The following is a list of (mostly) free video and editing tools, software and apps available. It is by no means exhaustive! I will add to it as I come across new things (or at least things that are new to me). And I’ll try to delete anything that gets out of date.


OBS – Open Broadcaster Software

OBS is a powerful, free and open-source programme for recording and live streaming. It is available for Windows, Mac & Linux. You can record directly from a webcam and microphone, and then add in existing videos, images, capture a window or part of your screen, and much more.

Tiny Take

Allows you to capture, annotate, and share screen captures and screen casts. And all for free!


Shotcut is an advanced open source video editor for Windows, Mac & Linux with a user-friendly interface.


Open-source 3D computer graphics software used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.


Powerful video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux that has the aim of making professional quality video editing software available to everyone. As a result, it includes a lot of advanced features, and it can upload straight to YouTube.


A Windows video editor that allows you to upload straight to YouTube. Has many advanced features.

Hit Film Express

An impressive Windows and Mac video editor which can upload straight to YouTube. Additional tools are available for a fee. However, to download Hit Film Express, you do have to share a link to your social media.

DaVinci Resolve

Offers advanced video and audio editing for Windows, Mac & Linux.

Flashback Express

A free screen recorder with advanced features which allows you to capture video anywhere on your PC screen. You can then upload to YouTube or alternatively download the file. (The Pro version allows editing and adding text etc.)

MiniTool MovieMaker

With MiniTool Moviemaker you can quickly and easily create videos/slideshows/animated greetings from your videos and photos. You can add your media to MiniTool MovieMaker, then drag and drop photos and videos into the timeline, add text and music, split your clips and add effects. You can also speed up, slow down and reverse your video clips. The export your creation in a variety of formats. Alternatively you can use a template, for even easier video creation.

Kdenlive video editor

An open-source video editor, designed to meet most needs from basic video editing to professional work. Kdenlive allows you to use and arrange several audio and video tracks and each one can be locked or muted. Kdenlive can use almost any audio and video formats directly (without needing to convert them). There are also lots of effects to choose from (from colour correction to audio adjustments), and transform options.



A cloud-based tool that allows you to select a template, then upload and edit your photos, add text, then add music to create a video. There are a lot of templates to choose from, which are organised into different categories. However, some of these templates contain content that has to be paid for. You can then download or share the link easily via email, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. You can also download the app for either desktop or mobile.


User-friendly and has a huge selection of templates. Easy to share your video to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. With the free version, you can create as many videos as you like. However, they will have a watermark. To download or share without the watermark, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan. There are several different plans, depending on the size of your business.

Record Screen

Browser-based screen recorder. Just remember to download your video – because if you close it without downloading, you can’t retrieve your recording!

Game Recorder

FBX Game Recorder

FBX Game Recorder allows the user to record games in HD. You can add stickers, gifs and captions. You can also drop markers as you play. Use a hotkey to instantly save short videos.



Amara’s amazing mission is to build a more open, collaborative world. Their software allows you to add captions to video, to make video more accessible to those who cannot hear or those who cannot understand the language of the video.


Aegisub is a free, cross-platform open source tool for creating and modifying subtitles. With Aegisub you can easily add subtitles to audio, and it features many powerful tools for styling them. It also includes a real-time video preview.

Stock Video Clips


Pixabey not only allows you download stock images, but also has free stock video clips & footage that you can use.



Lots of storyboard templates. You can preview and download free, professionally designed storyboard templates, ideal for animation, film, video or simply telling a story. Available for Photoshop, Powerpoint, Word, or as a PDF. There is a feature-limited free plan which limits storyboards to 12 frames, and doesn’t include animatics or commenting. Paid plans are available.

StoryBoard That!

No download, no payment details and no login is needed to try Storyboard That. 🙂 The free version is limited to 2 storyboards per week, only 3 and 6 cell storyboards, watermarked downloads and basic print options. Paid versions are available, with options for fun, for teachers and for work.

Video File Converter

Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter can easily convert video file formats (including MP4, WMV, AVI etc) and export them in other formats. It can download and convert video and music from websites (such as Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook etc). Any Video Converter also includes video editing features and effects – you can trim, crop clips, resize, rotate, add subtitles, watermarks and audio tracks. You can also rip audio from video files and CDs, and burn films to DVD.

Note: please read the disclaimer before downloading / using any software.