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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Video Converter

This program is intended for converting video files from one format to another. Nearly all popular video formats are supported (both reading and saving). In addition, the program drastically simplifies the task of converting videos for playback on specific multimedia devices, such as iPhone, Microsoft Zune or Archos. The program is extremely easy to use, has a modern interface and all necessary video processing functions.

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Audio Converter

The audio converter will help you convert audio files from one format to another. All key audio formats and codecs are supported. The program also allows you to manage playlists and meta tags, extract audio from video files and save these tracks on your computer in any format.

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Audio CD Grabber

This audio tool is intended for grabbing audio tracks from compact discs and saving them to the user’s computer in any format. Nearly all popular audio formats and codecs are supported. The program can also extract track details from the FreeDB server for automatic file renaming and updating meta tags.

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Multifunctionality

Multifunctionality

A wide array of multimedia processing tools in one free video software suite.

High speed

High speed

Our programs use fast
and high-quality algorithms optimized for single and multi-core CPU’s.

Affordability

Affordability

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

Cutting out fragments of a video in VSDC Free Video Editor

It’s quite simple to cut and remove an unwanted fragment from the video. For this purpose select an unnecessary fragment moving blue rectangles on the timeline. For more precision, you can change the time scale using the “Increase/Decrease” buttons or the corresponding slider.

After you have selected the fragment, you can use the “Shift + Delete” hotkey on your keyboard or click the “Cut out fragment” button on the Tools section of the Editor tab. The selected fragment will be immediately removed from the video.

There is one more method to cut video with VSDC Free Video Editor. To use it, click "Cutting and splitting" in object properties or in object menu.

You will see an editor window which enables you to remove fragments from an object. In order to do it, mark the region required for removal and click the "Cut region" button. Then the marked fragment will be deleted and added to the list of deleted fragments on the “Cut Areas” tab. You will be able to restore deleted fragments later, just select the fragment from the list and click the “Remove Area of Deleting” button.

After you have edited your video, click the "Apply changes…" button in the right bottom corner to apply changes to the object. Due to the fact that the duration of the video or audio material will be changed after editing and will not correspond to the duration of the object in the scene, the editor will inform you about it and will offer to set a new duration as per the duration of material.

Please note that the duration of the video or audio material may not correspond to the duration of the object; in this case, depending on selected settings, the video or audio material may:

  • be cut in accordance with the object duration;
  • show the first frame during the set time and then start playing video;
  • play video and show the last frame during the set time.

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

How to split video files with VSDC Free Video Editor

Video editing can be exciting! But sometimes all you need is just quickly split a video into multiple files or split scenes into shorter parts to compose a more dynamic story.

Depending on your goals, this task can be performed differently. Do you need extra high precision because you’re trying to catch a particular moment on the footage? Are you planning to export the fragments as separate files? Or are you splitting the footage to just apply different effects to its parts?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how split a video for any purpose using VSDC Free Editor.

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How to split a video file into two parts quickly

Method 1: Split a video file into 2 parts in one click

Here is the simplest way that will suit you if you aren’t looking for high precision. Just select the file you want to split by clicking on it. Then place the cursor to the point where the first fragment should end, and the second should begin. Click the “Split into parts” razor-like looking button located in the top “Cutting and Splitting” menu – you’ll instantly see how your video file turns into two separate fragments placed one after another on the timeline.

Method #2. Splitting by markers during video file export

Sometimes you may need to split a video into multiple parts after all the effects have been applied to the entire file. In this case, we recommend using the splitting tool at the export level.

After you add a video file to the scene and perform all the editing you were planning to, select the "Export project" tab on the ribbon command bar. In the top menu of the program, click the "Set markers" button – a separate window will pop up as illustrated below. Locate as many markers as you need at the points where you want the file to be split. Click "Apply changes" when ready.

Splitting a video into multiple parts

Staying in the same Export tab, go to the Additional settings tab (bottom menu) and check the “split by markers” box. Then choose the format you want your videos to be and click the "Export project" button. As a result, you’ll get as many video fragments saved to your PC as you’ve created using markers.

Method #3. Splitting a single video file into multiple scenes to apply different effects to each one

If you want to apply different effects to separate parts of your footage, you can split a video file and place each fragment into an individual scene. For this purpose, add a file to the timeline and click on it with the right mouse button. Choose “Properties” from the dropdown menu – you’ll see the Properties window sliding in from the right side of the program interface. Scroll down and click the light-green "Cutting and splitting" button.

How to split footage in VSDC

The same “Cutting and Splitting” window will pop up, and you’ll be able to place markers in the positions where you would like to split the file. Once you’re done, click the "Apply changes" button. The program will split the video file by markers automatically, and all the parts will be placed on the timeline one after another.

VSDC video editor timeline

Now you can apply different video and audio effects to each part of the file. In the end, you can either export the movie as a single file or save each scene as a separate file.

Here is how to do it. When you go to the Export project tab to save your video, open the Additional settings tab in the bottom menu and deselect "Join scenes to single" if you want to have the scenes exported separately, or leave the box checked if you want to export the entire movie as a single file.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea on how to split a video in VSDC Free Video Editor. Feel free to message us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more editing tricks for creating amazing video projects.

