Video Editor

Use free video software to create and edit videos of any complexity from a family greeting card to a company presentation. Cut, merge video files, apply visual and audio effects, use filtration and image correction, make slideshows and add an appropriate soundtrack. Use multi-color Chroma Key and advanced parameters settings to give your video a professional look. All popular video and audio formats are supported.

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Audio Converter

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VSDC video software is freely available for download to Windows OS-based PCs and laptops.

How to edit GoPro videos in VSDC Free Video Editor

So, you have an awesome piece of footage you’ve shot with your GoPro and you need to make few adjustments before showing it to the world? You’re on the right page, because we’ll show you how to edit GoPro videos using a free software named VSDC. In the tutorial below, we’ll go over rotating, splitting, speed effects (slow motion, playing the video backwards), and adding music.

We’ll be working in VSDC free video editing software for Windows. VSDC is completely free, and it has actually been recommended by the GoPro team after their own video editor, Studio stopped being supported.

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What’s great about VSDC, when you compare it to other video editors, it opens and processes GoPro files very well (full 120fps support, 4K resolution, and HEVC/H.265 codec support, if we must be more specific). In other words, you won’t have to convert your files before editing them, and you’ll be able to keep the high quality at the export.

How to open and rotate a GoPro video?

Once you’ve launched the program, start a new project and import your footage to the timeline. Use the round green “Add object” button, choose “Video” and select the file from your PC.

How to edit GoPro videos in free video editing software

The first task many action camera owners have when they start editing GoPro videos is the rotation. Well, because sometimes you simply can’t keep that perfect angle when you’re shooting.

You can rotate footage at 90 degrees clockwise and counterclockwise in a single click using the quick menu at the top (see the illustration above). However, if you need to rotate the video at a custom angle, you can do that too:

  • Go to the Video effects tab located in the top menu.
  • From the drop-down menu choose “Transform” – “Rotate”.
  • In the popup window, there will be “Whole parent duration” already selected. Just click OK.
  • A new tab will appear on the timeline with the “Rotate” effect placed on it.
  • Click on it with the right mouse button and select Properties.
  • In the Properties window, scroll down to “Rotate angles” and set the parameters according to your needs. See the illustration below.

How to rotate GoPro videos in VSDC

How to edit GoPro videos: cropping and splitting your footage

Cutting, cropping, and splitting tools are all located in the quick access menu named “Tools” at the top of the program interface, and you’ll easily get a hang of them.

First, if you need to crop the borders of your video, just click the corresponding icon – a new window will pop up where you’ll be able to manually choose what’s left in the scene. Cropping is a great way to get rid of the excessive space around the object and narrow the focus for the viewers.

Second, splitting.

  • Simply place the cursor to the point where one episode is supposed to end, and another one should begin.
  • Click the “Split into parts” icon as illustrated below.
  • See how your video is instantly divided into 2 parts placed consequently on the timeline tracks.
  • Repeat to break the video into even more fragments if needed.

Splicing GoPro footage

How to edit GoPro videos: applying slow-motion effect and playing videos backward

We’ve finally got to the most popular part. Applying a “slo-mo” effect to GoPro videos is a must if you want to savor some of the best moments and make the video look more spectacular. Here is how to do it:

  • Split the video into fragments using the instruction above and choose the one you want to slow down.
  • Go to the Properties window located on the right side and scroll down to the “Speed %” section.
  • Manually adjust the speed you want the video to be played at.

If you choose 50%, it will be twice as slow as the original. If you choose 25%, it will be 4 times slower than the original video. We always recommend testing this parameter and previewing the result as you go. Because depending on the action and the desired result, the sweet spot may be found somewhere between 32% and 47%.

How to apply a slow-motion effect to a GoPro video

You know what else will produce a great impression on the viewers? If you choose some breathtaking moments of the video and play them backward. Notice, that’s a parameter right above the “Speed %” field. Just select a video fragment and switch No to Yes in front of the “Play backward” option.

How to edit GoPro videos: adding music

Ready to spice up your clip with the right atmospheric music? Let’s do this!

