Top 7 Free Video Editing Software for Mac

A while back we wrote about 5 things you had no idea your Mac could do which got a lot more hits than we expected. Following that article, we’ve received so many requests about recommending the best video editing software for Macs that we finally cave in and pulled together a list of the 7 best free video editing software for Mac.

There isn’t too much free video editing software for Mac OS X out there and the software that is available for sale, is extremely expensive. Unless you’re really into video editing and you’re expecting to make a living out of it, we don’t recommend buying video editing software for Mac. Free software is available and we’ve got some really good video editing software for Mac recommendations right here. Read on and take notes!

1. iMovie

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iMovie is Apple’s own video editing software that comes free with your computer. It’s part of the iLife suite and it’s pretty good, especially if you’re just starting out with your video editing. It has some easy-to-use effects, a minimalistic timeline view and built in animations and sounds. Try it and if you feel like it doesn’t satisfy you, then move on to something a bit more complex.

2. Kdenlive

Kdenlive goes well with OS X with the help of MacPorts. The video editing software goes even better with Linux, but that shouldn’t scare you. The developers are still working on the software, as it managed to raise around $7,000 from donations. It’s a good video editing software that you can count on. And if you happen to get stuck, the people over at Kdenlive forums are mighty nice!

3. Blender

Blender is a powerful tool that’s been gaining a bit of fame over the Internet. If you want to get into 3D modelling, then Blender is the way to do it. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with it and you can find plenty of tutorial online to help you get started.

4. Jahshaka

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Jahshaka compares a bit to Adobe After Effects, but it’s still got a long way to go before it reaches that level of professionalism. Here’s what their website has to say about their software: The leading free, open source digital content creation platform is back and is bringing you the future of immersive digital content creation. Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it?

5. Avidemux

Avidemux is a free and open-source video editing software that is also great for video processing. The software is also capable of non-linear video editing, adding visual effects to video and transcoding video into multiple formats. You can also use Avidemux to do muxing (inserting audio streams into a video file), which is pretty cool! It’s a basic program that does its job well.

6. VideoLan Movie Creator

VideoLan Movie Creator is a free video editing software for Mac, Windows and Linux that is created by the folks who did the now infamous VLC player.  The software is still in early development and while it may not be the best right now, it has all the potential in the world to be the best. Keep your eye on it!

7. Lightworks

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Video editing software lovers rejoice! Lightworks is now available for Macs! The software that went open source in 2010 also offers a paid version (Lightworks Pro). Lightworks has only recently, September of 2014, become available for Mac computers, so go on and hurry to download this great video editing software for Mac.

We hope that you find what you’re looking for among these seven free video editing software for Mac OS X. They’re all good, but you need to go through all of them to see which one is perfect for you, so if you have the time, do it and maybe you can drop us a line in the comment section below and share your review with us. That being said, iMovie’s not so bad!