Top 10 video editing apps for gamers

Gaming videos have been the staple of Youtube since its inception, and if you’re a gamer you will definitely love to upload your gaming content like Pewdiepie or Markiplier. Or perhaps you already have a Twitch/ Mixer stream and want to upload highlights and funny clips to your Youtube channel. Wondering which editing applications to use? Come take a look, we have made a list of the top 10 video editing applications.

1. Wondershare Filmora

Wondershare Filmora

Wondershare Filmora is a video editor you can use on your desktop. The cool thing is, this application is free to use and also available for both Mac and Windows operating systems. It has a built-in tool that allows you to record your PC in the video editor that is a neat advantage of using Filmora.

When you are recording your screen, you can stop or pause at any time you want. And when you are done, the application will autosave your recording. Then you can drag and drop it onto your timeline if you want to start editing your video right away.

Filmora has lots of editing features that can make your gaming video shine, such as adding: Transitions, Filters, Music, and Special effects.

2. Hitfilm Express

 Hitfilm Express
Hitfilm Express

With the Hitfim express, you can do both editing and compositing too within a single program and it’s completely free to use. And the cool thing is, as long as your system can handle you can stack an infinite number of audio and video tracks on top of each other.

The VFX abilities of this application are really great. Most video editors usually pay for special effects but you don’t need to if you are using this application because the Hitfilm Express gives you free access to some of the amazing special effects. The application also supports advanced keyframing and animation, something that’s usually is not available in most other free video editing software. You can create keyframes, adjust special and temporal interpolation, and there’s a value graph.

Hitfilm Express even supports motion tracking. There is both single and double point tracking with a high degree of accuracy. It can be used to attach objects or stabilize your video. For gamers, this software packs over 500 special effects that you can use to heat up your gaming videos. There are also many 3D effects like fire and explosion, color grading tools -levels histogram and curves, shake effects, light flares, color grade presets, and much more. You can insert lightning, edgy memes, 3D text, and you can even create lightsabers.

Another cool this about this application is that it also allows you to work with 4k video, and you can export in a multitude of video formats. The interface is so simple and easy to learn, it barely takes 4-5 days to get up to speed on the basics of this software. And it performs smoothly even on a low-end PC.

3. VSDC Video Editor

 VSDC Video Editor
VSDC Video Editor

The application is a non-linear video editor and it’s free to use. The only feature you get from the paid version is motion tracking that detects the objects that are moving in your video and makes it easier to add elements to them, which is definitely useful for gaming clips.

In the free version. You get some amazing features that you can use in your editing.
1. Picture-in-picture effect that can include a webcam recording of you in your gaming video.
2. YouTube uploader that can help you upload the video to your youtube channel from the application directly as you complete editing.
3. Color-blending can use various blending modes and effects to give your video a unique feel.

One of the downsides of the application is that the interface is complex, so no need to expect to master this solution if you are a video editing novice. And another one is that the software can only run on Windows.

4. Kdenlive


A great alternative to OpenShot, Kdenlive the non-linear video editor packs with more features and feels more flexible. When you start inserting a bunch of complex effects into your video clips, it performs way better than any other application. And the performance level, the application has a feature called proxy clips which makes it so much easier to edit 4K footage. Not just 4K in particular but the proxy clips speeds up the process of editing and previewing in general. The proxies are copies of your original media file, but with reduced image quality and hence reduced size. The original file is replaced with a proxy, which itself uses a less complex codec that reduces computational requirements so the load on your CPU is greatly reduced when compared to something like encoding in H.264, which ensures seamless playback. So you can work even on low-end PCs.

This application is based on the MLT framework, Qt, and KDE. And the cool thing is It’s completely free to use for Windows, Mac, FreeBSD, and the source code is freely available under the rules of the (GNU) general public license.

One of the highlights features of the application is you can add up to an unlimited number of videos and tracks which are supported in batch mode, and the multi-track editing is truly the next level. Also there is a wide range of transitions and video effects packed into the program, with multiple choices for things like distortion, rotations, color adjustment, blue-screen, masking, and many more stuff.

The other cool thing is, in the audio effects, you will find options for modifying phase and pitch. You also get volume adjustment, normalization, equalization, reverb filters, and more. Creating custom effects and transitions is so chilled, plus the rendering speed is next level. 

5. Movavi Video Editor

Movavi Video Editor
Movavi Video Editor

The application offers so simple interface than VSDC and it is known for being easy to use. Movavi also offers many advanced editing features so that you can make your video to the next level.

