• Home Video Editing

If you need top-quality home video editing, FixThePhoto is ready to help you. Our videographers will gladly accept any home video editing task and turn your RAW footage into a professional family video for you to watch it and recollect special moments of your life.

Either you have recorded a home video during your family celebration or shot the one while being on a trip and now want to have it professionally edited – we are here to turn your dream into reality. In case you just have a pack of family photos and wish to transform them into an interesting home video, you can find and order a corresponding service on our site as well.

Every home video editing specialist has a vast knowledge of family video editing, so you can be sure that your footage will be handled with absolute care and all your requirements will be taken into account.

Home Video Editing Prices

Basic level.

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  • 30 Min of the Source Video (RAW Video)
  • Pro Cut & Transitions
  • Image Stabilization
  • Color Correction
  • Sound Adjustment
  • Music Adding
  • Add Simple Header
  • Following Clients' Style
  • 1 Final Edited Video

Additional Services

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  • Every Next 30 Min + 60$
  • Up to 50 Photos Adding + 50$
  • Animated Text/Titles Adding +50$

Bulk Home Video Editing for Permanent Clients

Receive 15% OFF and 30% OFF discounts to the basic price of all home video editing during one month if the total cost of your order is more than $1500.00 - $3000.00 US.

Home Video Editing Samples:

#1 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Editing of 5 hours RAW video
  • Color correction
  • Video effects
  • Multiple frame collage

#2 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Editing of 6 hours RAW video
  • Drone video adding

#3 Home Video Editing Sample:

#4 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Clean up sound

#5 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Editing of 4,5 hours raw video
  • Add plain text
  • Sound cleaning up

#6 Home Video Editing Sample:

#7 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Editing of 3,5 hours RAW video
  • Add special effects (+ US $50)

#8 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Editing of 3 hours RAW video
  • Time-lapse effect
  • Add collages (+ US $50)

#9 Home Video Editing Sample:

#10 Home Video Editing Sample:

#11 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Underwater-video fixing
  • Clean sound

#12 Home Video Editing Sample:

#13 Home Video Editing Sample:

  • Editing of 4 hours RAW video
  • Sound correction

Another Services by Fixthephoto

  • Corporate Video Editing
  • Drone Video Editing
  • GoPro Video Editing
  • Product Video Editing
  • Real Estate Video Editing
  • Wedding Video Editing
  • Vlog Video Editing
  • Video Post Production

What Do Our Home Video Editing Include?

Contact our company for home video services and we will turn your family’s special moments into an admirable home video that you would like to watch again and again in the future. Regardless of the device you used to record the footage, be it a top-notch DSLR or a regular phone, we will work hard to create an amazing family movie.

If needed, we can add audio, titles, and transitions, so the finished home video can become a memorable present for your nearest and dearest relatives. We are ready to realize your craziest ideas concerning editing home videos, so don’t hesitate and leave us a message.

Veedyou Media

Bespoke Video Editing Services

Outsource video editing now – say goodbye to the hassle, hello to perfection, corporate | social media | youtube | weddings | animation, the best video editing service for anything.

We turn ideas and raw footage into beautiful videos. Veedyou Media is a video editing company whose mission is to provide clients with an opportunity to tell their stories in an incredible way.

Free revisions, money back guarantee and phone call consultations.

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"Cristian and the team over at Veedyou exceeded our expectations. They produced a TON of videos faster than we could do with our in-house team and we were able to run our ad campaign in time for the product launch."

"We will definitely come back for more."

"Fantastic quality and is very easy to work with. Would use it again."

"Amazing company to work with and produce amazing videos from raw footage!"

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Veedyou Media is a video editing agency whose mission is to provide clients with an opportunity to tell their stories and reach more people with video. My name is Cristian and I started Veedyou Media back in 2017 after I realized that entrepreneurs, businesses, and influencers don't always have the expertise or resources to edit their videos.

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Hiring a video editor for your YouTube channel, your digital marketing agency or your business is probably one of the best investments you can make in 2024. Using a video editing agency is better than pretty much all of the other options you have: hire an expensive full-time editor, use an unreliable freelancer, or waste time editing videos yourself instead of putting your valuable time into something more important for you. With our fixed rate per project, you will have your video editing costs under control and you can allocate more time and money to growing your business.

The benefits of using Veedyou Media:

Time-saving: Many business owners are busy and don't have the time or expertise to edit videos themselves. By outsourcing this task to a video editing service, you can focus on other critical aspects of your business that require your attention. This can increase your productivity and help you achieve your business goals faster. Professional-quality videos: Having high-quality videos can help your business stand out from its competitors and build a strong online presence. By using a video editing service, clients can ensure that their videos are polished, visually appealing, and engaging for their audience. Reduced stress: Video editing can be a time-consuming and tedious task. Outsourcing this work to professionals can reduce the stress and anxiety associated with editing. This can also free up time and energy to focus on other essential tasks. Work-life balance: Many business owners struggle to balance their work and personal life. By outsourcing video editing, they can free up more time to spend with their loved ones and pursue their hobbies and interests outside of work. Business growth: Video marketing is becoming increasingly important for businesses to reach their target audience and grow their brand. With us, you can create consistent and professional-looking video content that can help you attract more customers and increase your revenue.

Some examples

Customizable video packages

  • 30-60 minutes of raw footage
  • Lower thirds
  • 5-6 minute edited video
  • Closed captions
  • Opening logo animation
  • Branded color scheme
  • Two rounds of changes
  • 5-7 days turnaround

Your personal customized video editing package

  • 180-240 minutes of raw footage
  • 60 minute edited video
  • Hollywood like trailer
  • 48 hours turnaround
  • Social media clips
  • YouTube shorts & TikTok
  • Color grading

Our video editing services include

  • Dedicated video editor and account manager
  • Real-time communication channels (Slack, Whatsapp, etc.)
  • Raw footage curation
  • Fancy cuts and transitions
  • Motion graphics and typography
  • Licensed stock footage and broll
  • Licensed soundtracks and sound effects
  • Audio mixing and enhancement
  • Multi-camera editing
  • Color correction and color grading
  • Subtitles and on-screen text pop-ups
  • Dropbox space for file transfer
  • Unlimited raw footage duration
  • 5 working days turnaround time or 48 hours expedite delivery
  • 3 free revisions
  • Video export up to 4K and 60 FPS
  • Horizontal, vertical and square video aspects
  • Thumbnails and headlines creation
  • Repurposing video content into clips for social

What we do...

Podcast video editing.

Podcasters, many of them with 1M+ subscribers, trust us to edit promotional videos, interviews, stream shows, and any kind of video content.

When you churn out videos like a candy machine dispensing treats, good video editing isn’t an option but a necessity to ensure the quality of the content.

  You need a dedicated team like Veedyou Media to reduce your workload and also maintain a high standard which is a non-negotiable demand of all large broadcasters.

Our multi-camera video edits are crisp, tight, and just fabulous.

YouTube can be very lucrative nowadays.

But you need to be consistent, post regularly, and just never miss a deadline.

We know that firsthand from the YouTubers we are working with it. And we also know that video editing takes so much more time than shooting the video.

It’s a no-brainer that at some point you will need to outsource video editing and use the extra time to film more and more videos.

YouTubers are using Veedyou’s video editing services to do just that.

And it has been working great for many of them.

YouTube video editing

Real estate video editing.

Real estate looks so much better in a cool video than just pictures.

And a lot of realtors understood that right away.

But not many real estate professionals have the time or skill set to put together that cool video that will get them more clients.

It doesn’t take much to trigger our curiosity and get us down to work.

Do you have an idea, a couple of slides, or an iPhone clip; our video editors are here to lend their expertise to make a magnificent marketing tool from decent footage.

We pride ourselves on providing affordable video editing services for small businesses to help them realize their true potential.

For start-ups and small businesses, time is money.

So, without delay, share your raw footage, no matter if it was filmed with a smartphone or consumer-grade camera, let’s get it edited and polished and out there to the audience.

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Home & personal video editing.

Editing videos for average people like you and me is what we love the most.

It’s definitely worth our time and effort.

Having a chance to share with your children their childhood video, making a tribute video for parents on their anniversary, and creating a family video from short home clips are some of the ways people create and preserve happy memories.

We can help you make more of your memories.

Veedyou video editing services will take your phone-recorded home videos to create something unique and special.

You can’t imagine the joy of seeing our client’s faces light up and the happiness in their voices when they see the result.

We have edited hundreds of these kinds of videos and we would gladly do a thousand more.

The happiness and gratitude our clients express are worth a million bucks.

A lot of people use our video editing services to create wedding videos.

The reason is simple. We ensure the wedding video captures the romance, excitement, and happiness of the occasion.

Whether it’s an hour-long video, a wedding highlight video, or an old video that needs a modern makeover, we are here to create a lasting memory of the day that you’ll always treasure.

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Corporate video editing.

Last but not least we are working with a handful of very large corporations.

These are multinational companies with a very clearly defined brand identity, company mission, and vision.

These companies are using our video editing services to create professional, branded, crisp-looking videos that serve a clearly defined scope.

For these types of clients, we often do voice-over recordings and use stock footage and licensed music.

Our drone/aerial video editing services combine technology and creativity to transform raw aerial footage into captivating cinematic masterpieces.

Our skilled team of video editors understands the nuances of drone footage, curating the most breathtaking shots and employing precise editing techniques, seamless transitions, and stunning effects.

Whether you’re a real estate agent, adventure enthusiast, or filmmaker, we tailor our services to meet your specific needs, delivering exceptional quality and attention to detail.

From showcasing properties from above to capturing awe-inspiring landscapes, we bring a new dimension to your projects.

Drone / aerial video editing

How it works.

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#1 Transfer your video files

Send us your raw video clips through Google Drive, Dropbox or any other similar cloud storage service.

Share a brief of your video editing instructions or let us do our magic.

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#2 Get your edited video

We will email you a download link for your edited video in 5-7 days, on average.

Or in 48 hours if you’ve opted in for the speedy turnaround option.

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#3 Request changes, if needed

Share your feedback on the video and we are happy to work with you on up to 2 free revisions.

No extra charges, no strigs attached.

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Our expertise, multicamera editing.

We will auto-sync your multicamera interview and edit it into a Hollywood-tier production.

You can send separate audio and video feeds, as many cameras as you want. We will take care of all the post-production aspects for you.

Color correction and grading

Playing with color wheels, sharpness, shadows, highlights and exposure is what we do to relax.

Get the colors in your videos tweaked to perfection.

Crazy cuts and transitions

We can use templates, plugins or presets to take your transitions on another level.

Fast, dynamic, mind-bending transitions is what we do to relax in post-production.

1080p, 4K or vertical

We can edit videos in any aspect ratio you want. Literally.

It can be the good old 1080p, the newer 4K resolution or the viral short vertical format for TikTok or YouTube shorts.

Just tell us what you need.

Professional editors

Most of the video editors in our team have a background in filmmaking. You will be working with trained professionals.

Each client gets one or more dedicated video editors, depending on how much post-production work they need.

Stock music and footage

Our service includes licensed music, as well as beautiful stock footage used as B-roll when needed.

You don’t need a subscription to any stock footage or music licensing platform. Our licenses will apply to all the assets used in your videos.

Motion graphics

The videos we edit can include animated text callouts, pop-ups or titles.

Modern looking lower thirds and social channels call outs are also included.

All these elements will make your videos look fresh and clean.

Audio editing and mixing

We can clean up your audio, balance it and mix it with background music.

We will remove background noises, hisses and make you sound as crisp as possible by using advanced equalizing, denoising, hard limiting and other advanced audio effects.

NEW: Artificial intelligence tools

Our team is using state-of-the-art A.I. tools to fix and enhance poor-quality audio and video recordings.

You can now have your bad, home-recorded audio or video, sound and look like you are in an expensive studio.

Money Back Guarantee

If you are not happy with the video we edited, you can ask for a full refund within 3 business days after receiving the video.

Veedyou Media is a boutique agency offering THE video editing service you are looking for

You get access to professional video editors that actually talk to you and understand your requirements. You get to benefit from a fresh, new set of eyes that can add new and creative elements to your videos. You get back exactly the results you expect. No matter what industry you’re in… No matter what type of video you are looking to get done… You need someone who knows their business if you want your video to look good. Do you still have questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Our video editing services cover pretty much any type of videos ranging from corporate and branded videos to social media, explainer videos, animations, YouTube, travel or home/family videos to weddings or documentary films.

Not sure we can handle your project? Drop us an email at [email protected] or use the live chat.

The standard turnaround time is 7-10 days.

We also have an expedite 48 hours delivery option.

We don’t put a limit on it. We often get hundreds of files in hundreds of GB.

So no limit there, but the pricing will depend on how much footage we need to go through.

Typically we get 1-2 hours of footage, but again we don’t put a limit on it. Send as much as you want.

Most of the times, a lot of footage will not be used in the final cut. We only pick the best scenes and a lot of the raw footage gets cut out in the editing process.

Yes, we have the hardware.

We have been working with 4K, 60 frames per second for a while now.

Yes, we can export multiple videos from the same main video. In fact, this is a common practice for many content creators that want to re-purpose video content.

It can be several short videos, or videos in different aspect ratios for different platforms, or anything else you can think of.

Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects.

Yes, we can supply the project files, if needed.

This is not always a very smooth process as there are a lot of things we need to factor in, such as: plugins and templates used, LUTs, fonts and the compatibility between our machines and yours.

So, yes, we can send project files if needed, but it is more of a case by case thing.

Yes, after you review the first cut there’s a revision process where we can implement changes based on your feedback.

We can do up to 3 rounds of revisions for free.

Most of the times we get the video edit right after just 1 iteration.

We can jump on a call and discuss your requirements and you can also check out our previous video projects to get an idea about the level of quality.

Moreover, we can work with you on implementing changes to the video, if needed.

No, all the video editing is done in house.

We have an office in Bucharest, Romania and that’s where all the magic happens.

You can get check out or pricing tool to get an idea about the costs.

With that said though, some projects might need to be quoted individually.

Feel free to reach out to and we will get back to you with a custom offer.

You can email us at [email protected] , or you can use the live chat app on the website.

We do pretty much all you can think of, but here’s a list with some of the most common video editing techniques we use in our projects:

  • cuts & transitions
  • color grading
  • audio mixing
  • picture stabilization
  • titles and text overlays
  • motion graphics

Yes, we work with “not so good” footage.

So you don’t need to be a videographer to work with us.

No limit. But it will depend a lot on how much raw footage we have available and how much of it it’s usable.

Yes, we work with voice over artists and we can produce professional voice overs in different accents and languages.

Yes, we use a music licensing platform and we can supply the music for your video as well as the licensing info so that you don’t have any copyright issues.

Our video editing services are turnkey, so you get it all in one package.

Yes, we have a library of stock footage and stock photography that we can use on your videos.

The process is super simple.

We get the raw footage from you using Google Drive, Dropbox or any similar service.

We edit the video based on your requirements and get back to you with the 1st cut.

We work together with you on finalizing the video and implementing changes, if any.

Yes, we can follow a certain video editing style.

We can also make sure your videos match your brand style if you have a branding package.

Absolutely, please check out our examples page.

If you need more examples please email us .

