Best Film Editing Software For Beginners

Best film editing software for beginners – Easy to use, safe to download software only!

Making film is not really too difficult now. With a smartphone or a portable camera and your own scripts, you are able to start producing nice looking film for sharing with others. Added to that, you will also need a film editing software to polish your raw footage and turn it into a completed movie. As a beginner,  to create a short film, 10 – 15 minutes, you don’t really need an expensive film editor. You can try some simple to use, free software first.

Check out “how to make a Movie” from wiki how first. In this topic, they will guide you through step by step to make a movie. It is really useful.

If you wish you start your professional film editing career, these powerful, but simple to use film editing software can be a great start. Take a look at my below suggestions:

Film Editing Software For Beginners

1. PowerDirector 15 Ultimate

PowerDirector 15 Ultimate is developed by Cyberlink. It is very popular in film editing industry nowadays. This is a simple to use but professional film editing software. With an Action Camera Centre, lots of effects, multicam editing capability, 360 degree true view designer. TrueTheater® Color makes it easy to create Hollywood-style videos with just a click, dynamically adjusts the color saturation in video, intelligently recognizes skin tones in footage and applies only subtle adjustments to these areas, while protecting skin tone from distortion. The only decent of this software is that you’ll need to purchase a license after trial period. >>Read more…

PowerDirector 15 film editing software

Free trial in 30 days is available for PowerDirector 15 with limitations- Download it here

  • 30-day trial version
  • Limited template pack
  • NewBlue effect pack limited to 10 effects
  • Does not include CyberLink WaveEditor
  • Importing and producing H.264 video files is only supported on Windows 10/8.1/8/7 systems or hardware platforms offering independent H.264 encoding and decoding
  • Watermark appears at the beginning of produced videos (5 seconds)
  • 2K/4K resolution H.264 video files are not supported
  • Importing and producing H.265 video files is not available

Download information

  • Language(s): English, Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), German, French, Italian
  • Release Date: 2017-05-15
  • 30-day working trial
  • File Size : 475.22 MB

2. Filmora – An Elegant Film Editor For Beginners

Filmora video editor is one of the option you should take a look. It is a modern, easy to use film editing software that allows users to create nice looking movies, advertising clips or professional, long film from your footage. The intuitive user’s interface and powerful editing features plus tons of effects make Filmora a delicious piece of cake for novices. Filmora video editor can work on both Windows and Mac. Read our full review here!

Filmora User Interface – Easy to navigate

There is no limitation in free trial. You can use all paid features of Filmora with a Watermark on all videos.

3. Lightworks – Free

It is no doubt to say that Lightwoks is the best free film editing software at present time. There are many famous films, such as: The Wolf of Wall Street, The King’s speech or LA Confidential, edited by Lightworks. As a beginner, you should also try this wonderful freeware. It can work on Windows, Mac and Linux. Take a look at our review here!


The new free version, lightworks 14 comes with some unique features:

  • Simple & intuitive User Interface
  • Easy timeline editing & trimming
  • Real time ready to use audio & video FX
  • Access amazing royalty-free audio & video content
  • Lo-Res Proxy workflows for 4K
  • Export video for YouTube/Vimeo, SD/HD, up to 4K

Download and try Lightworks v14.0 here.

4. Shotcut – Free, Open Source

“Shotcut is a free, open source video editor for professionals that has everything you need to create sparkling videos without watermarks with tons of advanced editing features. It can work on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux” – from our previous reviewYes, we highly recommend you to try Shotcut as a handy tool for editing film. Since it is 100% free, publisher does not give any warranty about this product. However, we have tested it and totally happy about what it provides.

Shotcut Features
Shotcut Key Features

5. Movavi Video Editor

Movavi video editor is the most cost-effective film editing software that we have reviewed recently. It has all tools you need to edit and make professional films like any other professional tools with only $35.95 for 1 PC. Movavi video editor has different version for Windows and Mac. Take a look at our full review here.

Movavi editing tool is easy to navigate and use by drag-n-drop into the timeline

Bottom line

Each product has its advantages and disadvantages for sure. The only way to figure out the best software you need is “Give it a try”. 

Share with us what film editing software you are using at the comment box below and how good it is! We love to listen to your voices!

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