The cool thing is the application is so easy to use, you don’t need to watch plenty of video editing tutorials to learn the ropes. In the application, you can do a lot of things, Record voice-overs, Color adjustments, Transitions, Split and trim your video, Rotate your video, Change the speed of your clips, and much more. With the paid version of the application, you will get the advanced features that can make your video look so amazing.

6. Shotcut


The application is so easy to use basically any without the experience of editing can work in this program. Although it isn’t as advanced as something like Adobe Premiere Pro which has a lot more effects and way better color grading. But this is so good as it is for free, open-source, and cross-platform.

The cool thing is you don’t have to deal with any annoying watermarks once you finish your projects and it supports dozens of popular codecs + video/ audio formats.

The application can be used to quickly whip up a highlight montage, or gameplay commentary video. It is definitely the next-level application as free editing, supports a ton of resolutions and export formats, and you can capture from SDI, HDMI, webcam, IP stream, and more.

7. Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is at reputed status as industry-standard video editing software. The nonlinear editing interface, the unmatched ecosystem of tools, and powerful capabilities. In recently this application has been upgraded and added some amazing stuff like the auto reframe tool, enhanced HDR support, new text, graphics, and audio tools and performance improvements, and many other features.

While Apple made a drastic break with the past when it upgraded its Final Cut Pro X but the Adobe continues to take an incremental approach, by polishing the interface and adding state-of-the-art tools to its professional level of video editing software. But the Final Cut wins some of the deal by offering innovative tools like Connected Clips, Auditions, and a Trackless Timeline that can ease organizing and editing.

8. Lightworks


The application gives you the next-level power like a professional-grade video editor in the free version. The one downside is that you are limited to exporting at a max resolution of just 1280 x 720, using the MPEG4 and H.264 formats. Lightworks Archive is the only other export format available apart from those two. And another downside is you are forced to store project files in the default folder and can’t select a location manually. The third downside is the advanced project sharing and 3D output are disabled on the free version, along with timeline rendering and AVID DNxHD codec support. AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, and Mackie Mixer support is also disabled.

The application is a non-linear video editing program programmed to make video editing easier and more accessible for anyone without experience in video editing. But that does not mean that the application does not compromise on functionality, for fact this application has been used across multiple Hollywood blockbusters such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, The Aviator, Bruce Almighty, Centurion, The Departed, Braveheart, and more. The cool thing is you can import in a variety of formats all import formats supported by the Pro version are also supported in the Free version.

9. Olive


The application is next-level and also easy to edit. The application is so easy to work in cut, trim, and piece together multiple video clips along with audio tracks and photos in a very short amount of time.

The interface is pretty simple, you get a project area, a preview window, a timeline, and a media viewer window that shows you the properties of selected media. The cool thing about the application is its next-level performance. Does not matter even with 4k footage, you can easily scrub through the timeline even on mid-range systems. And does not crash compared to some of the other free editors. And also it’s open-source so you can run it on Linux, Windows, and Mac.

The plus point is the Olive supports proxy-clip, so you can test your edits without completely nuking performance when working on extremely complicated projects. Another cool thing is the hardware acceleration is supported, and Olive has a GPU preview that uses OpenGL for playback and GLSL effects, which allows you to have smoother timeline playback even on lower-end machines.

10. Blender


This application is not as feature-packed as something like Premiere Pro but still, you can work on it to create some amazing trailers for your video game that you are also developing with the help of Blender.

Blender V.S.E (Video Sequence Editor) saves you from having to learn different software just to edit videos. Blender’s video editor lets you execute basic transitions with ease, you can use it to piece together gaming clips and add some cool music in the background. The downside is that while creating intro and outro the sections don’t feel smooth, because Blender lacks some of the prebuilt title templates and special effects which are found in some other video editors. But still, you can get stuff done.

The application has a live preview, luma waveform, chroma vectorscope, and histogram displays. With that, you can control video speed, adjust layers, insert transitions, filters, and much more. And for audio, there is mixing, scrubbing, and waveform visualization. Another downside is that the application’s interface and shortcuts tools which do not stands out from other free video editors. But Blender is completely free, open-source, and much more stable than any other video editing application.

These are the top and best 10 video editing applications that we suggest for gamers. Make your video look to the next level that will help increase your followers on your channel/page.

Happy editing.

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