5 Websites to Edit Videos Online

Online video editing apps aren't quite as powerful as editing software, but they'll get the job done.
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With the closure of YouTube Video Editor and Stupeflix Studio, users are turning to other online video editing websites. Websites that feature online video editing capabilities are not as feature-rich as video editing software that you install on your computer, but they make it possible for you to do quick and simple edits right on the website without having to buy and install software of your own.

In most cases, you upload your video clips to the website, perform the editing tasks using their toolset, and then download the edited version of the video in its original format, or in one of the other video formats supported by the service. If the website doesn't support your video file's format, or if you want to convert the edited video to a different video format that the site doesn't offer, try using a free video file converter.

Here are some of the best free websites for video editing.

Screenshots of the Movie Maker Online image editor

Movie Maker Online is an excellent editing tool, though it may take you a short time adjusting to the page layout where you drag and drop your video, still images, and music. You can crop uploaded videos and choose from a good selection of filters.

The website offers text overlays, fade options, and transitions as well. It even has royalty-free images and music files you can incorporate into your movie.

Movie Maker Online is ad-supported, which you may find distracting, and you will have to deactivate any ad-blocking software or plugins you may have running before you can use it, but the flexibility and features of this online video editor are unmatched by any of the other popular services. More »

Screenshots of the Video Toolbox online video editor

Video Toolbox is a free online video editor that can work with videos up to 1.5 GB in size. This online video editor goes beyond basic editing to address sophisticated tasks such as conversions and cropping.

Here are some of the features you'll find in Video Toolbox:

  • Converts videos between popular file formats including MP4, MOV, and MKV.
  • Available option to add a text watermark over your video.
  • Trims the start and end times of your video.
  • Offers the ability to merge videos.
  • Supports demux, letting you extract audio, video, or subtitle text from a file.
  • Downloads flash video files from several video streaming websites.
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Screenshots of the Clipchamp free online video editor

Clipchamp is a free service that doesn't require you to upload your video to its website. The files stay on your computer unless you opt for one of the company's integrated options. There is no limit on file size. Services include:

  • Flipping or mirroring the video
  • Trimming unwanted parts from the video
  • Rotating files clockwise or counterclockwise
  • Cropping out unwanted sections of the video
  • Adjusting color, brightness, and saturation

In addition to the free version of Clipchamp, a couple of reasonably priced paid versions are available for heavy users. More »

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Screenshots of the free online video editor WeVideo

WeVideo is an easy-to-use cloud-based video editor. The site pairs advanced video editing features with a simple interface, so you don't need to be a pro to create great movies. You control everything in your video, including motion effects, scene transitions, and green screen. 

Sophisticated features include still photo animation, clip transformation, and voiceover. You can add custom branding and free music tracks from WeVideo's library of copyright-free music.

Upload your photos, videos, and audio to the cloud,  and you can access them whenever you need them, wherever you have internet access. When you are finished editing your video, you can download it or leave it in the cloud so that you can post it to networks like Facebook and Twitter.​ WeVideo can also be used to embed videos on your website.

WeVideo offers plans that cost only a few dollars a month. A free option is available, too, that lets you store up to 1GB of video and work with video files up to 480p resolution. More »

Screenshots of the Online Video Cutter free video editor website

Online Video Cutter is accessible through the web as well as a Chrome extension. Upload your files to the website (up to 500 MB) or store clips on Google Drive or another online storage service. Use Online Video Cutter to remove unwanted footage, rotate it if needed, and crop the video. The interface is easy to understand and use, and the service is free.

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