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10 Best and Free Drone Video Editing Software for beginners 

10 Best and Free Drone Video Editing Software for beginners 

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You might have seen that your friends recorded her birthday party with a drone so you bought one, as well. After you have got your first drone/UAV/quadcopter, you may have realized it was going to cost you more money than just the price of your drone. There are some “must have accessories” and you probably came to the conclusion that you want to edit your drone video so that you need a drone video editing software.

There are many video editor software that can help you edit your drone footages. But which is the best and free one? We gathered top 10 best and free Drone Video Editing Softwares for beginners according to the editing features. You might be able to pick out the one you need. With the drone video editor below, you can edit all the drone videos.

DJI Drones: DJI Spark, DJI Phantom 4 Advanced, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom 4, DJI Phantom 3 Professional, DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, DJI Phantom 3 Standard, DJI Phantom 3 4K, DJI Phantom FC40, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, DJI Phantom Phantom 2 Vision, DJI Phantom 1, DJI Phantom 2, DJI Inspire 2, DJI Inspire 1 Pro/Raw, DJI Inspire 1

Yuneec Drones: Yuneec Typhoon H, Yuneec Typhoon H Pro, Yuneec Q500 4K, Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon, Yuneec Breeze

Other Drone cameras: Parrot AR Drone 2.0, Parrot Bebop 2 FPV, Parrot Disco FPV, UDI 818A, UDI U842 Predator, Hubsan H501S, Hubsan H107C+, Hubsan H502S, Hubsan X4 H107C, Upair One, Traxxas Aton, Tarantula X6, Parrot Bebop 2, Autel X-Star, Walkera Voyager 3, Thunder Tiger Robotix, Syma X8HG, JJRC H26WM, Walkera Scout X4

10 Best and Free Drone Video Editing Softwares for beginners 

#1: Lightworks 

We’ve seen different drone video editing softwares for different platforms, but Lightworks is the only drone video editor that does have support for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. Some un-matchable features of Lightworks include dedicated & powerful support for background I/O, dedicated keyboard to enhance video editing experience, multi-cam editing as well as an impressive set of realtime effects that will come in handy when it comes to professional video editing. The list of features also includes dedicated web export option, background export, import and rendering etc. 

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux 
Supported Input Formats: Almost Every Video Format including High Definition ones 
Supported Output Formats: Almost Every Video Format including High Definition ones 
Price: Lightworks is free to download, but it has a Pro version as well 
Key Features: HD Support, Non-destructive editing, storyboard mode, unlimited video tracks and audio tracks, Linear timecode display 

#2: Pavtube Video Converter 

As the best all-in-one drone video editor and converter tool, Pavtube Video Converter walks users through SD/HD/4K drone video converting and editing process. Now this brand new video has updated to a more powerful one, new features like adding H.265/HEVC decode/encode which can provide much higher quality than H.264, videos shooting under XAVC mode can be loaded flawless, H.264 baseline/main/high profile added to consider about the compatible with old system or devices, supporting encoding to M3U8. 

Also those original features have been optimized, the “Settings” can adjust drone video’s Bit rate, Frame rate to a higher level. Not all video tools like Pavtube Video Converter offer so many video editing options in this full-features and powerful video converter, It edits videos by trimming, cropping, splitting videos, add text/image watermark as copyright protection, and attach external subtitles into source drone footages media for entertainment. 

Supported Platforms: Windows 

Supported Input Formats: AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, WMV, MOV etc. 

Supported Output Formats: AVI, MP4, WMV, SWF, FLV, MPG etc. 

Price: Free to Try  

Key Features: a high-efficient video converter, customize SD/HD/4K videos, make movie director come true, GPU acceleration technology, take a snapshot, create new output format 

#3: iMovie 

Here comes iMovie, yet another popular and immensely used drone video editor for Macintosh devices, which comes from Apple Inc. Being a tool from Apple Inc, iMovie can help you deal with video editing even while you are using an iOS-based device — let that be your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Although iMovie has a tremendous number of features, some of those include truly impressive collection of transitions, drag-based interface, iMovie Theatre that lets you watch movies from your Apple TV, ability to fine tune clips etc. 

