Last week, I featured a list of free video editors for Windows. Now here’s a list of free video editing software for Mac users.

Avid Free DV
Avid Free DV is feature-streamlined, standalone software which includes basic video and audio editing capabilities, up to two streams of real-time effects and support for both Windows XP and Macintosh OS X platforms.

Clesh from Forbidden Technologies is an unrivalled video editing and sharing tool. Our Java design ensures that most modern computers, Mac, PC, desktop or laptop can use Clesh without any software installation or hardware upgrades. You can benefit immediately from this remarkable product.

Clesh can be used by anyone who shoots their own videos with a DV camcorder but who does not have the time or inclination to edit their footage into something watchable using conventional editing tools. In minutes, ordinary videos can be transformed into personalized and professional-looking productions that can be sent via email, posted on a website or downloaded onto mobile phones.

FFmpeg is a collection of free software that can record, convert and stream digital audio and video. It includes libavcodec (a leading audio/video codec library), and libavformat (a leading audio/video container mux and demux library). FFmpeg is developed under Linux, but it can be compiled under most operating systems, including Windows. The project was started by Gerard Lantau, a pseudonym of Fabrice Bellard, and is now maintained by Michael Niedermayer. It is notable that most FFmpeg developers are also part of the MPlayer project, the VLC/VideoLAN project, plus one member of the xine project, and that FFmpeg is hosted at the MPlayer project server.

Multimedia authoring software for capturing, editing, organizing, processing, and exporting video, audio, and text to create DVD quality movies and slide shows. Features a groundbreaking “trackless” workspace that allows the free manipulation of an unlimited number of video, audio, stills, and text tracks. Editable transitions are created automatically when video clips are dragged on top of each other. The full palette of QuickTime effects is available. HyperEngine-AV comes with twelve studio-quality effects from Arboretum’s Hyperprism suite of audio processors. More can be added by purchasing a license, including Ray Gun for cleaning up scratchy vinyl, tape hiss, and hum.

HyperEngine-AV also offers text features to display credits, section titles, or karaoke lyrics with fully editable font, size, type, color, style, alignment, and scroll direction. HyperEngine-AV is for both novice digital moviemakers and professionals alike.

iMovie that comes with every new Mac (OS X), now called iMoveHD and it’s a part of iLife package. Apple iMovie ’05 is an excellent (and free) video editor for the Mac platform, with advanced video editing features and a lot of addon and plug-in support. You can find more information about iMovie at Apple’s iLife ’05 site. Note that this software is free only if you buy a new Mac. You can purchase it, however, if you just want the software.

Next feature would be a list of free video editors or free video editing software for Linux. Again, if you know of any other free video editing programs for the Mac, please let me know so I could add it to the list. Thank you!

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  • PSP, September 21, 2009 @ 6:08 PM

    Hey, thanks for sharing that links!


  • JP Habaradas, March 13, 2007 @ 3:09 AM

    @rhoen – Three years? I hope to have a Mac this year. LOL

    Free audio editors will be my next feature. :)

    @jhay – Yeah, it's gonna be on the list. Btw, have you tried Audacity? :)

  • JP Habaradas, March 12, 2007 @ 10:55 PM

    @fruityoaty – Wow, I’m envious! You must love your job man. Imagine, you get to play with a MacBook Pro. Have fun! :D

    @K – You’re most welcome! I knew you’re gonna be one my readers who would benefit from this list. As far as I know, the programs in this list are all free. :)

  • jhay, March 13, 2007 @ 2:33 AM

    I think there's a Mac version of Audacity. One of the best audio editors out there and it's free.

  • K, March 12, 2007 @ 10:14 PM

    Oh man, thanks for the links. You see I’m now a Mac fan after I bought my MacBook. I can now compare it to PC and whoever said that Vista is nice? Although they all seemed a little confusing to me, I might try it but it seems my Mac is up to date. Are those downloads all for free?

  • rhoen, March 12, 2007 @ 11:06 PM

    in three years time, i MIGHT go back to Mac! But if Jaypee can come up with FREE AUDIO EDITOR for Mac, I might reduce it to a year…:) Hehehehehe….way to go, jayp!

  • fruityoaty, March 12, 2007 @ 3:02 PM

    I'm getting a MacBook Pro in 3 weeks (work-related software testing need)… I'll be sure to check out that free stuff, although I already get access to some pro Mac software at work. ;)

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