Online Video Editing

Where to Go to Do Simple Video Editing on the Web

Websites that feature online video editing capabilities are not as feature-rich as editing software that you install on your computer, but they make it possible for you to do simple video editing right on the web. In most cases, you upload your video clips to the site, perform the editing tasks that the site offers and then download or share the completed product. The video editing websites listed here are either free or low cost to use.

YouTube Video Editor gives you the opportunity to easily edit videos that you've previously uploaded to YouTube. Given the popularity of YouTube and the vast number of videos uploaded to the site, it's no surprise that YouTube added editing capabilities to its site. With YouTube Video Editor, you can:

  • Trim clips to a different length
  • Combine multiple images and videos you've uploaded to create a new video
  • Customize your clips with special tools and effects
  • Add a text overlay on a clip
  • Make your clip play in slow motion 
  • Use Video Enhancements to color correct, stabilize and add filters
  • Add music to your videos from YouTube's approved tracks

There is no charge to use YouTube's Video Editor. More »

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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 voice over. You can add custom branding and free music tracks from WeVideo's library of copyright-free music.

You upload your photos, videos and audio to the cloud and then you can access them whenever you need them and wherever you are. When you are finished editing your video, you can download it or leave it on the cloud so you can post it to networks like Facebook and Twitter. With WeVideo, you can embed videos on your website.

WeVideo offers several plans that cost only a few dollars a month. More »

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ShotClip, which is aimed at beginning video editors, identifies itself as a social online video editor that allows you to make movies individually, with friends or with a large group. On the site, a user can invite friends who all attended the same event, and they can collaborate to make a movie from their individual video clips.  

ShotClip provides a library of shotlists that help its members build videos shot-by-shot. Use the Android and iOS apps to take videos that seamlessly upload to your ShotClip library.

ShotClip's online video editor is free, but its capabilities are limited. The website offers four plans, one of which is free. More »

Video Toolbox is a free online video editor capable of processing video files up to 600MB. Video Toolbox goes beyond basic video editing to address sophisticated tasks such as video conversion and cropping. It also:

  • Cuts video to start and stop at points that you specify
  • Merges multiple files into a single track
  • Adds a text watermark to your file
  • Crops video
  • Takes snapshots and creates thumbnails of your video clips
  • Exports your video to all the popular video file formats
  • Adds embedded subtitles to your files
  • Analyses your video and displays the information

To edit a video, you upload it to the site, select the desired task, do the editing and the site processes the video for you. You can download it when it is finished. More »