The Ultimate Free Video Editor Comparison

June 22, 2015 / By

Are your video clips and pictures just begging to be turned into an engaging video? This guide will help you navigate the current offerings of free online video editors so you can choose the one that is right for you.

WeVideo Online Video Editor


WeVideo gives you complete control of your video editing experience. New to video editing? Use Storyboard. Have a bit more experience? Use the Timeline for full creative control.
Free accounts get 5 minutes of export time per month and in full HD. Videos produced with free accounts will have a small watermark.


  • Full creative control
  • Voice over and multi-track editing
  • Good for all skill levels


  • Limited image editing
  • Fewer video themes
  • Watermark


Animoto employs patented technology that automatically analyzes your images, video clips, and music to produce a video within one of their design styles.
Animoto offers a free trial of their Pro account that lets you create unlimited videos. Videos created during the trial will be watermarked.


  • Simplified video editing
  • Royalty-free music library
  • 50+ unique video styles


  • Themes apply filter to images
  • No control over frames or appearance
  • No cloud storage


Magisto does the video editing for you. Transitions and filters are added based on the video style you choose. Simply add your media and Magisto produces a video ready for sharing.
A free Magisto account lets you upload 10 pictures or video clips for a video up to 15 minutes in length.


  • Fully automated
  • Fun themes
  • Artificial intelligence technology


  • Cannot custom edit
  • Pay to download
  • Copyrighted music


The YouTube Editor helps you stitch together the clips you have uploaded to YouTube. Perfect for adding cuts, edits, and transitions to your clip for a cleaner presentation.


  • Runs in any browser
  • No extra software required
  • Auto-fix brightness and contrast levels


  • Clunky interface
  • Only edit videos on your YouTube account
  • Still working out bugs
YouTube Editor


Stupeflix employs a simple, user-friendly, interface that lets you drag and drop media files onto a storyboard and, with one click, creates a stylized video for you.
Free accounts can create unlimited public videos with a resolution of 360p.


  • Beginner-friendly
  • Super simple interface
  • Editing is done for you


  • Videos are public
  • Cannot manage video projects
  • Low resolution output

These, and other online video editors, are great for combining your video clips and images in the cloud. Each has their benefits and downfalls but could be perfect for your project depending on your needs. Need to create a slideshow in a hurry? Try Animoto, Magisto or Stupeflix. Need something with more customization capabilities? Give WeVideo or the YouTube Editor a try.
Which online video editor is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lauren Colman