A Powerful, Free Video Editor


VSDC Video EditorVSDC Video Editor is a free program for Windows which, as the name suggests, lets you edit videos on your computer. So if you've used a digital video camera or phone to capture some video clips and you want to turn them into something more professional, this is the software you need. You can easily cut out the things you don't want. As for the bits you want to keep, you can split them into separate scenes and then rearrange them as you wish.

The program is pretty powerful, and will probably take a while to master. But it's certainly worth persevering as this free program is packed with features that will make your videos stand out.

You'll find the download at http://www.videosoftdev.com/free-video-editor and it's around 35 MB. It's malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. There's also a Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FlashIntegro with some useful tutorials.

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The editor looks decent enough. Simple controls, RibbonUI, straightforward NLE design. It uses only 100MB of harddrive space so that is a major plus. It launches very slowly though. It seems to load a lot of stuff during launch. It also starts with a splash screen nagging to upgrade to the pro version.

When exporting, it will again nag you to purchase the pro version because "hardware acceleration" is a pro feature. You can click continue to disregard the nag screen, or just go to options > acceleration options > uncheck use hardware acceleration for encoding video to remove the export nag screen. It does "feel" a tad slow to encode.

VSDC likes to crash when you change the video resize mode to supersampling or lanczos interpolation from linear interpolation, especially when you've already encoded a video from the latter.

When you install this editor, it also comes with a video capture app and a screen recorder app.

Overall, it seems okay for moderate editing and touch-ups, but it is not as "professional" looking or as powerful as say Hitfilm4 or Da Vinci Recode. But it is definitely a capable nonlinear video editor.

Thanks for the excellent review. That's exactly the kind of information which is useful.

DaVinci Resolve is the Editor's Choice with 5 stats. This one only got 4.

I usually use Avidemux, which is free and open source. It's easier to use than many video editors, but it also has many powerful features, and handles all normal video formats.

If you just want to cut and paste, or link a few clips together with simple transitions, or convert from one format or size to another, or use filters to sharpen or brighten a clip, or get the sound in sync, etc., it's quick and simple to do.

I tried this some months ago. My main recollection is that if couldn't get it to be "frame accurate" and it was unnecessarily complicated, though I admit that my memory of it is vague. To me, the best free editor is Avidemux (preferred), or Freemake (fewer features but far simpler).

Thanks for the tip.
How does this software compare with the highly recommended ones in the "Best Free Video Editing" list? See http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-video-editing-program.htm.

Since I've tried most of the video editors listed therein, I can say it's a standard NLE. It doesn't have the color capabilities of Da Vinci Recode. It is easy to use compared to most NLE but not as easy or as powerful as Hitfilm 4.

It's a middle-of-the-road editor. If you don't need a professional-grade editor like the two programs I said above, then it's no worse than any of the rest.