  • Color Grading
  • Corporate & Brand Videos

Music Videos

  • Wedding Videos
  • Documentary Film
  • YouTube Videos
  • Explainer Videos
  • Demo Videos
  • Promotional Video
  • Infographics Videos
  • Educational Videos
  • Product Videos
  • Educational Video
  • Commercial Animation
  • 3D Rendering
  • Character Animation
  • Motion Grades
  • Motion Effects
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Video Editing Services

“Videos Editing Specialists Team for Each Business”

Weddings I Corporates I Education I Documentary I YouTube I Music I Social Media I Commercials

Motion edits is one of the best video post production companies offering high quality professional video editing services unique to your business. If you have footage or clips that you need editing to your taste, adding text, overlays, effects, animations, sound effects, logo, intro, etc. then Motion Edits company is right here for you. We have a dedicated team of video editors, wherein each team specializes in a particular segment. Get personalized videos edited as per your brand vision and style.

We have edited videos across industries, including Wedding Events, Education, Music, eCommerce, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Finance, Technology, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Food industry, etc. With over a decade of multi-industry and multimedia experience, we have successfully delivered small and complex video editing jobs worldwide. Motion edits specializes in serving companies, directors, filmmakers, producers, videographers, cinematographers, and individuals with video post production service worldwide. Moreover, we also assist Digital Marketing Agencies with social media ads and videos. Our experience includes working for video post production projects with production houses in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the United Kingdom as well as Gulf Countries.

Corporate & Brand Films

Wedding highlights, video color grading services, education & training video editing, youtube & vlogs editing, product demo video editing services, social media ad videos, documentary film editing, how our video editing company works.

We are a full service video post production company. We believe in making your editing tasks easier. Let us be your video editing partner.

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Instructions, project set up, request a quote, video editing faq, who are we.

Motion Edits is a one stop post-production company for all your editing requirements.

Where are you located?

We have our sales office in USA and Canada. All the post-production work happens from our India office.

Do you offer any other services apart from Editing?

At Motion Edits, we choose to focus on Editing only.

For Color Grading please visit us at Motion Grades .

For VFX please visit us at Motion Effects .

What Software do you use?

We use following software in Post and can use as requested:

  • Premiere Pro and Adobe suite
  • DaVinci Resolve

What is your turnaround time?

Below is the TAT for various projects we work on:

  • Brand Films: 2 weeks
  • Corporate Videos: 2 weeks
  • Commercials: 2 weeks
  • Music Videos: 2 weeks
  • Weddings: 4 weeks

Do you offer rush deliveries?

Sure, we do offer expedited deliveries option. Connect with us now to discuss more on this.

Can we send you our entire backlog?

Sure, you can. If you have multiple projects and if you want to place multiple orders in a single go, you can do that by using our ordering system.

What is the best way to transfer media?

We prefer to receive media via Dropbox or Google Drive. Any other data sharing platforms works too as long as far as we are allowed to download the media in bulk.

Can I ship a HDD?

Yes, you can send us the hard drive. Contact us for the shipping details.

Do you use licensed music?

Yes! We are subscribed to MusicBed and license our music from there.

Do you also Grade the edits?

Color Grading is a part of our editing workflow and is included in the quote that we’ll provide. Unless you specifically ask us not to grade, all the films we deliver will be color graded.

How do I place the order?

You can use our ordering system for placing the orders. Our ordering system allows you placing an order in 3 simple steps:

  • Register your email ID
  • Verify your email ID
  • Start placing orders

Do you work on proxy files?

Yes, we work on proxy media. You can simply share proxies along with the project file. We’ll edit and deliver the project file.

What is your revision policy?

We offer 2 rounds of revisions that are included in the quote. You can request additional rounds of revisions for an additional cost.

How are the deliveries made?

We deliver the final outputs along with the project files and all the additional assets via Dropbox. Dropbox allows commenting on timestamps on the video which eases the revision process.

How long do you keep our project in your archive?

We clear our archives in 8 weeks from the day the first draft is delivered. You are required to send your comments for revisions within this time frame.

How do the payments work?

We take full payment in advance. Once you place an order, we’ll get back to you in a couple of days via email with the invoice and payment link.

Can you incorporate our company logo, font style, titles in the films?

Sure, you can send us your logo, font style, titles, intro outro, effects, Luts and we’ll include them in your all films.

Do you offer test/sample edits?

Unfortunately, we don’t offer test or sample edits. There’s a 1 out of 1000 chance that the project is new for us as well as our client, in which case we will do the sample edit.

If you are looking to outsource video editing services for one of the following types, in the most creative output, your search ends here!

  • Wedding Films
  • Speeches & Ceremony Reels
  • Documentaries, Long Play Edits
  • DJ or Music Concerts
  • Digital Marketing Videos
  • Sales Videos
  • Product Reviews and Product Demo Videos
  • Brand Promotion Videos
  • Professional Corporate Videos
  • Interview Videos
  • Training Videos
  • Website Videos
  • Travel Videos
  • Home Videos
  • Vacation or Holiday Videos
  • Family Videos
  • Vlog Editing
  • Seminar Videos
  • University Promo Videos
  • Launch Videos
  • Parties and other occasion shoots
  • Product Explainer Videos
  • Testimonial Videos
  • Drone Video Editing
  • Real Estate Videos
  • Video Tours for Guides
  • IGTV Videos or Videos for Influencers

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Top Video Editing Services For Businesses And Individual Creators

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Video content has evolved into an indispensable component of business marketing, boasting immense popularity, remarkable impact, and the ability to yield a higher Return on Investment (ROI).

Videos tend to linger in people’s memories more effectively than other forms of content.

The surging demand for video content has led businesses to capture a greater volume of footage than ever before. However, the raw footage often needs more visual allure to captivate audiences.

The true magic, in fact, unfolds during the post-production video editing stage—a phase where the raw material is transformed into a compelling visual narrative.

If you find yourself pondering over the process of transforming your videos into captivating visual masterpieces, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we present a selection of the best video editing services in 2023 and the years to come. These programs stand at the pinnacle of the market, offering you a comprehensive array of options.

Take the time to explore each service meticulously, ultimately selecting the one that aligns best with your requirements.

The Best Video Editing Services For A Compelling Visual Narrative

1. veedyou media.

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Veedyou Media is a specialized agency that provides expert video editing services for various purposes, including corporate, travel, home & family, wedding, and social media videos.

Their team of skilled video editors can transform your raw footage into captivating videos that leave a lasting impression.

The core mission of their video editing service revolves around helping clients share their stories and connect with a wider audience through the medium of video.

Veedyou Media is committed to handling all aspects of video editing, saving clients valuable time. This, in turn, enables businesses to enhance productivity and accelerate the achievement of their goals.

Key reasons to opt for Veedyou Media:

  • Create professional-grade videos: Veedyou’s expert touch sets your business apart from competitors, establishing a robust online presence.
  • Enjoy added benefits: The video editing service offers complimentary revisions, a money-back guarantee, and phone consultations.
  • Affordable excellence: Veedyou ensures top-notch results at budget-friendly rates, empowering clients to manage video editing expenses while investing in business growth.
  • Customer-centric: Veedyou Media prioritizes customer satisfaction, a commitment that shines through its impressive average customer rating of 5/5.

2. Blue Chalk Media 

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Blue Chalk Media stands out as a leading player in the industry, boasting a dynamic and motivated team brimming with both capability and extensive experience.

This dynamic video production company goes above and beyond to translate your ideas into captivating videos that deeply resonate with your audience.

With a global reputation, this media powerhouse is renowned for its distinctive cinematic approach to nonfiction storytelling.

Offering a comprehensive range of services, Blue Chalk Media proves invaluable in guiding you through storyboarding, filming, and post-production editing.

Since its establishment in 2013, Blue Chalk Media has amassed 125 awards for its clients, a testament to its impactful work in a relatively short span.

Key reasons to opt for Blue Chalk Media:

  • A dedicated field team at Blue Chalk Media passionately pursues your vision, often putting in extra hours to ensure its realization.
  • With a portfolio boasting over 900 short-form videos filmed across six continents, their video production and editing service showcases a remarkable global presence.
  • Blue Chalk Media extends free consultations, thereby promoting mutual understanding between them and potential clients to cater to precise needs.
  •   Proficient in the language of visual arts, they excel in creative, innovative thinking, a fact evident in their numerous awards garnered over the years.

3. Futuristic Film  

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Futuristic Film is powered by a team that’s deeply passionate about filmmaking, believing that the pursuit of perfection in visual arts can truly impact lives and drive business growth.

This full-spectrum media company manages every aspect of the video production process, from crafting the storyline to the final touches of post-production editing.

The experienced team at Futuristic Film takes immense pride in effortlessly marrying creativity with technology. No effort is spared to make video content that conveys a crystal-clear message and also tugs at the heartstrings.

With an expansive and diverse video portfolio, they cover a wide range of genres, including documentaries, short films, comedy, social content, business promotions, and immersive VR experiences.

Key reasons to opt for Futuristic Film:

  • The filmmakers at Futuristic Film are dedicated to raising the bar with each project, consistently delivering mesmerizing videos that enthrall the audience.
  •   Their well-tested team employs strategies that bring your vision to life on the screen, creating a captivating and inspiring viewing experience.
  • Futuristic Film accommodates projects of varying sizes, excels in seamless collaboration with clients, and boasts an impeccable track record of delivering exceptional results every single time.

4. Lightning Video Editors  

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Lightning Video Editors takes great pride in being among the select few media companies that utilize advanced AI-powered video editing services.

They offer an extensive range of options, encompassing live-action videos, animation, documentaries, and more.

Lightning Video Editors also extend their services to video production and multilingual voiceovers, covering languages like French, Dutch, and German.

Their video production and editing services team is committed to creating impactful corporate videos that motivate the audience to take meaningful action.

The scope of their projects ranges from small to large, aiding both multinational corporations (MNCs) and startups in achieving their marketing objectives.

Leveraging sophisticated algorithms, Lightning Video Editors can craft videos four times faster while maintaining uncompromising quality.

Key reasons to opt for Lightning Video Editors:

  • Their comprehensive suite of services includes whiteboard video creation , 2D animation, photography, brand development, and voiceover capabilities.
  • With a global clientele, Lightning Video Editors has successfully produced over 3000 videos and secured two major awards.
  • Their impressive roster of clients features renowned names like TEDx, Coca-Cola, Accenture, KPMG, and Stad Amsterdam.

5. Video Husky

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Video Husky is a premier video editing service renowned for an unbeatable offering: ‘unlimited’ edits on an unlimited number of videos, all for a fixed rate. Their mission is to grant access to an editing team at an incredibly affordable price point.

Each client is paired with a dedicated manager and editor, ensuring comprehensive management of all your video editing requirements.

The added convenience of a streamlined project dashboard facilitates seamless collaboration with their team.

The team at Video Husky, comprising project managers and editors, goes the extra mile to understand your vision and requirements. They then diligently edit the video until the desired look and feel are achieved.

Key reasons to opt for Video Husky:

  • Video Husky’s straightforward three-step workflow has propelled it to the upper echelons of video editing services. To begin, simply join Video Husky, upload your raw footage, and share your instructions. The adept editing team reviews the provided information, diligently edits the video, and presents you with an initial draft within one to two days. Upon receiving your feedback, the editing team iterates and refines until your satisfaction is met.
  • Video Husky offers three pricing tiers, catering to the diverse needs of their clients.
  • With a friendly and accessible support staff available around the clock, Video Husky ensures swift responses to all your inquiries.

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Blend is a dynamic creative production company that assists clients in crafting top-notch content, ranging from branded materials to video production.

Moreover, they aid businesses in improving their outreach and attaining objectives through their digital marketing expertise.

The core mission of Blend revolves around delivering excellence, realized through their creative and skilled team that transforms your visions into reality.

This creative production powerhouse excels in striking the perfect balance between producing high-quality videos swiftly and cost-effectively.

The talent pool at Blend shines by repeatedly showcasing their prowess in creating exceptional videos across diverse domains, all thanks to their resourcefulness and innovative approaches.

Key reasons to opt for Blend:

  • Blend offers a full spectrum of video production services, encompassing everything from script creation and storyboarding to filming, video editing, and distribution.
  • This creative production company is known for its unwavering commitment to fulfilling client requirements, as evidenced by its prestigious client roster that includes some of Los Angeles’ top businesses.
  • Recognizing the pivotal role visual content plays in digital marketing, the Blend team excels in bringing your imagery to life skillfully and wholeheartedly.

7. Final Frame

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Final Frame is a leading video editing service boasting a highly skilled team proficient in video editing, VFX , color enhancement, and sound blending. If you’re looking to infuse a touch of Hollywood flair into your videos, Final Frame is your go-to choice.

Their portfolio extends beyond corporate and marketing videos to encompass television shows, documentaries, and feature films.

Several of their projects have garnered awards and international recognition, underscoring their expertise.

Customer satisfaction takes center stage at Final Frame. Each project undergoes meticulous scrutiny by a seasoned senior video editor , who assesses both the raw footage and project requirements.

Subsequently, a dedicated specialist team takes the reins, working diligently to craft an initial draft promptly for the client’s review. This team continues refining the video until the client’s satisfaction is achieved.

Key reasons to opt for Final Frame:

  • Final Frame employs cutting-edge software and dedicated specialists for every project.
  • They assure high-quality film scanning and restoration, digital intermediate services, sound blending, VFX, and offline editing.
  • Despite their involvement in numerous feature films and television productions, Final Frame maintains affordable pricing tailored for businesses and startups.

8. VeracityColab  

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VeracityColab is a leading video agency in the United States, serving clients globally. Their website, simple yet captivating, mirrors their ethos—showcasing top-notch videos over grand promises.

In a relatively brief span of 15 years, VeracityColab has left an indelible mark, having undertaken the creation of numerous videos spanning diverse scales and niches.

Whether it’s corporate, marketing, or personal videos, they take pride in breathing life into your ideas and visions.

VeracityColab consistently secures a spot among the top video agencies, a feat buoyed by their award-winning productions. Notably, their remarkable proficiency and dedication are underscored by an impressive track record of customer retention.

Key reasons to opt for VeracityColab:

  • Their prestigious client roster boasts top-tier global companies, including Microsoft, Adidas, Adobe, Google, and more.
  • They excel in producing and editing high-quality videos, all at a competitive price point.
  • Their extensive portfolio spans a diverse spectrum, encompassing everything from advertisement videos to animated creations.

9. Fiverr  

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Fiverr serves as a hub for freelance services, catering to all your video editing requirements. The platform boasts an extensive array of editors and teams hailing from various corners of the globe.

Within this platform, you’ll encounter an array of video editors, ranging from the exceptional to the less proficient. Distinguishing the remarkable from the ordinary requires an investment of time and exploration on the platform.

In comparison to similar alternatives, the cost of video editing services on Fiverr remains affordable.

However, it’s important to note that the pricing doesn’t necessarily correlate with quality. That said, the platform harbors a selection of premier editors and video service companies.

Key reasons to opt for Fiverr:

  • Fiverr opens doors to a diverse talent pool encompassing varied specializations, expertise, skills, and styles. This diversity ensures you can discover an appropriate video editor perfectly suited to your unique editing requirements.
  • The platform facilitates access to video editing services, offering tailored packages that would suit your project’s demands and budgetary considerations.
  • The presence of an independent and transparent review system, which incorporates client ratings, empowers you to assess the skill and reliability of service providers before making your choice.

10. Upwork  

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Upwork emerges as the top destination for discovering video editing services. The platform boasts an expansive talent pool, robust features, and a seamless client experience.

Clients are presented with the opportunity to explore a wide array of highly skilled video editors, each with their unique expertise, experiences, and backgrounds.

Establishing connections with video editing professionals is effortless, enabling productive discussions about project requirements and seamless collaboration with those aligned with your needs.

The platform further simplifies the process of identifying the ideal editor through features like freelancer work history and verified reviews.

Upwork equips you with advanced tools to facilitate hiring, file sharing, instruction exchange, and project progress tracking.

