I am looking for a free program - similar to Sony Vegas - that will allow me to creat professional-looking videos.
This program would ideally have the following features:

  • Ability to import existing video files and edit them
  • Ability to add music
  • Professional looking fonts and effects
  • User-friendly UI; preferably not a big learning curve
  • Doesn't need administrator privileges to install, as I'm not the administrator.
  • Windows 7 is the operating system I use

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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.
  • Ability to import existing video files and edit them
  • Ability to add music (I recorded talking with Audacity and was able to add that so adding music should be possible.
  • I use windows 7.

I did have to watch some of the tutorial videos in order for me to figure a few things out. I apologize if it doesn't meet your other requirements I'm not sure on some of them.

  • Could you add a screenshot of your two recommendations so we can compare the UI? Preferably while performing one of the tasks at hand. Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 10:10
  • Will try later there are a bunch of Demos on youtube
    – Travis
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 14:07

Windows Movie maker might be an option User tehDorf added answer to other thread.

  • May already be installed on your computer
  • I'm pretty sure adding music is possible
  • I think the UI is simpler then Lightworks

I can recommend OpenShot which is a mature (v3.1.1 currently) and open-source video editor.

  • cross platform and Win 7 64bit is still supported
  • imports videos
  • add as many audio tracks as needed
  • quite user-friendly and clean UI in my opinion
  • no admin privileges needed
  • has some really nice and professional looking fonts/texts known as Title, which can be furthered edited via Inkscape

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