Great free video editing software can be tricky, because so much has to go into the software, but we found a few that are pretty awesome. Remember, that you’ll need a fast computer to do any video editing - the faster, the better.
- Virtual Dub: this open source video editing program is fairly easy to use, but you might need to look for some third-party add-ons to give it a full range of functionality.
- Wax: this free software lets you create 2D and 3D effects and can be used as a simple stand-alone program or as a plug-in for more advanced software like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere.
There are a ton of image editing options out there, but not all of them give you a lot of functionality. Maybe they’ll let you crop, auto-fix colors and add some filters, but here are a few options that give you way more functionality.
- Inkscape: this vector graphics editor comes with some of the same functionality as Illustrator, but it’s totally free. There’s also a lot documentation, best practices and usage suggestions that are really helpful.
- Paint.NET: this software runs on Windows computers only, but is akin to Inkscape in its features and records every one of your actions so you can always go back to change something.
- FotoFlexer: the web-based tool lets you add layers, animation and various effects. It’s not terribly robust, but it’ll help in a pinch.
You can’t have a free audio editor list without including Audacity; it’s pretty much everyone’s favorite free audio editing software. It’s easy, but offers a ton of features. BUT we like to think outside the box here, so we’ve rounded up a few other options for you.