The platform’s risk-free payment transactions and payment protection guarantees provide a secure environment for engaging editing talent from different countries.

Key reasons to opt for Upwork:

  •   Access to a diverse global talent pool of varied skill sets and editing styles, fostering enhanced creativity and innovative video storytelling.
  • Leverage Upwork’s advanced communication and project management tools, eradicating the need to invest in third-party project management software.
  • Enjoy the flexibility in project scope and budget, enabling the hiring of talent for both one-time video edits and ongoing editing tasks.

Your search for the best video editing service concludes right here. The list comprises companies offering a range of companies tied to video content – from filming and storyboarding to the finishing touches and voiceovers.

It’s now in your hands to outline your needs and identify the partner that aligns perfectly with your requirements.

We’ve provided an overview of each video editing service to spark curiosity and encourage a more profound exploration of the company.

Keep in mind that effective video editing plays a vital role in enhancing the impact of your videos and the success of your marketing campaign. Therefore, invest time in researching each company thoroughly before making a final decision.

If you want to add your video editing service to this list, email us with your request. After a quick review, we’ll decide whether it’s a valuable addition.

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Expertise: Outsourcing video editing to professionals allows your business to benefit from the expertise and experience of skilled editors. This can lead to higher-quality videos and a more polished final product.

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1. Dedicated team: Increditors gives your marketing and creative teams super powers, literally. Whether it’s beautiful corporate videos for your ad campaigns, compelling motion graphics for your next product launch, or an animated video for TikTok — you can rapidly bring any video idea to life, and make it work for your business. You’ll be alongside a dedicated, award winning video post-production team that’s done it over 700+ times.

2. Fully managed: Skip the hassle of managing video editors on your own, and edit, grade, vfx and produce your video content through Increditors. At every step of the process, we’ve got you covered.

3. Results-first: We’ve battle-tested what works and what doesn’t work over hundreds of different youtube channels and video campaigns, and for a variety of different businesses and industries. You’ll benefit from all of the best video editing practices we’ve accrued across every project, which contributes to content becoming more cost effective over time.

The short answer is, everything.

A good thing about hiring a specialized video editing agency is that they can help you with any types of work you need.

Whether you need business videos , YouTube content, 2D/3D videos , feature film editing and color grading , music videos , or commercials , we got you covered.

The only thing we DON’T do is shooting videos. 

Our team has more than 150+ years of experience in video editing, color grading and VFX.

We have an office in the US, WY, and our artists from Los angles, California, Spain, Italy and India to help you produce engaging video content — with half of our clients located in the United States, we have an international presence that extends to brands in Europe and the United Kingdom. Our goal is to help our clients produce meaningful connections with their audience using compelling video content, whether it’s video editing, color grading, VFX or animation.

If you’re located internationally, please feel free to get in touch. We have a 24/7 support line, and a team meeting calendar that you can use to book a time with our sales team.

We only offer premade subscriptions for our YouTube video editing service , social media reels editing , and thumbnail design service . 

For the rest of our services, we create custom quotes or custom monthly subscription.

We’ve streamlined the entire post-production process to ensure quality is high:

  • Creative briefing and onboarding: once you select your preferred engagement and content style, we provide you with a creative brief to collect your goal and product value propositions, in addition to your existing brand guidelines and logo files.
  • Pre production (animation only): then we’ll develop a concept, script, and dedicate the best talent. Each stage of the process requires your sign-off so you’re always satisfied with the outcome.
  • Production (animation only): for animation, we’ll then illustrate out the entire storyboard before heading into motion.
  • Post production: you’ll have a video editor, colorist, motion graphics expert or VFX team, that will handle all the video editing from start to finish.
  • Delivery: once video editing is completed, all the media files will be made available for download following your final sign-off.

After years of creating relationship with the best artists around the world, we are confident to say that we are specialized in the services we offer.

Post-production is our only focus and our 200+ clients can back us up.

Our main services are video editing and color grading and we have teams for both startups and Hollywood production houses.

Our clients are companies , production houses , agencies and creators who want quality videos, free up their time, scale and improve their video performance.

We do not work with low quality footage and although we offer different types of packages in every service we provide, we don’t work with low budget clients.

If you’re at the discovery stage, that’s completely ok — you can still  get in touch with us!

If you’re ready to proceed with a video project, we highly recommend including the following in your brief:

1. A clear and concise description of the project goals, and what you’d like your video to achieve. 2. A detailed description of the target audience, and the channels that you’re looking for the video to be distributed across. 3. A list of specific deliverables that are required, including cut-downs, ratios or services. 4. A timeline for the project. 5. Your ideal budget range. 6. If you’re after multiple videos, the scope of video editing services you’re looking for.

The best videos will also start with good references. If you have a video style or example that you like, please include it in your brief. If you need help choosing a style, you can use our portfolio search tool .

Sure! We do our best to help clients with all and every type of raw file and video format. We have conversion tools that can help us crack an odd video. But, if we can’t, we most likely know someone who can do it for you.

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Looking for a video editing service ? Or, maybe you want to hire a professional video editor ? At Increditors, we are a qualified and experienced video editing team that can provide you the post-production support you need.  

No matter the type of video you create, post-production is where it all comes together. Without the right editing, your raw film will likely miss out on many grounds. It might fail to convey the intended message, deliver the required impact, achieve the desired outcomes, or all of those!  

With the assistance of expert video editors like us, a raw footage transforms into a spellbinding production. Our team is passionate and skilled in handling all sorts of video production that you can image, from films and documentaries to commercials, product advertising, social media videos, and much so more. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you are a video production company, a filmmaker, a marketing agency or even a business with video editing needs, our professional video editing services fit right in with your requirements.

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Video editing and post-production is a vital step in your production process. But you might wonder — why do you need to outsource your video editing to someone else? It’s a valid question, the answer to which lies in your business objectives.

First of all, it’s a smart business choice. No matter how impressively executed, your raw footage is hardly ever in sequence. The shooting rarely happens in the order in which the frames are to be presented. It is often done in a way that’s most efficient in terms of scenes, location, availability of performers, and other factors. The unedited film won’t make any sense to viewers, while simply clubbing together your raw footage doesn’t tell a compelling story. You need to spend hours and resources in getting your post-production right. After all, the final, sleek finish makes a world of difference.

However, post-production can be time-consuming; even more so unless video editing is a part of your core business. The cost of training and maintaining an in-house editing team can be huge. This is why so many video producers worldwide choose to outsource video editing services .

Outsourcing your post-production needs gives you the access to the very best video editing services like we offer. Our Video Editing Company specializes in every post-production trick and tactic in the book and our experience spans across industries so we understand what works for an audience in a specific business sector.

Our commitment to perfection, transparent and no-nonsense attitude, and a purely value-driven approach combine to make us one of the best professional video editors in the business that pull out all stops to produce high-quality post-production results in reasonable budget.

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Top 12 Video Editing Services for Professional Content

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Ever wondered what makes a video pop amidst the 500 hours uploaded to YouTube every minute? Or why a single scene from your favorite Netflix series glues you to your seat? Guess what? It’s all about the magic of “video editing”. Now, let’s unveil the silence behind this magic, shall we? Say hello to the superstars of this scene — the Professional Video Editing Services! They’re the tech-savvy wizards who tweak frames, blend in creativity, and transform average videos into awe-striking masterpieces! So, want the scoop on how to choose the best service for your needs?

Lucky for you, you’ve landed in just the right spot. Sit back, relax, and join us as we explore the riveting realm of video editing. We’ll be shining the spotlight on the top 12 services out there. So buckle up and get ready for a thrilling ride! Let’s hit the road!

What is a Video Editing Service? 

Imagine this, tech lovers: A video editing service is like having your assistant take care of every detail in your content production process. Sounds excellent, right? These services are a godsend for people and organizations needing a professional touch — they handle complex editing tasks, so you don’t have to. 

Are you wondering about the process? It’s pretty straightforward. You hand over your raw footage and direction; these experienced pros turn your media into high-quality, broadcast-ready content.

The Need for Professional Video Editing Services

Have you ever considered the role of professional video editing services? To understand their importance, imagine a situation where an unrefined diamond transforms into a sparkling wonder by skillful cutting and polishing. Similarly, these professional video editing services can turn ordinary content into truly remarkable creations, drawing in the audience with a compelling storyline.  

Let’s delve deeper into the world of video editing and examine how it can take your brand strategy to a whole new level. Consider the highly successful launch video of the Dollar Shave Club or Volvo’s iconic “Epic Split,” which featured Jean-Claude Van Damme.

These masterpieces owe their phenomenal success not to chance but to carefully planned design and execution. This is where expert video editing enters the fray, turning brand narratives into viral sensations. With such a service at your disposal, mediocrity is not an option; only engaging and dynamic content that your brand deserves will suffice.  

So, what’s the secret behind this marvel? The masters in professional video editing refine your story, ensure smooth transitions , augment audio inputs, enhance visuals, and much more. If you aspire to lend your content serious credibility, it’s essential to have a skilled video editor on your team. They are indeed the Most Valuable Player in your dream content creation squad!

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ClipMasters is one of the best video editing services for professional content

Have you considered exploring professional video editing options? A viable choice could be ClipMasters . They provide a reliable service that can significantly save you editing time, leaving more room for you to concentrate on your business. Plus, they offer the convenience of unlimited rework and requisitions. Neat, isn’t it? 

Pricing of ClipMasters

ClipMasters offers the Grow monthly plan for $899 and the Scale monthly plan for $1999, including limitless job requests, endless revisions, and a dedicated editor without contractual obligations. They also offer a yearly subscription at $749 per month for the Grow plan and $1666 per month for the Slace plan.

Pros and Cons of ClipMasters

Becreatives .

One of the most reliable sources for professional content video editing services is BeCreatives.

The BeCreatives platform is replete with video editing features to meet your varied requirements. However, consider the costs, as some features can be pretty pricey. 

Though it may not be the choice for in-depth, feature-length film editing, it excels in other areas, especially vertical video creation. This makes it an ideal choice for Instagram and TikTok users. Upon assessment, you might find it fits your needs perfectly.

Pricing of BeCreatives

The basic plan on this platform is $899, with all the essentials to kickstart your project. If you’re up to splash more cash, the $ pro plan at $1999 offers faster delivery and many exciting features. Both plans are perfect for editing up to 60 minutes of raw footage. Do you want to save some bucks? Opting for quarterly or annual payment plans will hand you some sweet discounts. Sounds like a deal that could make your eyes pop, right?

Pros and Cons of BeCreatives

Tastyedits .

BeCreatives is a trustworthy provider of professional video editing services for content creators.

Tastyedits comprises a comprehensive team of over 100 video producers with a track record of producing thousands of videos. These videos have echoed far and wide, amassing over 10 million views worldwide. Furthermore, they have a noteworthy claim, having edited over 3,000 videos, reportedly saving their clients an estimated total of over 25,000 hours. That’s something to consider if saving time is a priority for you.

Pricing of Tastyedits

The cost for editing a single video is $240, a price that aligns with their exceptional quality. For individuals keen on vertical videos for platforms such as Instagram or TikTok, the price is significantly lower at $50 per video. Furthermore, Tastyedits offers package deals with a 20% discount for multiple videos, reducing costs to $190 per standard video and $40 per vertical video. That’s a noteworthy savings opportunity!

Pros and Cons of Tastyedits

Fiverr .

For creating professional content, Fiverr provides excellent video editing services.

Fiverr might not be the first platform that comes to mind when considering video editing services, but it should not be overlooked. This platform is an open marketplace for freelance video editors, offering the necessary tools to tailor your searches to meet any creative demand. Whether you’re interested in developing riveting advertisements, impressive corporate videos, captivating YouTube content, or dynamic social media clips, Fiverr has the resources to accommodate your needs.

Pricing of Fiverr

Remember, the cost is not fixed—it varies depending on your choice of collaborator. Feeling anxious? No need. If you have a specific budget, Fiverr has covered you. It allows you to filter sellers based on your financial planning. So take a deep breath and know this—you are sure to find a service provider whose pricing aligns with your budget.

Pros and Cons of Fiverr

For professional video editing services, UpWork is considered one of the top options.

Welcome to UpWork, a platform that may not be the first to come to mind when considering video editing services. Despite not being a mainstream choice for video editing, it’s included in this list due to the vast availability of experienced freelancers ready to transform your raw footage. With UpWork, you’re essentially diving into a pool of talents where, with patience and proper selection, you can discover experts in video editing.

Pricing of Upwork

Let’s check out Upwork’s video editing prices. Like Fiverr, prices can be all over the place on Upwork. It can be a bit dizzying, huh? But don’t sweat it. This wide range allows you to find top-notch talent without breaking the bank.

Pros and Cons of Upwork

One of the most excellent video editing services for creating professional content is Replayed.

Ever considered a video editing service across the Atlantic? Replayed might just be worth your attention. Their strength lies in tackling complex edits, a feat that can throw many other services off balance. 

What’s more? They offer a short sample edit, a sort of sneak preview, if you will. This means you know exactly what to expect, akin to perusing a dessert menu before placing an order. If you can handle a robust price tag and appreciate an editing service capable of handling intricate tasks, give Replayed your consideration.

Pricing of Replayed

Let’s talk about Replayed’s pricing. For raw footage less than 15 minutes, you’re looking at a $49 per hour fee. Footage ranging from 15-50 minutes comes to $279 per video. And for the ambitious creators with more than 50 minutes of content? The cost is $559 per video. Rest easy knowing there are no hidden costs.

Pros and Cons of Replayed

Vimerse .

Vimerse is a top-notch video editing service that excels in producing high-quality professional content.

Turning our attention to Vimerse, a relatively new contender in video editing services, their area of expertise lies in crafting high-quality content for upcoming creators. Targeted towards platforms such as YouTube and TikTok, Vimerse offers comprehensive support for vertical and horizontal video editing across various sectors. Whether you’re involved in fashion, wellness, gastronomy, or electronic gaming, Vimerse can augment your content effectively.

Pricing of Vimerse

Just a heads up, most of these services charge by the hour, starting at about $13. Keep your calculator handy, as figuring out your budget may be trickier than you think.

Pros and Cons of Vimerse

Producing professional content of supreme quality is Flosky's forte, and they are a leading video editing service.

If you’re searching for a comprehensive video editing service, Flocksy could be an appropriate consideration. Flocksy offers a spectrum of creative services, including expert video editing. In addition to this, they provide graphic design, custom illustrations, and copywriting services. Further amenities include voice-overs, animations, and web design. Additionally, Flocksy is equipped to assemble an entire team for larger-scale projects, functioning as a central hub for diverse creative needs.

Pricing of Flocksy

Regarding budget, at Flocksy, the “gold” plan is available at a monthly cost of $995, enabling you to make two orders concurrently. Want more? Certainly! The “platinum” plan for a $1459 monthly rate gives you the added advantage of placing three orders simultaneously. However, the $499 monthly “silver” plan does not include video editing. Regrettably, this may not meet your video editing needs. Therefore, always choose with discretion.

Pros and Cons of Flocksy

Cutyeti  .

CutYeti is a top-notch video editing service that excels in producing high-quality content.

Imagine a platform to access a wide range of personalized video editing services. That pretty much describes CutYeti. It’s an editing service that lives up to its promise of delivering top-notch results. But what sets it apart is its team of experienced editors, all based in the US, with a minimum of three years in the field. It’s like having access to a professional team on demand. While their name may bring to mind a creature from folklore, their service is grounded in modern technology.

