VSDC Free Video Editor Review- A Decent Video Editing Software For Windows

VSDC free Video Editor is one of the most powerful and professional video editors we’ve tried. It provides a sublime video editing package and ability to export project into various formats without leaving a freaking watermark on the output like other free video editors.

What is VSDC?

VSDC is one of the most powerful and decent free video editors that works perfectly on Windows we’ve ever reviewed so far. This freeware provides everything you need to create instructional tutorial videos, attractive movies that everyone can learn quickly. It’s simple to use, lightweight, tons of effects and capable of doing most of the work without steep learning curve requirements. As you know, watermark and feature restriction are the most annoying things you’ll have to overcome when using a free video editor. These things don’t happen with VSDC free video editor. You can download and use it completely free here.

There is a paid version of VSDC which cost around $19.99 per lifetime for those of you who want to speed up your video rendering speed, advance chroma key effect, and some other extra features. But for free users, there’s no reason to spend your money when its free version is more than enough.

I received VSDC Video Editor Pro License couple days ago from VSDC marketing team as they want ask me making more video tutorials on my YouTube channel like the one you watched earlier at the beginning of this post. I am very happy to upgrade as VSDC is one of my favorite free video editors which I am currently using a lot. So thanks very much VSDC team. I will definitely make more video tutorials about VSDC in near future.

VSDC Pro Editor
Advance Chroma Key in VSDC Pro Version

VSDC Free Video Editor Pros

  • It provides full array of video editing features, lots of video effects and transitions.
  • Completely free to use without any restriction.
  • Simple to use enough for novices and casual users.
  • There is a screen recorder you can use to make how-to tutorials for YouTube.
  • Export video up to 4K.
  • Great video rendering speed.
  • No watermark on the output.

VSDC Free Video Editor Cons

  • The interface and the workflow are slightly different compare to other classic timeline video editors on the market.
  • Poor technical support from developers.
  • Not compatible to macOS or Linux. It’s for Windows only.

Our Thoughts

VSDC free video editor is a great option for casual and mid-level users to create home movies for uploading to YouTube, Facebook or Instagram. It’s worth a try if you are tired of fake free video editors with output watermarks you’ve tried. Click here to learn more about this program.

How to use VSDC Free Video Editor?

When starting the program, there are various options for you to choose such as: Blank project, Create slideshow, Import content, Video capture or Screen capture. They also arrange their top features tutorial at the bottom of the starting screen for you to learn how to use it correctly.

VSDC free video editor interface
VSDC Free video editor starting screen

User Friendly interface

Once you choose Blank project, the interface will appear where you can find all editing tools around the preview window and the project Scene on the left, property panel on the right. Well, if you are familiar with some famous screencasting tools like Camtasia or ActivePresenter, it is easy to recognize that VSDC has almost the same work flow and the same way of editing video. We can navigate all the basic tools on the editor while some special effect like Chroma key, Video Stabilization or Blender, adjust audio wave form we need to go further with their detail tutorial. But, don’t worry! All of these tutorials are available on YouTube. In the editor, if you don’t want to hide some tools, then go to VIEW to customize what you want to show on the editor.

VSDC Free Video Editor Interface
VSDC free video editor interface
VSDC Layout Options

Import video/images for editing in VSDC free video editor

I am pretty sure that editing video in VSDC is far more simple than many other professional video editor in the world now. In order to start editing video, you need to add a new scene to the project. Then you can start adding video, audio or images into the editor for editing. For creating quick videos, you can Run the Sequence Wisard which is optimized for creating simple video from multiple files.

Basic video editing tools in VSDC

VSDC free video editor allows you to cut, trim unwanted parts of your video as well as join/ merge multiple video and apply tons of transition effects quickly like any other professional video editing software. You can also add chart, animation, shapes as well as Text or import a subtitle for your video too.

Advanced video editing tools in VSDC

As I mentioned in the first part of this article, when starting VSDC, there will be some advanced video editing features tutorial where they show up about how to add video effect, UHD & HD editing capability as well as maksing tools, 3D pro charts or Multimedia combiner and so on. All these descriptions you can read in the publisher’s description down here. So, what I like best in VSDC’s advanced editing tools are: The Chroma key and the masking tool. These advanced features in VSDC is really impressive if we make a comparison among the best free video editors.

Exporting video options in VSDC

Once you have finished your project, you will need to export (or render) you video into the output format you need. VSDC provide many options for users to export the project. You can choose an option to export project to PC which will allows you to save file as AVI, MPG, WMV, MKV, RM SWF or FLV. You can also burn your video into DVD, VCD or export it to use on your iPhone or iPad in M4V. That’s not to mention about exporting video to Web option including: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, WebM, GIF and many more.

I have tested VSDC to render a 20 minutes length video on my Windows 7, Dell XPS 13, Ram 4G, Core i5 processor and the rendering time is far more than I expected. I don’t remember exactly the number but it just 1-2 minutes slower than Camtasia Studio 9 (I reviewed Camtasia just 1 day before VSDC).


Q. Is VSDC video editor free?

A. Yes, it is completely free to download and use without any feature limitation.

Q. Can VSDC free video editor work on Mac and Linux?

A. No, it’s a pitty that it has only Windows version.

Q. Can I record my computer screen with VSDC?

A. Yes, you can. There is a built-in, high quality screen recorder in this video editor.

Q. Where can I download VSDC Free Video editor?

A. Click this link to download it!

Q. Is there any other free software like VSDC?

A. Yes, you can try ActivePresenter.

Read This Publisher’s Description

Vsdc-video effect

The video editor is intended for editing video files and creating videos of any complexity involving various visual and audio effects. The program offers rich functionality and yet has a simple and intuitive interface, allowing you to create videos with a bare minimum of efforts.