First, if you want to remove the original audio track of the video, go to the Properties window and choose the “Don’t use audio” option from the “Audio track” drop-down menu. Your footage will now be muted.

How to mute the original audio track in a GoPro video

Then click the round green “Add object” button and choose “Audio”. Select the file that you think suits the mood of your footage. You’ll be able to split and adjust it too if needed.

When you’re done with editing your GoPro video, go to the Export project tab and choose the export profile depending on your goals. For instance, if you’re planning to upload your clip to YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram – there are special pre-configured profiles for that. When you choose one of them, your video is exported according to these social media platforms requirements. If you, however, want to save the video on your PC in the maximum quality, you can go with the AVI format and the H.265 codec (click the “Edit profile” button to choose the codec and other custom parameters).

Now that you know how to edit GoPro videos on a basic level, we recommend the following tutorials to help you make even more attention-grabbing clips:

You can get more information about the program on Free Video Editor' description page.

How to Mask Videos in VSDC Editing Software

Video masking is an advanced technique used for creating eye-catching effects. Technically, when you apply a mask, you outline an area in the picture you want to modify and work with it independently. If you’ve ever used a graphic editor, you’re surely familiar with the idea.

VSDC Video Editor includes a wide set of tools for creating precise clipping masks, inverted masks, and text masks. In the tutorial below, we’ll show you how to apply an inverted mask. For this scenario, we’ll be pixelating a face of a person as if we needed to hide it from the viewers.

In the second part of this tutorial, we’ll also talk about how to make the mask follow the object’s movements.

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Please note that while VSDC is a free video editor, masking is included in the Pro package available for $19,99 per year. If you just need to quickly blur a face in a video, however, you can do it for free following our instructions.


How to mask a video (pixel masking example)

Once you’ve added a video to the scene, go to the Video Effects tab, select Filters and choose “Pixelize”. Your entire scene will get pixelated, but don’t get confused - it’s a part of the process. Use the Properties window on the right to adjust the pixelation level and set up the intensiveness of the mask.

Next, we’ll need to select a masking area. You can do it using pre-designed mask shapes such as ellipse and rectangle, or you can create a custom shape using a tool called “free shape”. For this example, we’ll be using an ellipse shape to cover a person’s face.

Double-click on the “Pixelize” layer and add an Ellipse object to the scene (go to the left-side menu to find the Ellipse icon). You’ll notice that the area inside the borders of the shape is not pixelated anymore, meanwhile, we need it to be the other way around.

Inverted mask example

To do that, apply an Inverted Mask:

  1. Open the Properties window – located on the right. If you don’t see the Properties window, use the right mouse button to click on the Ellipse object on the timeline and select Properties.
  2. Open the Composition mode dropdown menu and select Mask.
  3. Then find Inverted mask and switch its mode from No to Yes.
  4. Once you do that, the face will stay blurred, while the surrounding area will reverse to its original look.

This is it. You’ve just applied a video mask. The same way, you’ll be able to use other effects instead of pixels. The examples are numerous: you can change the color of a certain area in the video, you can cut out an object and replace it, you can create a see-through clipping mask – and much more. Here is a quick link to video masking tutorials on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

How to make a video mask follow object’s movements

By default, a video mask follows the camera focus and doesn’t move in the scene. In our case, this means if the person moves, they may “lose” the mask. To prevent it, you’ll need to apply motion tracking. This way, the mask will follow the movement of the person and their face will remain hidden.

Here is how to apply motion tracking to the mask:

  1. Go back to the main timeline tab and right-click on the video. From the context menu, select the option “Create a movement map”.
  2. In the pop-up window, the program will indicate where on your PC the movement map will be saved and stored. Just click OK.
  3. Once you do that, the Motion Tracker mode will be activated. How to apply motion tracking to a mask in a video
  4. Place the tracking frame to cover the face completely. Ideally, the red dot should be in the middle of the object you’ll be tracking. Once ready, press Start analysis and watch the software draw the movement map.
  5. Once ready, click Apply editing. In the pop-up window, select Yes to save the changes in the map.
  6. You’ll be brought back to the main timeline tab. Double-click on the video layer, then double-click on the Pixelize filter layer to get to the ellipse shape again.
  7. Double-click on the ellipse shape layer and open the Add object menu at the top. Select Movement -> Movement map. How to create a censorship mask for a moving object
  8. In the pop-up window, confirm that you want to apply the suggested map (if you have several maps on your PC, you’ll have a list to select from).
  9. Adjust the position of the mask if needed and hit Preview to see the result. The pixelated mask should be moving along with the face.

If you’re creating a motion-tracked mask, feel free to consult with the following video tutorial. The sequence of actions in the video is different, but the result is the same. See if it works for you:

Other video editing tutorials you may be interested in:

You can get more information about the program on Free Video Editor description page.

How to rotate a video using VSDC Free Video Editor

It happens to everybody: wrong camera angle while shooting a video. Neither smartphone users, nor action camera owners are immune to that. And if you’re looking for a way to rotate a video right now, you probably know the feeling.

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to fix the little slip-up and perform video rotation on a Windows PC. We’ll also show you how to rotate a video at custom angles and how to make a video rotate while playing.

To recreate all that on your footage, you’ll need to download VSDC Free Video Editor first. VSDC is a mighty program to have if you happen to work with videos often because it includes a versatile feature-set amateur shooters and experienced users will benefit from.

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How to rotate a video at 90 degrees

So. VSDC offers two options: a standard video rotation – with 90-degree increments clockwise and counterclockwise – and a video rotation at custom angles. Let’s start with the first one.

Open a video or an image file in the program. While having it selected on the timeline, click one of the corresponding “Rotate” buttons in the top “Cutting and Splitting” toolset menu. These buttons allow you to rotate the entire file 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.

How to rotate a video at 90 degrees counterclockwise

Custom angle video rotation

Sometimes you need to rotate a video at a particular angle, whether it’s to align a scene or to achieve the desired effect of a titled video. Here is how to do it in VSDC:

  1. Add a video to the scene.
  2. Go to Video Effects, proceed to Transforms and choose Rotate.
  3. In the popup window, there will be “Whole parent duration” already selected. Just click OK.
  4. A new tab will appear on the timeline with the “Rotate” effect placed on it.
  5. Click on it with the right mouse button and select Properties.
  6. In the Properties window, scroll down to “Rotate angles” and choose the desired angle as illustrated below.

How to rotate a video in VSDC at a custom angle

How to make a video rotate at a particular moment in time

If you want to make your video rotate at a chosen angle while playing, use the Rotation effect:

  1. Place the cursor on the timeline exactly at the point where the rotation should happen.
  2. Go to the Video Effects tab and select Transforms > Rotate.
  3. When you see a popup window asking you to set the object position, select “From cursor position”.
  4. Go to the Properties window to select the rotation angle just like we did in the previous example.

Now the video will rotate automatically while playing at the moment you’ve chosen.

How to apply the advanced video rotation effect  

Finally, in VSDC, you can apply an advanced rotation effect to your video, so that it will be continuously rotating around a single point in any direction.

Again, you’ll need to apply the “Rotate” effect from the Video Effects tab and open the Properties window. In the properties window, click on the “…” button next to the “Rotate angles” field. A new tab will be opened on the timeline. called “Rotate angles”. That’s where you’ll be able to adjust the rotation trajectory and chose whether rotation will go clockwise or counterclockwise.

Video rotation effect in VSDC

Now, select the trajectory type – it’s a small icon between “Rotate angles” and the “…” button. On the working area, you’ll see a line – that’s the trajectory. To modify it, set new trajectory points by double-clicking above or below the line. You can click any of the existing points and drag them to appropriate positions. To delete the unnecessary points, use the “Remove” button on the toolbar.

Use the “Preview” button to see the result of your editing and adjust the effect as you go.

Now that you know how to rotate a video, here are three other video editing tricks you can perform in VSDC:

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How to blend clips or images in VSDC Free Video Editor

Using ‘Blending Modes’ you can create your own visual effects and filters. For example, let’s see how to create the so-called Ghost Effect.

