Video editing software

There are several free video editing software packages depending on the type of computer you are using.

  • Windows - Windows Movie Maker
  • Mac - iMovie
  • Linux - OpenShot

MovieMaker and iMovie are usually pre-installed but you will need to download OpenShot yourself - get it here. If you need to download iMovie you can get it on the AppStore here and if you need MovieMaker you can download it here.

Editing video with Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a good tool for getting started with basic video editing. You can import video clips, images, and audio and edit them into a single custom video. The main drawback to this programme is that it is so simple. If you need any more advanced editing tools then you will need to look into an alternative piece of software. There are a variety of free and paid apps available.

Watch the following video to see how to get started with Movie Maker.

Windows also provides a selection of guides and helpful information on their Movie Maker Support page if you would like help on one specific aspect of Movie Maker.

Editing video with iMovie

iMovie is a slightly more advance video editor than Windows MovieMaker and is suitable for many editing projects. You can import video clips, photos, music, sound effects into multiple project libraries and edit them into custom videos. There are are a wide variety of visual effects and tools you can use to make your video look just how you want it. It is also available in an app version for use on iPads and iPhones. If you need any more advanced editing tools then you will need to look into an alternative piece of software. There are a variety of free and paid apps available.

Watch the following video for a guide on how to get started using iMovie.

Apple also provides a selection of helpful guides and support material on their iMovie Support page. Links to some of the most commonly needed help pages are below:

Editing video with Open Shot

Open Shot is a free open-source video editor for Linux. It is available to download on the Open Shot website. Open Shot is great for those starting out with video editing. It will allow you to add photos, videos and audio files and, edit the footage, and add features like sub-titles, transitions and effects.

Watch the following video to learn how to get started with Open Shot.

Open Shot also has extensive help guides and forums on their website help pages. Links to some of the most commonly needed help pages are below: