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10 Free Apps and Plugins for Video Editors

Check out these 10 FREE app and plugin resources for video editors! These post production tools are heavy on results and light on the pocketbook.

In this post, we’ve rounded up 10 of our go-to free applications and plugins for video editing. Learn more about these post production tools and then integrate them into your own video editing workflow.

Do you use a free video editing app or plugin that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments!


DaVinci Resolve Color Correction

1.  DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite (Mac, PC, Linux)

Want that big budget film look for free? This is a free version of the industry standard for color correction, DaVinci Resolve.  It is limited to SD and HD resolutions but will meet the  needs of most video editors and gives you much more control than the built-in color correction tools in your editing apps.

Version 9 adds Looks (presets) to an already strong feature set that includes tracking, secondaries, sharpen/blur. You can export XML from Premiere ProFCP 7 and FCPX  (page 148 manual) and AAF from Avid Media Composer (page 140 manual).

Visit Blackmagic Design for download and more info.


Digital Rebellion

2. Preference Manager (Mac)

Preferences sometimes get corrupted and this results in unexpected behavior in your video editing app.  Preference Manager is an app that allows you to backup your preferences, and then reload your backed up preferences when needed -a  great utility that  is editing app agnostic. Manage and backup your preferences for FCP 7, FCP X, Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer.

Visit Digital Rebellion for download and more info.


3. Levelator (Mac & PC)

The Levelator evens out audio levels for speech based audio (not for music). Great to use when creating podcasts and other voice only projects. The “Read Me” that comes with the app gives you handy tips on using it.

Get more info and download Levelator.


 Post Haste - Post Production

4. PostHaste  (Mac & PC)

Creating folders for your video editing projects is a necessary but tedious job. This project management tool for editors (and photographers, motion designers) takes the work out of setting up each new project.

It creates a folder structure for your projects.  Use the default templates or modify them and make your own.

Get more info and download Poste Haste


 AJA Video

5. AJA Data Calculator (Mac, PC, iOS)

Calculate your video storage needs based on what format you are editing with. Not sure if you need more storage before you start your project? This is the app for you.

In this calculator you can specify frame size, frame rate, compression, audio sample rate/bits & audio channels.  An indispensible tool for video editors!

Get more info and download AJA Data Calculator. 


Klok - Video Editing Time Management

6. Klok (Mac & PC)

Klok is a free time management app. Use Klok to track hours for freelance video editing projects and billable hours. No more jotting down time by hand or having to go back and calculate your hours.

Integrate Klok into your routine.  It’s a simple app that works.

Get more info and download Klok for Mac or PC.  


CoreMelt Free

7. CoreMelt Free  (Mac/PC, PP, FCP, AE)

Coremelt creates quality plugins and effects for popular video editing applications.  This free collection of useful plugins (39 in total!) will work in Premiere Pro, FCP7/X, & After Effects.  

Excellent transition and titling presets to add style to your video projects.

Download the free CoreMelt plugins.


AOTG

8. AOTG (iPhone/iPad)

The Art of the Guillotine is a go-to source for all things related to video production and post.  Get this App for your iPhone/iPad to keep up with news, articles, and tips for editors. As they say, knowledge is power.

Download the AOTG app.


prolost

9. DV Rebel Tools (Mac & PC)

Handy tools for color correcting in After Effects. Want a vignette? Simply, click the “New Vignette” button and tweak to perfection. From post production expert Stu Maschwitz.

Download the DV Rebel Tools from ProLost.


 Adobe Story

10.  Adobe Story Free (Mac & PC)

If you are using Premiere Pro, You can load scripts from Story Free into Premiere Pro for better speech analysis results (handy for documentary or narrative work).  You can also export an XML from Final Cut Pro 7Premiere Pro or AAF from Media Composer.

More info on Adobe Story over at Adobe.com

Do you use a video editing app that should have made our list?
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  • Guest

    0 StarsWow. Outstanding share Clay. Thank you!

  • Ryan McClure

    Wow. Awesome sharing Clay. Great succinct writing too. Like your style, Dude.

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    Thank You!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!

  • altarvic

    Many thanks!

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  • Indian Photographer in Chicago

    Thank you very much for this list of software. Very helpful.

  • ADOLF WITZELING

    This is great. I’m always searching for good plug-ins for my editing suite. This list is outstanding

  • RJS

    CoreMelt is mac only

  • Carla Frett

    A video editor looks forward for the better aspect of the work done up in every possible case. Making the best use of the time is another good quality of any video editor because as an web developer I deals with a numerous video editors and a better understanding between us happens to work out more specifically but the time is one factor that makes a great deal with us. Lets say a piece of work being assigned to an editor that has to be worked out with the website development and the third party client has given a time limit to work out in the project. Making all possible arrangements the editor looks out to make the best utilization of time and get ahead with in the segment.

    I have seen most of the editors managing the time in their work with numerous time management solutions but the best one which I too got inspired of is the cloud based hours tracking tool from Replicon. Featured with the cloud based platform the tool is also based with the user friendly and calendar based interface which makes the work even more useful and specific. The open API as well integrates all other related apps required that makes the overall performance more productive. I would like to add the same tool as well here in may be in the next time.

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    PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) ®
    credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project
    managers. Recently I went for a
    PMP prep course
    by the training provider mentioned above, the
    instructor was too good and I passed with relative ease. Looking forwards to
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