Add a video, where you’d like to apply a Ghost Effect. To make it perfectly fit the scene, select “Yes” in the “Stretch Video” option.

Tip: to make a video perfectly fit the scene size, add a video with the help of Import Content option

Due to a ghost effect an object obtains several contours of different types and colors. To achieve this effect, we need to add as many identical video layers as we want for our object to have contours.

All of the added videos should be exactly of the same size. For this reason we recommend to make a duplicate of every inserted video. Click the original video on the scene with a right mouse button and select the “Duplicate” option. The duplicated layer will instantly appear on the timeline.

Now comes the most interesting part: we’re going to apply a blending mode to one of our video layers. Make a double click on the layer you are going to apply a filter to (on the timeline) and select the “Rectangle” tool.

Place the rectangle over the whole scene

Tip: Choose a rectangle with no frames and filled with a color (3-rd type):

Go to the “Properties” window and choose a color for your rectangle.

To change the type of a blending mode, select the appropriate blending type in the “Composition mode” tab.

To make a ghost effect more impressive, let’s add one more layer (contour). Go to the main scene, make a duplicate of the blended layer and stretch it following the scene size.

Make a double click on the duplicated layer and change the color of the rectangle. (Why do we have a rectangle here? That’s simple – we’ve made a duplicate of the blended layer where we have previously added a rectangle)

Tip: try to use contrast colors for different layers to achieve the best effect

Select one of the blending modes of the “Composition mode” menu on the timeline:

To make our blended layers more phantom, let’s adjust it transparency. Make a double click on one of the blended layers and decrease opacity of the rectangle.

Now let’s shift our blended layers to achieve a multi-contour effect of the main video. Go to the main scene and change layers’ positions simply dragging and dropping layers with a mouse.

Tip: Vary blending modes and opacity on the main scene to achieve the best result.

You can get more information about the program on Free Video Editor' description page.

How to use VSDC Free Video Editor: starting guide

When we talk about VSDC, we like to describe it as a professional-level video editing software. Partly because of the non-linear video editing technique it allows for using, and partly because of its mighty feature-set (have you checked our color correction tools yet? Masking? Animation?).

On the other hand, before you jump into exploring all these fancy video editing tricks, you’ll need to get familiar with the basics. Especially if you’ve never worked with a non-linear video editor before. And that’s exactly what we’ll cover below. We’ll show you how to perform the most essential basic actions in VSDC: cutting, cropping, rotating, and more. So, prepare yourself a large mug of coffee (or whatever helps you stay focused), sit back, and launch VSDC on your PC to practice new skills right away.

By the way, we encourage you to always make sure you’ve installed the latest version of VSDC from our official website. Here is where you can do it.

How to import a file to VSDC Video Editor

How to import a video to VSDC

There are several ways to import files to VSDC. First, you can use the “Import content” icon on the start screen when you launch the program (illustrated above). This is an optimal way because VSDC will automatically detect all the parameters of your video and adjust the project parameters accordingly. After you choose a file on your PC, a window will pop up asking whether you’d like to change resolution, framerate, or other parameters. Once ready, hit “Finish”.

You can also add files to your project in real-time while working on it. To do it, use the dedicated “Add object” buttons located at the top and on the left-hand side of the program menu - see the illustration below. Note that when you add a new file this way, a window pops up to confirm object’s position settings and layer’s position. The latter allows you to choose whether the file should be added as a new layer or placed on the current one.

If you select “Add a new layer”, the new layer will be added at the very top. The “Insert new layer” option will add one right below the selected layer.

How to add a video on the same or a different layer in VSDC

Finally, you can use hotkeys:

  • Shift + I – to add an image
  • Shift + A – to add an audio file
  • Shift +V – to add a video

Each time you select a file on your computer, it’s automatically placed on the timeline. Keep in mind that you can have files on the same layer (linear sequence) or on different layers (non-linear sequence). Still feeling a bit confused? Check out this video tutorial to get a hang of VSDC timeline.

