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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 June 17, 2019

          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

          Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

          There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

          Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

          It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

          For Getting Things Done

          1. OmniFocus

          This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

          Download it here.

            2. Forest

            Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

            Download it here.

              3. Things

              Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

              Download it here.

                4. 30/30

                Recently covered here at Lifehack

                , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                Download it here.

                  5. Any.Do

                  A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                  Download it here.

                    6. PocketLife Calendar

                    This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                    Download it here.

                      7. Asana

                      We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                      , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                      Download it here.

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                        8. ToDoist

                        This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                        Download it here.

                          9. FlowTasks

                          From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                          Download it here.

                            10. Calendars 5

                            This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                            Download it here.

                              11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                              A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                              Download it here.

                                12. Due

                                A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                Download it here.

                                  13. Checkmark 2

                                  I use this app

                                  for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                  Download it here.

                                    14. TeuxDeux

                                    Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                    Download it here.

                                      15. Wunderlist 

                                      Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                      Download it here.

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                                        16. Nirvana

                                        For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                        Download it here.

                                          17. Priorities

                                          An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            For Building Habits

                                            18. Productive

                                            With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                            Download it here.

                                              19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                              You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                              Download it here.

                                                20. Streaks

                                                This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  21. Remember The Milk

                                                  Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    22. Day One Journal

                                                    When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      For Files Organization

                                                      23. Evernote

                                                      Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        24. Pocket

                                                        You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                        Download it here.

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                                                          25. Sync.Me

                                                          This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            26. Droplr

                                                            One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              27. Dropbox

                                                              Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                28. iDolly 

                                                                In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  29. Soulver

                                                                  It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    For Working Smarter

                                                                    30. Captio

                                                                    A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      31. Drafts

                                                                      A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                        This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                          33. Doodle

                                                                          This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                            I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                              A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                36. GoodReader

                                                                                This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  37. LogMeIn

                                                                                  Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    For Improving Security

                                                                                    38. 1Password

                                                                                    There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                      You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                      All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        40. Truecallers

                                                                                        Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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