The best free video editing software can provide an easy way to test the waters as you consider a career in videography, although they won’t match the range of features offered in the best paid-for software.

While there is nothing wrong with paying for a good video editing application, it is not always feasible to do so, especially when you are not sure about making a commitment. Thankfully, there’s a lot of video editing software to choose from right now. This is because most serve as a promotional campaign for paid software by the same creators. (See all the paid-for options in our best video editing software post).