Gaming has witnessed an unprecedented growth arc in the last decades, especially on PCs. That comes hand in hand with more people streaming their gameplay online to a niche audience.
Software like OBS, Shadowplay, Xsplit does a fantastic job in capturing the gameplay. Naturally, the next step is to polish them into gameplay, montage video, or highlights you wish to post online.
The good news is that there is a handful of gaming video editing software available. Catering to both free and paid sections, as a user would prefer.
We are starting with a few of the best free video software for gaming. The list also includes some open-source applications.
Get, set, and publish. That’s one way to define FilmForth. It gets easier as you start using the gaming video editing software. Currently, it’s available for Windows 10 platform and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
There are no frills or hidden technicalities to tangle in. Everything is right there on the screen. Drag and drop a video anywhere, and it gets opened in the editor.
Starting with the ease-of-use, we get two feeds in the project dashboard, consisting of audio and video. You get a red frame by frame feed of audio, and green contains the video.
The main four sections of editing– edit, audio, text, picture in picture, and effects can be found on the project’s home screen. Among the most notable features is the voice-over, which lets you add voice using your computer’s microphone itself. Alternatively, audio files can be added and synced as well.
After tidying things up, click on the Save video button, and a prompt will ask you regarding the output video quality.
Moving on to the next gaming video editing software is OpenShot. As soon as you install and launch OpenShot, you are greeted by a first-time tutorial. The tutorial apprises you of the basics and lets you get the hang of things in the software.
You can manually open a video in your project. Alternatively, drag and drop is possible in the Timeline and project dashboard.
Similar to other applications, this video editor has projects. That way, you can compartmentalize different video projects without overlapping one video over others.
Before we forget, one thing that stands is the multi-application support. Suppose you are working in collaboration where one team member is working on Mac.
You can import their Final Cut Pro projects without any hiccups and start working on them.
Going forward on the open-source trail. LosslessCut is gaming video editing software that is built on the philosophy of Chromium.
Apart from installation, you can download the portable and edit videos on the go.
The video-editor is mainly for trimming, cutting large videos without wasting any time in encoding. Being a Chromium-based editor, it omits encoding or decoding to save time.
You can drag and drop files into the editor, apart from manually opening them.
In the features department, there are a few things that keep it relevant—starting with the option to convert files in a batch into a supported format. This comes in handy when you have many videos that need to be converted into a particular format.
Shotcut is a capable video that supports a plethora of formats(including images). Similar to Losslesscut, it has a portable version as well.
On the homepage, you get the option to name your project, along with the video mode. Setting video mode to automatic will produce the video in the original setup.
On the other hand, three are video settings as high as 4K 60FPS.
Let’s dive into the crux, the features of the editor. On the right side of the screen are the properties, which consist of the codecs, aspect ratios, and metadata, to name a few.
When you move further down, there are utility tools such as trim, ripple, merge, and many more. Going deeper into edits, there is the color-coding, effects, audio, editing, and player layout. All can be accessed individually in the top-right dashboard.
There is no overlapping for any part of the editing, keeping every section in a different layout.
The last free gaming video editing software on the list is Olive. An editor meant to compete with high-end video editing tools, as the developer claims.
It’s currently in beta, so expect bugs and some features missing. You can grab it in 64-bit as it’s only available across Windows, Mac OS, and various Linux distros.
Drag and drop the video in the project dashboard to open it. After that, drag them into the timeline board on the right. A handful of quick-tools are not limited to a pointer, slim, zoom, transition, hand, and many more. You can access them through keyboard shortcut keys as well.
The mighty Adobe Premiere Pro is a friendly face for Windows-based video editors. Other video editing software(s) are a mere pitstop to the ultimate destination inside the Adobe Creative Suite.
With its flexible, palette-based interface, your video elements wouldn’t be lost in the bushes. On top of that, it has become touch-friendly with its recent release. Take full advantage of the light pen, touch-screens, and take preciseness down to the last pixel.
Final Cut Pro is considered the holy grail of video editing by many professional content creators out there. Apple created video editing software USP is – Ease of use. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned professional, you get stuff done.
With its recent versions, Final Cut Pro X shunned the traditional timeline-track panel. Backed by mixed receptions on the move, Apple did it by restructuring the way crafting of videos was done while taking advantage of the newer hardware.
Libraries have been making things easier to copy assets, elements for different projects. Besides, Final Cut offers the option to copy specific assets to a new folder while starting a project.
A jack of all trades video-editor that is available on Windows only. There are two versions- Ultimate and Pro. The former has more effects, filters, and transitions while offering the same core functionalities.
Start importing footage from the webcam or other attached camera at 30 FPS. For times when the drag and drop functionality feels like too much work.
Moving on to the interface, it feels dated at times. Don’t get me wrong, but the user-interface could use an upgrade. It exudes feels of FilmForth, an editor that we discussed earlier.
There are four components in the editing section – viewer window, library panel, an options panel, and the Timeline. You can find options panels floating around according to the user’s convenience and preference.
PowerDirector lives up to its name. Giving you total control over your content needs in line with the changing demands.
A hassle-free, easy to use gaming video editing software that covers all the primary bases. Suppose you are editing bare commercial or handheld videos without scratching your head? Then PowerDirector is the companion to have. Seasoned pros and people who wish to create high-quality videos can stick with tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.
With PowerDirector, it’s all about minimizing the problems that one individual comes across while editing videos.
Their Magic Movie Wizard makes it seamless for the first-timers to create a video out of many clips. It walks you through a preset of features, settings before publishing the video in five easy sections—no need to look in different menus to get things done.
There is the option to access the full-fledged video editor on the last stage of the Movie Wizard. To provide you with a broader spectrum of edits that feel left out in the wizard.
To a layperson, Pinnacle Studio will look identical to Corel’s VisualStudio. They share the same design philosophy in the UI department. Pinnacle keeps it simple, and it can be used by users who are just starting, preferably in training. You wouldn’t find it oversaturated with tools, to begin with.
Importing assets and videos is a breeze on this video editing software. Next in line is a feature worth mentioning-audio ducking. It will lower your secondary audio, right below the main audio track. They have recently added the decoding options with the DVCPRO HD and XAVC Codecs. Both prevalent among the video camcorders and standard point and shoots.
Move further to tools, just above the Timeline. It consists of traditional tools, which can be customized to display the ones which you wish on the fingertip. The newly added effects, transitions, and video template should keep you engaged for a while.
Choosing the right gaming video editing software takes a bit of time. It requires testing different applications to determine what suits your needs.
The UI, workflow, and tools differ for every video editing software. You need to choose the one which hits close to home for you, aiding in efficiency and productivity in the long run.
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