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Free iMovie Alternatives

The best free alternative to iMovie is OpenShot, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to iMovie and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to iMovie are Kdenlive, Avidemux, Shotcut and DaVinci Resolve.

iMovie alternatives are mainly Video Editors but may also be VFX Software or Motion Graphics Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of iMovie.
This page was last updated Oct 26, 2021
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad

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  1. We designed OpenShot Video Editor to be an easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor. Take a quick look at some of our most popular features and capabilities.

    OpenShot vs iMovie opinions
    Most users think OpenShot is a great alternative to iMovie.
    s3ptk1

    Familiar interface and full-featured app that can replace imovie for users that don't have access on non-mac platforms

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    ndlinn

    Great alternative with one key distinction: that the Windows version is NOT in any way comparable to the Linux version! You'll need to find another alternative for Windows.

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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  2. Kdenlive is a non linear video editor. It is based on the MLT framework and accepts many audio and video formats, allows you to add effects, transitions and render into the format of your choice.

    Some users think Kdenlive is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.


  3. Free and simple video editor that supports a variety of file types and automated tasks. SIMPLE video editor, dedicated for ONE video at a time. NOT for multi video editing/montage.

    Avidemux vs iMovie opinions
    Some users think Avidemux is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.

    Simple for cutting existing movies. Save/export is extremely fast.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    Avidemux is superb as a quick cut and convert-tool, but it is not a full fledged video-editor

    Negative comment about 7 years ago
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    Lacks the ability to easily select part of a source video.

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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    Avidemux is not simple to use

    Negative comment about 6 years ago
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  4. Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform, non-linear video editor.

    Most users think Shotcut is a great alternative to iMovie.
  5. DaVinci Resolve combines the world’s most advanced color corrector with professional multi-track editing, so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system!.

    DaVinci Resolve vs iMovie opinions
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    Intuitive..has slightly better offerings for transitions etc.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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  6. Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software.

  7. VirtualDub

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.10.4.35491, released on October 27, 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

    This alternative is disputed. VirtualDub is still a legitimate alternative to iMovie, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
  8. Lightworks is an editing powerhouse, delivering unparalleled speed and flexibility, fully integrated with the other members of the Complete Collaboration family.

  9. VideoPad is video editing & movie making software that lets you edit video & movies. VideoPad is a fully featured video editor for creating professional quality videos in minutes on PC/Mac. Over 50+ Visual Effects, transitions, audio library & more.

    Most users think VideoPad is a great alternative to iMovie.
  10. The easiest-to-use home video editing software with special editing features lets you seamlessly stitch together video clips, music & text, apply effects and get a professional-looking home movie in minutes.

    Wondershare Filmora vs iMovie opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Wondershare Filmora is still a legitimate alternative to iMovie, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    This is very good because it is free and have rewind easy transition and has way more options than any other apps listed

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    -5

    I feel it doesn't have the same level of power as the others, and is falsely advertising itself. To get any functionality with it, you have to spend money.

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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