Best Free Video Editing Software 2018

Best free video editing software 2018 for Windows, Mac and Linux. The best free and powerful video editing software you can try in 2018. No watermark & No trial video editors.

Why do you need free video editing software?

Video editing software is a great tool to edit your raw footage and transform it into stunning videos whether you want to create professional Hollywood films or a short marketing videos for a your company’s product/ service. There are lots of options to consider in 2018, both professional & free software. In comparison with professional video editing software, the free ones may be a little bit more difficult to use and sometimes lack of advanced features. However, there are still some really good free programs that worth trying out there.

In today’s post, I will show you 5 best free video editing software, no watermark and no trial, that you can try in 2018. These software can be used on Windows, Mac or Linux. These free tools come with below common features:

  • Simple to use interface.
  • Have necessary tools to cut, trim, crop video and export video into various output formats.
  • No watermark, no trial.
  • Safe to download.
  • Lightweight.
  • No subscription is needed.

Comparison of the best free video editors 2018

Product VSDC Lightworks v14 Shotcut ActivePresenter Davinci Resolve 14
Platform Windows Windows/ Mac/ Linux Windows/ Mac/Linux Windows/Mac Windows/ Mac/ Linux
Our ratings


8/10 7/10 9/10 9/10
Best for Screencast/ YouTube Home movies/ Ads video Marketing/ YouTube Screencast/Training/ Educational Making Film
Interface type Classic Pro Classic Slide-based Pro
Simple to use 6/10 8/10 8/10 8/10 7/10
Cut, trim, rotate, split, join video Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add text to video Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Annotation tools Yes No No Yes No
Built-in screen recorder Yes No No Yes No
Picture in picture Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zoom-n-Pan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blur effect Yes No No Yes No
Export options Great Max. 720p Great Great/ HTML5 Great
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Okay! Let’s getting started now!

Top 5 best free video editing software 2018

1. VSDC – Best free video editor for Windows – No watermark

It is no surprise that VSDC is still the top choice in the list of free video editing software in 2018 on windows. For those who have been using this software to create a video tutorial on how to use the product would totally agree with me. This free software is great for the purpose of making how-to video, product demos. >>Read more


VSDC Free video editor Review 2018

2. Lightworks v14 – Best cross platforms free video editor

Lightworks pro is one of the most popular video editing software in the world today. With the information I read on its official website, Edit share will receive the 2017 Emmy Award Winner in April 2018 in the technology & engineering category. It is really good news for them. However, what I’m more interested in is their free video editor: lightworks version 14. It deserves to stand in the ranks of the best free video editing software for multiple platforms. Lightworks 14 provides you all tools you need to edit your footage to transform it to polished, Hollywood style movies quịckly. It is totally free and will not leave a watermark on exported video. Windows, Mac and Linux users can download and try it for free. >>Read more..

Special notice: Lightworks V14 will only export your video in 720p quality only. If you need higher quality, you’ll need to update to Lightworks Pro.

Lightworks 2018

3. Shotcut – Best open source free video editor

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k.

Shotcut was originally conceived in November, 2004 by Charlie Yates, an MLT co-founder and the original lead developer (see the original website). The current version of Shotcut is a complete rewrite by Dan Dennedy, another MLT co-founder and its current lead. Dan wanted to create a new editor based on MLT and he chose to reuse the Shotcut name since he liked it so much. He wanted to make something to exercise the new cross-platform capabilities of MLT especially in conjunction with the WebVfx and Movit plugins. >>Read more..


4. ActivePresenter – Best free video editor for YouTube

ActivePresenter is one of the best free video editing software with a high quality screen recorder and professional features for creating video tutorials, product demos and online training videos. For YouTubers, using ActivePresenter can help you save tons of time and effort in creating a screencast. ActivePresenter is completely free to download and use for non-commercial purposes. Windows and Mac Users can try it. >>Read more.. 

ActivePresenter Editing tools

5. Davinci Resolve 14 – Best professional free video editor

DaVinci Resolve 14 has hundreds of professional new features for editors, colorists and now, for the first time, audio professionals. The new playback engine dramatically increases responsiveness with up to 10x better performance for editors. You also get a whole new page with the full Fairlight audio post production tools that let you record, edit, mix, sweeten and master sound with full 3D audio space and up to 1000 channels. Colorists will find amazing new Resolve FX that include automatic facial recognition and tracking for quickly smoothing skin tones, brightening eyes, changing lip color and more! Plus, DaVinci Resolve 14 features revolutionary new multi user collaboration tools such as bin locking, chat and timeline merging that allow editors, colorists, and sound editors to all work on the same project at the same time! All these new features make DaVinci Resolve 14 the world’s most advanced post production software!

Davinci Resolve 14 Professional Studio can be purchased on Amazon at $299 with lots of advanced features and enhancements. View it now!

Davinci Resolve 14
Davinci Resolve 14

Bottom line

If you are not satisfied with the software I mentioned above, please refer to the list of under $100 professional video editing software for Windows and Mac here. I would love to hear from you. Please share with me the software you know. Remember to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.

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  1. A note on resolve 14 , the face detection and colab fearures ar only avalable in the payed wersion (USD 299) call Resolve studio and npot in the free version, noice reduction (video not audio) also requiers Resolve studio.

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