.
And, the one I didn’t use is VirtualDub. I heard a lot about this Open Source video editor and tried using it. One biggest hurdle was that it won’t open the files I usually create in my camera.
VirtualDub is an open source and light-weight video editing software. There are a number of VirtualDub filters that can be applied for added functionality. I haven’t used VirtualDub as it can’t open MP4 files. The software is considered best at processing AVI files. (download VirtualDub here)
Another video tool – a video player, not an editor has also been useful in creating the screenshots of the videos. I have written a tutorial on using the Media Player Classic to create video screenshots.