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Edited by Pat Bitton

January 10, 2020

The Best Games Video Editors

When it comes to choosing gaming video editing software, your choices may seem limitless – a paradise of options for a game video editor. Not a bad place to get lost, but that is what might happen as you get deeper and deeper into the (admittedly exciting) capabilities of the best video editing software for gaming that is available – including for free.

In a way, this "embarrassment of riches" is not surprising. Video games have now been around as long as 50 years (at first small, select, and always even public), but in the last 35 years have become gargantuan.

One website, with requisite humor and humility, attempted to estimate "how many video games are there? They made a very "game" attempt, Googling the top consoles (Nintendo 64, Sega CD, NES, Xbox, PlayStation4), counting the number of games, then getting numbers for copies of the games sold. In the end, unfortunately, they declined to add it all up. But numbers of separate games were in the many thousands, of course, and copies of those games rose into the hundreds of millions.

Eighth-generation games of today are infinitely more complex than the games of the 1980s, with superior graphics and displays, and so, too, is the gameplay. From a time when the only games you could get required a platform, things have steadily involved and so has the challenge of creating a top game.

Early in the history of gaming, the available technology put the individual creator not exactly on the same level as the aspiring game production company, but at least on the same ballfield. Indie creators of games most definitely still exist, but it is understood that their product may compete conceptually and creatively, but not technically, with those of producers who regularly spent $20 million to create a game. So what exactly is the best gaming video editing software?

Gaming Video Editing Software: Some "Musts"

That does not mean – emphatically not mean – that good editing software for games is not in demand at every level! It most certainly is, but the game maker today creating a game film is far, far more likely to be exercising creativity, storytelling ability, and artistic talent to modify an existing game. Your need for excellent, versatile games video software is likely to start with the capability to download a video you want to alter, to record yourself playing the game, or record a game competition – and then share it with friends and fans on a social platform like YouTube or Vimeo.

The essential steps for which your games video editor comes into play are 1) recording a game video on your PC or your Mac, 2) editing it with the amazing editing tools and special effects now available, and 3) uploading it to a social platform. A powerful gaming video editing software should enable you to do at least the following:

  • Use basic and advanced editing tools for standard video cutting, rotating, and cropping, and montage – all with a few clicks, and have advanced options of color correction, audio manipulation, "green screen" effects, and so on.
  • Have instant access to a plethora of special effects of all kinds that you can use to customize your game film to your needs and creative inspiration.
  • Handle virtually all common video formats found on the internet so that if the film you are editing was recorded with other tools, or downloaded from different sources, the photo editor deals with it easily.
  • Definitely export your edited video to most formats, devices, YouTube, Vimeo, or burn it onto a DVD – whatever you need.

Gaming Video Editing Software: Some Choices

Now, look at a half dozen options for games video editing software, including some that are free and some you can try for free and may prove worth a modest investment to own. We don't devote the same number of paragraphs to each option because the basic photo editing features spelled out for the first option can be found in the others, as well. Instead of repeating them, we focus on some special features of each option and compare more general aspects such as ease of use, costs (or free), and the "learning curve" required to master the features.

Movavi Video Editor Plus

Movavi Video Editor Plus is forthright in its claim to offer video editing software with powerful features for bringing together your creative ideas and sharing them – but without the complexity and steep learning curve required by a "professional-level" editor. Movavi incorporates all of the basic editing tools of other software on this list, but also many special features such as keyframe animation, ready-made intros, and all the special effects of every kind that you will need.

At the same time, though, Movavi Video Editor Plus has a simple interface with intuitive controls that you means you can create a finished video in as little as 20 minutes. It frees you, the user, from technicalities to focus on creative aspects of your work and to have fun making movies. And that, of course, is exactly what the editing of your video games, gaming experiences, and gaming get-togethers are all about.

Movavi Video Editor Plus

Your next step in video-making

  • Edit video clips, images, and audio on a timeline
  • Add transitions, filters, titles, and stickers
  • Animate objects using keyframes, use more built-in media
  • Export videos in any popular format

Windows Movie Maker

WMM or WLMM (Windows Live Movie Maker) is billed as a "movie maker," and is, but for gamers that often means editing. For that, WMM offers most of the standard features of other gaming video editing software. You can create movies (or edit your games) by bringing together music, images, and video. The software enables you to compress, make thumbnails, and cut and edit your game film. It is considered fairly easy to use even for beginning video makers. With WMM, however, you usually require a separate program to convert your projects in order to save them. The software program has been criticized for frequent freezing.

WMM is free.

Lightworks Pro Video Editor

In contrast with WMM, Lightworks is viewed as a "professional level editor." Obviously, that does not mean automatically better for your game video editing. For example, professional-level video editing software takes time to learn in order to use it well. That often means layers of tabs to negotiate to find and execute the steps you want. And Lightworks is not free, of course.

The Lightworks software operates with Windows, Linux, or OSX. Professionals have tested and evaluated the software, so you can see how it works when the system has been mastered. Lightworks offers all features of WMM and more, but for game players who are into video creation and editing as a hobby, there is little assistance built into the software itself after some hints for starting out. One reviewer summarized Lightworks as coming "with a professional level cost and a steep learning curve".

Those are not necessarily objections, of course, for those who require the capabilities of professional-level photo editing and have the workflow over time to justify the cost and the time spent learning.

Videopad Master's Edition

There is a free version of Videopad, but with far fewer utilities than the purchased one. The free and simpler version is reportedly easy to use, with timeline or storyboard editing, but, unfortunately, the free version makes some functions unavailable after you have tested them a few times. Capabilities of the free version can be compared with WMM and those of the full-pay version with those of Lightworks.

AVS Video Editor

This is another video editor that offers most or all of what the other game editors do, but with the added capability to edit and create videos with a wide spectrum of visual and sound effects. Special attention has been called to its video quality and a reasonably easy to use interface. Its audio and video conversion features handle the problem of converting files into different formats and also to burn DVDs. Special features include masking, subpixel accuracy, and blending modes.

AVS Video Editor is free.

Shotcut

The name is not a spelling error, but a kind of pun. It offers the game editor all the features of most other video editors and advertises a very user-friendly and customizable interface that is supposed to work for both professionals and beginners alike. The software offers filters for color grading in a sophisticated way. Users also have a choice of different audio filters for enhanced sound effects.

Shotcut is both free and open source.

Blender

This gaming video editing software may have special appeal for gamers because of its "blending" effects for animation, modeling, and simulation – to name a few. In short, Blender has all the features of video photo editors on this list and some special ones of its own. The software enables you to carry out basic activities such as video cutting and splicing, but also more complex and intricate tasks such as video masking. You can do live previews, histogram displays, audio mixing, speed control, and blending video, images, audio, and special effects.

Blender is also free.

 

Movavi Video Editor Plus

Your next step in video-making

  • Edit video clips, images, and audio on a timeline
  • Add transitions, filters, titles, and stickers
  • Animate objects using keyframes, use more built-in media
  • Export videos in any popular format

* The free version of Movavi Video Editor Plus has the following restrictions: 7-day trial period, watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length. Learn more