Non-linear video editor
Our editor is a non-linear tool. This means that unlike in most other editors, where scenes come one after another in a linear sequence and certain order, our software allows objects to be placed in any position on the timeline and have any size. Besides, various parameters, shape and position of objects can change arbitrarily over time.

Visual and audio effects
You can apply various visual and audio effects to your videos to achieve the necessary result. Since the number of available visual effect is very high, they are split into five categories for ease of navigation: color correction, object transformation, object filters, transition effects and special fx.

Blending modes and Instagram-like filters
One more way of changing the look of your video image according to your preferences is color blending. Using a wide array of adjustable parameters, you can attach a unique professional style to your video. Newbies or those, who would like to save time, can benefit from stylish Instagram-like filters applied in one click.

VSDC Free Video Editor allows for creating different shaped masks for hiding, blurring or highlighting certain elements in your video. You can use it to apply special effects inside or outside the masked area. One of the most common reasons for masking are to blur a face to protect the identity or remove unwanted marks.

Easy export to social networks
To prepare a video for Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Vimeo without any problems, VSDC Free Video Editor offers you special export profiles which significantly reduce the stress of selecting a suitable format and meeting all the requirements.

Subpixel accuracy
Objects in a scene are positioned with subpixel accuracy, which makes for smooth animation, rotation, transformation and precise relative positioning.

Support of popular formats
Our software supports virtually all video, image and audio formats and codecs. That is why you won’t need any additional conversion tools to edit your files, as is often the case with other programs.

4K and HD export
VSDC is currently the only free video editor that allows you to export in a new H265/HEVC codec to maintain the highest quality at a minimum file size which is essential for those often processing 4K and HD files.

Creation of videos for specific multimedia devices
Thanks to a large set of preconfigured profiles, you can easily create videos for most popular multimedia devices, such as DVD players, iPod/iPhone/iPad, PSP, any smartphones and regular phones, Sony PlayStation, Xbox, Zune, Archos, iRiver, Creative Zen, Blackberry, MP4 players and many others.

Working with charts
You can create diagrams of different kinds, including 3D diagrams: Bar, Stacked Bar, Point, Bubble, Line, Scatter Line, Fast Line, Step Line, Spline, Area, Spline Area, Stacked Area, Stacked Spline Area, Range Bar, Gantt, Pie, Pie 3D, Torus 3D, Radar Point, Radar Line, Radar Area, Radar Spline, Radar Spline Area, Funnel, Pyramid, Pyramid 3D, High Low, Candle Stick. These objects can be based on dynamically changing data of different types. Besides, the appearance of diagrams is fully customizable (appearance of charts, coordinate axes, user-defined axes, legends, names of charts and axes, lines, labels and other elements), which will help you tailor them to your specific needs. Integrated color themes make it possible to quickly change the way your charts look.

Video library (to be included in the next program release)
The editor software lets you create your own library of multimedia files with brief or detailed descriptions. This will help you organize your video collection and simplify access to the necessary files.

Video stabilization tool
Footage taken from drones, action cameras or other devices on the go often needs improvement. VSDC Stabilization tool, as your virtual tripod, helps remove jitter or any other shaking effects, caused by camera movement and turn it into a much smoother video image.

YouTube uploader
VSDC Free Video Editor not only provides ready-made profiles for exporting to social networks, but also offers you to upload your video directly to YouTube right from the app without switching windows or tabs.

Built-in DVD burning tool
The editor comes with a DVD burning tool, allowing you to easily burn the results of your work to optical discs.

Video File Converter
The application is designed to quickly convert video files from one format to another. It has some basic features for editing videos: removing unneeded segments, splitting your video into parts, and merging several files into one.

Desktop video capture
The video editor features a desktop video capture utility that saves captured footage to a video file for subsequent processing in the editor.

Video capturing
Another feature of the our editor is the ability to capture video from various video tuners, webcams, IP сamera and save the captured footage on your computer in an arbitrary format for subsequent editing.

Bottom line

In the lineup of free video editing software we’ve reviewed, VSDC is one of the best options for novices and intermediate users to try. The program is not as easy to use as other paid programs. However, it is completely free to use without watermarks, or feature restriction. It’s a great choice as many other freeware out there don’t even let you to export your video in full length. I highly recommend you try this software if you’re on Windows, and don’t have a budget for video editing software.

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Closest contender: ActivePresenter – The best screen recorder & video editor for Windows and Mac.

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8 thoughts on “VSDC Free Video Editor Review- A Decent Video Editing Software For Windows

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  1. Hi Johnny, please go back to the beginning of the post where I say”you can download it here”. I will modify the post to add download link at the bottom when I am back to the office.

  2. I am impressed by this program review – one question though: Is it possible to record my screen by pressing a button (for example, F11) rather than having to manually enable the recording to begin, as I have tried to run a video game on my PC (Windows) before, and it only worked with the former option, otherwise it would close down before the recording even began?

  3. Your feature descriptions don’t specifically say that you can do time lapse video. Can it? If so, do you just connect individual photos into a video? It looks like your software is capable of doing most other common video editing.

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