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Free Online Video Editing

written by: Ryan C.•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 3/23/2010

Need to edit a video in a hurry? Check out these free websites to edit your video online.

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    If you are looking for a free online video editing service, chances are you are either in a hurry or on a strict budget. These video editing sites will not have the same abilities as Adobe’s Premiere Pro or Apple’s Final Cut Pro, but they should at least give you many basic tools to complete your project and share it with friends, family, and the world!

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    Motionbox is a comprehensive video editing solution. They have both a basic and a paid “PRO” version for $24.99 a month which gives more advanced editing features (more themes, fonts, effects), unlimited uploads, hd playback and embedding, 25GB of video storage, 25GB of streaming bandwidth, and ad-free videos. The site supports avi, mov, dv, mpeg, mp4, wmv, asf, vob, flv, mts, m2t, m4v, and qt video files. Basic video editing is available with tools like transitions, cropping, adding music, text, drag and drop editing, and trimming. If you need a nice place to share your videos and don’t mind paying the monthly fee, this solution provides the best quality and most features.

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    More Advanced Editing and Conclusion

    A few years ago, there were a handful of online-video editing websites. Unfortunately, hosting videos and supporting a video-editing site is expensive and they are now gone. Even Photobucket’s video remix web app which was powered by Adobe’s Premiere Express which was launched in 2007 is now unavailable as well.

    There is no perfect online video editing solution and since there was only one solution, Motionbox is worth a try if you find yourself needing to edit a video on the fly. If you want a safer way to share your videos than YouTube, it will work well since they allow 25GB of storage on their pro account.

    If you are looking to spend some money for more features than Motionbox, but do not want to break the bank, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9, Pinnacle Studio HD, and Corel’s VideoStudio Pro X3 are good alternatives, all of which are in the $50-$100 range. They will probably give you more features and buttons than you know what to do with which is a good thing as the limiting factor will be yourself and not the software. Personally, I have used Sony Vegas Movie Studio and found that it met my needs exceptionally well. There was nothing that it could not do that I had imagined for my video.

    Your best bet for free video editing however, if on a PC or Mac, is to use the latest versions of Windows Movie Maker or Apple’s iMovie since you already have it on your computer and it is free. These will definitely be more powerful than any online-video editor and give you the greatest flexibility to unleash your creative potential.