What are the best free Mac video editors?

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    #1Blender

    Blender
    Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Jordan Walters
    Written on March 4, 2017
    "This application is not primarily used for the purpose of editing videos, it is, in fact, a rendering tool for animations. There is, what appears, to be an adequate video editor included, however I would look for a "video editor first" solution before using this. "
  2. 13

    #2Filmora

    Filmora

    Filmora is a simply elegant video editing software geared toward beginner, novice, and casual users. Anyone can learn to use this software, regardless of their skill level, and the end results look and sound fantastic.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Bruce Green
    Written on May 22, 2017
    "I love Filmora! One super nice feature that Filmora has is its action cam capabilities. This tool focuses on footage captured by cameras such as GoPro. I love this because it gives you the ability to edit your fast-moving and high-definition videos. Learning Filmora is easy. The tools and features, like adding text and transitions or applying filters are all available from the main window. of the interface. You can be up and running in Filmora in just a few minutes. Have fun!"
  3. 11

    #3iMovie

    iMovie

    iMovie is a video editing software application. Browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Xu Wang
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "iMovie has been a fantastic app for me to share all of the beautiful moments of life. It is feature rich and provides the user with great tools to edit videos up to 4K resolution. It is a very intuitive application and provides any user with an easy approach to dealing with their movie collection and recording new ones. "
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    #4Lightworks

    Lightworks

    Lightworks is a video editing software to be used for creating and enhancing videos for film and broadcast. Supporting various video formats, this program is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Walter Simmons
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "Lightworks is a good program on your Mac if you need to edit video. It allows you to skip around and edit different sections. It's fairly lightweight in comparison to Adobe Studios. I think it doesn't work the best for longer video editing and if you need a more professional editing, however it works great for amateur projects."
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    #5Hitfilm Express

    Hitfilm Express

    HitFilm is a free motion graphics and video editing software that enables users to color grade, edit videos, and compose, all on the same software. It also has advanced tracking and 3D modeling tools.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Danielle Chapman
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "I love that this took me straight to a friendly and easy to use site that has just what I need to get started!!! It sure does help me out and I saved a ton of time that would have been wasted searching on my own. Now I can get straight to the creative without all the boring hunting around. Thanks!"
  3. 8

    #6OpenShot

    OpenShot
    OpenShot is easy to use, quick to learn, and powerful free video editor. It supports various audio, photo, and video formats, and it features unlimited tracks and layers. It is available for platforms including Linux, Windows, and Mac.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Doris Schmidt
    Written on May 14, 2017
    "This is a free, open source program for editing videos on mac. Things like adobe premiere or final cut pro can be expensive so this is a good program for people just getting into editing."
  4. 7

    #7JahShaka

    JahShaka
    Jahshaka is a free media management and playback platform with tools for compositing, editing and effects. It's available for Windows, OsX and many distributions of Linux.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Joe Russell
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "JahShaka is a really great free Mac video editor. It has most of the features you would want for editing your videos and it's pretty simple to use. A good choice for a beginning video editor."
  5. 5

    #8Shotcut

    Shotcut

    Shotcut is an open-source video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. The software supports many video, audio, and image formats thanks to FFmepg and screen capture, webcam, and audio capture. It has a timeline for non-lineal edition for editing multiple tracks and compose. 

    Software

    Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Jeffrey Cook
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "Shortcut is a free video editor with all the most important functions to let you edit your video in a professional looking way. I tried it because I needed to edit a video from the computer at my grandma house, and I kept using it even later because I liked the software :)"
  6. 4

    #9Avidemux

    Avidemux
    Avidemux is a free video editor for Windows, Mac, Linux and more. It has tools like cutting, filtering and encoding. It also supports video types, including AVI, DVD, MPEG, MP4 and ASF via codecs. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Jean Carlson
    Written on July 26, 2017
    "I recently got a Mac and was wanting to start my own Youtube Channel. You know, all the gurus have Apple products. I tried to play around with the video editing software that they have but didn't like it. I searched around and found Avidemux which is for simple editing and it was PERFECT for what I needed! It wasn't complicated and def helped me out."
  7. 3

    #10Kapwing

    Kapwing

    Kapwing is an online image, GIF, and video editor developed by Eric Lu and Julia Enthoven in 2017. It can also make sound effects, montage, video collage and stop-motion effect. The video file can be from Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 

    Online Tools

    Free

    Cheshta Nair
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "Kapwing's a pretty useful and compact video editor. It doesn't have every feature you need for professional video editing, but it works in a pinch, and is pretty powerful for what it is."
  8. 3

    #11Kdenlive

    Kdenlive
    Kdenlive is an acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. It is primarily aimed at the GNU/Linux platform but also works on BSD, MacOS, and Windows. It is based on the MLT Framework KDE and QT. It has multi track editing with a timeline, it also comes with tools for creating, moving, editing video, audio, image and text clips.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Samantha Wade
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "This only offers an outdated package that would need to be compiled. Not really helpful. "
  9. 0

    #12ivsEdits LE

    ivsEdits LE
    ivsEdits LE is a free video editing software featuring professional editing tools with a full working NLE software. It's a Vimeo Partner so it is easier for users to upload their works to Vimeo.


    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Laura Long
    Written on April 26, 2017
    "As a budding videographer, I have been able to create much more detailed and well edited versions of videos that I have been filming using ivsEdits LE. I was hooked on this software after I spent a few days learning how to use the free version which anyone who loves video editing needs to download! A few favorite features include quick exporting to almost all video formats, editing while recording and great support from ivs staff. I am so happy that I gave this program a shot! "
  10. 0

    #13VLMC (video Lan Movie Creator)

    VLMC (video Lan Movie Creator)
    Open source beta video editor being developped by video lan (same makers as VLC) for windows.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Catherine Tucker
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "I wanted to make a home movie montage and send it to my parents as a gift. I found VLMC, and wanted to try it out. Unfortunately, the software isn't ready. The site even says "Not ready for beta". I hope they finish it, because the screenshots look amazing."

Summary

Best What are the best free Mac video editors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BlenderSoftware 17 Free
2FilmoraSoftware 13 Free
3iMovieSoftware 11 Free
4LightworksSoftware 11 Free
5Hitfilm ExpressSoftware 10 Free
6OpenShotSoftware 8 Free
7JahShakaSoftware 7 Free
8ShotcutSoftware 5 Free
9AvidemuxSoftware 4 Free
10KapwingOnline Tools 3 Free
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