The list of best video editing apps for Mac 2017-2018

Olga Weis

Nowadays creating a short movie is something anyone can do. Even if you are not a professional filmmaker, the technologies are so evolved that editing has become quite an easy task. It is easy to say so of course once you found a good video editing software. When you start searching for an app like this you will see lots of options online that are either paid or free, but you will need to do a lot of research before you can decide which one is the most suitable for your needs.

We did our best to do all hard work and selected the top video editing apps for Mac with all necessary information on them.

And let us start with the assumption that a major portion of videos you usually need to edit are from YouTube. And of course before you can edit a video from YouTube you'll need to somehow save it to your hard drive. So if the video that you want to edit needs to be downloaded first, Airy app will be a good choice. Airy for Mac OS helps to download YouTube videos, playlists and channels.

Airy for Mac
Airy to download YouTube videos

The steps to follow:

  1. Download the app and activate full version. First 2 downloads are free.
  2. Copy the link to YouTube Video, playlist or channel you want to download and paste it into Airy.
  3. Choose your preferred download format.
  4. Click the Download button.

Now that your video is on your computer you can proceed to next step which is editing!

Top video editing apps for Mac

Apple iMovie

Apple iMovie
Apple iMovie

iMovie is in every new Mac (OS X) package so you don't need to pay extra money for it. The latest version 11 does a good job as a free video editor for Mac and offers such options as movie trailer, one step effect, audio editing, etc. After you are done editing, you can share your videos on YouTube or export them to your iPhone, iPad, etc. But you have to keep in mind that it is not basic, you may even find it quite hard to master. And still iMovie is one of the best free video editing software for Mac.

Filmora Video Editor

Filmora Video Editor
Filmora Video Editor

Filmora Video Editor (formerly Wondershare Video Editor) is a successor of some kind to the classic older iMovie, with the bright user interface and dual editing modes. The app is pretty intuitive and friendly, just maybe not as refined as Apple's latest software. It supports almost all video types, including MP4, AVI, MOV, AVCHD and has all basic tools like crop, trim, cut, split and combine in a few clicks.

Blender for Mac

Blender for Mac
Blender for Mac

This app is a free open source 3D content creation suite. It has the vast list of essential animation features ike modeling, rigging, animation, shading, UV unwrapping, real time 3D game creation, etc. With its high-end interface this app is a gem of any video editing collection. But just like anything else Blender has its pros and cons. It is a lightweight and flexible video editor that brings you a professional 3D quality for free and is perfect for 3D enthusiasts, graphic artists, and designers. However, beginners may have some difficulties when trying to master this app. Blender also features versions for different versions of Windows OS.

Jahshaka (CineFX)

Jahshaka
Jahshaka

Jahshaka was previously named CineFX - a cross-platform software over Mac, Linux and Windows and was developed as an editor, effects and compositing engine. JahShaka aims to be an open-source, cross-platform, and free video editing tool. Currently it is in alpha stage and offers real-time effects rendering. It is a good choice for those users who are not yet experienced in video editing. However, it can be as good for professionals. Unfortunately, JahShaka is still a work in progress including such section as the non-linear editing system. Just like any other app you can still bump into some issues with this video editing program. You can benefit from all the features it offers: 2D and 3D animation & compositing, media and asset management and others.

Kdenlive

Kdenlive
Kdenlive

Kdenlive or KDE Non-Linear Video Editor is also an open-source video editing program. Its package is based on MLT Framework, which means it strives to provide users with easy to use features and versatility. This editor supports all formats supported by the FFmpeg including AVI, WMV, QuickTime, FLV, and MPEG. It also works with 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios for NTSC, PAL, and some HD standards. You can export the created videos to a DV device or burn it to DVD. This video editor works on Linux, but it is still recommended to check the compatibility of your system to avoid any glitches.The complexity of its interface is not everyone's favorite, however a lot of users like it and use it.

Avidemux

Avidemux
Avidemux

Avidemux is probably one of the best video editing software apps at this time. It is specifically developed for simple cutting, trimming, filtering and encoding. Avidemux is a free, open-source cross-platform video editor that can be used for all sorts of tasks like encoding (convert videos to different formats), cutting (cut out certain fragments from a video) or filtering (resize, deinterlace, add subtitles, correct color, etc.).

This video editing software for Mac offers built-in support for popular codecs and formats: AVI, MP4, ASF, MKV, DVD, MPEG.

Oh, and hey. Once you edited your video you may need a high-quality video player that supports all kinds of file types and offers advanced features. Have a look at Elmedia Player for Mac, it is a really good one.

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Airy for Mac

Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 16.59MB size
Version 3.3.179 (14th Dec, 2017) Release notes