Pricing of CutYeti

Thinking of using CutYeti? While their top-notch video editing services don’t come cheap, they certainly provide quality. Their base package is $597 monthly, offering a single 2-minute video order. Want more? Their mid-tier plan, priced at $1,297 monthly, allows for a 3-minute video and two simultaneous orders. For those needing even more, their premium offer comes at a hefty $2,397 per month, accommodating four 5-minute video orders simultaneously. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but don’t quality results sometimes require a bigger budget?

Pros and Cons of CutYeti

Cutpro media.

CutPro Media is a top-notch video editing service that excels in producing high-quality professional content.

If you’re seeking a service proficient in editing wedding footage , real estate promotion videos, and commercial content, CutPro Media is a viable option. It’s worth noting that this platform may be particularly beneficial if these specific types of video editing align with your requirements.

Pricing of CutPro Media

When it comes to CutPro Media’s pricing, there’s something for everyone. Their wedding video edits are a bargain at $200. For other genres like real estate, corporate, or commercial video edits, you’re looking at a modest $250 per video. And here’s a fun twist: they offer extra-special services just for wedding videos. Talk about niching down!

Pros and Cons of CutPro Media

Video caddy  .

Producing high-quality content is a specialty of Video Caddy, which is a superior video editing service.

Switching gears, let’s delve into Video Caddy. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill operation—it’s a robust video outsourcing service that has earned its stripes. But that’s not the end of it. You can expect more than video editing from this skilled team—they are also dab hands at audio editing, crafting compelling storyboards, and even working a little magic with 2D/3D animation and doing a double-take at Video Caddy. We thought you might!

Pricing of Video Caddy

Video Caddy offers a comprehensive suite of services, including introductory video and audio editing, priced at approximately $12 – $15 per hour. Furthermore, seekers of advanced features such as 2D or 3D animations can expect to pay between $25 to $40 per second for these services.

Pros and Cons of Video Caddy

Irisbits  .

Irisbits excels in delivering top-notch video editing services, specializing in producing high-quality content.

Diving deeper into the offerings of Irisbits, a UK-based company, it’s evident they hold remarkable capabilities in the field. They excel, in particular, in 4K video editing, also providing services in thumbnail and banner design. Their commitment to unlimited video editing is certainly noteworthy. Plus, the added benefits of a rapid 1-2 day turnaround time and unlimited revisions make this option quite attractive. Irisbits remains extensively focused on fulfilling the needs of businesses, agencies, and content creators.

Pricing of Irisbits

Irisbits offers their adept services for $395 per month. Indeed, that is the investment required for this level of professional expertise.

Pros and Cons of Irisbits

Affordable alternative to paid video services.

As an option for content creators desiring top-tier quality at a preferable price, Animotica offers a range of affordable video editing services. 

Animotica is the best alternative to the expensive professional video editing services

This software provides various editing tools, including the Chroma key feature for green screen effects . With this, users are given the option to alter the scenery in their video content easily. 

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Animotica also integrates several functionalities into one platform, including recording voice-overs. Therefore, users can accomplish various tasks without toggling between different software applications. 

The slideshow feature of Animotica allows users to compile their memories into a single stream of images or video clips. How-to guides, like this tutorial on adding voice-overs , are available to assist users with navigating these features. 

The user-friendly interface requires no advanced technical skills, making it an accessible option for individuals of all proficiency levels. 

When compared with other video editing platforms , such as Filmora and Movavi, Animotica presents itself as an alternative that provides professional-grade editing tools at an affordable rate. 

In summary, Animotica’s uncomplicated and cost-effective design enables users to translate their creative ideas into impressive visual content. This positions it as a suitable option for those looking for straightforward and budget-friendly video editing services.

Our compelling catalog showcases the top-tier video editing services on the market today. Remember, whether you’re a creator crafting your next viral sensation, an editor striving for cinematic perfection, or a tech enthusiast just dipping your toes into the vast ocean of visual storytelling, there’s an ideal platform out there for you.

And don’t let budget constraints bog down your journey of discovery, not when Animotica’s budget-friendly prowess is just a click away.

What are the Key Features to Consider When Choosing a Video Editing Service?

Embarking on the video editing journey requires understanding the essential tools that aid the process. Here are some features to consider for your upcoming video editing tasks: 

  • User-friendly Interface: A complex design can be an obstacle when video editing. An ideal platform should feature a straightforward interface, clear instructions, and learning resources to ensure a hassle-free editing process.
  • Customization: The ability to add a unique touch to your videos is a critical factor. The chosen service should provide the flexibility to incorporate personalized elements varying from doodles to color filters, giving you control over the creative output.
  • Range of Formats: In the modern age of high-resolution content, your video editing platform should support a variety of file formats and resolutions, including 4K and beyond, catering to the diverse needs of the viewers.
  • Creative add-ons: To create high-quality content, your service must feature various innovative tools, such as sound effects, filters, and transitions. These add-ons can enhance the visual appeal of your videos.
  • Export Options: After creating a video masterpiece, the platform should provide easy sharing options so you can distribute your video across various platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Email, or any other device.
  • Customer Support: Reliable customer support is critical to assist with potential technical issues. The service should have a responsive customer support team for troubleshooting, preferably available 24/7.

These features are crucial in any video editing platform. When you find a service that checks all these boxes, you’re all set for an efficient video editing experience.

How Much Does a Professional Video Editing Service Typically Cost?

So you’re probably thinking, “How much will this cost me?” Well, let’s break it. Professional video editing services typically feature pricing models influenced by various vital factors. Things like the project’s complexity come into play – are you whipping up a birthday montage or a full-blown corporate commercial? Then there’s the length of the video; an epic feature film isn’t going to come at the same price tag as a snappy social media clip, right? And don’t forget the timeline. Need it done yesterday? That urgency may be priced at a premium. So, next time you’re looking at video editing services, keep these aspects front and center in your mind. 

Remember: When it comes to video editing, you often get what you pay for, so cheaper isn’t always better!

Now let’s dive into the specifics: 

  • Basic Video Editing typically involves cutting and merging video clips, adding music or voice-overs, and primary special effects. Expect prices to range between $25 to $75 per hour of footage.
  • Advanced Video Editing: This includes all the essential services but adds more complex features like graphics, text animation, color grading, and sound engineering. You could be looking at anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour for these services.
  • Full-Service Production: This is for those creators who want an all-in-one solution. For a complete production package that includes concept development, shooting, and post-production, businesses could charge anywhere from $1,000 to over $5,000, depending on the scope of work and required resources.

That’s a pretty wide range. Feel free to negotiate and consult your budget with your chosen service provider. It doesn’t hurt to ask for a detailed breakdown of costs – it’s your right, after all! 

Now, let’s say you’re on a tight budget or just starting and finding these numbers overwhelming. Boy, do we have something for you? Stick around; we have an affordable alternative that will make your day and pocket very happy. But shhh! More on that in the next section.

What are the Advantages of Using a Professional Video Editing Service?

A picture may paint a thousand words, but a well-edited video tells a tale and more! So, why exactly should you consider a professional video editing service? Here’s why. 

  • Quality and Professionalism: Have you ever seen a Hollywood film as raw footage? Probably not. There’s an artistry behind every scene we see. Professional video editors are the maestros orchestrating this transformation, lifting your footage from ‘blah’ to ‘bravo.’ They pour their expertise into molding the raw footage, ensuring your content sparkles with quality and professionalism.
  • Advanced Tools and Techniques : Want a cache of aliens to invade your neighborhood picnic video? Easy peasy! Okay, maybe not aliens, but the advanced tools available to a professional video editing service can infuse your content with the correct dose of charisma. From color grading and motion graphics to advanced effects, they can transform your video from simple to spectacular in a snap.
  • Efficient Time Utilization : Time’s ticking, and there’s still that pile of unedited videos glaring at you. Outsourcing the editing to a pro enables you to focus on other aspects of your work or life. They’ll wade through hours of footage, pick out the gems, and weave them into a narrative you’ll be proud to share.
  • Tailored Video Editing : Like a finely tailored suit, professional video editing services craft each edit to fit your content. They align their edits with your unique vision and preferences, ensuring that the final product doesn’t just complement the content but embodies it.
  • Cost-effectiveness : Unless you’ve got a tree producing dollars, affordability is essential. With the high price tag of professional editing software, plus time spent learning to use it, hiring a professional video editor might lighten your financial load in the long haul.

However, keep in mind that one size doesn’t fit all. If you’re after a more budget-friendly and user-friendly alternative, consider Animotica. Its professional editing features are ready to take your content to the next level without breaking the bank.  

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The Best Video Editing Service For YouTubers!

1:10 – The one question all Video Creators should ask themselves.

2:42 – how this simple process works.  no tech skills are required., 3:37 – the secret to scaling your business through online video..

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HOW IT WORKS

Upload your raw video footage, complete a form, and we’ll deliver the finished product in 2 biz days or less.

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VIDEO EDITING IS TIME CONSUMING AND 

Hiring an editor is expensive.

Or At Least It Used To Be…

A video editor is by far the most important asset you can add to your team if you’re a YouTuber, digital marketer, or small business that creates and publishes online videos. Maybe you have considered hiring an in house editor (expensive), tried to manage a freelancer (not reliable), or maybe you even edit your videos yourself (I tried that too before burning out).  In the end, none of these options ever work out.  The whole reason you’re making videos is to make more money, find more freedom in your life, and to have fun creating incredible videos…not to slave over your keyboard all day and eventually burn out. Double down on making more videos and better videos with our flat rate video editing service that will add more value to your business than any other tool you’ve ever seen before.  I know it’s a bold statement, but that’s because it’s true. When you sign up today you will be able to:

  • Get your time back to focus on the much more important things in your business.  This is the 80/20 rule.
  • Become the authority in your space by having better looking videos than your competitors.
  • Eliminate stress from slaving over a hot keyboard.  This alone makes this incredible deal worth it.
  • Free up more time to spend with your family so you don’t miss another soccer game again!
  • Lastly you’ll finally be able to scale your online business.  Sign-up today and remove the real bottleneck in your business.

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We Give You Everything You Need To

Succeed On YouTube, Here’s How

Professional Editing

Our edits are optimized to increase viewer’s “Watch Time” which helps get you views by pleasing the YouTube algorithm.

Channel Management

Our YT Helper service creates titles and thumbnails designed to have a high click through rate which also pleases the YouTube algorithm.

Expert Coaching

We educate and train our clients on how to be professional YouTubers inside The Video Creatr Club and yes, it’s also included free.

What Is The Video Creatr Club?

This is a community for people who want to be professional YouTubers. We are here to support you and train you on how to grow on YouTube We currently sell access to this for $995/year, but VidChops clients get in for free.

Here’s what you’ll find inside

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Weekly Coaching Calls

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Premium Courses

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Creators Community

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Professional editors on demand.

In order for VidChops to be the best video editing service in the industry, Vidchops recruits top talent to handle your edits. Sign up and get your videos edited by expert editors who always strive to make you look amazing.

Stock Video & Audio Included

Every subscription plan includes stock video and royalty free audio that we will use to totally exceed your expectations in your edits. Simply ask your editor to include whatever and they will do that.

Speedy & Reliable Support

We are here to help you so that you are able to focus more on video creation and running other parts of your business. We won’t stop working until you’re overly satisfied and that’s built into our culture.

Turnaround Time Is Just 2 Days

Vidchops doesn’t take weeks to edit like the other guys.  Instead, we offer a 2 day turnaround time.  When you get your video back you can always ask for revisions as well.  Revisions only take 1 day! For complex videos it can take a few additional hours.

Expert Video Consulting Included

We’re so much more than just editors. When you signup you can schedule a 1 on 1 call with one of our team members so we can get to know your style and help you create better content on your end.

We Deliver Better Quality Videos

Not only will we take the burden of editing off your shoulders but the quality of your videos are going to skyrocket and really help you claim your spot as the authority in your space.

MY LIFE’S MISSION IS TO HELP YOUTUBERS AVOID BURNOUT AND GROW THEIR BUSINESSES

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WHO IS VIDCHOPS?

Hi! My name is Augie and I started Vidchops in 2017. After releasing over 300 videos and gaining over 20 million views I literally quit YouTube.  It’s called “YouTube Burnout” and it’s pretty common so be careful.   I did make well over $100,000 though with my channel and so I know what it’s like to be on top of the world and living the dream.  It wasn’t always easy, but once I started outsourcing my video editing I really started to earn more money and my channel blew up! I landed brand deals with Nike, Wilson Basketball, and launched a complete “backend” business that allowed me to earn a full-time income by simply creating online videos with my wife as my “camera woman.” It’s now my mission to help other video creators scale their business to over 7 figures by releasing videos online.

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WHAT ARE YOU?

Youtubers read this.

You are our dream client… We’d love to edit your videos, and if you want captions, thumbnails, or even a complete done for your channel management service we can do that too at an additional cost.  Don’t worry, when you signup you’ll learn all about these other tools. This goes deeper than just editing.  We want to help you grow and be part of your team. Let’s grow together!

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DIGITAL MARKETERS READ THIS

Video got big when people started to use it to grow followings organically. Then marketers like you found out that video ads were by far the most effective type of online ad and video became a must in every online business.  In this day and age, you can literally scale a business with nothing but online videos.    Businesses need help with marketing and it is people like you that can bridge the gap and make this effective and affordable to small businesses.   VidChops can power your agency while allowing you to consult at a high level.

SMALL BUSINESSES READ THIS

Do it yourself! If you have an iPhone you have a camera.  At a minimum, good online video positions you as the authority in your space and gives you a clear competitive advantage over your competition.   I tip my hat to you for understanding the value of social media marketing in this digital age.  VidChops makes it easy for people just like you. Get the footage on any camera and send it to us, and we’ll take care of the rest.  You too can finally get more business through amazing videos that tell your story and drive sales.

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ALL THAT’S INCLUDED

No hidden costs.  No contract.  No stress.

  • A dedicated video editor
  • 1 – 2 day turnaround time*
  • Royalty free music and stock footage 
  • Project management app to submit and manage videos
  • Up to 40 GB file uploads

*Based on project complexity

  • Account manager
  • Video proofing tool included free
  • Color grading, lower thirds, text animation, and more!
  • Unlimited revisions
  • On screen calls to action (subscribe, like, etc)

Our Service Doesn’t Stop There!

We will repurpose your video into short form content to post on other social media platforms as well.

Now you can easily grow an audience on every platform. This requires NO extra work on your part. Just check a box when submitting your video request and we’ll take care of the rest. Other companies charge up to $999 a month just for the repurposing service and we include it in all of our plans 100% free.

Value = $999 Free

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The cheat code to growing your youtube channel, easily create 12 or more professional videos a month by following our system.👇.

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Value = $997 Free

Our simple 1, 2, 3 process.

Nothing lets you set it and forget it like VidChops

WE’VE HELPED 100’S OF CREATORS GROW

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I’ve published hundreds of videos to my YouTube Channel and I’m proud to say that Vidchops was a big part in editing many of those videos. In fact, some of my best performing videos were edited by Vidchops. They took my own style and made it better and today, I’ve learned a lot about video editing based on what Vidchops has done for my videos from editing, style and more. If you need help with your editing, I can’t recommend Vidchops any more than you should get hooked up.

Money Back Guarantee

If you don’t like our service for whatever reason you can ask for full refund within the first 14 days!

  • 4 edited videos 
  • 3 revisions per video
  • Dedicated video editor
  • Royalty free stock audio & video
  • 1 – 2 days turnaround guaranteed*
  • Video Proofing
  • Lower third titles and transitions
  • 14 Days money back guarantee
  • No Contract (cancel anytime)
  • 8 to 10 edited videos 
  • Dedicated account manager
  • 1 – 2 Days turnaround guaranteed*

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We can edit any kind of online video from Facebook ads, instagram videos, to our speciality, YouTube videos.  We also edit commercials, real estate videos, and online course videos.  We do have limitations though and they are:

– The finished video can’t be longer than 15 minutes

– We can’t do voice overs.

