If you are looking to make some basic edits to your existing videos or movies out of photos by adding transition effects and music then you don’t have to install a dedicated software. You can do that using a free online video editor. The good thing about online editors is that some of them even let you directly share edited videos with your friends and family or upload to cloud services like Google Drive.
Earlier, I was using YouTube’s video editor for basic video editing. But unfortunately, on September, 2017, YouTube got rid of their browser based video editor. Although, you can still do basic enhancements like trim, blur, and filter etc. through YouTube’s Video Manager but if you are looking for better alternative, here are some of the best online video editors you should try.
Best Online Video Editors
With all its menus and multiple timelines, WeVideo’s user interface looks a lot like your regular desktop video editor. Using WeVideo, you can edit up to 4K videos, add voiceovers, create greenscreen effects, add motion titles, create slow-motion videos, add music from music library, etc. Most of all, WeVideo supports uploading and saving your incomplete or completed projects directly to their cloud storage service or to Google Drive and Box.
Price: The base version is free but it is limited to 5 minutes of publishing time per month and supports a max resolution up to 480p. To increase or remove the limits, you need to upgrade to one of their paid plans called Power, Unlimited, and Business which costs you $4.99/mo, $7.99/mo and $19.99/mo respectively. You can know more and compare their paid plans on this page.
If you are looking for a simple online video editor that lets you crop, trim, rotate, and flip a video then ClipChamp is for you. Apart from basic editing tools, ClipChamp also allows you to adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation of any video you upload. Where ClipChamp shines is with its video converting abilities. Just upload the video and you can convert any length of video with any resolution between 240p and 4K to MP4, WebM or FLV formats. While converting, you can manually choose the video resolution, quality, and other optimization settings.
Price: The base version is free but all your videos will be watermarked. To remove the watermark and get access to the batch processing feature, you need to upgrade to the Business plan which costs around $3 per month.
As you can tell from the name itself, Online Video Cutter will allow you to quickly cut and trim your videos as long as they are under 500MB. Other than that, you can rotate and crop videos too. To work with Online Video Cutter, you need to be using the Chrome browser and install the Chrome app. Once you’ve done that, you can upload the video, drag the sliders as required and chose the output quality & file format. To cut the video, click on the button “Cut.” After cutting, you can either download the processed video to your computer or save it to Google Drive or Dropbox.
VideoToolbox’s website looks like it was built back in 2000’s but it has a pretty decent set of tools to edit videos. Using the included tools, you can add watermarks, cut or convert videos, crop, merge multiple files into single video files, extract audio, video, or subtitle from a file, create thumbnails, and embed subtitles. What’s good about VideoToolbox is that it gives you 1.5GB storage to store edited video files. Also, to work with VideoToolbox, all your video files should be less than 600 MB in size. The downside of VideoToolbox is that you cannot preview your video while editing with some the included tools. For instance, if you want to trim a video, you need to know the exact starting and ending points beforehand, you cannot preview them within the browser while trimming.
Price: It is free but the website is filled with ads. So, I’d only recommend using this website if you are unsatisfied with other websites on this list.
MovieMakerOnline lets you create your own movies or videos by adding custom music to videos and photos. MovieMakerOnline also has other options like text overlay, transitions, fade options for both video and audio, crop, rotate, blur, etc. The website looks a bit strange due to all the ads, confusing layout, and its vertical timeline for video, music, photos, text, and backgrounds, but if you are looking for a simple way to edit existing videos or create a video from photos then MovieMakerOnline does the job pretty good.
Price: MovieMakerOnline is completely free. The website is filled with ads, just like VideoToolbox.
Kizoa is similar to MovieMakerOnline but has a lot more features, intuitive user interface, and is very easy to use. Using Kizoa you can create videos from your photos by adding custom music and transition effects. For videos, you can do basic editing like cutting, trimming, adding transition effects, special effects, text, animations, etc. You can even combine multiple videos if you want to. Other than that, Kizoa provides you hundreds of royalty free music and animations to use in your video projects.
Price: The free account limits you to 1-minute videos, adds watermark, and limits the output resolution to 600p. To increase the limits, you can upgrade to one of their paid plans with a one-time fee of $29.99, $49.99, $99.99, or $299.99. Depending on what plan you chose, you will be given additional storage space, support for up to 4K output resolution, and added premium features like looping, support for DVD and support for the RAW format.
Magisto is unlike any other online video editor in this list. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find interesting part or movements in a photo or video and highlights it automatically using custom effects and splices. Being a fully automated editor, there is nothing much you can do other than uploading the video, choosing the theme and soundtrack. That being said, if you don’t mind the limitations, Magisto can be a fun little web app to experiment with your existing videos and photos.
Price: The base version is free but it won’t allow you to download edited videos. To remove the limitation, you can upgrade to one of their paid plans which costs you $2.49/mo, $7.49/mo, or $39.99/mo when billed annually. Depending on the plan, you get access to different features.
That’s it for now. Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above online video editors or your favorite web app to edit videos online.