No matter if content creation is your hobby, side hustle or full-time job, one is for certain, it is expensive. New cameras, lenses, tripods, lighting, microphones and many more things cost a lot of money with no way around it. After investing a lot of money into your equipment, you are probably looking into proper software in order to edit your content in the most professional way possible. While there are many paid services out there, in this article I am giving you my top 3 free video editing software, so you can give your wallet a break.
In this article I am introducing you to my top 3 free editing tools, which I use every single day to edit my content. These tools are 100% but do offer a paid version for more features.
Free video editing software in 2021
DaVinci Resolve 16
DaVinci Resolve 16 is a video editing software which operates on MacOS, Windows as well as Linux and is developed by Blackmagic Design. Formerly known as DaVinci Resolve Lite, the free version now operates under the name DaVinci Resolve. After familiarizing yourself with the free version, Blackmagic also offers a paid video editing software, DaVinci Resolve Studio. This version of the product brings more tools to the table for you to get more out of your content.
Since this article is about FREE tools, we are taking a closer look at DaVinci Resolve 16. Do not underestimate this software simply because it is free.
The software offers everything you might need when it comes to editing videos for your social media pages. Starting from the beginning DaVinci Resolve can do simple video cuts, transitions, multiple layers, overlaid text, images or videos, as well previewing the changes before finalizing. Once carve your video out of hours and hours of video material, you can head over to the color correction tab. Here DaVinci Resolve offers you medium to advanced color correction options so you can make the video look the best it can.
If your video contains audio, DaVinci Resolve can help you with that as well. From noise suppression to noise gates, to changing your voice, there is a button for everything. The software also offers you the option of a voice over, allowing you to watch your edited video and speaking over it at the same time.
The very last tab of DaVinci Resolve is the most interesting and most advanced tab this software has to offer, animation and special video effects. The software aims to be your one stop shop for all video related needs, giving you the option of creating custom intros for your YouTube or Instagram videos.
In summary, DaVinci Resolve offers every feature you need to make the most out of your video content from cutting, to color correction, over audio mixing all the way to animation. Due to the popularity of the software, there are plenty of tutorials out there to answer any problems or questions you might run into.
DaVinci Resolve does come with one downfall and that is it heavily depends on your PC’s RAM. For the software to run and preview changes smoothly it uses a lot of RAM.
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Canva or Snappa
After editing my YouTube videos or any other videos for my social media platforms, I head over to Canva or Snappa. Canva and Snappa are two different companies but offer the same services. For the purpose of this article I will refer only to Canva, since I am most familiar with this platform.
Canva is a simple photo and image editing website, not a software and therefore does not require any downloads, you simply must create an account and log in.
After successfully creating an account you can now edit your images in Canva. While Canva offers a paid monthly subscription, the only difference is that with the pro version, you get more premade backgrounds, filters, emojis and stock images.
So, what can Canva do for you as a content creator? If you need YouTube thumbnails, Instagram posts, Twitter or YouTube channel, Canva is your place to get it done. Canva has a library of most social media image sizes and premade posts that you can easily edit and make your own piece of unique content. I personally use Canva mostly for my YouTube thumbnails. I get my backgrounds, emojis, elements, as well as basic filters from Canva, then add a personal image on it, create some text and download the file in high resolution.
When you decide to create a piece of content, Canva will ask you what the piece of content is for, for example, is it a YouTube thumbnail, channel art or something else. It will then provide you with the correct pixel sizes for that piece of content and give you premade options with text and image placeholders that you can use.
While Canva is incredibly easy to navigate through it does come with some downfalls. While Canva offers a lot of filters, what it is lacking are basic image editing tools, which leads us to the next free piece of software for content creators
Gimp is the last piece of software we are discussing in this article. In basic words, Gimp is the free and accessible for anyone, photoshop. Gimp is a software and not a website, therefore requiring a download, but no account sign up.
Gimp, as DaVinci Resolve, can be very overwhelming at the beginning with all the tools it offers to edit your images, but the layout is very simple and self-explanatory. Gimp offers simple tools, for example moving an image around, cropping certain parts out or filling certain parts in.
I use Gimp before finishing my piece of content in Canva and what I use Gimp mostly for are 2 different tools. Gimp provides a tool with which you can precisely cut out a piece out of an image. For example, I cut myself out of a regular image, so I can use the cut out later in Canva.
Besides the cut-out function I also use Gimp to optimize my image’s color, sharpness or blur and color correction in general.
One advantage Gimp has over many other services is its popularity. Gimp can be used on any operating system out there and is also used in a lot of school’s beginner computer classes due to it being free. With this kind of heavy usage, a lot of people created everything from simple videos walking you through the software to extensive articles on certain effects all the way to full paid courses.
Due to Gimp’s simple layout, it is friendly on your CPU and does not require a lot of computing power in comparison to photoshop.
And there you have it. Three completely free tools that you can use to bring your next piece of amazing content to the next level, without breaking the bank.