Free Video Editor and Music Source for Drone Footages

I collect the below tools and resources from Reddit, YouTube, and this topic.

VN Video Editor (Mac, iOS, Android)

  • Common features: Split, zoom, drag, delete, copy videos, add music clips, multiple timeline tracks, text overlays.
  • Killer features: Speed ramp, rich transitions and motion effects, keyframe animation. It’s free of charge, no watermark or subscribe plan or other limit.

KineMaster (iOS and Android)

  • Common features: Cut, split, crop, speed change, rotate videos; support multiple tracks;
  • Killer features: Keyframe animation, 2500 downloadable and trendy transitions/effects/ stickers/fonts/animations. It’s easy for green hands to create some impressive stuffs with these ready stock templates; Support 4K output; a plenty of tutorials on YouTube.

VideoProc Vlogger (Mac, Windows)

  • Common features: 999+ video/overlay/audio tracks, cut, split, rotate, zoom, trim, crop videos, text overlay …
  • Killer features: Support 120FPS, HDR, ultra-high resolution drone footages; progressively change video speed over time; preset tons of catchy transitions, filter, LUTs, titles, speed effects; built-in professional yet easy color editor and audio editor.

DaVinci Resolve (Mac, Windows, Linux)
(It can do virtually everything. Take a look the official guide, you’ll know what I mean)

  • Common features: cut, trim, split, picture in picture, zoom, trim, crop, reposition, mask, keyframe animation…
  • Killer features: Motion track; keyframe animation; deshake and denoise; it boasts an industry-level color correction toolset (For me, it is the best tool for color grading drone footages); it also offers premium audio editor and VFX toolkits;

Openshot
Kdenlive
Shotcut
Olive Video Editor

These 4 video editor are open source and cross platform options. They share some common features, such as cut, trim, merge, and split. However, they have difference performance and the learning curve to master these 4 video editors are different.

  • Ease of use (from easiest to hardest): Openshot<Kdenlive <Shotcut <Olive Video Editor
  • Performance (Stability and response speed): Kdenlive < Openshot <Shotcut < Olive Video Editor

HitFilm Express Free Video Editor

  • I have no idea about it’s capability and performance cause it goes crashes when I add the videos onto the timeline track. However, I can tell from it’s interface that it is an beginner-friendly software.

Music Resoure for Drone Footages

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DJI Go is good enough for routine editing works.

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