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Best Free Video Editing Software – 2020

HitFilm Express

HitFilm Express is a free video editing software with professional-grade VFX tools and everything you need to make awesome content, films or gaming videos. Perfect for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.

System Specs

HitFilm Express is multi-core and GPU accelerated. It has seen some vast improvements under the hood providing superior performance and speed like you’ve never seen before.

  • Apple: macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, or 10.13 High Sierra
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Internet connection: Required for online activation
  • Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors or AMD equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Graphics card:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 600 (Kepler) series (2012)
    • AMD Radeon R5 240 (2013)
    • Intel HD Graphics 5000 (GT3) (2013)
    • Video memory 1 GB minimum (2GB or more required for 4K UHD.)

 Features

  • Revolutionary workflow
  • Video editing
  • Particle simulator
  • A compositor’s toolkit
  • Color correction & grading
  • Keying & extraction
  • Tracking
  • 3D model import
  • Specialized effects
  • File handling
  • System Specs
  • Free training & support

DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 16 is the world’s only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production all in one software tool! You can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also the only solution designed for multi user collaboration so editors, assistants, colorists, VFX artists and sound designers can all work live on the same project at the same time! Whether you’re an individual artist, or part of a large collaborative team, it’s easy to see why DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production and finishing on more Hollywood feature films, television shows and commercials than any other software.

System Specification

Mac, Windows and Linux

DaVinci Resolve runs on all major platforms so you can use it at home or in a post facility on a Mac, at a broadcast facility running Windows, or a VFX studio on Linux. This gives you the freedom to use the platform of your choice, making it easy to integrate with your existing systems and workflows. If you’re running Red Hat or CentOS Linux, you can even build your own workstation using low cost motherboards, extremely fast processors, massive amounts of RAM and up to 8 GPUs. Imagine building your own super computer for incredible real time performance!

  • Apple: macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, or 10.13 High Sierra
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Linux : Red Hat or CentOS Linux (64-bit)
  • Internet connection: Required for online activation
  • Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors or AMD equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Graphics card:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 600 (Kepler) series (2012)
    • AMD Radeon R5 240 (2013)
    • Intel HD Graphics 5000 (GT3) (2013)
    • Video memory 1 GB minimum (2GB or more required for 4K UHD.)

Open and Compatible

With all of the different workflows and systems out there, you need a post production solution that’s compatible and open enough to handle anything! DaVinci Resolve has been designed to work with all major file formats, media types, and post production software. You can use XML, EDLs, or AAF to move projects between DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Premiere Pro. Deep integration with Fusion makes it easy to send shots out for VFX work, or you can roundtrip with software such as After Effects. For audio, projects can easily be moved between DaVinci Resolve and ProTools. When you’re on a tight deadline, you can count on DaVinci Resolve to “just work!”


Media Composer | First

Avid Media Composer First (properly known as Media Composer | First) is the free, entry-level version of Avid’s flagship Media Composer NLE. It’s the non-linear editor standard for countless blockbuster film productions and major television series.

Feature

  • Video editing, FrameFlex, Video effects
  • Timecode tool, Print Timeline, Color Correction
  • Audio editing, Audio effects, Titles
  • Keyboard Mapping
  • Source/Record color differentiation
  • Snap to Edit, Auto-launch Effects Editor
  • Video and audio plugin support
  • Avid Marketplace

Media Composer | First Minimum System Requirements

Windows:

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Windows-based computer
  • Note: Intel i5 Computers and Laptops are not supported.
  • Memory: 16 GB or more recommended; 32 GB or more when working with UHD or high frame rate media; 8 GB minimum
  • Windows OS Compatibility Grid
  • Additional Notes:
    • Media Composer | First requires a 64-bit Windows operating systems
    • Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise
    • Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise
    • Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1 only)

MacOS :

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Apple computers
  • Note: i5 Mac Computers and Laptops are not supported
  • Mac OS X 10.14.5 is now qualified.
  • Memory: 16 GB or more recommended; 32 GB or more when working with UHD or high frame rate media; 8 GB minimum
  • Mac OS Compatibility Grid
  • Additional Note: 
    • Make sure you check the ReadMe for Media Composer | First on the Media Composer | First Documentation page prior to upgrading your OS X. Many times Apple releases a new version that we have not approved yet.  Always check prior to upgrading.

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