6 best lightweight video editing software [2020 Guide]

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VideoPad Video Editor

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VideoPad Video Editor is a great intuitive and easy to use video editing software. Beginners will particularly benefit from its drag-and-drop modeled timeline.

This video editor comes with a wide range of special effects and transitions, which can all be applied to make videos that are more attractive.

It also comes with the option to directly share edited videos on social media platforms such as Facebook or YouTube.

Among its range of video transition and effects options are 3D video editing, overlaying text for captions/credits, chroma key green screen video production, a range of visual effects templates, 2D to 3D stereoscopic conversion, and a wide range of video clip transitions.

One of the most notable features of this application is its ability to create stop-motion animation. This means that it can import image sequence from your videos to create a GIF.

VideoPad Video Editor also comes with a range of video optimization options, including Fine-tuning of colors, slowing down/speeding up of videos, reverse video clip playback, video stabilization, adding digital images/photos, creation/import-export of subtitles and other visual effects.

VideoPad Video Editor also has plugin support for thoughts of third-party tools and effects, truly making it an all in one software. This software is free of cost for non-commercial use.

Download VideoPad Video Editor.

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VirtualDub is another great lightweight video editor for Windows 10. It is an open-source software, which means that it is available free of cost and is supported by its community.

VirtualDub comes with a user-friendly interface that makes tasks like adding/deleting files, cropping side bars and rotating videos seem as intuitive as its general range of features.

Apart from editing videos, it also doubles as a simple video format converter.

VirtualDub supports video capturing. What this means is that you will not have to import your files every time you want to edit them.

Furthermore, it also allows for extending files using third-party video filters. Finally, it also supports batch processing, which means that it can handle multiple video files simultaneously.

Some beginners have reported difficulty in understanding how VirtualDub works. Furthermore, it has been reported to be prone to delivering poor performances at times.

These are but prices to pay for its free cost.

Download VirtualDub.

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Windows Movie Maker

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It would almost be a sin to exclude good old Windows Movie Maker from this list. This movie editor is available for free in any Windows OS.

It comes with all the basic video editing features, including cropping, splitting, trimming and merging.

It also comes with a range of other features such as slowing down and speeding up videos, and adding a range of special effects and transitions to make attractive videos.

The best things about Windows Movie Maker are its timeline feature (which makes editing easier), virtually no compatibility issue thanks to its wide range of input/output options, and its free cost. However, one notable disadvantage is the lack of video cutting features.

There you go, these are the best lightweight video editing software that you can install on your PC. If you’ve got other software suggestions, lets us know in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in other video software products, check out our wide collection of guides.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.