Free video editing software for drone owners
After you bought your first drone/UAV/quadcopter you may have realized it was going to cost you more money than just the price of your drone. There are some “must have accessories” and you probably came to the conclusion that you want to edit your video.
Or maybe you’re still looking for a drone to buy in which case (or a new drone to upgrade to) in which case we recommend you read our DJI Phantom 4 review as we think it’s the best consumer drone that is available at the moment. .
Either way, to save you some money, we’ve listed some free video editing software below to help you get started.
Before we start that overview, in case you haven’t read it yet, we want to point you to our article “Making better video with your DJI Phantom 4/3/Inspire” so you can start out with the best quality footage. And if you need a more powerful PC to edit your 4k video check out the PC we build:”4K video editing PC under 1400”
Now let’s get to the overview. We’ll start with the basic ones and then list some more comprehensive editing software afterward.
The basic editors
GoPro’s Studio has been around for quite some time now but, surprisingly, people seem to be unaware of it. Even a lot of GoPro owners don’t seem to know it exists. It’s super simple for basic edits. Speed, Audio level, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness can all be adjusted with sliders. Aside from that, it comes with a collection of templates, music included, that you can just drag and drop your clips in. It doesn’t get much more simple than that. And it’s even free. Can’t ask for much more than that. GoPro Studio is available for both Windows and Mac and can be downloaded here.
Windows Movie Maker is a video editing software by Microsoft. It is a part of Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr. After capture, any clip can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the timeline. Once on the timeline, clips can be duplicated, split, repositioned or edited. Windows Movie Maker also supports a large variety of titles, effects, and transitions. If, for whatever reason, you don’t have Windows Movie Maker installed on your PC/Laptop you can download it here.
iMovie is Apple’s free movie editor. It allows the user to edit photos and video clips. It can be used add titles, themes, music, and effects. It also includes basic color correction and video enhancement tools and you can add transitions such as fades and slides. iMovie a good editor for the occasional editor who has a Mac. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, and finish on a Mac. iMovie can be downloaded, directly from Apple, here.
Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product. Its features include, but are not limited to, video editing and compositing. The Sequencer within Blender is a complete video editing system that allows you to combine multiple video channels and add effects to them. You can use these effects to create powerful video edits (especially when you combine it with the animation power of Blender). Blender has a bit of a learning curve but once you harness the power of the sequencer and the compositor you can do just about anything with it. Blender is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and can be downloaded here.
DaVinci Resolve was launched in 2004 and was a next-generation color grading system. It was the first system to use multiple parallel processing engines within normal PC computer infrastructure for real-time 2K resolution color grading. Over time, Blackmagic has been adding NLE (non-linear editing) functionality to its color correction software, instead of building an editor from the ground up. This has made DaVinci Resolve into one of the strongest editors when it comes to color grading. There is a downside to the free version, you can only work in 2.7k, not in 4k. If that is not a problem for you then you can download it here.
Obviously, there are many free video editing programs out there. If you use one that you prefer over the ones mentioned here let us know in the comments. And, if you haven’t already done so, subscribe to our newsletter so we can let you know when we release new content.
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