Video Editing and Effects


Lightworks is our full-featured editor with all the power, performance and features you would expect, with support for all major professional broadcast formats from SD, HD, 2K and Red 4K files. We believe that to make great work, you need great tools. And editing is no exception. Our mission is to give everybody access to the most affordable professional non-linear video editor available. Offering the same tools that professionals around the world have been using every day for the last 20 years to edit feature films, dramas, news and sports. Lightworks gives you everything you need to make your next movie look great!


As well as being a powerful 3D modelling and animation tool, Blender also supports video and 3D compositing, as well as motion tracking/match moving for superimposing 3D into live action video, along with other advanced video effects. Though advanced techniques such as these are not straightforward, Blender is supported by high quality tutorials and an active user community.


Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k.

Cinegobs Keyer

With CineGobs keyer you can key out backgrounds and export the video including transparency to your other software. The software provides a variety of advanced tools including: color difference keyer with 4 different algorithms; detail matte to add extra details; chroma keyer; hue, Shadow and Highlight mattes; difference keying; chroma smoothing; mattes which can be blurred and shrunk/eroded; rotoscoping; creation of garbage mattes and additive mattes with interpolated keyframes; spill suppression with different algorithms. The software imports AVI video, AviSynth files & image sequences (PNG/JPG and BMP) of any size. Source footage can be deinterlaced using a range of methods. Processed footage can be exported as AVI files or image sequences with alpha, premultiplied with alpha or alpha only. Exported files can then be used in other software such as Lightworks or Blender to provide matte, mask or overlays for further processing and effects.

Video Utilities


VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.


HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
Free Educational Software

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Free Software for Teaching and Learning

Along with curating the best free software for creativity on the web I also like to play with design and code. As a former interactive media teacher, and teacher trainer in e-learning, it was a way of keeping myself active outside of the classroom. As a result here are a few tools I created in response to personal, student or teaching needs. If you find them useful please download, keep and share.

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