So you’ve just started your YouTube channel. You have great plans to upload videos about your favourite video games – but where do you start?
It can be daunting to know what to do next, but your first step should be finding a good video editor to work with.
There are tens of dozens of video editing suites available, and some of them can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to use. If you’re just starting out, you of course don’t want to be forking over huge amounts of money. Thankfully, there are a number of free video editors available. Some of them have limitations over what you’re able to do, but there are some that will do everything you need – and more – without ever having to pay a penny.
We’ve chosen the three best free video editing tools below.
What sets InVideo apart from the crowd is that fact that it doesn’t add any sort of watermark to your free videos. Other software might put its own branding on top of your work, but not InVideo. You don’t even have to download anything – everything happens right in your browser. That means it works on any computer, as long as you have an internet connection. A paid version is available, but you can get started completely free.
You can create a video in as little as five minutes, with thousands of templates to choose from. You can add images and videos from a library (or your own), along with stickers and text to overlay and decorate your video.
It even boasts advanced features, like auto text-to-speech. Editing videos couldn’t be simpler, either, with easy-to-use tools to cut, trim and crop clips, create a composite image or apply brand presets. Oh, and if you ever get stuck, it offers 24/7 live chat support, too. What more could you want?
Shotcut is a completely different type of program to InVideo. It’s completely free to download and use, with no payment ever required. It offers you unrivalled and advanced editing over your videos.
However, it has a very high bar for entry, with even simple tasks being fairly complex to learn. If you’re just starting out with video editing, chances are you’ll find Shotcut very difficult to use. But if you put in the time to learn, it gives you full freedom over your creations. If you’re looking for something quick and easy to use, though, this isn’t it. There are no preset templates or stickers here; you’ll need to create everything completely from scratch.
Movie Maker Online
Like InVideo, Movie Maker Online doesn’t require any sort of download. You don’t even need to sign up – simply head to the website and you can start making. You can add your own files, as well as use stock images and select music from a royalty-free library.
However, Movie Maker Online’s layout is not quite as intuitive to use, and you’ll find your screen taken up by adverts as you’re trying to edit. Its interface allows plenty of customisation to your video clips, though it takes some getting used to, with the layout and options available not being very intuitive. Still, stick with it, and you’ll end up with a fully edited video, completely free of charge.