Free online video editor

Have you been delaying the decision to invest in video for your business? Allowing the learning curve and cost to hold you back?

If so, I have good news for you: There are several free online video editors that take almost all the work out of video creation.

In fact, many of these editing programs supply pre-made animations and stock footage. So you can produce an entire video without ever picking up a camera. And since these services run in the cloud, you don’t have to download or install anything beyond a web browser.

Pro tip: If you’re on a Mac, you can actually use a program you already have (Keynote) to make awesome animated videos for free. Learn how »


Here are a few of such tools that I’ve personally tried and recommend. I’ll update this post periodically as I aim to provide the most accurate information. But please understand that these websites may change their free offerings at any time.

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In a rush? Here’s how the tools stack up, at a glance. (Most allow media uploads and offer free stock media assets to some degree.)

By the way — for most of the websites on this list, “free” means “we’ll watermark your videos and limit your downloads to lower resolutions to encourage you to upgrade plans.”

OK, let’s dive in.

Adobe Spark Video

From Photoshop to Premiere Pro, Adobe is known for the quality of its creative tools. And Spark is no exception, allowing you to quickly create images, videos, and even web pages. (But for now, let’s focus on video.)

Spark works similarly to presentation software — editing your video is as simple as adding and rearranging slides. Creating a slick video for social media has never been easier.

With Spark, you can:

  • Sync projects across multiple devices
  • Pick from a multitude of themes
  • Import your own footage and photography
  • Select from background songs provided (or upload one of mine)
  • Record voiceovers and add text overlays
  • Choose from widescreen or square orientation
  • Export at 720p resolution
  • Download, embed, or share your video

Take Spark for a spin »

Animaker

Taking the heavy lifting out of motion design, Animaker allows you to adapt existing characters, props, animations, and other elements to craft truly customized scenes.

Under the free plan, you’ll be able to:

  • Create up to five two minutes-long videos per month
  • Polish your videos with background music and sound effects
  • Import your own audio and images
  • Customize text and colors
  • Export 480p video to Facebook and YouTube (direct downloads require a paid plan)

Animate with Animaker »

Animatron Studio

Very similar to Animaker, Animatron Studio offers pre-made characters, background scenes, and props to help you make an animated video without breaking a sweat.

However, the free version is for personal use only. So if you’re making a video for a business, you’ll need to skip this one and use another tool.

The free plan allows you to:

  • Create up to five 10 seconds-long projects for personal use only
  • Enjoy 2GB of video hosting storage
  • Switch between Lite and Expert editing modes
  • Choose from 2,200 animated objects
  • Import your own media assets
  • Edit text and customize font styles
  • Export to HTML5 video at 360p resolution

Test out Animatron Studio »

Biteable

Using Biteable’s intuitive interface, you can customize numerous interesting templates — which feature free stock footage and effects — to make a video that looks like it was crafted by skilled editors.

With the free plan, you can:

  • Create up to five videos per month
  • Choose from a variety of themes, such as “explainer” or “presentation”
  • Customize text and colors
  • Use included media or import your own
  • Enjoy 1GB of cloud storage
  • Publish to YouTube and Facebook
  • Export at 720p resolution

Build better videos with Biteable »

Clipchamp

Clipchamp is one of the few free video editors that doesn’t watermark your videos. But its free plan is limited to personal use only. So if you’re creating a video for commercial reasons, you’ll need to either upgrade plans or use another app on this list.

If you’ve ever used iMovie, you’ll find Clipchamp’s features familiar:

  • Create unlimited videos with no watermark (for personal use only)
  • Import your own video, image, and audio assets
  • Source stock footage, music, and sound effects from Clipchamp’s library
  • Edit text, colors, and transitions
  • Export at 480p resolution

Create something cool with Clipchamp »

Headliner

At the time of writing, I think Headliner may be my favorite tool on this list. It’s incredibly versatile, has no restrictions, and doesn’t watermark your videos. Sounds like a winner, right?

Headliner also offers some unique features, including audio waveform generation (useful if you’re creating a video version of a podcast), automatic video transcription (fairly accurate), and a magical function that converts your blog posts into videos.

Heads up: I have noticed that when I upload footage and then export the project, my video quality gets degraded a little. Not a deal-breaker, but important to know.

  • Create unlimited videos with no watermark
  • Choose from three orientations — square, landscape, and portrait
  • Import your own video, image, and audio assets
  • Source visuals and music from Headliner’s library
  • Edit text, colors, and transitions
  • Automatically transcribe (i.e. add captions to) videos
  • Use artificial intelligence to convert blog posts to videos
  • Generate waveforms from audio file (two hours max)
  • Export at 1080p resolution

Get creative with Headliner »

Kapwing

Relatively barebones compared to other apps on this list, Kapwing aims to make video editing simpler and more accessible.

In addition to providing a well-rounded video editor called Studio, Kapwing also offers its services in unbundled form. So, for example, if you want only to add music to your video, there’s a specific tool for that.

Using Kapwing’s most feature-rich “Studio” tool, you can:

  • Create an unlimited number of videos
  • Add text and import video, audio, and images
  • Customize colors
  • Choose from included images and shapes
  • Export at 720p resolution

Edit killer videos with Kapwing »

Loom

A little different from most of the tools on this list, Loom is a screen and video recording web app. It’s mostly marketed as a tool for customer support and remote sales, but I think it’s a fantastic option for tutorials, as well.

The catch, in my opinion, is it’s a Chrome extension that requires a lot of permissions (e.g., read and change all the information on web pages you visit). I’m sure such permissions are necessary for the app to function properly. But still, I don’t really like allowing that kind of access.

