Many of us who are looking to create and edit videos have turned to Windows Movie Maker as an option, only to find it’s difficult to install, doesn’t run very well, and doesn’t render videos properly. Luckily there are some alternatives that allow you to create videos for free without the hassles provided by Windows Movie Maker. Today, I’m going to share some of them with you.

1. Ezvid – http://www.ezvid.com
Ezvid is at the top of the list because it’s free, fast and super easy to use. Just open it up, drag and drop your media into the timeline and start editing. Ezvid has built-in screen recording, voice synthesis, webcam, facecam, and lots of other cool features. You can add text, effects, narration, and music to your video with just a few clicks. Best of all, when you’re done editing your video, you can upload it to YouTube directly from ezvid. It is by far the easiest and most attractive free video editor you can find.

2. Pinnacle Studio
You can quickly import video and pictures from digital devices, use tons of build-in effects, edit video, ad animations, menus, and preview your timeline. It’s not free, but it’s powerful and Pinnacle is a well-established brand name.

3. Corel Video Studio Pro. Captivate any audience with broadcast-quality effects, multi-layered graphics, and 2D and 3D titling. Fix even the shakiest video with image correction tools and rock-steady video stabilization. Apply animated pen effects to maps, graphics and photos. Now with 21 multimedia editing tracks for video, graphics and titles, this release gives you even more ways to create content-rich movies. Plus, get more innovative sharing options with HTML5 support and enhanced disc authoring tools.

4. Avid Media Composer
AVID has a lot of great features. Apart from all the basics that typically come with a video editor, you have an array of effects, screencasting capabilities, and the option to save your video as a MPEG, AVI, WMV, or MOV.

5. Videopad – Videopad
Videopad is a very simple video editor. It has many different versions that vary in range of features. The main limitations you’ll face within the free version of Videopad is the amount of audio tracks you can use per video, and – after the first 14 days – you can only save your videos as AVI, ASF, WMV, or to DVD.
If Windows Movie Maker just doesn’t cut it, be sure to give these a try.

Elizabeth Maartens
Posted by: Elizabeth Maartens