– We can’t create 2D and 3D animations.

– Subtitles do cost extra ($95/month for all plans)

Our turnaround time is 1 – 2 Days and our revisions are 1 business day. But if your project is complex we might ask for additional hours.

The short answer is…depending on your video request frequency and revision request frequency you can get 8-12 videos back a month!  Let me explain…Our editors are super fast.  We offer a 2 business days turnaround time and we will work on one video of yours at a time. When we finish that video we start on the next one.  Feel free to upload 4, 5, 6 videos to us at a time.  We’ll build a queue and start editing the first video in the queue.

You will get free storage up to 100GB with us. All you need is a free Google email account.

After you signup, we will share a dedicated folder with you.

Your shared folder will have a few folders in it.  One folder is called “Raw Footage.”  Anytime you want to make a request simply create a NEW folder inside that folder.  Title that new folder with the date and just backdate each if needed.  Then place your video files in there.  If you have B-roll simply create a B-roll folder and so on and so on.  Just be organized, that’s all.

After payment, you will be redirected to create an account on our client – editor portal.  There you just need to complete your profile that includes a few questions about your brand and style of video.  We will then match you with your editor within 8 hours and send you a welcome email with a shared Google drive folder link where you can upload to.  You’re all setup and from on just…

Follow three simple steps here.

1. Upload your videos to a dedicated Google drive.

2. Complete your video request from inside of Portal. Your dedicated Editor will take that card from there and you will see it going from different phases of editing, Assign → Editing → Quality check → Submission.

As soon as our editor is done with your video, you will get an email from our system with a download link to the video.  There you can ask for any revisions you’d like using a timestamping comment system.

You will have direct access to your editor through email.  The more seamless way to communicate is through The Vidchops Portal.  Once you make your purchase, you’ll automatically be redirected to a form where you will create an account to our Portal where you can request video edits and collaborate with your editor through comments.  You’ll also receive an email from your editor within 24 hours of signing up.  Like I said, you can always communicate with them through simple email too.  Portal is a simple project management tool that will enable you to:

– Submit video editing requests.

– Provide feedback on the card through description to your editor.

– Obtain a video link to download it from Dropbox.

– If you want any revisions you can just make a timestamped comment in the portal, 🙂.  Your editor will read those revision comments and will make changes accordingly.  

Yes, we do color grade but this is basic color grading. We can tone your footage, fix basic white balance problems, exposure problems etc. But we will not go into masking and more complex gradings.  Our clients love how we color grade their stuff though, they tell us in testimonials!

Closed captions are included in both the VidChops Weekly and VidChops Pro plans. Please note, this is for repurposed shorts only and not long form YouTube videos.

Yes we can.  We can include your B-roll or we can add b roll from our stock footage library.  All you have to do is request it.  We also have access to a large royalty-free music library.  That is also included in each of our plans.

Yes, You can upload 60 min of raw footage and the video deliverables can’t be over 20 minutes long except under special circumstances. 

File size in total per order must also not exceed more than 40GB.

For any custom query please send us an email at  [email protected] .

 Our editors work on FCPX and Premier Pro. This is another thing that separates us from our copycats and allows us to include way better CTA’s, callouts, and other animations.

Your dedicated editor will follow all you branding guidelines and will make sure to make your videos better than your current ones.

Yes we offer 50% commission on the front end. We also offer recurring commissions for special affiliates. Please send us an email at [email protected]

It means no complex 2D and 3D animations from scratch.  We can’t create the footage for your project from scratch.  We will provide text animations and calls to action. 

So this is how it works. We will edit your video in standard 16:9 format. Once you approve the video,  we will realize that video to the other two social media channels of you liking without any additional cost. For example Instagram feed video 1.1 and instagram story 9:16.  Depending on what you want this may take another 24 hours for these separate versions.

Our editors train our editors on how to do this and it’s really our secret sauce.  We know you only want the clips where you look your best and that’s exactly what we’re going to include.  This objective eye helps to improve the quality of your final videos.  We also ask you all the right questions in your on-boarding process to learn what you’re looking for and then we will take that and improve upon it.  Remember, we offer unlimited revisions as well so if there is ever a small change you want to be made we can do that.

 Yes!  We have edited well over 3,000 videos at this point, but here are a few of those examples:  https://vidchops.com/our-portfolio

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Vidchops is a flat rate, subscription video editing service built to help you make better videos, grow your business, and save you a ton of time. With Vidchops you enjoy unlimited video editing requests and revisions. Your dedicated editor will handle your day-to-day edits so you can focus on more important things.

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Best video editing software in 2024

Paid or free, the best video editing software lets you make great home movies for little investment

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  • How to choose
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Having access to the best video editing software is incredibly important if you produce video content regularly. Whether you’re an amateur filmmaker, an experienced enthusiast, or an established cinematographer, having the right tools at your disposal is vital to achieving the outcome you need.

The best video editing software options are now more powerful than ever before, providing everything you need to produce professional video content. However, even the highest level software applications are designed to be user friendly, including to amateurs, often featuring tutorials and accessible UIs. Nor do you need to be put off by price, as most of the options on our list come in at less than $100, while there are also some great free video editing software packages too, which we’ve included below.

After testing a number of programs, we think that Adobe Premiere Elements is the best video editing software for most people. Although it’s missing some advanced features, it’s got an intuitive interface and a gentle learning curve. That said, it still has plenty of advanced tools, so professionals will also feel right at home. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the only option for you, though, so to help you make the right choice, we’ve tested a range of products to evaluate their features, tool sets, ease of use and value for money. Without further ado, read on to find out our picks of the best video editing software.

The best video editing software in 2024: Top Picks

These are our top three picks for the title of best video editor in 2024. However, there are more to choose from than just these three, and others may suit your needs better. Read on to see the whole list.

1. Adobe Premiere Pro

1. Adobe Premiere Pro Premiere Pro is our pick of the best video editing software overall. It's the video editing program used by professionals the world over, thanks to its user-friendly interface and best-in-class feature set. However, because of its price (Premiere Pro starts at $20.99 per month), it's best for those who plan to do a lot of video editing and some people may find Premiere Elements 2022 (below) to be a better fit.

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2. CyberLink PowerDirector 365 This video editor is less expensive than Premier Pro, but still has a wealth of cutting-edge features. It's a great choice, especially if you're a Windows user. (The new Mac version is good, but lacks the complete feature-set). PowerDirector 365 starts at $51.99 for an annual subscription.

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3. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate Corel VideoStudio Ultimate is powerful but easy-to-learn, and can be used to create simple videos without fuss. That's not to say Corel VideoStudio Ultimate doesn't have a great feature-set: it supports a huge array of tools for when you're ready to make more complex videos. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate costs $99.99.

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1. adobe premiere elements 2022.

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When it comes to user-friendliness, sophisticated features and ways to output your video, the best video editing software for most people is the cross-platform Adobe Premiere Elements. 

The program uses Adobe's Sense.ai artificial intelligence to make it easier to perform edits. Its Guided Edits feature remains a great tool for demystifying the entire process for novice filmmakers, and there's now additional support for 4K resolutions and stabilized video, plus tools for selective edits, double-exposure video, and real-time effects. There are also outputs for social media, video reframing and support for vertical videos.

However, it still lacks features such as 360-degree video editing, or support for multicam editing. But Adobe's program is the most well-rounded of all the video editing software we've tested.

Read our full Adobe Premiere Elements review .

2. CyberLink PowerDirector 365

At long last, CyberLink PowerDirector is available for Mac as well as Windows users, bringing a dazzling array of fun, advanced video editing features wrapped in a stunning, easy-to-use package to a new audience. 

CyberLink offers several versions of PowerDirector: PowerDirector Ultra ($99) and PowerDirector Ultimate ($139) are one-time purchases, while PowerDirector 365 ($69.99/year is a subscription model that comes with Shutterstock integration, unlimited access to CyberLink's background music and video editing plugins. (You can find a full comparison here ).

One reason Mac users may want to stick with another program is that the Windows version of PowerDirector 365 has more features and tools than the Mac version. For example, there's no support for importing 360 photos and videos. But there's still enough else here to keep many intrigued.

Read our full review of CyberLink PowerDirector 365 .

3. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate

Corel has long been a competitor to Adobe for video editing software, and continues that rivalry with VideoStudio Ultimate, an outstanding editing package for beginners on the Windows platform.

VideoStudio is a powerful but easy-to-learn app for anyone who wants to make simple videos quickly without fussing around with complex controls. Its spare but inviting interface offers a huge array of tools, including 4K support, 360-degree video editing, multicam support, more than 2,000 effects, enhanced lens-correction tools, and 3D text editing. Our biggest issue is that it's Windows-only and you can't customize your workspace as easily as you can with other programs.

Read our full Corel VideoStudio Ultimate review .

4. VideoPad

VideoPad is fairly unusual among the best video editing software programs in that it works on both Macs and PCs, which broadens its appeal and reach. However, there are more features available for the Windows version than the Mac version.

You can download a non-commercial version of VideoPad for free, but you'll have to put up with some annoying notifications, so we'd recommend the paid version. A Home Edition ($39) and Master's Edition ($69) get rid of those, and offer more features, such as unlimited audio tracks and plugins.

While VideoPad lacks the flashy, whiz-bang appeal of some commercial apps, it’s still a rock-solid choice for simple video editing. The app offers a number of YouTube choices ranging from 480p to 4K, as well as Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox and Google Drive.

Read our full VideoPad review .

5. Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro are pretty much neck and neck when it comes to feature-rich, professional-level video editing. Both are industry leaders, and it’s hard to say that one is better than the other overall. However, there are some important differences. 

One of those is the pricing model. Unlike Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro isn’t subscription-based. However, it does come with a bit of a hefty price tag. While in the long run it’s certainly cheaper than shelling out each month for a subscription, some users may be hesitant to commit to spending such a large sum. Fortunately, Final Cut Pro also comes with a free 90-day trial, so you’ll have time to play around before making any decisions.

While Premiere Pro works beautifully with Creative Cloud (and if that’s your primary workspace, then we recommend Adobe’s video editing software), Final Cut Pro fits perfectly into the larger Apple ecosystem. It’s built to take advantage of Metal for wicked-fast graphics, and is optimized for Mac Pro. 

There’s no shortage of advanced features, like the Magnetic Timeline, range-of-effect options, and intelligent Smart Conform cropping, which follows dominant motion on screen to ensure nothing essential gets cut. It’s smart, fast, and built for Mac. Unless you’re wed to Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro has a lot to offer. 

6. Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio comes to us from the same makers of VideoStudio Ultimate, graphics and media heavy-hitter Corel, so it should come as no surprise that it’s made our list of the best video editing software. It’s built for a more professional audience than VideoStudio and includes support for multicam video, stop-motion video, motion tracking, 360-degree VR, and 4K video. 

Recent updates have brought a much cleaner interface, and the software is now easy and enjoyable to use, although we occasionally ran into some buggy or slow behavior. An initial Home screen includes helpful tutorials, news and feature updates, and add-ons. Three additional modes, Import, Edit, and Export, include all the tools you need to create professional-looking videos. 

Pinnacle also boasts impressive rendering speeds and a large library of effects, plus good audio editing tools. Professional editors will be happy to find a range of pro features, like video masking, clip nesting, LUT presets, and batch processing. 

Fans of Corel will feel right at home with Pinnacle’s newly polished look and wide array of pro-level features. 

7. Filmora9

Filmora9 by Wondershare is one of the best video editing software apps for enthusiastic amateurs and those just starting out. It has a simple, clean, and intuitive interface that’s easy to understand and navigate, and plenty of effects and filters that can be easily applied to footage (YouTubers rejoice). The royalty-free sound library, with effects and music, makes it easy to add emotion and flair.

It lacks many of the pro features you’ll find in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, like support for motion tracking, multicam, or VR, but then it’s not made for the same audience or level of knowledge. It also doesn’t carry a professional price tag. There’s a fully-featured free version (with watermark), and the full version costs just $59.99, with no watermark and full user support.

If you’re just getting started with video editing and want to learn the ropes with a super-simple but powerful app that won’t break the bank, Filmora9 is a great option.

The best free video editing software

1. hitfilm express.

Hitfilm Express is one of the best value packages among the best video editing software, not just because it's free to start, but also because you can add on more features at reasonable prices. The program is compatible with both Macs and PCs, and also supports discrete Nvidia and AMD GPUs for threaded rendering and decoding. 

Our favorite new tool of Hitfilm Express is auto-stabilization, which helps smooth out shaky footage. Other new features include WAV audio exports, a crop and pan/zoom effect, a GoPro FX reference effect, a color adjustment effect. While Hitfilm Express can be a little intimidating for beginners, we like its low cost to entry and affordable and scalable features.

Read our full Hitfilm Express review .

2. DaVinci Resolve 17

A powerful pro-level, cross platform app, you’ll want to use DaVinci Resolve on a system with discrete graphics to get the most out of this video editor. The latest version of DaVinci incorporates Fusion, previously a stand-alone application, which brings with it four high-end video-production modules for editing, color correction, audio production, and video effects and motion graphics. 

DaVinci is quite powerful, but has a bit of a learning curve. If its 256-page manual doesn't intimidate you, high-level enthusiasts will find a lot of tools at their disposal.

DaVinci Resolve is now on version 17, and the latest build includes a major upgrade to Fairlight, its audio editing workspace. It also gives free users the ability to collaborate on a project simultaneously — something that you previously had to pay for. Previous versions have included the addition of a Neural Engine that uses machine learning for such things as facial recognition and speed warp and it also has a new Cut Page, a streamlined interface for editors who need to turn projects around quickly. 

Read our full DaVinci Resolve 17 review . 

3. Lightworks

If you want proof of the regard in which Lightworks is held, consider that the Pro version has been used to create multiple award-winning movies including Pulp Fiction, The Wolf of Wall Street and Jerry Maguire.

Even the free version has a wide range of fairly advanced tools, including some impressive audio-editing options, VFX, color adjustments and more. Against that, output maxes out at 720p — which may work if you're just making a home movie to share with relatives, but not for anything more serious. 

Upgrade to the Pro version for $24/month or $240/year and you'll unlock 4K output plus a raft of other features including to the Boris Graffiti plugin, extra import features, advanced project sharing, timeline rendering and more. Or, for a one-off fee of $390, you can buy it outright and get all of the above plus Boris FX. 

The interface may take a little getting used to compared to some programs, but it's still simple enough for a novice to master with a little help from the many tutorials and as a further bonus it works with almost every platform, including Windows, Mac and Linux.  

Read our full Lightworks review .

4. Apple iMovie

Apple iMovie is the best video editing software for novice filmmakers on Macs, combining professional trailers and themes, abundant special effects and an easy-to-learn interface. In addition, it's free, so this is a great place to start, or if you need to do simple video edits. iMovie now supports 4K editing and sharing, as well as extended handling to video shot at 1080p and 60 fps. Recent updates tweaked the interface and added Touch Bar support for the latest MacBooks.

One of the other benefits of iMovie is that you can work on the same project on either a Mac laptop or desktop, then switch over to your iPad to continue your editing. It's a very handy feature for those who need the flexibility.

Read our full Apple iMovie review .

VSDC has a hybrid layout that incorporates controls for both creating and editing video projects, along with links to instructional videos, which are a big help when navigating through its interface. VSDC is a non-linear editor, which gives you some more flexibility when editing, but that means it has a bigger learning curve than more traditional video editing software.