Supported Platforms: Macintosh and iOS 
Supported Input Formats: QuickTime compatible with HD support 
Supported Output Formats: QuickTime compatible with HD Support 
Price: Free 
Key Features: NDE, HD Support, 2 video tracks and 4 audio tracks, linear timecode display and storyboard mode. 

#4: Kdenlive 

Kdenlive, built on MLT Framework, is a great solution when you are looking for an open-source drone video editing software that makes sense. Available for Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X, Kdenlive offers impressive features that are impressive when it comes to preparing stunning video results. Some other features of Kdenlive include rendering that you can pause according to your need, ability to apply special transition effects, multi-track editing feature etc. 

Supported Platforms: FreeBSD, Mac and Linux 
Supported Formats: MPEG2, MP4 and other popular video formats 
Price: Free 
Key Features: HD Support, storyboard mode, 2 video tracks and 4 audio tracks, linear timecode display, NDE. 

#5: Windows Movie Maker 

Although simple, Windows Movie Maker can come in handy if you want to edit Drone footages without using that much of system resources. Through its ultra-simple User Interface, Windows Movie Maker will help you add transitions, set up tracks and export the drone video into a Windows-compatible media format — things are simple enough, we hope. 

Supported Platforms: Windows 
Supported Formats: Any Windows-compatible media format 
Price: Free 
Key Features: HD Support, Storyboard Mode, 1 video track and 2 audio tracks, linear timecode display. 

#6: Sony Vegas Pro 

Sony Vegas Pro can be called the BIG BROTHER of Sony Vegas Movie Studio, as it offers enhanced features and it will need you to pay more. Sony Vegas Pro brings a number of intuitive yet productive features such as powerful effects, support for iOS devices through corresponding application, stereoscopic 3D editing, enhanced audio control, support for drone 4K video such as DJI Phantom 4 Pro, multi-track audio environment, impressive media management, DVD Layout and Design along with one option to preview what you have done. Of course, Sony Vegas Pro will be the best video editing software for those professionals who are ready to pay. 

Supported Platforms: Windows 
Supported Input Formats: AVI, MP4, WMV, WMA, OMA, OGG, AAF, AIF etc. 
Supported Output Formats: MP4, WAV, WMV, MVC, MP3 etc. 
Price: $599.95 (Fre Trial version also available) 
Key Features: HD Support, Non-destructive editing, unlimited video & audio tracks, linear timecode display. 

#7: AvideMux

Avidemux is a free drone video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. Video and audio encoding can also be done with this software.

Supported Platforms: Windows 
Supported Input Formats: FLV,MKV,MP4,MOV, 3GP, VOB, etc.
Supported Output Formats: FLV,MKV,MP4, etc. 
Price: Free
Key Features: DVD support, Video format change, linear timecode display. 

#8: Pavtube Media Magician (Win/Mac)

Pavtube Media Magician is a nice camcorder and drone assistant manager, lossless camcorder video joiner, drone 4K video converter and editor, and efficient camcorder video uploader for YouTube. It’s a useful and easy tool helping you make better use of either camcorder videos, but also common videos. It is also can be used as a wonderful MTS/M2TS/MOD/TOD lossless trimming software which can help you trim off unwanted parts of one click and output original format or MKV without quality loss. Really an useful Mac camcorder software that helps you save a lot of money on purchasing storage memories.

Supported Platforms: Windows & Mac
Supported Input Formats: AVCHD*(MTS, M2TS), AVCHD Lite*(MTS, M2TS), MXF, TOD, MOD, MOV, etc
Supported Output Formats: MPEG-2 (*.mpg), MPEG-4 (*.mp4), *.avi, *.wmv, *.mov, *.mkv, *.m2ts, etc.
Price: Free to try
Key Features: Timeline editing, frame by frame, edit by frame, HD support

#9: Cinelerra 

Cinelerra is a drone video editing tool that lets Linux users edit videos in an intuitive manner that no previous experience is required. Written in C++, Cinelerra offers powerful features that are quite simplified by means of the simple UI it has. You can download Cinelerra for almost every Linux distribution and the tool will be quite useful, we bet. UI Cinelerra has three sections that help editors do their job neatly — Timeline, Viewer, Resource Window and Compositor. 

Supported Platforms: Linux 
Supported Input Formats: Almost every Video Format, including HD 
Supported Output Formats: Almost every video format, including HD 
Price: Free 
Key Features: High Definition Support, Non-destructive editing, Multi Track editing, unlimited video and audio tracks, linear timecode display. 

