Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – easy video editing with fun retro filters
Wondershare Filmora is a superb video and slideshow editor that combines photos and video clips, then applies effects and filters to turn them into a mini shareable movie. Producing your own video is incredibly easy; just select your files, choose a theme and the software takes care of the rest.
Why you need it
Filmora is a brilliant editor for amateur videographers of all abilities, and offers you a choice of two modes: Easy and Full Feature. The first of these is incredibly simple and intuitive. First, select all the videos and photos you want to use and pick a theme.
Themes are sets of features and effects that are designed to enhance a certain type of footage. For example, the Sport theme makes creative use of slow-motion effects and sharp transitions for a dynamic look, while the Love theme applies star wipes and heart animations.
Next, pick one of Filmora’s music tracks or choose a song from your own collection (bearing in mind that uploading a copyright-protected track to YouTube could result in your video being deleted).
Finally, enter opening and closing titles, and you’re ready to preview and share your completed video with the world.
Full Feature mode gives you much more granular control, and more closely resembles a standard video editor, with a timeline along the bottom where you can drag images, videos and sound into different tracks. Once you’ve added your media, take your pick from the huge array of video filters – we particularly like the Colorful Light Leaks option.
You can also cut and crop your videos and apply silly Face Off filters, which work much like SnapChat’s Lenses.
The only drawback of Filmora’s free edition is that exported videos are watermarked, but this isn’t too obtrusive. Take it for a spin – it’s brilliant fun and the results can range from the ridiculous to the sublime.