Best Free Open-Source Video Editor For Beginners

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There are so many free open-source video editors out there, but almost all of them are not beginner-friendly and very hard to use but don’t worry,  we shortlisted 3 Best Free Open-Source Video Editor For Beginners.

Open-Source Video Editor For Beginners



Pitivi is a free and open-source non-linear video editor for Linux, if you never heard of this video editor, then don’t worry, this project is pretty old, this project started in 2004, and it’s still running.

My favorite thing about this video editor is its clean user interface, and clutter-free timeline, easy-to-use settings, and pretty fast.
This video editor might lack some features but don’t worry, this video editor can still fill your most video editing needs.


OpenShot is a well-known video editor in the open-source community, OpenShot is very easy to use, there is a slight learning curve.

The great thing about this video editor is it is available on all major platforms like Mac, Linux, Windows, and ChromeOS. My only problem is sometimes you can face slowness in video playback.

OpenShot makes video editing simple for both beginners and pros. You can import media into the software by dragging and dropping it into the program, and you can also edit with the clips on the timeline by dragging and dropping. You may add an infinite number of tracks, and instead of each track having a designated “video track” or “audio track,” as most editors do, you can insert any form of material into any track. The extra flexibility might be beneficial as long as you can keep things straight.

The tools and effects provided aren’t revolutionary, but there’s enough to work with, including transitions with real-time previews and keyframe-based animation. 3D animated titles, which OpenShot can perform if you also have the open-source 3D-graphics program Blender installed, are a feature that you won’t find in many other free products (which itself happens to have video-editing capabilities, too).


Shotcut is my favorite,  Shotcut has so many features like Color grading, Keyframes, Video Filters, and many more.

This is a great video editor if you are planning to use it for a long time, but it’s gonna take some time to figure out all the features. 

Shotcut supports a broad range of video and picture formats, including 4K material. However, there is no “Import” button; the program promises “native timeline editing” with no need for import.

However, you can still open and preview files in Shotcut in the same way that you do in other editors, make a “playlist” of the media you’re using for the project, and drag clips onto your timeline. 

The timeline offers complete editing features, including the ability to add tracks, split and trim clips, as well as shortcut buttons for these operations. There is also a wide range of video/audio transitions and stacking filters available, ranging from stabilization to chroma-key (green-screen effects).



If you simply need to conduct fast, rudimentary editing, free, open-source software is a good option. VidCutter succeeds at exactly what its name implies: video cutting. The cross-platform software can import and export the majority of popular formats, including AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, and others.

Its interface (which is available in both light and dark themes) is comprised of simply a few elements: A preview box displays your imported material, and a single-track timeline at the bottom can display thumbnails if you enable it.