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Good Morning Blogging People!

So… How was Your Weekend?

Like always, I worked through mine…

Only this time, I was doing something I’ve never done before!

Okay, so here’s the sitch.

As most of you know, among my other responsibilities, I run the Popular Lifestyle Blog PrettyasPie.com.

For the last two weeks or so, however, my team has been hard at work redesigning and completely re-branding Pretty as Pie to prepare for a March 1st Relaunch (If you look at it right now use caution as it is a hot mess until Noon on March 1st ♥.)

With the re-conceptualization of Pretty as Pie, I realized that it would be valuable to add videos to my future recipe and diy blog articles that I can post on Youtube and share through my other social media outlets, but I had so many questions that didn’t know where to begin!

  • What Software do I use to edit the videos?
  • What Software do other Youtubers and vloggers use when editing their videos?
  • How large of an investment is the software going to be?
  • I wonder if there is a free version of anything that our team can use?
  • How much of a time sink will learning the new software be after actually researching the best ones and paying for a license to run it?

As you can see, I was in over my head.

So what, does any good boss lady do when she needs answers fast? I researched my options, documented my findings and turned it into a blog post.

Hope You like it!

Let me know if you’ve tried or intend on trying any of these programs in the comments below and please share this article on facebook, twitter, or pinterest if you found it helpful! ♥

♥ With Love,

Emma Rae Thomas + The Poor Little Blogger Team

Free Video Editing Tools for Bloggers, Vloggers, and Youtubers

Windows Movie Maker – Let’s hit the ground running with the easiest and most common tool on our list, Windows Movie Maker. Despite the fact that this program comes pre-bundled with every copy of Windows (except for Windows 10, but you can just download it ♥) it has a surprising amount of power behind it. While it doesn’t come with all of the bells and whistles that editors like final cut do, for simple cutting, editing, and layering it works well and has a minimal learning curve.

iMovie – iMovie is the slightly more advanced Windows Movie Maker of the Apple world. For simple everyday use, it’s tough to beat iMovie’s simple user interface, and easy exports. With the ability to quickly pull video clips down from a variety of devices, and the ability to export your finished videos to Youtube or Apple’s iCloud service, both getting and distributing your videos is a simple process with imovie.

Openshot – Openshot is a surprisingly powerful piece of software, packed full of features that you normally can’t get outside of big budget video editing software. Featuring unlimited layering, a large number of built-in special effects, overlays, and a wide variety of encoding options, this software will knock your freaking socks off with it’s wide variety of abilities. Downside? Right now it’s only  available for Linux, so you will need to have some serious computer know how to get it up and running.

Avidemux – While it doesn’t have the raw power that Openshot does, Avidemux is an excellent choice for simple editing. Much like iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, Avidemux focuses primarily on simple audio/video layering, with easy to use video cuts and transitions, making it suitable for editing simple videos. It does, however, have one Kick*** feature that will help it stand out from the sea of other video editors: a scripting language built in to help you automate simple tasks. If you have a particular set of transitions or effects that you combine and use on a regular basis, you can create a pre-set script for them and apply it whenever you need to, saving you some seriously valuable time in the editing booth.

Lightworks – Very few of the free tools out there for video editing can boast the pedigree that Lightworks can. Having been used on a large number of big budget Hollywood projects, the fact that this suite is available to the public free of charge is somewhat surprising. While it doesn’t feature all of the features that the premium version does, the free version of Lightworks is stunningly powerful, allowing you to combine multiple video and audio threads with just a few quick clicks. Post-Processing is also something that Lightworks does quite well, with fantastic color corrections and real time effects. If you want to feel like a big-shot Hollywood editor, this is the software for you.

WeVideo – No matter what level of video editing experience you have, WeVideo has the features and user interface that will help you get the most out of every moment of video. WeVideo is also one of the most portable video editing softwares out there, existing primarily as an app for Google’s Chrome OS. Running with full speed on most Chromebooks, WeVideo is lightning fast, and ready to edit from anywhere, with quick publishing options to get your movies out there immediately. While it won’t make Hollywood grade movies, when it comes to editing on the go there are no better options than WeVideo.