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Suggestions for free video editing software

I'm using OBS Studio to create some video tutorials. Nothing complicated, just me talking and demonstrating the steps on my screen.

I essentially just need to slice up these recordings into clips, delete portions of the recordings where I mess up or there are long pauses, and export it all as one video.

I've used Premier in the past but I no longer have it. While I am pretty capable of learning how to use software, I would prefer something that doesn't have a huge learning curve.

I need something that runs on either Windows or Linux and is free. Not "free trial" free, but actually free. Open source would be a plus but not a requirement.

Feel free to recommend your favorite free video editor even if it doesn't meet all of my requirements, as maybe it will help someone else in the future.

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    Bauke
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    Although I have never used it, DaVinci Resolve hits your free and Windows/Linux marks. Not open-source unfortunately. You might also find some alternatives in a recent topic about the video...

    Although I have never used it, DaVinci Resolve hits your free and Windows/Linux marks. Not open-source unfortunately.

    You might also find some alternatives in a recent topic about the video editing options available on Linux.

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    1. VoidOutput
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      I've tested most of the alternatives listed in this thread but the only one that scratched the Premiere itch was DaVinci Resolve.

      I've tested most of the alternatives listed in this thread but the only one that scratched the Premiere itch was DaVinci Resolve.

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  2. pseudolobster
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    Kdenlive is probably your best bet in terms of feature completeness without too steep a learning curve. OpenShot is another open source one I haven't used much. I understand it's easy to use, but...

    Kdenlive is probably your best bet in terms of feature completeness without too steep a learning curve. OpenShot is another open source one I haven't used much. I understand it's easy to use, but has limited features. Blender can also be used as a NLE, but it has a notoriously steep curve.

    In the non-open-source-yet-still-free department you've got DaVinci Resolve and LightWorks. Both are free for noncommercial use and offer linux support. Both are high end professional editors with great feature sets comparable to Premiere, though they're both about as difficult to use as Premiere.

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  3. Apos
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    I like https://shotcut.org/ lately. I found it really easy to learn. Also it's free and open source.

    I like https://shotcut.org/ lately. I found it really easy to learn. Also it's free and open source.

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