Last year, I was asked to help put together a short film for a non-profit, which I did with OpenShot in Linux.

This year, I was asked to do it again, and even though I tried to say no, I got manipulated into accepting the job again. (I blame my brother)
However, this year, I don't have a Linux machine available; only Windows. (Although if I really need it, I'll run Ubuntu Studio in a VirtualBox so I can get OpenShot)

Is there a Windows program that more or less does what OpenShot does? Since I'm doing this pro-bono (and, hopefully, only once), I'd really prefer that this software be free, as in no cost.

Requirements, in short:

  • Free
  • video editing software that
  • doesn't require extensive training to use that's also
  • compatible with Windows (8).

4 Answers 4


Lightworks offers a free version.

  • I found it was more capable then Windows Movie Maker
  • Has a free version that is limited compared to the pro version.

I did have to watch some of the tutorial videos in order for me to figure a few things out.

  • Cool hope it helps if not its the best i have found for free
    – Travis
    Commented Feb 8, 2015 at 23:02

As you already know it, try the live cd in that windows machine: http://www.openshot.org/download/

Windows movie maker should be an option: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/movie-maker Given it is free, easy to learn, and runs on W8.


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Shotcut is open source and it appears pretty powerful while not being too difficult to learn.

The simplest would be AviDemux - if you just want to cut and join and mux clips.

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