Free and Paid video editing softwares for YouTube

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This is a reference note of some of the video editing softwares that can be used to edit videos for YouTube.

This reference contains both FREE and PAID video editing softwares.

Please note! Software price will vary. Check online or their official website for current pricing and any offer.
Price in INR (Indian Rupee).

YouTube Video Editor

Price: FREE

This is a FREE editor for video editing on YouTube platform. If you have a YouTube account and access to Creator Studio then inside your dashboard you will find Video Editor.

It has a drag and drop interface. You can drag video clips and audio clips in their respective tracks. You also get some transitions, Creative Common video clips and titles. This is a basic editor and not contain too many features but it gets the job done.

Open Shot Video Editor

Price: FREE

This is a FREE video editing software for Linux users. Features include video trimming, drag and drop interface, chroma key or green screen effect, transition between videos, 3D animated titles and more.

Microsoft Movie Maker

Price: FREE

This is a FREE software for Windows and is ideal for beginners. It has features like video transitions, drag and drop interface, credit and titles.


Price: FREE

This is a FREE software by Apple for Mac. Ideal for beginners and contain features like drag and drop interface, timeline, video transition, titles, sound effects and more. Can also upload video to YouTube from the application.

Lightworks Free and Pro

Price: 12000 yearly license

Price: 1700 monthly license

Lightworks come in both FREE and PAID version. The paid version is called Lightworks Pro while the free one is called Lightworks Free. It is a professional video editing software for Windows, Linux and Mac. Movies like Hugo, The King’s Speech and others were edited using Lightworks.


Price: 6700

Telestream Screenflow is a PAID screen recording, screen casting and video editing software for Mac users.

Ideal for editing tutorial videos, vlogs and even records iOS device screen.


Price: 13000

TechSmith Camtasia is a PAID video editing software for both Windows and Mac users. Features include screen recording, video up to 4k, multi-layer timeline, annotations, transitions, audio effects, green screen, custom motion effects etc.

Awesome for making tutorial videos and daily vlog.

Final Cut Pro X

Price: 18500

Final Cut Pro X by Apple is a PAID video editing software and this software runs on a Mac computer.

Feature includes: Amazing magnetic timeline, video editing at 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 fps. Cinematic 3D title templates, high quality transitions, over 1300 royalty free sound effects for download, color correction, H.264 from DSLR, GoPro, and drones. Direct video upload to YouTube and Vimeo at up to 4K resolution and many more.

Many YouTubers use this to edit their videos. Ideal for bigger projects like web series, documentary, short film, even movies and tutorials.

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Adobe Premiere Pro

Price: 1400 per month

This is a PAID video editing software by Adobe for both Mac and PC. Like Final Cut Pro X, this is also ideal for serious editing from virtual reality to 8K video footage.


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