22 best free video editors for Windows | Best free video converters for PC & laptop | Best free video-editing software

The best free video editors and best free video converters for Windows PC and laptop. We reveal the best free video-editing software packages you can install today.

There has never been a better time to edit video, which is good news because these days we are all budding film directors. If you want to do something brilliant with all those hours of footage of your kids in the park, you have come to the right place.

The modern video editor is simple to use and full of great effects. Literally anyone who can use a PC can edit video.

We found 22 great free video editors for Windows. And we listed them alphabetically, so take a look at all of our great free video-editing software packages. One of them is bound to be great for you. These are the best free video editors, regardless of your experience or ability. And stay tuned to the end, there are products from Microsoft and Google at the end that are great starter video editors for the uninitiated.

Best free video editors for Windows

Best free video editors: Avidemux

Avidemux is not one of the more simple free video editors, but it allows you to automate many tasks, and supports a huge array of file types. If you are comfortable with scripting it may be a good choice for you.


Click here to find out more about Avidemux

Best free video editors: BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve offers a professional level of video editing, as well as colour correction, and finishing. The feature set may be a little too much for absolute beginners, but if you know your way around a video editor this is a great non-linear editing package to choose.

BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve
BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve

Click here to find out more about BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve

Best free video editors: Blender

Blender is free, open source 3D creation software with a feature set that is truly stunning. It supports 3D modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, with video editing something of a tacked on extra. This is great software if you are interesting in 3D projects with some video editing, rather than a core video editor.


Click here to find out more about Blender

Best free video editors: DebugMode Wax

Free for business and personal use, Wax is high performance, flexible video compositing-and special effects software. It is good general purpose editor with high-end features.


Click here to find out more about Wax

Best free video editors: Freemake Video Converter

As the name suggests Freemake’s software is both free, and aimed more at converting different formats of video files than it is at editing projects. None the less, it offers some useful simple editing tools, and is the world’s number one video file converter, converting from and to MP4, MP3, AVI, MKV, iPhone, Android, and even YouTube. And it is free. Well worth having in your locker.

Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter

Click here to find out more about Freemake Video Converter

Best free video editors: HitFilm Express

HitFilm Express is great free video-editing software for Mac as well as Windows, offering 2D and 3D compositing and more than 140 visual effects and transitions, and unlimited tracks. There are free video tutorials and training, and a vibrant community that just loves to help. Some add-ons are pay for, but in general we are big fans of HitFilm.

HitFilm Express
HitFilm Express

Click here to find out more about HitFilm Express

Best free video editors: ivsEdits LE

ivsEdits LE is a free video editing software package that features most of the same professional editing tools of the serious professional tool ivsEdits, with some minor limitations around file formats.

ivsEdits LE
ivsEdits LE

Click here to find out more about ivsEdits

Best free video editors: Jahshaka

Jahshaka is a free, open source digital content creation platform – much more than a simple video editor, and for those who wish to do more than just edit video. It offers a powerful immersive media management and playback platform that is accentuated by modules for animation, compositing, editing and special effects. It’s full featured and has good support from its user community.


Click here to find out more about Jahshaka

Best free video editors: Kate’s Video Toolkit

Like Freemake as much a conversion tool as a full fat editor, Kate’s Video Toolkit is an easy-to-use, all-in-one solution for video conversion and simple edits. It can convert AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, MP4, 3GP and ASF files into a variety of output formats, including AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV (Quick Time), VCD, and DVD. If you love to play around with sounds or edit videos, this tool will be great for you.

Kate's Video Toolkit
Kate’s Video Toolkit

Click here to find out more about Kate’s Video Toolkit

Best free video editors: Lightworks

The free version of Lightworks Pro, Lightworks is EditShare’s professional grade non-linear editing software. It supports resolutions up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats. An excellent full-featured video editor for free.


Click here to find out more about Lightworks

Best free video editors: Machete Video Editor Lite

Machete Video Editor Lite is a free version of the powerful video editor Machete. As the name suggests Machete Lite is designed for quick and simple slicing and dicing of your video files. It is an easy way of deleting unnecessary fragments, and quickly cutting, copying and pasting video clips into a full video. The only real down side is that the Lite version supports only AVI and WMV files.

Machete Video Editor Lite
Machete Video Editor Lite

Click here to find out more about Machete Video Lite

Best free video editors: NCH Software VideoPad Video Editor

Designed to be intuitive and easy for beginners, VideoPad is a fully featured video editor for creating professional quality videos in minutes. It allows you to apply effects and transitions, as well as adjusting video speed.

NCH Software VideoPad Video Editor
NCH Software VideoPad Video Editor

Click here to find out more about NCH Software Videopad Editor

Best free video editors: PhotoFilmStrip

PhotoFilmStrip lets you create video clips from photos in three simple steps. You can then output for VCD, SVCD, DVD and Full HD. Other features include subtitling and background music. Not quite a full video editor, then, but good free software for those hoping to create videos from still photos.


