VSDC Free Video Editor is a feature-packed non-linear video editing suite that can compete with even expensive editing software. There are no extra programs bundled in the installer – just the occasional prompt to upgrade to the premium edition.
With VSDC Free Video Editor you can create video projects from a combination of video clips, still images and audio files, with a resolution of up to 1.980 x 1.080 (full HD) and a maximum frame rate of 30fps. There’s also a built-in screen capture tool for recording video and taking still images from your desktop – ideal for software reviews and tutorials. VSDC Free Video Editor also offers an extensive range of video and audio filters, plus stylish transitions.
You can export finished projects in a variety of formats, with handy ready-made profiles for popular devices. VSDC Free Video Editor also provides a way to burn your project onto DVD – a feature rarely available in free editing software.
Popular format files that VSDC free video editor support:
AVI, QuickTime, HDVideo, WindowsMedia, DVD, MPEG, MPEG-4/MP4, Divx, AMV, and many others. On top of that, you can edit 4K videos as well!
VSDC Free Video Editor Overview
When you open VSDC for the first time, you get a clear picture of what your options are. The upper ribbon-style menu pretty much includes everything you need to start.
The feature-set can be broken down into the following sections:
- Actual editing: cutting, splitting, cropping, rotating the footage.
- Merging video fragments: adding transitions between the elements.
- Visual adjustment: color filters, styles, and advanced color correction tools.
- Video effects: zoom, mirror effect, old TV effects, Chroma Key (green screen), etc.
- Speed adjustment: slow motion and time-lapse effects.
- Audio effects: amplitude setup, noise reduction filters, the Reverse audio effect.
Usage of VSDC Free Video Editor
Videos in VSDC Free Video Editor are made up of ‘objects’, which include video clips, images, audio files, sprites, animations, and many other elements. You can layer these in various ways, including blending, overlaying, and masking. If you’re interested in picture-in-picture or watermarking effects, this is an incredibly simple way to do it.
You can also add charts and text, which makes VSDC Free Video Editor a brilliant tool for creating presentations with much more impact than a standard slideshow.
Each object you add can be edited, moved and cut independently – nothing is final until you export your finished project. The audio and video effects are well worth exploring. They include various Instagram-style filters, as well as special effects like fire, smoke, and water – all of which are fully customizable.
If all that isn’t enough, VSDC Free Video Editor receives regular updates that add even more features. The latest version is significantly faster than previous iterations. includes a stabilization tool that’s ideal for footage shot with a shaky smartphone. It also enables you to upload multiple files to YouTube (if a project has been split into multiple parts. for example), and there’s a new smart export profile for Instagram.
The premium version of VSDC Video Editor is even faster thanks to integrated hardware acceleration, but this isn’t available in the free program and you won’t be able to export your project if it’s enabled. To disable hardware acceleration in the free editor. select the cog icon in the top right, click ‘Acceleration options’ and uncheck the box marked ‘Use hardware acceleration for encoding video’.
VSDC Free Video Editor System Requirements
We’re proud to make semi-professional level video editing affordable and available to everyone. That’s why our software has very low system requirements. In fact, you won’t find another non-linear video editor requiring as little as RAM 256Mb for the program and just 50 MB of free disk space. At least, we haven’t!
It means that even if your favorite PC is a bit outdated, has the limited amount of memory left. or runs on an old version of Windows (XP SP3 / Vista / Win7 / Win8), you can still enjoy working in VSDC. For your convenience, there are two options available – a 32-bit version of the program and a 64-bit optimized version. The latter is an optimal choice for those typically struggling with software crashes.