1. Windows Movie Maker 2012
Windows Movie Maker is too easy to use. Just drag and drop a few clips onto the program and they’re assembled into order right away. Do a few clicks and transitions and special effects are done. It’s just as simple to add a soundtrack, captions and credits, and you can save the results as a video file, or upload them directly to YouTube, Facebook and many other sites.
2. Kate’s Video Toolkit
With Kate’s Video Toolkit, you can trim files or join them, link two videos with a transition, create a sequence of videos with a custom soundtrack, and many more. Kate’s Video Toolkit is extremely easy to use. If you don’t want to read Help files and your editing needs are simple, it could be a great choice.
Avidemux is a small but capable open source video editor which can help you join clips, cut them, and apply a lengthy list of useful filters etc. While this sounds basic, there are lots of options and fine controls to help make sure everything goes as you expect. Overall, Avidemux is well worth a look, as long as you’re happy to spend a little time learning how it all works.
4. VSDC Free Video Editor
If you persevere, though, you’ll find a capable editor with plenty of functionality: drawing and selection tools, plenty of colour and lighting corrections, some useful filters, transitions, audio effects and more. When your project is complete, there are options to save it to file, optimise your movie for various mobile devices, or even burn it to DVD.
5. MPEG Streamclip 1.2.1b6
With a download size of only 327KB, you’d expect MPEG Streamclip to be, well, a little under-powered. And yet, the program opens multiple files, DVDs or URLs of video streams; can trim, cut, copy or paste parts of your footage; and has options to rotate your footage or export the soundtrack, while its Export dialog provides more control over your finished video than some commercial products.