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Free Editing Software

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I would add FastFlix to Fan Edit Basics. It's similar to Handbrake, but is designed exclusively for UHD content.
 

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VSDC Video Editor Pro

VSDC Video Editor Pro non-linear video editing suite for creating a movie of any complexity – from a family card, a drone or action camera clip in the UHD quality to a business presentation with a wide array of charts and diagrams.

Key features:

  • Import from any devices and cams, including GoPro and drones. All formats supported. Сurrently it is the only free video editor that allows users to export in a new H265/HEVC codec, something essential for those working with 4K and HD
  • Everything for hassle-free basic editing: cut, crop and merge files, add titles and favorite music, outline text
  • Visual effects, advanced color correction, LUTs and trendy Instagram-like filters
  • All multimedia processing done from one app: video editing capabilities reinforced by a video converter, a screen capture, an audio recorder, a video capture, a disc burner and a YouTube uploader
  • Non-linear editing: edit several files with simultaneously
  • Easy export to social networks: special profiles for YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter and Instagram
  • 3D and 360 video editor: convenient editing of panoramic and VR footage
  • High quality export – no conversion quality loss, double export speed even of HD files due to hardware acceleration
  • Stabilization tool: turn your shaky or jittery footage into a more stable video automatically
    Voice over: record your speech in sync with your video.
  • Essential toolset for professional video editing: blending modes, Mask tool, advanced multiple-color Chroma Key, free transform tool, Audio Spectrum and noise remover

I personally have tried several free editing software's and some of the less expensive paid ones. I always come back to VSDC. They are making more and more improvements, adding new features and I can do pretty much anything I need to do with it. I was able to either figure out on my own or find a YouTube video easily enough to use this with zero training (unless you want to count the occasional YouTube video lol).
 

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I've mostly used Shotcut myself, which is good but a little prone to crashing (which has taught me to save obsessively, haha). But I've heard a lot of good things about Da Vinci Resolve, curious if anybody has any thoughts on that one.
 

The Scribbling Man

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Not exactly editing software, but I thought this was worth mentioning. A lot of great audio plugins now available for free for a limited time (about 11 days). Worth about £800. Possibly more interesting for the musicians among us, but certainly also something that could be handy for some audio editing situations in fanediting: https://www.native-instruments.com/...6_3Hw8xZrTdkOFAnyGZned3dcqyVd7-SmXQe9Ze65yImc
 

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I've mostly used Shotcut myself, which is good but a little prone to crashing (which has taught me to save obsessively, haha). But I've heard a lot of good things about Da Vinci Resolve, curious if anybody has any thoughts on that one.
I first started fan editing on Shotcut, but when someone recommended Resolve to me, I gave it a try, and since then, I've never looked back. I will let you know ahead of time that it can be a little daunting at first, but there are plenty of videos on YouTube that come with some great explanations. Plus, the Help section on Resolve contains both a manual, and a link to some training videos to help get you started! So, all in all, yes, I recommend trying out Resolve if you haven't!
 

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My recommendation is do what I did. Try out the different free ones and ask yourself if you can create what you want with that software? How easy is it for you to do it with that software? Can you get into more complex projects that you have in mind for the future with it? Then pick the one that will suit you best. I feel like everyone has their favorite and there is no right or wrong answer here. It's really up to you.
 
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