At the time of writing, all of the following features of Loom are completely free:

  • Create an unlimited number of videos with no watermark
  • Record any length of video
  • Trim videos
  • Protect videos with a password
  • Allow viewers to post comments and emoji reactions
  • Export as an mp4 or embed as HTML

Give Loom a look »

OFFEO

Working on a video for social media? You should try using OFFEO — an app that adds dynamic animated effects to static images.

Seemingly built with short-form video in mind, the tool offers both a simple mode (“create a video in five steps”) and a more advanced “designer” mode.

Both modes are easy to use and boast a host of features, including:

  • Create an unlimited number of videos
  • Start with one of the numerous templates available
  • Choose from three orientations — square, landscape, and portrait
  • Set default logos, colors, and fonts
  • Edit text and font styles
  • Use provided image assets (from Unsplash) or import your own
  • Enjoy 100MB of cloud storage
  • Liven up your videos with animations
  • Export with no visual watermark at 360p resolution

Check out OFFEO »

Powtoon

Promising professional-looking results in just 20 minutes, Powtoon offers a drag-and-drop-style platform for creating animated videos.

Powtoon is quite similar to Animaker and Animatron Studio in that it provides a range of animated scenes, characters, and objects — so you don’t need any original footage to create an engaging video.

Here’s what you can expect from the free plan:

  • Create an unlimited number of videos
  • Choose from three orientations — square, landscape, and portrait
  • Embellish your video with included visuals and audio tracks
  • Stylize your video with different “looks,” including whiteboard and cartoon
  • Enjoy 100MB of cloud storage
  • Export at 480p resolution to YouTube, Facebook, Wistia, and Vimeo

Produce great videos with Powtoon »

Renderforest

Striving to be an “all-in-one design platform,” Renderforest might be the most versatile service on this list. It provides tools that can help you create everything from animated logo intros to websites.

Its free plan is rather generous, too. After all, you can:

  • Create unlimited videos up to three minutes long
  • Enjoy 500MB of cloud storage
  • Choose from an array of flexible templates and styles
  • Select one of five background tracks (or upload one of mine)
  • Publish to Facebook or YouTube
  • Export at 360p resolution

Explore Renderforest »

Rocketium

Since I first published this article, Rocketium has seen a number of improvements and released several new features. However, the specifics of the free plan aren’t explicitly stated anymore (at least not anywhere that I can find).

But based on my personal experience, the free plan allows you to:

  • Create up to three videos per month
  • Expedite the creation process with 30 quick-start themes
  • Customize fonts, colors, filters, and animations
  • Browse and use free, royalty-free footage and photography
  • Choose from 29 free background music tracks
  • Add a custom logo
  • Export to different orientations, including landscape, portrait, and square
  • Download at up to 720p resolution

Make a masterpiece with Rocketium »

Soapbox by Wistia

You might be familiar with Wistia, a sleek video hosting platform used by many well-known brands. But did you know Wistia also offers a screencasting tool called Soapbox?

Just like Loom, Soapbox is a Chrome extension (and, as a result, requires significant permissions) that allows you to record your screen, microphone, and webcam simultaneously.

Soapbox’s features are a little more limited than Loom’s, but still pretty generous:

  • Create an unlimited number of videos with no watermark (but there is a promotional message on the video landing page)
  • Record any length of video
  • Transition between webcam, screencast, and split-screen views
  • Include a link at the end of your video
  • Trim videos
  • Customize video player color and thumbnail
  • Export to your Wistia account or share as a link

Screencast with Soapbox by Wistia »

Typito

Easy to use and full of features, Typito is a more traditional, non-linear video editor. It’s also one of only two apps on this list that allows you to export to 1080p HD quality.

Here’s a look at some of the tool’s other perks:

  • Create up to four HD videos
  • Choose from three orientations — square, landscape, and portrait
  • Import your own visual assets or an image from Unsplash
  • Dress up your video with text and graphical overlays
  • Animate images, text, and graphics
  • Import up to 10 video clips or images per video
  • Use one of the background songs provided (or upload one of mine)
  • Share to Facebook and YouTube
  • Export at 1080p resolution (only two exports allowed per video)

Try out Typito »

Wave.video by Animatron

From the folks that created Animatron Studio comes Wave.video — a powerful and intuitive video editor.

Here’s what the free plan allows you to do:

  • Create up to 10 two minutes-long videos
  • Start a project from scratch or use a template
  • Resize your video into 30+ aspect ratios
  • Choose stock footage, animated graphics, and music from Wave.audio’s large library
  • Import up to 10 video clips, 20 images, and 10 audio tracks
  • Add text and edit font style
  • Share to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and many other platforms
  • Export at 480p resolution

Create with Wave.video »

WeVideo

Much like Typito, WeVideo offers a more traditional video editing workspace in the browser. And its drag-and-drop interface is very beginner-friendly.

As a free WeVideo user, you can:

  • Create up to five minutes of video per month
  • Enjoy 1GB of cloud storage
  • Work in storyboard or timeline mode
  • Add royalty-free background music
  • Export 480p video to Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms

Give WeVideo a go »

Want more video editor recommendations?

I hope this post makes it easier for you to create awesome videos. And I intend to revisit it periodically to update information as necessary so that it remains as helpful as possible.

But if you’d like more recommendations in the meantime, check out these three free video editing programs »

Logan Nickleson

About the author: Logan is the founder of (and musician behind) Music for Makers — a simpler, more affordable music licensing solution for people who make videos, podcasts, and other creative stuff.