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

How to apply effects to video or image with VSDC Free Video Editor

Add an image or video to the scene.

Adding image to scene

To add an effect you should double click the image on the timeline. A new tab with object name will appear.

Effects editing mode for image object

Now open the “Editor” tab on the ribbon command bar and click the “Video effects” (or “Audio effects”) button to see the list of the available effects.

Let’s choose as an example a blur effect "Filters->Blur". A new window is open allowing you to set the object position in time. You can chose the point where the effect should start, its duration and dynamics depending on the parent object duration. The selected effect will appear on the timeline.

Editing blur properties for image object

The effect will be immediately applied to the image.

Blur effect for image object

You can configure other effect parameters in the properties window. Click the effect on the timeline and open the “Properties window” tab at the right of the scene area. For the Blur effect, the available parameters are the following: blur intensity, original and final blur levels which enable to make effect of stepless object blur or increasing of stepless contrasting effect.


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

How to export video project from VSDC Free Video Editor and save it in a required format

Once you have finished the work on your project, you will need to save it in one of standard file formats. Open the “Export project” tab on the ribbon command bar to choose one of the available formats and configure necessary parameters.

Here you can choose a device on which you plan to play the video, and a format supported by the chosen device.

Click the arrow specified on the image above to see the whole list of supported devices.

After you have chosen a video format, you need to choose a profile which sets the quality of resulting video. Click the arrow next to the Profile field and select one of the available profiles from the drop-down list.

You can configure your own profile by clicking the "Edit profile…" button and setting properties of video and audio codecs. Use the “Apply profile” button to save changes.

You can also indicate the path to the resulting video on your computer.

Finally, click the “Convert files” button to start the exporting process.

After the conversion is completed, you’ll get a video file of the chosen format and you’ll be able to save it on CD or DVD. Open the “Tools” tab and click the “Disc burner” button. A new window will be open allowing you to burn data to a compact-disc, make multisession discs, edit their content and make DVD video (for this purpose you need to export your video in DVD format).


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

How to set properties of object position in time

Video editor enables to work with different objects, namely: "Sprite", "Duplicate", "Line", "Rectangle", "Ellipse", "Tooltip", "Image", "Sound", "Video", "Movement" and also with a large quantity of video and audio effects.

You can add these objects using the same methods which are divided into three stages: choice of object, setting up its position in time and on the scene. For more information about the first and the third stages see example of adding video and image to the scene in section "How to open video file or image for editing".  In the present section we shall explain how to set object when it is added to the scene.

When you add object to the scene or when you apply effect to object you see the following window which sets object/effect position in time:

Object position properties

In this window you may set time of object appearance to the scene (effect start time), duration of display (effect duration), as well as its dynamics upon change of parent object duration. Let’s review in details each parameter:

  • By work area – sets time of appearance and duration as per the marked working area on timeline (duration of video and audio objects is set not according to working area duration, but in accordance with duration of video and audio material in a file).

    Timeline work area

  • From cursor position - sets time of appearance starting from cursor position on timeline and automatically sets duration to the end of the scene (duration of video and audio objects is set not to the end of the scene but according to video and audio material in a file).
  • To cursor position  – sets time of appearance starting from beginning of parent object (scene or sprite) to cursor position on timeline (duration of video and audio objects is set not to cursor position but according to video and audio material in a file).
  • Whole parent duration - sets time of object appearance and its duration equal to parent object duration. Connection of object duration with parent object duration is also set ("Lock end position").
  • From scene begin - sets time of appearance starting from parent object. Object duration is manually set (except for video and audio objects which have duration set according to duration of material).
  • To scene end - sets time of object disappearance equal to time of parent object disappearance. Duration is manually set. Connection of object appearance time and its duration with parent object duration are also set ("Lock start position  and "Lock end position").
  • From manual position – time of object appearance and its duration are manually set.
  • To manual position – time of object disappearance and its duration are manually set.
  • Lock start position  - sets connection of object appearance time with parent object duration, i.e. if parent object duration is changed object appearance time will be automatically recalculated.
  • Lock end position -  sets connection of object duration with parent object duration, i.e. if parent object duration is changed object duration will be automatically recalculated.

We recommend to choose "Whole parent duration" option for filters and other effects covering the whole duration of parent object, because in this case "Lock end position" option is set and when object duration is changed, effect duration will be automatically changed.

At the same time for transition effects we recommend to choose "From scene begin" or "To scene end". In such case options "Lock start position" and "Lock end position" are set the way that when object duration is changed, duration of effect will not be changed, and effect finish time will always coincide with time of object disappearance if you choose option "To scene end".


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

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"VSDC Free Video Editor is a surprisingly powerful, if unconventional video editor"

- PC Advisor


"This video editor gives you tons of control and editing power"

- CNet


"The editor handles many common formats and boasts a good deal of capabilities when it comes time to alter lighting, splice video, and apply filters and transitions in post production"

- Digital Trends