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Top five freely available movie making programs

In the past, programs used in editing video were only produced by major software companies. The Internet and the emergence of smaller software developers have helped in offering programs that are simpler to use and freely available to the public. Listed in this article are five of the more popular movie editing software titles that cost little to none to use.

Paid programs

Muvee makes editing photos and videos easier, and quicker for the regular consumer. Compared to Sony, Adobe, and Avid video editing programs, Muvee removes the need to worry about complicated features and settings. Users upload their video or photo through the program. Options Background music and style are selected from the program’s built-in library. The program creates the video based on the options selected. Users can choose to upload the finished video to websites such as Yahoo, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter among others or send them through email. Free trials are available while full featured programs start at around $30. Benefits Photo DVD allows users to create slideshows in Flash or MPEG which can be played onto media players such as the iPod, Creative Zen, PSP, Archos and more. Users can use clip art, photos and videos as well as incorporate music, transition effects to create their own digital movies. The finished video can be burned to a DVD, Blu-ray disc. It can be converted to PAL or NTSC video, uploaded to websites or sent through email. Free trials are available while full featured programs start at around $46.

Free to use programs

Computers that use Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 come packed with the Movie Maker. The program allows users to drag and drop media from the media library. Add-ons and upgrades can be purchased from the site, but the main program is available free for use. Users can import videos, photos and audio, edit media, add transitions, effects, titles and credits.
Apple iMovie The Mac counterpart is known as the Apple iMovie. Much like the Movie Maker for Windows, the iMovie is shipped free with any new Mac computer. Other users may also choose to purchase the program separately. It offers users more control by offering features such as audio editing, a people finder,
one-step effects and additional themes. Pinnacle VideoSpin Pinnacle VideoSpin is another program which is available for free. It works on both Windows and Mac formats. Users can import videos, photos, audio, titles, transitions and audio effects. Clips can be edited, shortened and arranged depending on how the user sees them. The website offers additional information to help users with their video.

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