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Free and Easy-to-Use Video Editing Software Programs

Try These Alternatives to Expensive and Complicated Programs


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So you want to add digital video news reports to your blog or website, but you can't afford - and don't have time to learn - expensive and complex video editing software. Here are some options that will allow you to do basic video editing quickly and cheaply.

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is free, easy-to-use software that will let you do basic video editing, including the ability to add titles, music and transitions. But beware: Many users say the program crashes frequently, so when you're editing a video save your work frequently. Otherwise you may lose everything you've done and have to start again.

YouTube Video Editor

YouTube is the world's most popular video upload site, so it makes sense that it offers a basic video editing program. But the emphasis here is on BASIC. You can trim your clips and add simple transitions and music, but that's about it. And you can only edit videos that you've already uploaded to YouTube.


iMovie is Apple's equivalent of Windows Movie Maker. It comes installed free on Macs. Users say it's a good basic editing program, but if you don't have a Mac, you're out of luck.


Wax is free video editing software that's a bit more sophisticated than the other programs mentioned here. But its greater sophistication means a steeper learning curve. Some users say it can be tricky to learn.

Video Spin

A straightforward editing program from Pinnacle, but not entirely free. After the 15-day trial period you have to pay, otherwise you won't be able to create or edit MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX, 3GP, MOV or Dolby Digital 2 Channel files.

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