VSDC is not bad for basic edits, but its interface has a learning curve, and it lacks a few popular features. VSDC is also a Windows-only program. If you upgrade to the pro version of VSDC for $20 (good for one year for two machines), you get additional features such as technical support, a full multimedia suite, advanced settings, hardware acceleration, sub-pixel resolution, a masking tool, chroma key functionality and a visible audio waveform. The latest version, VSDC 7.1, upgrades the GUI and LUT editors and adds new effects and custom shortcuts, among other things.

Read our full VSDC review .

Shotcut is a free, open-source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux that works with a variety of video resolutions and more esoteric codecs. The platform-agnostic Shotcut appeals to prosumer and enthusiast filmmakers with its broad format support and abundant audio and video effects and editing features. However, its learning curve might be a bit much for novice users, and it lacks an easy way to share videos to popular social media sites.

We like that Shotcut's interface starts out sparsely populated; you can add windows as you see fit, though it can get cluttered quickly. In addition to being cross-platform, Shotcut also works pretty well on systems that don't have discrete graphics, making it more accessible to those who don't have thousands to spend on the latest GPUs. 

It's also regularly updated with new features. Recent updates included a 15-band (graphic) equalizer plus notes and voiceover options, so updates aren't just big fixes.

Read our full Shotcut review .

7. Movie Maker online

Movie Maker Online is just that: a web-based video editing program, which means that you can use it on any computer with a web browser. That gives it an advantage over some of the best free video editing software packages, as there's no need for you to have a super-fast machine or lots of hard drive space. 

It also includes free music and stock photos you can add to your video, plus there's the ability to add transitions and some basic effects. But don't expect HitFilm levels of sophistication. Movie Maker Online's interface is a bit confusing — for instance, the timeline runs vertically rather than horizontally — and there are other restrictions, such as the fact that you can only export in MP4 format. The ads are intrusive, too, but for making short films without much fuss it's certainly worth a look.

Read our full Moviemaker Online review .

How to choose the best video editing software for you

Free or Fee?

There’s no reason for the occasional video jockey to fork over any cash, as there are plenty of free apps available for both Windows and Mac. In fact we also have a list of the best free video editing software . But while the deciding factors for free and paid software may appear to be based on cold hard cash, that’s not the whole story.

People who are looking for a more powerful editor with a variety of built-in resources, responsive technical support and more would be better off dropping some cash on something from this list of the best video editing software.

However, there’s a third option: you can download software such as VideoPad or HitFilm (which offer all of the basics) for free, and then purchase additional features à la carte as your experience and needs grow.

How we test video editing software

In order to compile our list of the best video editing software, we tested more than a dozen programs — paid and free — on consumer Mac and Windows laptops for more than 100 hours, to see which are the best for editing, as well as sharing your videos with friends and family.

We evaluated all of the software based on functionality, ease of use, performance, sharing options and new features in the latest versions. We also judged the packages based on real-life uses for a number of categories, including best overall, best free app, best for beginners, best for YouTube maestros, best for Mac users and best for Windows platforms.

Performance results are important, but they’re not critical components of software evaluations, because depending on your hardware setup, your mileage will vary. By comparison, ease of use, interface and features carry more weight than export clock speed. Nonetheless, as a single measure among many, speed testing provides valuable comparative information.

As several of the programs on this page have been updated with newer versions since their initial review, we are currently in the process of re-testing them. At the same time, we are upgrading our testing platforms, from laptops with integrated graphics to those with discrete GPUs. This will better reflect the improvement in performance from apps that can take advantage of discrete graphics cards. Stay tuned for the results — we'll update this list of the best video editing software once we have them.

We have a wide range of buying guides to help you make the right decisions. If you're not keen on paying for your software just yet, why not read our guide to the best free video editing software . For workflows on the move, we also have a guide to the best video editing apps . If you're also looking to edit stills, make sure you check out our photography guides, including the best photo editing software , best free photo editing software and best photo editing apps . Need somewhere to store all those large RAW files? You'll want to read our guide to the best photo storage and sharing sites . And if you want to upgrade your gear, make sure you read our round up of the best cameras you can buy today.

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The number of professionals freelancing in the U.S. hit an all-time high in 2023, increasing to 64 million people, or 38% of the U.S. workforce, from 60 million the year earlier, according to recent research from Upwork. 

Businesses are increasingly relying on freelancers to save on headcount and real estate expenses, Yoav Hornung, head of verticals and innovation at Fiverr, tells CNBC Make It . 

But the services businesses are hiring independent contractors for are constantly changing, Hornung says. For example: In recent months, Fiverr has seen a marked increase in requests for AI professionals, including video editors and prompt engineers, who can help businesses leverage AI technologies to be more efficient or profitable. 

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Video editors work in post-production, assembling raw footage into finished packages using different software applications. Two kinds of video editing have seen "huge demand" as of late, according to Hornung: AI video editing and social media video editing. 

Between January and July 2023, searches for AI video editors increased by more than 625% on Fiverr. These creators leverage AI to customize video backgrounds, generate voiceovers and enhance audio and visual elements, among other services.

Video editing for short-form content is another in-demand skill. "The increasing popularity of 'snackable' content in the form of Reels, Shorts and TikTok has spiked demand for freelancers who can make snappy, engaging content for brands," Hornung says.

Video editors on Fiverr typically charge at least $100 per project. 

Social media management and content creation

Social media managers and specialists develop, edit and promote content across different channels for a client or organization to engage with and grow their audience.

The value of a strong online presence for brands and businesses has "never been higher," says Hornung, as more people — especially younger consumers — shop on social media platforms. 

One skill that will be "especially valuable" for freelance social media managers to possess in 2024, he adds, is the ability to create content that feels "authentic and genuine" for clients as more consumers demand authenticity and transparency from the brands they support.

Social media managers and specialists charge at least $150 per project.

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Mobile app developers are software engineers who create apps for smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices. These professionals typically work alongside graphic designers and data scientists. 

Globally, people recorded nearly 77 billion mobile app downloads during the first half of 2023, up 3% from 2022, according to data.ai , a data analytics tool. 

Hornung points out that, on Fiverr, searches for "app development" have seen a consistent increase since the start of 2023. He explains that more brands are adopting mobile-first strategies to meet consumers' growing preference for interacting with businesses through their phones versus computers or in person.

Mobile app developers charge at least $500 per project. 

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These free video editors for youtube (and beyond) will get you the quality you need..

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Not everyone has the budget to spend on a premium video editing package. But if you're working within a tight budget or just starting out, there are plenty of free video editors to choose from. They range from accessible freebies to professional-level tools that are recognized as some of the best in the industry. There are options for Windows, Mac, and Linux, plus web apps for use in a desktop browser. That's all to say: you won't be left out just because you're looking for free.

Over the past 15 years, I've tried more video editors than I'd care to mention. I've used them for everything from slapping together iPhone videos for sharing on social media to producing commissioned product reviews shot on "real" cameras. 

For this roundup, I started with more than 60 apps and put the best of them through their paces. What I ended up with is a shortlist of the best free video editors for YouTube and beyond.

The best free video editing apps

Adobe Premiere Rush for the best free video editing software for quick edits

Clipchamp for the best free web-based video editor

iMovie for the best free, simple video editor for Mac users

Kdenlive for a free, open-source, and cross-platform video editor

What makes the best free video editing software?

There are free video editors that hold your hand through the entire process, and there are more powerful apps that offer room to grow. At the very least, all of the apps on this list allow you to cut together clips and export a finished product at 1080p—with no watermark—in a format that's suitable for YouTube.

As I was testing all the free video editing apps I could get my hands on, I used the following criteria to help pick the best one for the job:

Editing features. The ability to easily arrange clips on a timeline is the bread and butter of video editing. Some apps take care of this for you with automatic editing options, while others leave you to your own devices with tools for splitting clips and adding markers. I also looked at more advanced editing features like chroma keying (green screen), multi-camera editing, video stabilization, and effects.

Limitations for free users. Only some of the editors featured in my shortlist are completely free—the rest are free versions of premium apps. I only considered apps that satisfied my criteria of being able to export at 1080p or better with no watermark and without any limits on the number of exports performed. The more generous the free version beyond that, the better.

Efficiency. I looked for performant apps with good options for exporting video. (Publishing directly to YouTube was a nice bonus but not essential.) Playback should be smooth, and video preview windows should ideally include toggles for quality settings to accommodate less powerful hardware. Web-based video editors should feel as close to a desktop app as possible and handle the editing workflow accordingly. 

Learning and support. Ample support documentation, tutorials, and an active community of users can be huge, especially for free tools. For simpler tools, intuitive design and in-app guidance might be all you need.

Extras. Some video editors are complete suites that can handle effects, audio mastering, and even subtitling. Others offer integration with stock footage services and cloud storage providers. Though not essential, extras like these helped some video editing apps stand out.

To test these video editors, I cut together a selection of 4K HDR videos shot on an iPhone 13 Pro. I did simple edits, like adding clips to a timeline, splitting clips, adjusting playback speed, and adding transitions between clips; and I also dabbled in the more advanced options (where available), including chroma keying, syncing video and audio, and color correction. Finally, I made sure the exported files met my standards for quality—and didn't include a watermark.

In the end, I settled on the following free video editors that should satisfy a range of abilities across all three major desktop operating systems and the web.

The best free video editing apps at a glance

Best professional-level free video editing software on windows and mac, davinci resolve (windows, mac).

DaVinci Resolve, our pick for the best professional-level free video editing software on Windows and Mac

DaVinci Resolve pros:

A complete video editing suite for free

Plenty of support materials to help you learn

Upload directly to YouTube, with support for chapters, thumbnails, and titles

DaVinci Resolve cons:

Requires some commitment in order to realize its potential

May be overkill for simpler editing tasks

DaVinci Resolve isn't just the best free video editor on this list—it's one of the best video editors out there. Under constant development by video and editing equipment manufacturer Blackmagic Design, DaVinci Resolve has all sorts of help documentation. Plus, the editor's popularity has led to a deluge of user-generated tutorials and how-to videos, which makes learning even easier.

The most notable limitation in the free edition of DaVinci Resolve is the lack of 10-bit video export, which can be limiting if you're working with high dynamic range (HDR) video. Beyond that, DaVinci Resolve presents very few limitations for YouTube creators, and it empowers video editors with a robust suite of editing tools.

There are Cut and Edit interfaces for quickly cutting together clips or and building complex edits, in addition to dedicated areas for applying effects, mastering audio, and exporting your creations. The editor offers excellent multi-camera support, offering a convenient solution for syncing video and audio in order to quickly switch between perspectives. And when you're done, Resolve can upload directly to YouTube, complete with support for video descriptions and titles, adding chapters based on markers, and thumbnail image uploads.

Da Vinci Resolve free version limitations : No 10-bit video export; 4K at 60 frames per second export; fewer effects to choose from compared to $299 Studio version.

Best free video editor for quick edits

Adobe premiere rush (windows, mac).

Adobe Premiere Rush, our pick for the best free video editor for quick edits

Adobe Premiere Rush pros:

Offers automatic editing of clips in record time

Upload directly to YouTube when you're done

Adobe Premiere Rush cons:

Restrictive, single-track video editing workflow

No advanced tools, like chroma key or multi-camera workflows

Adobe Premiere Rush helps you edit videos in record time. Simply select your clips or images in the order you want them to appear, click Create , and Premiere Rush will edit your footage together for you. From there, you can make adjustments to the single video track and add music or sound effects to the three additional audio tracks before exporting.

To get this level of simplicity, you're sacrificing more advanced features. But if you're not too worried about things like chroma keying or having more control over your production, Premiere Rush is a breeze. You probably won't need to consult Adobe's tutorials and knowledge base, though they're there if you need them. The app is divided between Edit and Share interfaces, and you don't even need to log in with an Adobe account to edit or export video.

Connect your YouTube account, and upload directly to your channel in up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. If you want 4K uploads or access to Adobe's Auto Reframe tool for converting your video to vertical video aspect ratios, you'll need to cough up the $9.99 monthly fee. Serious creators will likely outgrow Adobe Premiere Rush as they seek out more advanced features, but even seasoned editors can appreciate how quick and easy it is to use.

Adobe Premiere Rush free version limitations: 1080p video export at 60 frames per second and no access to Adobe's Auto Reframe feature.

Best free web-based video editor

Clipchamp (web, windows, chrome).

Clipchamp, our pick for the best free web-based video editor

Clipchamp pros:

Multi-track video editing in a browser

Surprisingly good performance for a web app

Decent selection of free templates and assets to choose from

Clipchamp cons:

Web-based version requires Chrome or Edge

Windows app is just a wrapper for the web-based version

Clipchamp (which is owned by Microsoft) is a web-based video editor that works in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or in a browser wrapper on Windows 11. There are some inherent limitations in editing video using a web browser that even Clipchamp can't overcome. Success largely depends on the speed and reliability of your internet connection, and your computer's ability to handle a fairly demanding web app.

That said, Clipchamp might just be the best example of its kind—and I'm not just saying that because of its generous free option. It's a multi-track video editor, so you can drag different clips onto the timeline and layer them on top of one another. Make basic adjustments to your clips, change the playback speed, and add filters and effects using a simple interface that appears on the right side of the editor. 

Clipchamp emphasizes simplicity, and that's to be expected from a web-based tool. You can use templates or an AI auto-editor to kickstart your edits, and you can produce content in vertical or square video formats with no problem. Export at up to 1080p directly to YouTube by connecting your account to Clipchamp. 

You'll also get access to a surprisingly generous selection of free assets, like video transitions, background images, motion graphics, audio, and an auto-captioning tool for adding subtitles to your creations.

Clipchamp free version limitations : 1080p video export at 60 frames per second; limited access to included stock assets

Best simple and free video editing app for Mac users

Imovie (mac, iphone, ipad).

iMovie, our pick for the best simple and free video editing app for Mac users

iMovie pros:

Easy to use and simple to learn

Integrates with iCloud Photo Library for easy editing of footage shot on iPhone

Includes advanced features like chroma keying and stabilization

iMovie cons:

Seasoned editors will find iMovie's feature set limiting

Limited to 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios

As an Apple user, it's hard to ignore iMovie. The beginner-friendly video editor has pretty much everything you need to put simple videos together. It's easy to use even if you've never touched a video editor before. Tight integration with the Apple ecosystem makes importing iPhone videos a breeze, and you can even start your edit on the iOS or iPadOS version of iMovie and pick it up on the (superior) macOS version later.

Drag and drop clips from your media library into the multi-track editor, slicing and trimming as you go. Previewing your footage is as simple as gliding your cursor over the reel, which works almost instantaneously on modern Apple computers. Performance here is as good as Apple's professional editing solution Final Cut Pro, though to keep things accessible, the app is far more limited in terms of functionality.

Advanced features include chroma keying, video stabilization, noise reduction, and filters to instantly transform the look of your footage. Apple also includes some of the best-looking transitions, title cards, and motion graphics in the business. For simple edits, iMovie is a solid choice and includes a "YouTube and Facebook" export profile (though no in-app integration). The most limiting factor, outside of requiring a Mac, is being stuck in 16:9 widescreen format, with no support for vertical or square aspect ratio.

iMovie free version limitations: 16:9 widescreen format only

Best cross-platform, open source, free video editor (especially for Linux users)

Kdenlive (linux, windows, macos).

Kdenlive, our pick for the best cross-platform, open-source free video editor (especially for Linux users)

Kdenlive pros:

A powerful yet logical video editor that feels like a premium product

Includes advanced features, effects, and transitions

Wide range of export options, including H.264, HEVC, and AV1

Kdenlive cons:

Mac version has no native Apple Silicon version (runs via Rosetta)

GPU rendering is still in the experimental phase

There are quite a few open source and Linux-friendly video editors to choose from, but from what I tested, Kdenlive felt like the most complete package. The editing interface is uncomplicated but includes all the features you'd expect from a competent editor. There's a razor tool, markers, audio levels for monitoring, and tabbed panels that offer fast access to media and effects. There are even different editing modes for inserting or overwriting footage, and a multi-camera editing workflow.

I tested the Windows version, and the app performed well for the most part. Exports can be a little slow if the app doesn't support your GPU, but developers are working to expand support with more profiles. The app includes granular controls for video exports, and although there's no labeled option for YouTube, once you've dialed in your preferences, you can save your own profiles for future use.

You can learn how to use some of Kdenlive's more advanced features, like motion tracking and keying or creating animations, by reading the handbook or joining the support community. 

Perhaps one of the most notable aspects of Kdenlive is how logical everything feels compared to other open source alternatives like Shotcut and OpenShot. On top of this, there's plenty of depth to explore if you're eager to learn.

Kdenlive's free version limitations: None

What video editing software do YouTubers use?

YouTube has built-in editing tools that can trim video and add an end screen. But if you're looking for something beyond the basics, you'll want a dedicated video editor.

If you're looking for a free and complete video editing package that you can grow into, you can stop your search with DaVinci Resolve. Though it may feel daunting to begin with, the many tutorials available will get you up to speed in no time. It'll take time to master, but you'll be able to accomplish far more in DaVinci Resolve than any other editor on this list.

Kdenlive is another solid choice if you want an editor that punches well above its weight. For Windows and Linux users especially, Kdenlive offers a simpler workflow than DaVinci Resolve without feeling too limited in terms of what you can achieve. Mac users can get similar results from iMovie, but performance will be leaps and bounds ahead on account of the app being optimized for the Mac platform.

Clipchamp and Premiere Rush are surprisingly similar, except that one works in your browser and the other runs locally. Both have similar limitations and optional assets, and both offer fast and simple editing regardless of your ability. I'd recommend Premiere Rush if your internet is slow and Clipchamp if you're comfortable with a browser solution.

The good news is: because these are all free video editors, you can take them all for a spin and see which one suits you best.

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'The voice we woke up to': Bob Edwards, longtime 'Morning Edition' host, dies at 76

Lynn Neary at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)

Bob Edwards started his career at NPR as a newscaster and then hosted All Things Considered before moving to Morning Edition . He's pictured above in 1989. Max Hirshfeld for NPR hide caption

Bob Edwards started his career at NPR as a newscaster and then hosted All Things Considered before moving to Morning Edition . He's pictured above in 1989.

Bob Edwards, the veteran broadcaster and longtime host of Morning Edition who left an indelible mark on NPR's sound, has died. He was 76 years old.

NPR's Susan Stamberg says Edwards' voice became part of the morning routine for millions of Americans.

"He was Bob Edwards of Morning Edition for 24 1/2 years, and his was the voice we woke up to," she says.

When listeners first heard that voice, they might have imagined a figure of great authority, an avuncular newsman dressed in a pinstripe suit. But that was not Bob Edwards.

He was the consummate newsman

Margaret Low started at the company in 1982 as a Morning Edition production assistant. Now CEO of WBUR in Boston, she served for three years as NPR's senior vice president for news. She says Edwards always walked in the door right at 2:30 a.m., but he was casual.

"He was tall and lanky and wore jeans, and I think, if I remember right, was sort of pretty much always in an untucked flannel shirt."

Low says Edwards' seeming casualness belied a seriousness — about radio, about the news and especially about the art of writing. Like several of his contemporaries at NPR, he studied writing at American University with former CBS journalist Ed Bliss.

"He used to say that Ed Bliss sat on his shoulder as he wrote," Low recalls.

In fact, Edwards' Washington, D.C., office overlooked CBS News.

"I have this total image of Bob sitting in his office on M Street and it would be dark outside because it would be the middle of the night, and he faced the window over CBS News," Low says. "And he would be typing on his manual typewriter with these really, really big keys, and they would go click, click, click, and behind him you would hear ... the AP and Reuters wires."

Edwards, Low says, was the consummate newsman.

"He was a total news guy, and I think understood the news deeply," she says. "And in some ways he sort of set the bar for how we approach stories, because he would convey these stories with a kind of simplicity but also with real depth, and make sure that they somehow resonated. And that's lasted."

"As an NPR listener myself, I will always remember Bob Edwards' deep warm baritone and the confident ease of his delivery. ..." NPR President and CEO John Lansing says in a statement. "Bob Edwards understood the intimate and distinctly personal connection with audiences that distinguishes audio journalism from other mediums, and for decades he was a trusted voice in the daily lives of millions of NPR listeners."

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Edwards started his career at NPR as a newscaster and then hosted All Things Considered with Susan Stamberg. She says their styles sometimes clashed.

"We had five good — if rocky — years together, until we sort of got one another's rhythm, because he was Mr. Cool, he was Mr. Authoritative and straight ahead. I was the New Yorker with a million ideas and a big laugh. But we really adjusted rather well."

Stamberg remembers Edwards for his humor, a quality that was often on display in his hundreds of interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians and singers.

One of Edwards' longest-running radio relationships was also one of his listeners' favorites: his weekly conversation with sports broadcasting legend Red Barber.

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Sports broadcaster Red Barber with NPR's Bob Edwards in 1992. Edwards talked to Barber every week on Morning Edition.

Edwards eventually wrote a book about his radio friendship with Barber, the first of three he authored, including a memoir, A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio .

Edwards' approach helped set the tone for NPR

Edwards left NPR after the company decided to remove him as host of Morning Edition . Though his many fans protested mightily, Edwards closed out his last show on April 30, 2004. He ended his tenure just as it started, by interviewing one of his radio heroes, Charles Osgood.

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"You were the first person I interviewed for Morning Edition , and I wanted you to be the last," Edwards told Osgood on air.

Edwards went on to host his own interview show at Sirius XM Radio and continued to be heard on many public radio stations on Bob Edwards Weekend. But Margaret Low says his contribution to NPR will never be forgotten.

"He sort of set the tone and the bar for all of us," she says. "He understood the power and the intimacy of our medium and captured the attention of millions and millions of people who are still with us today."

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'I Am Absolutely Terrified': OpenAI's New Project Isn't 'Broadly' Available Yet — But It's Already Setting Off Alarm Bells The company behind ChatGPT wants to "help people solve problems that require real-world interaction."

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On Thursday, OpenAI revealed its new text-to-video model, Sora, which can generate videos up to a minute long based on any prompt a user enters into a text box, though the technology is not yet available to the public, NBC News reported.

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman showed off the technology on X, where he crowdsourced possible prompts and used them to generate several videos, including one of turtles riding bikes across the ocean and another of dogs podcasting on a mountain.

https://t.co/qbj02M4ng8 pic.twitter.com/EvngqF2ZIX — Sam Altman (@sama) February 15, 2024
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OpenAI said in a blog post that its goal is to train "models that help people solve problems that require real-world interaction," a prospect that's exciting for many AI aficionados. But it's concerning to people wary of the technology's unchecked power amid the proliferation of deepfaked media of celebrities, politicians and private figures online — and in an election year.

"I am absolutely terrified that this kind of thing will sway a narrowly contested election," Oren Etzioni, a professor at the University of Washington who specializes in artificial intelligence, told The New York Times . Etzioni is also the founder of True Media, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to identify disinformation online in political campaigns.

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OpenAI said in a statement that it's "not making this model broadly available in our products soon" and that it's developing tools to determine when Sora generates a video and intends to embed metadata to flag the video's origin, per NBC News.

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Imagine popping the question in Machu Picchu? 🤯 Sounds like a unique and beautiful way to start the next chapter of your lives as fiances. ⁣⁣ ⁣ And while it sounds incredible, there are some things you need to keep in mind to make your Machu Picchu proposal a reality. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1️⃣ Buy your entrance ticket at least a month in advance. ⁣⁣ 2️⃣ When buying your ticket, pick a morning timeslot.⁣⁣ 3️⃣ Expect to stay longer if you’ve purchased a morning entrance. ⁣⁣ 4️⃣ Bring your passport to get a special Machu Picchu stamp. ⁣⁣ 5️⃣ Don’t forget sunblock, bug spray, and layers of clothing. ⁣⁣ 6️⃣ And remember, small backpacks only!⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Marco in Machu Picchu, Peru⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣ ▶️ #locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #proposalideas #proposalphotography #cuzcoperu #cuscocity #cuscoperu #visitcusco #7thwonderoftheworld #couplephotoshoot #machupicchu #machupicchutravel #machupicchuperu #travelsouthamerica #cuzco #visitperu #travelperu #ig_southamerica #surpriseproposal #proposalinspiration #weddingproposal

Seville is ‘bonita’ and a photographer’s paradise. The city is the perfect mix of history, culture, and architectural gems, making it an excellent destination for a photoshoot.  ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here are some of our favorite photo spots for a Seville photoshoot:⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Plaza de España — The most popular spot! This architectural masterpiece wraps around an enormous square with fountains, moats, and tiled walls and offers plenty of photo opportunities. ⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Barrio Santa Cruz — This captivating and historically rich district was formerly the Jewish quarter of Seville, characterized by its ancient alleyways and meandering streets.⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Royal Alcazar — Looking for a royal vibe in your photos? Renowned for its diverse gardens and historical influences, the Moorish Royal Palace is one of Spain’s most exquisite structures.⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Parque Maria Luisa — Maria Luisa Park, situated just behind Plaza de España, is an ideal location for photography with its flourishing flower gardens and scenic tree-shaded pathways.⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Tatsiana in Seville, Spain⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ▶️ #locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #sevillespain #sevillephotographer #sevillecity #sevilletravel #visitseville #visitspain #familyphotoshoot #familyphotoideas #familyphotography

If you’re a soon-to-be momma, you deserve a babymoon in Europe to spoil yourself before the sleepless nights begin!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A babymoon, more than a trip is the perfect time to spend time with your partner, relax and mentally prepare for all that lies ahead. And there is no better place than Europe and its many destinations perfect for future parents. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here are some of our favorite babymoon destinations in Europe: ⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Prague ⁣⁣ 📍Lake Como ⁣⁣ 📍Santorini ⁣⁣ 📍Lucerne ⁣⁣ 📍Sintra⁣⁣ 📍Amsterdam⁣⁣ 📍Madrid⁣⁣ 📍Valencia⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Any other destination we should add to the list of babymoons? Let us know in the comments!⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Victor in Prague ⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ▶️ #locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #charlesbridge #charlesbridgeprague #pragueoldtown #praguetrip #praguephoto #coupletravel #praguephotography #pragueworld #visitprague #praguestagram #instaprague #praguetoday #czechrepublic #praguecity #praha⁣ #praguephotographer #babymoon⁣ #momtobe #mumtobe #pregnancyannouncement #pregnancyphotography ⁣

Da Nang, a vibrant coastal city in Vietnam, is a fascinating destination that offers an interesting mix of natural beauty and modern urban life. ⁣ ⁣ And for those visiting, the city is also the perfect place to get photos in some of its most beautiful spots, like its stunning sandy beaches and lush landscapes.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Check out some of the best photo spots in Da Nang: ⁣ ⁣⁣ 📍My Khe Beach — This stunning stretch of sandy shores and serene blue waters provides a picturesque backdrop for capturing the essence of a coastal paradise.⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) — These ancient limestone outcrops are dotted with caves, pagodas, and sacred shrines, providing an array of visual inspiration.⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Dragon Bridge — This iconic bridge comes to life in the evenings with a thrilling fire-breathing dragon show, creating a dynamic and visually spectacular scene.⁣⁣ ⁣ 📍Linh Ung Pagoda — The pagoda is renowned for its giant Lady Buddha statue, and it’s the perfect spot to capture Vietnam’s cultural richness and natural beauty.⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Trung in Da Nang, Vietnam⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣ ▶️ #locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #coupletravel #visitvietnam #travelvietnam⁣ #couplephotoshoot #danangbeach #danangtravel #danangphotographer #danangphotography #danangtrip #danangvietnam #danangcity #proposalphotography #proposalideas #proposalinspiration #surpriseproposal⁣ #weddingproposal

Bangkok is a cultural treasure with many beautiful temples that are a must-visit if you are looking for an enriching experience. ⁣But the choice is hard, as Bangkok has more than 400 temples. So, which one to pick? ⁣⁣ ⁣ Luckily, we have made a top 5 pick of the best temples or ‘wats’ to visit in Bangkok. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1️⃣ Wat Arun Ratchawararam (Temple Of Dawn) — An ancient temple dating back to the Ayutthaya period and considered a Royal Temple of King Rama II with a stupa considered one of the most beautiful and gigantic stupas in that era.⁣⁣ ⁣ 2️⃣ Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan (Wat Pho) — Home of the Reclining Buddha, with various interesting ancient Thai cultural murals around the temple.⁣⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣ Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan (Phu Khao Thong) — One of the famous highlights of this temple is its spiral staircase, which has 344 steps.⁣⁣ ⁣ 4️⃣ Wat Trai Mit Witthayaram Worawihan — This temple is home to the solid gold Sukhothai-style Buddha called the seated Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon, known as the world’s largest golden Buddha statue.⁣⁣ ⁣ 5️⃣ Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple) — As its name states, the temple’s ordination hall was constructed of marble imported from Italy.⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Suriyathepjuti in Bangkok, Thailand⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣⁣⁣ ▶️ #locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #bangkokthailand #bangkokcity #bangkoktrip #bangkoktravel #travelphotography #travelandleisure #bangkokspirit #beautiful_bangkok #thailand_allshots #thailandtrip #thailandtravel #adayinthailand #thailandinstagram #amazingthailand #bangkokphotographer

Being a new parent can be both beautiful and unnerving — it is a big responsibility! And if you feel you need some guidance and to set up some goals to help you get your groove back, start by setting some resolutions for this new year. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 2024 it’s all about taking care of yourself, and being a new parent doesn’t need to limit that. Here are a few ways you can be the best version of yourself while handling this incredible new role: ⁣⁣ ⁣ ❤️ Take a moment to evaluate how you are feeling⁣ ❤️ Take time to reconnect with yourself⁣ ❤️ Take time to reconnect with your partner⁣ ❤️ Enjoy the time you manage to be alone⁣⁣ ❤️ Rekindle friendships⁣ ❤️ Have dates, just you and your baby.⁣⁣ ❤️ Reassess how you are feeling at the end of every month and change your goals accordingly⁣ ⁣⁣ Any other advice you have for new parents? Let us know in the comments!⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Rojeena in Maui, Hawaii⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣ ▶️ #locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #hawaiiphotographer #hawaiiphotographers #hawaiistagram #hawaiiphotography #hawaiibestphotos #hawaiilove #beachphotography #mauiphotography #mauihawaii #mauistyle #travelhawaii #visithawaii #hawaiitrip #hawaiivacation #hawaiibeaches⁣ #mauiphotographer⁣ #babymoon⁣ #mumtobe #momtobe #pregnancyphotography #pregnantstyle

Okay, a new year has begun, and now it’s time to commit to those resolutions. Yes, it can be challenging, but with the right tips, you can make your wishes a reality and make 2024 the year you stick to your resolutions!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here’s what you have to do to achieve your new year’s goals: ⁣⁣ ⁣ ☑️ Start small⁣⁣ ☑️ Create goals for different areas of your life⁣⁣ ☑️ Write them down⁣⁣ ☑️ Prioritize your goals⁣⁣ ☑️ Break down bigger goals⁣⁣ ☑️ Include friends and other peeps⁣⁣ ☑️ Keep it interesting⁣⁣ ☑️ Celebrate progress⁣⁣ ☑️ Adjust as necessary⁣⁣ ☑️ Have patience⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Now tell us, what are your 2024 resolutions?⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Julia in New York City⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣ ▶️ #locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #nycphotographer #nycphotographers #nycphotoshoot #nycphotography #newyorkcitylife #newyorklife #newyorkgram #newyork_ig #newyorkcityphotography #newyorktravel #newyorkstyle #newyorktrip #weddingproposal #proposalinspiration #proposalphotography #proposalideas #newyorkstreets #newyorkphotographer #newyorkphotography #newyorkphotos⁣⁣ #surpriseproposal

New adventures are around the corner. And this 2024 will be filled with new memories, destinations, health, and happiness. ⁣ ⁣ Happy New Year from Local Lens! ✨🍾⁣ ⁣ 📸 Captured by Christopher in Singapore ⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣⁣⁣ ▶️ ⁣#locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #singaporeinsiders #singaporetravel #singaporecity #exploresingapore #singaporeig #singaporephotography #singaporediaries #singaporetourism #singaporephotographer #travelasia⁣ #surpriseproposal⁣ #proposalideas #proposalphotoshoot #proposalinspiration

What a year! 2023 has been a year full of blessings, and many captured memories. ⁣ ⁣ Just this year, our local photographers have captured over 4,000 shoots around the world!! From families to engagements, anniversaries, and solo traveling, we love being there and creating memories with you. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Thank you for a fantastic year, and we hope to be with you next year, capturing your next chapter. And like they say, cheers to many more! 🥳✨💫⁣ ⁣ 🌐 www.locallens.com⁣⁣ ▶️ ⁣#locallensphotographers⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #destinationaphotographer #surpriseproposal⁣ #proposalideas #proposalphotography #proposalinspiration #weddingproposal #familyphotography #familyphotoshoot #familyphotoideas

Three decades after the Soviet era, this Moscow street echoes what was.