How to cut, split, crop, and rotate a video in VSDC

The reason these features are united in one chapter – they all are available in the same quick-access menu. It’s located at the top of the program interface and called “Cutting and Splitting tools” – see the illustration below.

The first icon is an image of scissors – the cutting tool. It’s especially convenient when you need to trim the beginning of a video or its ending. Place the cursor precisely where you need to make a cut, open the dropdown cutting menu (the little triangle near the scissors icon) and choose “Trim start” or “Trim end”.

How to split a file in VSDC

Now, if you need to split a video into parts, use the next icon – the one looking like a razor. Keep in mind, that when you need to delete a fragment, you should first click anywhere on the timeline to remove the selection from the entire file (otherwise you’ll delete the file entirely) and then select the fragment you want to get rid of. A very detailed guide on splitting videos into parts in VSDC is published here.

Cropping is quite easy too. If you have recorded too much extra space around the scene object, just click on the file you need to crop and use the cropping icon from the “Cutting and Splitting” menu. A new window will pop up where you’ll be able to select the area that should remain in the scene. Check out this tutorial on cropping borders of a video if you need further guidance.

How to crop borders of a video in VSDC

Finally, the quick access menu includes two icons allowing you to rotate your footage 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise. This feature is quite intuitive: click on the file you need to rotate and choose the required direction. If your project requires custom angle rotation, check out this detailed instruction.

How to apply effects and transitions in VSDC

VSDC allows for creating dozens of eye-catching video effects. Some of them are applied in one click and require no experience. They are located on the “Video effects” tab at the top ribbon menu and include quick Instagram-style filters, basic color adjustments, transitions, transformational and transparency effects.

The menu of video effects in VSDC editor

To apply one, select the video file you want to modify, go to the Video effects tab and choose the necessary effect. A new tab will be created on the timeline – it will contain all the effects applied to the selected object. There, you’ll be able to change the effect duration and its position timewise by dragging it with the mouse. Other parameters can be configured in the properties window located on the right-hand side.

The same rule applies to transitions. Place a cursor exactly where the transition should start, select the transition from the Video effects dropdown menu, and adjust its duration manually.

How to mute a video in VSDC

If you need to shut down the sound of a video completely, the easiest way is the following:

  • Click on the video file with a right mouse button
  • From the menu, select “Properties”
  • Go to the Properties window on the right-hand side
  • Scroll down and find “Audio track”
  • Select “Don’t use audio”

Alternatively, you can use the button “Split to video and audio” (also located on the Properties window) and once the audio track is separated on the timeline, just delete it.

How to add a text object in VSDC

How to add a text to a video or an image in VSDC

VSDC offers a full-featured built-in text editor. It allows you to create beautiful titles and text-related effects. To add a text object in VSDC, go to the left-hand side of the program interface and hit the “T” icon. Select “Text” and place the cursor on the scene to specify title location. Then type your text and adjust its size, style, and color using the upper menu as you would do in a regular text editor.

Again, you can use the dragging motion and the Properties window to change the duration and other parameters of your text object. Here is a very detailed how-to guide on working with text in VSDC.

How to export a video in VSDC

Before exporting your video, make sure everything looks exactly the way you want. Use the red preview button and lower the preview quality if the video appears choppy. Lagging sometimes happens when the resources of the PC aren’t enough to process the video in real-time. Keep in mind, it doesn’t affect the outcome in any way.

Exporting a file in VSDC Free Video Editor

Once ready, go to the Export project tab and choose the output format. For your convenience, there are a few pre-configured export profiles available. Their settings are based on how you’re planning to use the video. For instance, if you want to upload it to YouTube, select “Web – For YouTube”. The output file is typically saved in the “C:\Users\Owner\Videos\” folder unless indicated differently. If you’d like to change the location, you can do that by clicking the “Change name” button (located right below the preview window).

Hit the red “Export project” button at the top of the menu and wait until the conversion process is over. If you see a Pro version upgrade popup, and you aren’t ready to upgrade, simply hit the Continue button at the bottom right corner.

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