The 5 Best Video-Editing Software for Mac That’s Free!

In our new super digital world, many people, especially Mac users, are finding that they are taking and making a lot of videos.  These videos are being used more than ever before for work, fun, education or just capturing that special moment. With all of these videos, and with a Mac at hand, it makes sense that you the video maker, would like to be able to edit or just play around with your videos. This may sound like something that will be very expensive to do, but there  are actually some really good quality video-editing software applications for Mac’s that are not just cheap, they’re free!

Here’s our list of the best free video-editing applications available for Mac’s.

1) Apple iMovie

The easiest way to start doing some video editing on your Mac, is by using a free program that you may not even know you have. This app is called, Apple’s iMovie, and it comes installed on every Mac that has the OS X operating system.  You never have to pay an additional fee to use it. The newest version, iMovie 11 is a fantastic video editor for Mac and has a lot of nice features including, one-step effect, movie trailer, and audio editing. In a few simple steps, you will be ready to share your movies on websites such as YouTube, or export them to many of your other Apple devices, including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

Downsides: iMovie is only free for those with a newer Mac that has the OS X operating system. It is not particularly user-friendly and takes the average user some time to learn. It also has very limited supported video formats and will only support MP4, M4V, and MOV formats. If you want to edit any other formats, you will need to use a video converter for Mac to convert the videos.

Overall, it is one of the best, free video edition software applications available for Mac computers, and has a good reputation.

*The feature image, the image at top of this article, is a screenshot of what iMovie looks like when editing a video. 

2) Avidemux

Avidemux is an awesome, free video-editing software application that is designed for easy, simple filtering, cutting, and encoding. It is available for Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and BSD. Avidemux supports many different video, audio, and image formats, including DVD, AVI, most MPEG files, MOV, MP4, ASF, AAC, JPG, and AC3. In fact, the program’s compatibility with most formats is one of the highlights of this software.

The downside of this software is that the video-editing functions are extremely limited. If you are looking for something for simple editing, this software is perfect. However, if you want something that allows you a little more editing freedom. You should use something else.

3) HyperEngine-AV

This free video-editing software for Macs allows users to capture, organize, process, edit, and export video, text, and audio to make great slideshows and DVD quality movies. The software comes with twelve, studio-quality effects from the suite of audio processors from Arboretum’s Hyperprism. It also offers text features that allow users to display credits, titles, or lyrics using fully editable fonts. Editable features include, size, color, type, alignment, style, and scroll directions.

4) ZS4 Video Editor

ZS4 is a free video editor for Mac computers that provides media experts with a platform to combine many different media types into one or more output files. It is also available for Linux and Windows operating systems. This video editor comes with more than 150 built in effects to help enhance your videos.

5) Blender

This is a graphics application that is probably the best video editor application available for Macs, and not just the best because it’s  free editing software, but best too when comparing it to those other video editing applications that have hefty price tags on them.  Blender can be used for many different things including, rigging, modeling, texturing, skinning, UV unwrapping, animating, smoke and water simulations, rendering, particle and many other types of simulations, compositing, non-linear editing, and creating fully interactive 3D applications.

Some of the things you can make with Blender include, video games, animated films, and many other visual effects. Blender is packed full of features that are very advanced, such as powerful animation tools, a node-based material and compositing system, modifier-based modeling tools, and Python for embedded scripting. In addition to Mac, Blender is also available for Windows, Linux, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD.

Which to Pick

Finding the best video-editing software for Mac will depend on your personal needs, and your level of editing skill. If you are new to video editing, you are more likely to enjoy an application that is simple to use and very user friendly. If you are a little more experienced, you may enjoy something that has a few more options and is more challenging.

The above lists five of the best, free video editing options for Mac computers. However, it does not list all of the available options and there are many other free software applications available, and of course, there are many paid applications that will often offer much more functionality. So, with plenty of choices, you should be able to pick one and begin editing your videos to make them a true work of art.

50 Kimberly Carver


Kimberly Carver is a trained Mac Specialist/Expert. Trained both in school and on the job she continues to educate herself about Macs at every opportunity she gets. Kim’s official training and areas of expertise include: Mac specialist, AOL IT Tech, certified paralegal, research specialist, and licensed private investigator.