Click here to find out more about PhotoFilmStrip

Best free video editors: Pinnacle VideoSpin

The cut down version of Pinnacle’s top of the shop premium video suites, VideoSpin is a free video editor that offers high-end capabilities in a simpler package. It’s designed to make it easy for beginners to create high-quality videos and slideshows, and is limited only in output options. A great choice.

Pinnacle VideoSpin
Pinnacle VideoSpin

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Best free video editors: Shotcut

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. It offers wide format support, and has a simple and easy-to-use interface for beginners and more advanced video editors to use. Recommended.


Click here to find out more about Shotcut

Best free video editors: Squared 5 MPEG Streamclip

MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, and editor. Edits are to a large part limited to cut, trim and join, but the conversion and export functions are good.


Click here to find out more about Squared5 MPEG Streamclip

Best free video editors: VirtualDub

VirtualDub is a free video capture- and processing software utility. It lacks the editing power of a full video editor, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. If you need to make quick simple edits, this is for you.


Click here to find out more about VirtualDub

Best free video editors: VSDC Free Video Editor

A great free video editor that offers a simple-to-use non-linear video editor, full-fat video conversion tools and DVD authoring for those stuck in the 1990s. With video- and audio effects baked in there isn’t much that is bad that we can say about VSDC Free Video Editor.

VSDC Free Video Editor
VSDC Free Video Editor

Click here to find out more about VSDC Free Video Editor

Best free video editors: WeVideo

An online video editor that literally anyone can use, WeVideo is great for starters. For free you can create 2 minutes of video each month, publish to 720p, and use 1GB of storage. Your output will be watermarked, however. To remove the restrictions you need a paid version, and they start at $10. One for when you need a simple edit of a quick clip without installing software, or a great one for Chromebook users.


Click here to find out more about WeVideo

Best free video editors: Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a free video-editing software package from Microsoft. It is a part of the Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr. If you are a Windows user, there really is no reason not to install Windows Essentials and have a go with Movie Maker.

Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker

Click here to find out more about Windows Movie Maker

Best free video editors: Wondershare Filmora

Filmora is an easy-to-use video editor from Wondershare. It offers some great features, including text and titling, the ability to import music, overlays and filters, and still and motion graphics. What’s the catch? There isn’t one, really. There is a store for effects, and Wondershare would clearly like you to upgrade to the pay-for product. But the free version of Filmora may well satisfy your editing needs.

Wondershare Filmora
Wondershare Filmora

Click here to find out more about Wondershare Filmora

Best free video editors: YouTube Editor

YouTube Video Editor is – as the name implies – a free online editor for YouTubers. It lets you combine and edit YouTube clips. That could mean it is limited in use, but it is truly simple to get to grips with, and doesn’t require installing software. So all you need is a web browser and a Google account. You could, after all, always upload clips and download the final product.

YouTube Editor
YouTube Editor

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How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone | Transfer backup from old iPhone to new iPhone

Two ways to move apps, music and contacts from one iPhone to another

We show you how to move contacts from one iPhone to another. The simple way to set up your new iPhone by transferring contacts, apps and more from one iPhone to another. 

In general we are going to presume that you are transferring contacts and apps from your old iPhone to a new handset. But if you are transferring between two in-use iPhones, you need to erase the device to which you are transferring. On that iPhone go to Settings, General, Reset, Erase All Content and Settings. This will erase any data that’s currently on your device.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone
How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone

Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud backup

It is best to do this either first thing in the morning if you can afford to leave your phone plugged in to power and wireless throughout the day, or last thing at night, for reasons we will explain at the end.

First we must connect the old iPhone to the internet via Wi-Fi. A cellular connection won’t do, for obvious reasons (it is the old, SIM-free iPhone).

Now, presuming you have iOS 8 or later installed, go to Settings, then iCloud, and then Backup. (This is only slightly different in iOS 7 or earlier. Here you go to Settings, iCloud, Storage & Backup. You’d have worked that out, right?). In both cases, you first make sure that iCloud Backup is enabled. Then hit Back Up Now, and wait for the process to role through. You will need to stay on Wi-Fi throughout.

When you think that the backup may have completed, go to Settings, iCloud, Storage, Manage Storage. Your backup should appear with the correct date, as well as a reasonable size for all the data you have secured. Make a note of the date and the size.

Now it is time to transfer your SIM card from one iPhone to another iPhone. If your carrier gave you a new SIM card, simply put it in your new iPhone. If you are keeping the same SIM, you need to physically move the SIM from the old phone to the new phone. If you are not sure, try. Just put the old SIM in the new phone. The only reason you would need to change is if the new iPhone has a smaller SIM slot that does the old one. If it does, ring your carrier and they will send you a new SIM (you’ll need to put the SIM back in the old phone to make the call, of course.

