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4 Free Video Editing Tools

4 Free Video Editing Tools

These days, one can’t imagine life without videos, especially if you actively share ideas online.

Videos produce an instant impression on the audience and perhaps leave a deeper impact than text content alone. Although with a bit of experience editing video doesn’t require much effort, choosing the right tool in the first place takes time. Luckily, there are free video editors available today for every user category – Windows, Mac, and mobile filmmaking enthusiasts. Let’s have a look at these options.

1. VSDC (Windows, desktop)


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    VSDC is a non-linear video editor for Windows. Unlike many programs at zero cost, VSDC is completely and truly free without any hidden charges or watermarks placed at the end of video export. It also includes a built-in slideshow creator, along with video and screen capture utilities. VSDC feature set is quite impressive: video and audio effects, numerous transitions, filters, a “picture in picture” effect, green screen, “blurring mask”, video blending, and others.

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    When choosing the right program to perform video editing, one should pay attention to VSDC because it is compatible with almost all video formats that exist today, such as AVI, QuickTime, MP4, WIndows Media, MPEG, MPG, H.264, Flash Video, and others. You don’t have to convert your footage to any other format before starting to edit – VSDC opens and reads them all. You also get numerous project output options including AVI, DVD, MPEG, MP4, M4V, MOV, and even H265 codec – considered the best one for posting videos to the web.

    Bottom line: with VSDC, you get the functionality of an expensive video editor for free, though mastering everything the app offers might take some time.

    2. YouTube (Online)

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      Perhaps YouTube’s online video editor is under the radar for many of you, but it is definitely worth checking out if you have a simple project to work on. It is a free tool created with the purpose of editing videos you’ve already uploaded to your channel. When it comes to formats, of course YouTube has strict requirements because there are several formats only you can upload and edit. They are .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, WebM.

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      YouTube editor is highly intuitive and does not require much time or computer resources. Since it works online, you’re fine as long as you have an Internet connection. You can create videos as well as photo presentations. The app provides basic features such as cutting, snipping, trimming, and lengthening footage. You can modify the speed of your video and enhance it with filters, color correction, and shaky footage stabilizer. There is a blurring mask for censored parts of the video and, of course, a subtitle editor.

      Bottom line: YouTube video editor will be the right choice if your footage has been recorded in good quality and requires minor enhancements only. This tool is fast and simple, though it is not meant for complicated projects.

      3. WeVideo (Online, mobile)

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        WeVideo has made it to the shortlist because it is a universal solution that works online and, unlike most solutions, it provides a good number of video editing tools for mobile users. In other words, it allows you to perform quick improvements to your footage on the go, which is a great convenience for the busy.

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        WeVideo has both free and paid versions, and unless you are not a video editing professional, you might be quite happy with the first one. Free WeVideo users can have up to 1GB cloud storage for videos, and 5 minutes of footage time with maximum video resolution of 720p. Projects also have a watermark placed when exported.

        WeVideo’s interface is minimalistic. Fragments are placed in the linear timeline by means of a drag’n’drop feature. You can edit short videos and create beautiful slideshows. Another feature that deserves to be mentioned is quick sharing and Google Drive synchronization. The app provides you with a good number of templates, transitions, stylized text options – everything to minimize time spent on a project. Once you decide to become a paid user, you also get access to premium features, such as screen capturing and Chroma Key or “green screen.”

        Bottom line: WeVideo free version is a good video editor for personal use, though keep in mind that the free editing features provided are pretty basic and your video will get stamped with a small watermark in the end.

        4. Shotcut (Cross platform, open-source)

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          It’s hard to ignore a tool like Shotcut when reviewing free video editing software for different platforms. This is the only cross-platform solution in the list and, in addition, it is open-source. The latter allows it to work with all formats from FFmpeg libraries, such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF, and image sequences. Shotcut supports video resolution up to 4K and includes audio and webcam capture tools. For user convenience, not only there is a drag’n’drop file manager, but also a wide choice of hotkey combinations implemented.

          Shotcut is still being actively developed and gets updated several times per year. For now, it provides essential editing features, such as cutting, splitting, trimming and rotating, advanced audio editing via waveform, and a wide array of video effects, such as color correction, numerous blending modes, video filters, speed effect, and more.

          Bottom line: Shotcut already has a lot to offer and, due to open source cross-platform technology, it has big potential. So, even if it doesn’t fit you now for some reason, it is worth keeping an eye on.

          One post is not enough to review all the free video editing software options available today, so please share your favorite ones in the comments below so we can add them in the future!

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          Last Updated on August 21, 2018

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

          No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

          If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

          But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

          Let’s dive straight into the list…

          1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

            If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

            Download Rescue Time

            2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

              If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

              Download Remember the Milk

              3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                Download Focus Booster

                4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                  This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                  Download Toggl

                  5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                    There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                    Download Dropbox

                    6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                      Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                      Download Evernote

                      7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                        Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                        Download Mind42

                        8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                          This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                          Download SnycBackFree

                          9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                            Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                            Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                            10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                              This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                              Download 1Password

                              11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                Download Pocket

                                12. Focus@Will — Boost your attention span

                                  This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                  Download Focus@Will

                                  13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                    This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                    Download Launchy

                                    14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                      This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                      Download Forest

                                      15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                        This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                        Download Trello

                                        16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                          Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                          Download Wunderlist

                                          17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                            This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                            Download Time Tree

                                            18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                              Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                              Download Todoist

                                              The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                              Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

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