Summary: This post provides 10 best free MOV editors, including VideoProc Vlogger, VidCutter, VSDC, Blender, Shotcut, iMovie, QuickTime, YouTube Video Editor, Kapwing, Adobe Premiere Rush. Check the list and find the best MOV editor to edit MOV files for you.
Now the majority of video recording devices including professional cameras and mobile phones produce MOV files. But many people are unaware of what MOV is yet.
MOV (aka QuickTime File Format) is a container format designed and developed by Apple Inc., which contains one or more track(s) that store(s) a variety of data like video, audio, subtitles, time-based information, etc. It often comes with the .mov or .qt file extension.
As it's just a format container, what determines its compatibility with video editing software is the codecs. MPEG-2, MPEG-4, HEVC/H.265, H.264, and Apple ProRes are commonly used in MOV files.
To edit MOV files, you are in need of a MOV editor that works with these codecs. And in this post, I've carefully selected the top 10 MOV editors for your reference. Let's check out what they are!
1. VideoProc Vlogger [Coming Soon]
Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7, macOS from Snow Leopard to Big Sur
VideoProc Vlogger is an all-rounder video editor that supports MOV files from iPhone, GoPro, DJI, Sony, Canon, etc. It has a great number of editing tools that help you create fabulous videos out of MOV footage, such as, cutting, re-sequencing, rotating, speeding up, adding effects, filters, subtitles, motion cropping, and so on.
And its powerful support for all sorts of MOV files makes it second to none at the moment, just to name a few, MOV encoded with HEVC, H.264, and Apple ProRes, 4K/8K, HDR, 10-bit, 360-degree, 3D, VR, and live photos in MOV from iPhone.
Apart from MOV, VideoProc Vlogger supports a host of other video coding formats, including MP4, MKV, WAV, AV1, VP9, WebM, MPEG-2, FLAC, PCM, GIF, etc. And you can configure video resolution, frame rate, bit rate, and others within this software.
VideoProc Vlogger for MOV Files Editing
- Aesthetic presets and quick workflow to make everyone a pro.
- Feature-rich toolbar and frame by frame editing timeline.
- 999+ tracks to edit infinite MOV videos at the same time.
- Unique High Quality Engine to render 4K MOV without quality loss.
- Level-3 hardware acceleration to process large 4K MOV files without lagging.
How to Edit MOV Files Using VideoProc Vlogger
The following part will give you a brief instruction about how to use this MOV editor for PC/Mac.
Step 1. Download and launch VideoProc Vlogger.
Download and install VideoProc to your computer at the get-go. When the installation is done, launch it and create a new project for your video.
Step 2. Add your MOV files.
You can import MOV files by dragging them to the media library, and then to the timeline.
Step 3. Edit your MOV files.
Have a rough idea about the final result you want, and go to the toolbar to choose an option to edit your footage. For example, split, change speed, crop, motion effect, adjust color, edit audio in MOV, add text, etc.
Also, you can explore features in the preset panel of transitions, titles, and effects, as well as the inspector panel.
Step 4. Save your video.
When editing is complete, click on the Export button, finish some simple settings for the file name, file location, format, and codec, and enable rendering.
Supported OS: Windows, macOS, Linux
VidCutter, the perfect balance between ease of use and power, is an open-source and cross-platform MOV editor for cutting and combining video/audio edits.
Thanks for the support of FFmpeg, you are allowed to import a wide range of file formats to the VidCutter, such as MOV, MP4, H.264, H.265, VP9, WMV, SWF, FLAC, etc.
Supported OS: Windows
VSDC is a free non-linear video editor with a huge range of features. You can create a fantastic video by cutting, cropping video files, joining video/music, adding transitions, filters, shapes, texts to video and more.
More importantly, you are allowed to save your edits using the VPROJ extension. That is a project file that can save your work in progress of a video editing project.
However, it cannot be read by players or uploaded to social media platforms, because file project does not save video data instead of saving links to the video that is being processed by the software. Therefore, to make your video accessible, you have to convert it to a more common file format like MOV, MP4.
