You have a variety of options for editing your video. If you already use a video editor, feel free to use that. If you would like to learn a new tool or haven't edited video before, the options below are some of the more highly recommended free options available.
This is not an exhaustive list and you are welcome to use any program that you prefer, but the following are all programs that are free for you to use for your next project. However, there are very few completely free options for video editors. HSU students, staff, and faculty also have access to some otherwise expensive options for free, which are also included in the list below. If you are looking to pay for software, we recommend that you try some of these free options first to see what you like and learn about the features you want in a paid program.
You can access most of the software available on campus computers from off-campus using Remote Access or the Virtual Lab (VLab). This includes MS Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Camtasia, and many more programs that would otherwise be expensive to purchase. If you are having issues accessing these services, visit the ITS System Status page to make sure they are working properly.
Remote Access (Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows) allows you to login to an HSU computer over the internet. You will have access to all of the software on that computer. You will need to install a program to make the connection (the remote access page includes instructions).
VLab (all computers with internet access) allows you to login to a virtual desktop that includes software typically available in HSU computer labs (current list of VLab software). Does not require any connection software.
Camtasia is a fairly easy to learn yet powerful video editor that is available on HSU campus computers as well as off-campus by using Vlab or Remote Access. It is primarily used for creating screen captures (recording your computer screen) but is also great for editing film.
HSU Faculty and Staff can download Camtasia to personal computers through the HSU Home/Personal Use Software page
OpenShot is a free and open source program that has many helpful features. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. This is the best open source video editor but be warned that it crashes more frequently than it should so please be sure to save your work often.
Cedar Wolf has a series of short video tutorials that walk you through using OpenShot (9 short videos, ~29 minutes total)
iMovie is available on Macs and iPads and has many built-in features like soundtracks and photo effects that make it easy to use. It is free.
The Windows Photos app also allows you to create an edit videos for free. It is a little more tricky to access visit the How to Geek How to Use Windows 10’s Hidden Video Editor tutorial to learn more.
Adobe's Premiere Rush app guide and tutorials are fairly comprehensive and include videos and screenshots. You may also want to check out this video tutorial:
Adobe Spark (Android and iOS) is free to HSU students, staff, and faculty (user your HSU email and login and choose the Enterprise option to setup your account). Spark is also pretty easy to use but has fewer features than Rush. The main drawback is that the free version includes a watermark at the end ("Made with Adobe Spark"). Spark also has a web interface is very similar to creating a slideshow presentation, so it is pretty intuitive for people who haven't edited video before.
The programs above are great for most video projects but if you find yourself wanting to get into more advanced video editing and film making, the options below are all professional quality programs that you can access for free. These will take considerable time to learn and will be overkill for most class assignments. But if you are ready to immerse yourself in editing and want to get to the next level, these are great options.
Adobe Premiere Pro is free to HSU students, staff, and faculty and is an industry standard for film making. To access Premiere Pro off campus, take a look at HSU's remote access options. Premiere Pro is available on most campus Windows and Mac computers, including Library laptops.
Blender is a 3D creation program for modeling, animating and more. It can also be used for basic video editing, but requires some initial setup. Blender is free and open source and available on all operating systems.
DaVinci Resolve is a free professional level color correction and video editing suite. Like Premiere Pro and Blender, Resolve will take some time to learn but has all the features you'll need for creating your next film. Available on Windows, Mac and Linux.
If you are looking for more in-depth tutorials on creating videos, we have some Online SkillShops that cover the complete process. You will also earn a badge for each SkillShop you complete!
You can use other people's music for your project as long as you have permission or if it is openly licensed. These resources below are great for finding music that is licensed for reuse. Be sure to provide attribution to all content you use that was created by someone else.