Once the whole nasty SIM business is dealt with, it is time to transfer your iCloud backup to your new iPhone.

Power on your new iPhone. This being Apple, a “Hello” screen will appear. Ignore this passive-aggressive cheeriness and swipe left to right. Follow the steps until you see the Wi-Fi screen. You will need to join a Wi-Fi network to transfer the backup, so do that now.

Follow the steps suggested until you reach the Apps & Data screen. You will see an option entitled: Restore from iCloud Backup. Hit that, and then select Next. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Now choose the backup we made earlier – you can tell which one it is by the date and the size. As soon as you select it the transfer will start. You need to stay on Wi-Fi. This may take some time, depending on the size of your backup.

(At this stage you may be asked to input other Apple ID details. This is because at some stage you have used multiple Apple IDs, and so to complete the full backup Apple needs all of the data. Don’t worry if you don’t have them to hand, you can always cancel out of that small part of the process).

The process should now just run through.

Congratulations, your iPhone is all transferred. It will continue to download data in the background as you go about your business, which is why we recommend leaving your phone plugged in an on the Wi-Fi for a few hours.

iTunes backup
iTunes backup

Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes

If you don’t use iCloud, this method works just fine. Its a bit old school, but hey – you use an iPhone (just kidding lads).

The process is similar: make an iTunes backup of your current iPhone, then install said backup on your new Apple phone. First we will create that backup.

Use your Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac. Open iTunes – if prompted, download and install the latest update. When prompted, synch your iPhone with the PC or Mac.

Now select your iPhone, from the iTunes interface. We are going to save the things you have purchase from either iTunes or the App Store. Head to File, then Devices, and then choose Transfer Purchases. All you have to do is wait and those apps and media files will be transferred.

After this process completes, and before you unhook your iPhone, it is important to make sure that your backup finished successfully. Go to iTunes Preferences, and then Devices. You should see the name of your iPhone, along with the date and time that iTunes created the backup. Take a note of these details, as this is the backup you want to use on your new iPhone.

Now we are going to transfer your SIM, in much the same way as we did when using iCloud. In fact, in exactly the same way:

If your carrier gave you a new SIM card, simply put it in your new iPhone. If you are keeping the same SIM, you need to physically move the SIM from the old phone to the new phone. If you are not sure, try. Just put the old SIM in the new phone.

The only reason you would need to change is if the new iPhone has a smaller SIM slot that does the old one. If it does, ring your carrier and they will send you a new SIM (you’ll need to put the SIM back in the old phone to make the call, of course.

Once the whole pesky SIM business is dealt with, it is time to transfer your iTunes backup to your new iPhone.

Restore iPhone from backup
Restore iPhone from backup

Turn on your new iPhone. You’ll see that perky/annoying “Hello” screen. Swipe left to right on that “Hello” screen and follow the steps until you reach the Wi-Fi screen. Now use the cable to connect the new iPhone to the PC or Mac on which you backed up the old iPhone. On the Wi-Fi screen on your new iPhone tap Connect to iTunes.

Now follow the onscreen guidance until you hit the Apps & Data screen, then choose Restore from iTunes Backup, and next. Enter your Apple ID and password, and choose the backup you made before (using the date and time you recorded previously). As soon as you select the backup it will start to transfer to the new iPhone.

All you have to do now is wait for the transfer process to complete. Then finish the remaining setup steps as prompted on your iPhone, and sync the other content you downloaded. As before, you are advised to keep the new iPhone connected to a power source and on Wi-Fi in order that all of your media and other files can download.

Best antivirus for PC | Best antivirus for laptop | Best security software for Windows

How to secure your PC. Remove virus from your laptop or PC with these best antivirus for Windows.

Every Windows PC and laptop needs to have security software to prevent viruses, destroy spyware and remove all types of malware. In this article we explain how to make your PC more secure by installing antivirus software. See also: Best antivirus for Mac.

Best antivirus for Windows: antivirus buying advice

Not all antivirus is made equal, however. If your laptop or PC runs a recent version of Windows it comes with Microsoft’s own antivirus baked in. This may be enough to ward off all but the most evil or recent of internet nasties. But it might just be those threats that catch you out.

Virtually all modern antivirus will catch virtually all known threats. But only the best products kill brand new threats based on how they affect your PC or laptop.

The other key factor in deciding what is a good, bad or indifferent is the negative affect the security software will have on the general running of your computer. All software takes up resources that might be used elsewhere, and the intensive process of checking both your PC and the internet to make sure your protection is up to date can cause even the quickest laptop or PC to perceptibly slow.