Supported OS: Windows, macOS, Linux
One of the best, open-source and cross-platform MOV editors – Shotcut. You can load the latest video/audio formats like MOV, MP4, AV1, 4K, Apple ProRes, DNxHD, HEVC, VP9, H.264, AIFF, AAC, etc. thanks to FFmpeg support and play these video/audio files directly within the video editor.
To edit MOV files in Shocut, you are allowed to make simple edits using trimming, cutting, appending, inserting; create video effects by making color correction and grading, video compositing, adding video transitions, zoom-in/out, video filters; add audio effects by mixing audio tracks, using audio filters, fade-in/out transition and more.
Supported OS: Windows, macOS, Linux
Blender is an open source and cross-platform MOV editor that can do professional 3D animation work. It has been used in movie production (e.g. The Walking Dead, Warcraft, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and the gaming industry (e.g. Moon Farming, Cattle and Crops).
Besides 3D modeling, Blender also comes with a built-in Video Sequence Editor that has a few editing features like cutting, splicing, color grading, video masking, video overlaying, speed control, audio mixing and many more. And there are up to 32 tracks for editing video, audio, images, transitions, video effects, etc.
Supported OS: iOS, iPadOS, macOS
iMovie is free video editing software developed by Apple. However, it only works in the Apple ecosystem and Apple developers does not plan to introduce iMovie to Windows. Fortunately, there are some iMovie for Windows editors worth trying.
iMovie is 100% compatible with MOV files. And it also supports other popular file formats like M4V, AVI, MP4, AVCHD, HEVC, H.264, JPEG, RAW, AIFF and many more.
In iMovie, you are allowed to do many editing works like cutting, merging, adding visual effects like zoom-in, Ken-Burns, color filters, picture in picture, green/blue screen, designing sound effect, etc.
What I dislike is that iMovie can use only two video tracks and fails to edit video frame by frame.
7. QuickTime Player X
Supported OS: macOS
Though QuickTime for Windows has been available to PC, the fact is that Apple ceased support for Windows version for windows a few years ago. Plus, the prior version of QuickTime only offered its editing features to the paid version.
Now, QuickTime Player has evolved itself into version 10 and become a completely free application. You are able to trim, split, cut, flip, and rotate MOV files within QuickTime.
Less noted but equally important, you allowed to capture your computer display, iPhone/iPad's display along with sound or record audio only. All recordings will be automatically saved as MOV file format.
8. YouTube Video Editor
Supported OS: a browser-based editor
If your MOV files have already been uploaded to YouTube, you can perform some edits using the built-in YouTube Video Editor. To access this free MOV editor, you just need to log in your YouTube account and navigate to the video you would like to modify.
The major features that YouTube Video Editor has are trimming, adding blur, music, and end screen to video.
Luckily, there are thousands of royalty-free songs available for free in the editor, while downloading copyrighted music is a matter of course either. But note that you cannot upload your own music to YouTube Video Editor and you are only allowed to use one song at a time.
Supported OS: Online
Let's say you are not a professional creator who makes videos frequently and wouldn't love to use the video editor that has a steep-learning-curve. Go for Kapwing that helps you edit MOV files online. It is a user-friendly browser-based video editor and does not require downloading.
The free version of Kapwing opens up all its features at no cost. You can trim, join, resize, cut, crop, loop, reverse, etc. video/audio, or add subtitles, texts, images, transcode video from one to another format, etc.
Furthermore, your content will be automatically saved on your workspace (an online storage service) up to 7 days and will not be watermarked.
Supported OS: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS
In addition to iMovie, you can rely on Adobe Premiere Rush for editing MOV files that are captured mobile phone, action cam, DSLR, etc. right on your mobile device or tablet.
Although it's a little bit limited, compared to Premiere Pro, it's still an awesome app for both beginners and experts. And all the edits you created in Premiere Rush are saved in the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can do more with you MOV files using other Adobe editing applications.
So what is inside the Premiere Rush? You can easily switch your content between the landscape, portrait and square (1:1). That's because this lightweight app was built to make quick edits and upload to social media at ease.
More so, you can cut, rotate, split video; add texts with different styles, audio, transitions; make color adjustment, change speed for your content.