#10: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac 

Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is an all-in-one video converter program that supports converting Drone HD/4K MP4/MOV videos to any video formats for playing, editing, uploading or burning on Mac OS X. The Mac Drone editor software can trim drone footages, crop drone videos, add subtitles to drone videos, remove the sound from drone video files and more. Besides drone videos, it also can transcode HD footage from Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and JVC. Moreover, it’s capable of outputting videos in Apple ProRes/AIC/DNxHD/MPEG-2, etc. for NLEs like FCP, iMovie/FCE, Avid Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Keynote, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe After Effects CS6, DaVinci Resolve, iPhoto as well as QuickTime MOV for playback on Mac. 

Supported Platforms: macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks and etc. 

Supported Input Formats: MKV, MOV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, TiVo, M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, VOB, WMV, ASF, 3GP, FLV, F4V etc. 

Supported Output Formats: AVI, MPG, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, VOB, WMV, MKV, MOV, MXF, TiVo, M4V, MP4, ASF, 3GP, FLV, F4V etc. 

Price: Free to Try

Key features: an all-round Mac HD video converter, edit & create personal video, create your very own video, capture video image, merging multiple video files, built-in video player 

Best Drone Video Assistant

A drone video editor can make your video more wonderful. But how will you do when your drone video can’t be imported into the drone editor? If you have a Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac (Windows version), you will have no the worry any more. This video software combines a drone editor and a drone video converter into one. It can help you trim drone video footage to cut off  unwanted segments. It also can enable you to get rid of the black edges and unwanted area of the image and adjust video aspect ratio. If needed, you can add text/video/image watermark to selected drone video clip. Under Effect tab, you can add special effects like Simple Gauss Blur, Flip Color, Invert, Aged Film to your source drone video.

If the drone editor can’t fulfill your need, you can use it to convert drone video to MOV, ProRes, DNxHD, MP4, WMV, MPEG-2 for your other drone editors. You can adjust the video and audio bitrate, frame rate and more settings to make the output video compatible with your drone video editor. This drone video converter can handle both HD and 4K drone videos.

Steps to Convert Drone Video

Step 1: Import drone video files

Some drone records footage on an SD card, you can remove the SD card from the camera, insert the SD card to a card reader, then plug in the card reader into your computer SD card Port for transferring the video footage to your local hard drive. From “File”drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio”to add source video files to the program.

load drone video

Step 3: Select output file format.

Click “Format”bar, from its drop-down list, select your desired Prores format such as “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, you can also choose other prores formats on your own needs. For editing drone 4K video on FCP X, If you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)”format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, you’d better choose to output “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance.

Specify output profile format

As for some other video editing software, you may need to choose MPEG 2 format and you can refer to the spec in the guide: DJI Phantom 4 to Avid Media ComposerGopro Studio,

All formats here are set with optimized video/audio codecs, bitrates, frame rates, etc. But you can still specify as you like by clicking Settings button.
In the Profile Settings window, you can choose or specify exactly the parameters you like. And in the Task information section, you can compare the detailed information of the source video and the target video.

Step 3: Convert drone video for drone editing software

Go back to the main interface and press the “Convert” icon on the right-bottom to start drone video to ProRes or MPEG 2 for the drone video editing software on Mac.

When the conversion is done, feel free to import converted drone video to FCP X and other NLE for furthering professional editing. With Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, you can edit your drone video in FCP X, FCP 6/7, FCE, iMovie, Apple Aperture 3, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Premiere Pro CS6/5/4/3, Adobe After Effects CC, After Effects CS6, Adobe Premiere Elements 13/12, Adobe Creative Suite 6/5, DaVinci Resolve Lite(DaVinci Resolve 11), DaVinci Resolve 9, iPhoto, Kdenlive, Keynote, Pinnacle Studio 17/16/15/14, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas Pro 13 Edit, Sony Vegas Pro 13, Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite, Sony Movie Studio 13, Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum, Sony Movie Studio 13 Suite, Sony Vegas Pro Production Assistant 2, Vegas Pro 13 Competitive Upgrade, Avid Xpress Pro, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro HD, Corel VideoStudio Pro, Cinelerra, Sorenson Squeeze, Cyberlink PowerDirector.

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