In the past all security software was a drain, more or less. But modern packages tend to be much more light-footed. Still, in our assessment of the best antivirus for PC or laptop we are judging based on how well it protects, how much impact it has on your PC, and how little it will cost you.

Best antivirus for PC | Best antivirus for laptop

We review the five best antivirus programs for Windows PC and Windows laptop. These best antivirus programs are ranked from one to five, but represent the very best you can buy. Any one of these antivirus packages comes with the TechTop100 seal of approval.

5. Best antivirus: Avira Antivirus Pro

Avira gets into our best antivirus list because in AV-Test’s lab it produced better than average protection against both known threats, and those nasty zero-day threats that fox less stellar packages. Avira Antivirus Pro successfully disabled 99 percent of known threats and 99 percent of unknown threats. This is excellent.

Moreover the Avira package was excellent in terms of its impact on performance, slowing down even a low-end PC only rarely, and hardly ever on frequently used applications. And, critically, it turned up only one false positive when scanning an infected PC.

Avira Antivirus Pro costs from £29.99 for a one-year licence. Click here to find out more.

Avira Antivirus Pro
Avira Antivirus Pro

4. Best antivirus: Trend Micro Internet Security

Trend Micro’s antivirus product offers similar levels of protection to Avira’s, dealing with 99 percent of known threats but ‘only’ 97 percent of the unknown threats chucked its way in AV-Test’s lab. This is an excellent level of security.

Things remain great in terms of system overhead, with Trend Micro’s software slowing things down to a similar extent as does Avira’s (not very much).

We favour Trend Micro ever so slightly simply because it produced no false positives. Not a single one. That is a superb result.

Trend Micro Internet Security currently costs on £34.99 per year, which is more than Avira Antivirus, but as a full security suite offers great value. Click here to find out more.

Trend Micro Internet Security
Trend Micro Internet Security

3. Best antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security

Kaspersky is a well-known antivirus brand for your average consumer, and its most recent AV-Test results suggest that this popularity is well earned. Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 offers excellent protection, in tests killing off 97 percent of zero-day threats and 99 percent of known threats. There is no room for complacency here, but Kaspersky is most likely going to keep your PC and data safe.

System overhead is as light as a feather, with AV-Test finding the program had exactly zero effect on download of frequently used applications. That is about as good as it gets.

The same could be said of Kaspersky’s performance in AV-Test’s false positives test, with not a single rogue notification in the lab. These are truly excellent results from a security software package on which you can rely.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 costs just £34.99 for a one-year licence, which represents excellent value for a full-featured internet security suite. Click here to find out more.

Kaspersky Internet Security
Kaspersky Internet Security

2. Best antivirus: Norton Security

Norton is probably the biggest name in internet security software, and in times gone by you would see its distinctive yellow box in every high street PC store (remember them?). This most recent set of AV-Test results suggests that Norton Security 2016 lives up to the company’s reputation for excellence in securing PCs and laptops.

Norton’s results suggest it is market-leading in protection, detecting 100 percent of even unknown zero-day threats, as well as 99.9 percent of known threats (don’t you just hate that 0.01 of all threats?).

In the past Norton products had a reputation for slowing down PCs. That hasn’t been the case for some time now, and in this set of tests Norton Security 2016 had virtually now recognisable effect on Windows performance.

In fact the only thing that keeps Norton from being top of the shop is a single measly false positive during a scan. Just the one, so this is far from a bad result. Indeed, it is a great set of scores: Norton Security is brilliant.

You can pick up a copy of Norton Security for £39.99 (although it seems to be permanently on discount if you buy direct from Norton). Click here to find out more.

Norton Internet Security
Norton Internet Security

1. Best antivirus: Bitdefender Internet Security

Our number on best antivirus comes from Bitdefender. It is all but perfect in terms of protecting your PC without you knowing about it. In AV-Test’s latest lab testing Bitdefender managed to see off every piece of malware thrown at it, including all known threats and even those new net nasties chucked in the mix. Needless to say, this is the best protection on the market.

The impact on system performance is similarly market-leading, virtually no effects felt in tests. Literally no other antivirus can match Bitdefender in this regard.

Indeed, the only area in which Bitdefender isn’t demonstratively the best is in the arguably less important aspect of false positives. Here Bitdefender did cry wolf three times in all tests.

Bitdefender offers top-class protection without hitting your system performance. Bitdefender Internet Security costs £39 for a one-year licence. Click here to find out more.

Bitdefender Internet Security
Bitdefender Internet Security

Best antivirus for laptop | Best antivirus for PC | Best antivirus for Windows: verdict

The main thing to consider: this year’s crop of antivirus products are great. If you need to protect your PC or laptop any one of these five best antivirus packages will do a great job. Bitdefender does the best job of all, Avira is the cheapest.

See also: Best antivirus for Mac.