And hints where russia is heading., welcome to tverskaya street.

MOSCOW — Thirty years ago, the Soviet Union ceased to be. The flag was lowered for the last time on Dec. 25, 1991. That moment still raises deep questions for the U.S.S.R.’s heirs: “Who were we as Soviets, and where are we going as Russians?”

Many of the answers can be found on Moscow’s main thoroughfare — named Gorky Street, after writer Maxim Gorky, from 1932 to 1990, and renamed Tverskaya Street, a nod to the ancient city of Tver, as the Soviet Union was awash in last-gasp reforms.

It was the Soviet Union’s display window on the bright future that Kremlin-run communism was supposed to bring. It was where the KGB dined, the rich spent their rubles, Vladimir Lenin gave speeches from a balcony, and authorities wielded their power against one of the most famous Soviet dissidents, Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

A view of Tverskaya Street from a top floor of the Hotel National in 1980, and in August. The street’s changes through the decades encompass the shifts in everyday life from the Soviet Union in the 1920s to Russia today.

In the 1990s, Tverskaya embodied the fast-money excesses of the post-Soviet free-for-all. In later years, it was packed with hopeful pro-democracy marchers. And now , under President Vladimir Putin, it is a symbol of his dreams of reviving Russia as a great power, reliving past glories and crushing any opposition to his rule.

Join a tour of Moscow’s famed Tverskaya Street.

Hotel National: Where the Soviet government began

The window in Room 107 at the Hotel National faces Red Square and the Kremlin. It offers a perfect view of Lenin’s tomb — fitting, since he was Room 107’s most famous guest.

The Kremlin was damaged during the Russian Revolution in 1917. So Lenin and his wife moved into Room 107 for seven days in March 1918, making the hotel the first home of the Soviet government.

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The Hotel National in Moscow, from top: Artwork in the Socialist Realist style — which artists were ordered to adopt in the 1930s — still adorns the hotel; Elena Pozolotina has worked at the hotel since 1995; the hotel, which contains a restaurant, was built in 1902; the National has hosted notable guests, including Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and actor Jack Nicholson. (Photos by Arthur Bondar for The Washington Post)

The National, built in 1902 during the era of Imperial Russia, also accommodated other Soviet leaders, including Leon Trotsky and Felix Dzerzhinsky, chief of the secret police. The building continued to be used by the Soviet government as a hostel for official party delegates and was renamed First House of Soviets in 1919.

Guests can now stay in the same room Lenin did for about $1,300 a night. In more recent years, the hotel has hosted notable guests including Barack Obama (when he was a senator) and actor Jack Nicholson.

“This hotel feels a little like a museum,” said Elena Pozolotina, who has worked at the National since 1995.

“We have rooms that look onto Tverskaya Street, and we always explain to guests that this is the main street of our city,” Pozolotina said. “This corner of Tverskaya that we occupy, it’s priceless.”

Stalin’s plan: ‘The building is moving’

When Soviet leader Joseph Stalin demanded a massive redevelopment of Moscow in 1935, an order came to transform modest Gorky Street into a wide, awe-inspiring boulevard.

Engineer Emmanuel Gendel had the job of moving massive buildings to make way for others. Churches and monasteries were blown up, replaced by newspaper offices and a huge cinema.

The Moscow Central Eye Hospital was sheared from its foundation, rotated 97 degrees, jacked up, hitched on rails and pushed back 20 yards — with surgeons operating all the while, or so official media reported at the time.

In 1935, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin demanded the widening of the modest road, at the time called Gorky Street. Buildings were moved, as shown in this 1940s photo. Today, the road is a wide boulevard known as Tverskaya Street.

Gendel’s daughter, then about 8, proudly stood at a microphone, announcing: “Attention, attention, the building is moving.” Tatiana Yastrzhembskaya, Gendel’s granddaughter and president of the Winter Ball charity foundation in Moscow, recalls that Gendel extolled communism but also enjoyed the rewards of the elite. He drove a fine car and always brought the family the best cakes and candies, she said.

The largest Gorky Street building Gendel moved was the Savvinskoye Courtyard. The most difficult was the Mossoviet, or Moscow city hall, with a balcony where Lenin had given speeches. The building, the former residence of the Moscow governor general, had to be moved with its basement. The ground floor had been a ballroom without central structural supports.

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Moving buildings on Gorky Street in 1940, from left: A mechanic at a control panel regulates the supply of electricity while a house is being moved; a postal worker passes a moving house; a specialist unwinds a telephone cable during a building move to maintain uninterrupted communication; 13 rail tracks were placed under a house, on which 1,200 metal rollers were laid. (Photos by RGAKFD)

Gendel’s skills were used all over the U.S.S.R. — straightening towers on ancient mosques in Uzbekistan, inventing a means to drag tanks from rivers during World War II and consulting on the Moscow Metro.

Like many of the Soviet Union’s brightest talents, Gendel found that his freedom was tenuous. His ex-wife was called by the KGB internal spy agency in 1937 and asked to denounce him. She refused, and he avoided arrest.

The largest Gorky Street building moved was Savvinskoye Courtyard, seen behind the corner building in this photo from 1938, a year before it was relocated; now, it is tucked behind No. 6 on Tverskaya Street.

“I believe he was not arrested and sent to the camps because he was a unique expert,” said Yastrzhembskaya. World War II, known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War, interrupted the Master Plan for Gorky Street.

Aragvi restaurant: A haunt of the KGB

In the 1930s, the head of the elite NKVD secret police, Lavrenty Beria, one of the architects of the Stalin-era purges, ordered the construction of a state-owned restaurant, Aragvi, to showcase food from his home republic of Georgia.

One night, NKVD agents descended in several black cars on a humble Georgian canteen in Moscow that Beria had once visited. The agents ordered the chef, Longinoz Stazhadze, to come with them. The feared NKVD was a precursor to the KGB.

Stazhadze thought he was being arrested, his son Levan told Russian media. He was taken to Beria, who said that he had agreed with “the Boss” (Stalin) that Stazhadze would run Aragvi. Stazhadze had grown up a peasant, sent to work in a prince’s kitchens as a boy.

The Aragvi restaurant was a favorite of the secret police after it opened in 1938. Nugzar Nebieridze was the head chef at Aragvi when it relaunched in 2016.

Aragvi opened in 1938. It was only for the gilded set, a reminder that the “Soviet paradise” was anything but equitable. The prices were astronomical. It was impossible to get a table unless the doorman knew you or you could pay a hefty bribe.

Aragvi, at No. 6 Tverskaya, was a favorite of the secret police; government officials; cosmonauts and pilots; stars of theater, movies and ballet; directors; poets; chess masters. Beria reputedly dined in a private room. Poet Sergei Mikhalkov said he composed the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem while sitting in the restaurant in 1943.

It was privatized in the 1990s and struggled, before closing in 2002. It reopened in 2016 after a $20 million renovation. But the new Aragvi closed abruptly in 2019 amid reports of a conflict between its owner and the building managers.

“You put your entire soul into cooking,” said the former head chef, Nugzar Nebieridze, 59, celebrated for his khinkali, a meaty dumpling almost the size of a tennis ball. He was devastated to find himself unemployed. But other doors opened. He now prefers to travel, giving master classes around Russia.

Stalin’s funeral: A deadly street crush that never officially happened

On March 6, 1953, the day after Stalin died of a stroke, an estimated 2 million Muscovites poured onto the streets. They hoped to catch a glimpse of his body, covered with flowers and laid out in the marbled Hall of Columns near Red Square.

Yulia Revazova, then 13, sneaked from her house with her cousin Valery without telling their parents. As they walked toward Pushkin Square, at one end of Gorky Street, the procession turned into a scene of horror. They saw people falling and being trampled. Some were crushed against metal fences. Valery, who was a few years older, grabbed Yulia by the hand and dragged her out of the crowd.

In March 1953, Soviet officials, including Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenty Beria, followed the coffin of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in a processional in Moscow.

“He held my hand really tight and never let it go, because it was pure madness,” she recalled recently. “It took us four or five hours to get out of there. People kept coming and coming. I couldn’t even call it a column; it was just an uncontrollable mass of people.”

“I still have this feeling, the fear of massive crowds,” added Revazova, 82. “To this day, if I see a huge group of people or a really long line, I just cross the street.”

Neither Revazova nor her cousin knew about Stalin’s repressions.

“People were crying. I saw many women holding little handkerchiefs, wiping away tears and wailing,” she recalled. “That’s the psychology of a Soviet person. If there is no overarching figure above, be it God or Lenin, life will come crashing down. The era was over, and there was fear. What will we do without Stalin?”

Officials never revealed how many people died that day. The Soviet-approved archival footage of the four days of national mourning showed only orderly marches and memorials.

No. 9: The ruthless culture minister

The Soviet culture minister, the steely Yekaterina Furtseva, was nicknamed Catherine the Third, after the forceful Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Furtseva destroyed writers, artists or anyone else who challenged Soviet ideas. She lived at an elite 1949 apartment building for government officials at No. 9 — an ultra-prestigious address with a view of the Kremlin.

Furtseva, a former small-town weaver, made sure that No. 9 was only for the cream of party officials and other notables, such as famous Soviet actress Natalia Seleznyova, scientists, conductors and architects.

Riding the coattails of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Furtseva was the only woman in the Politburo and later became the Soviet Union’s cultural gatekeeper despite her provincial sensibilities. She once infamously mixed up a symphony with an opera, and critics were quick to notice.

In the late 1940s, No. 9 was being constructed; today, the building is home to apartments, shops and offices.

“She had little in common with the artistic leaders of her country except a liking for vodka,” Norwegian painter Victor Sparre wrote in his 1979 book on the repression of dissident Soviet writers, “The Flame in the Darkness.”

Furtseva was famous for previewing performances and declaring anyone even subtly critical of Soviet policies as being anti-state. Director Yuri Lyubimov described one such visit to Moscow’s Taganka Theater in 1969, when she turned up wearing diamond rings and an astrakhan coat. She banned the play “Alive,” depicting a cunning peasant’s struggle against the collective farm system. She “was livid, she kept shouting,” he told L’Alternative magazine in 1984. She stormed out, warning him she would use her influence, “up to the highest levels,” against him.

He was expelled from the party and in 1984 was stripped of his citizenship. She vehemently denounced Solzhenitsyn, and banned the Bolshoi Ballet’s version of “Carmen” in 1967 over prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya’s sensual performance and “un-Soviet” costumes that did not cover enough leg.

“The ballet is all erotica,” she told the dancer. “It’s alien to us.” But Plisetskaya, whom Khrushchev once called the world’s best dancer, fought back. The ballet went on with some excisions (the costumes stayed) and became a legend in the theater’s repertoire.

Furtseva was nearly felled by scandal in 1974, ordered to repay $80,000 spent building a luxurious dacha, or country home, using state labor. She died months later.

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Where Solzhenitsyn was arrested

The Nobel Prize-winning Solzhenitsyn exposed the Soviet system’s cruelty against some of its brightest minds, trapped in the gulag, or prison camps.

Solzhenitsyn was given eight years of hard labor in 1945 for privately criticizing Stalin, then three years of exile in Kazakhstan, a Soviet republic at the time. His books were banned. After release from exile in 1956, he was allowed to make only 72-hour visits to the home of his second wife, Natalia, at 12 Gorky St., Apt. 169. Solzhenitsyn had to live outside the city.

“People knew that there were camps, but not many people, if any, knew what life was like in those camps. And he described it from the inside. He had been there himself, and that was shocking to a lot of people,” said Natalia Solzhenitsyna during a recent interview at the apartment, which became a museum in 2018.

“Many people say that he did make a contribution to the final fall of the Soviet Union.”

Solzhenitsyn, who died in 2008, called Russia “the land of smothered opportunities.” He wrote that it is always possible to live with integrity. Lies and evil might flourish — “but not through me.”

The museum displays tiny handwritten copies of Solzhenitsyn’s books, circulated secretly; film negatives of letters smuggled to the West; and beads made of compacted bread that he used to memorize poems in prison.

“He spent a lot of time here with his children. We were always very busy. And we just enjoyed ourselves — being together,” Solzhenitsyna said. They had three sons.

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No. 12 Gorky St., from top: Natalia Solzhenitsyna lived in the apartment for years, and her husband, Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, was allowed only short visits; the site now houses a museum displaying items connected to him, such as negatives containing a copy of a novel he wrote; another exhibit includes Solzhenitsyn’s clothes from when he was sent to the gulag and beads made of compacted bread that he used to memorize poems; the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s desk is featured at the museum. (Photos by Arthur Bondar for The Washington Post)

Because of KGB bugs, if the couple were discussing something sensitive, they wrote notes to each other, and then destroyed them. Two KGB agents usually roosted in the stairwell on the floor above, with two more on the floor below.

“The Soviet authorities were afraid of him because of his popularity among intellectuals, writers, people of culture and the intelligentsia.”

Her favorite room is decked with black-and-white photos of dissidents sent to the gulag, the Soviet Union’s sprawling system of forced labor camps. “It’s dedicated to the invisibles,” she said, pointing out friends.

Sweden planned to award Solzhenitsyn’s 1970 literature prize in the Gorky Street apartment, but the writer rejected a secret ceremony. A Swedish journalist in Moscow, Stig Fredrikson, was Solzhenitsyn’s smuggler. He carried Solzhenitsyn’s Nobel lecture on tightly rolled film disguised as a battery in a transistor radio, and he took other letters to the West and transported photos taped to his back.

“I felt that there was a sense of unfairness that he was so isolated and so persecuted,” Fredrikson said in a recent interview. “I got more and more scared and more and more afraid every time I met him.”

In 1971, the Soviet Union allegedly tried to poison Solzhenitsyn using a secret nerve agent, leaving him seriously ill. Early 1974 was tense. The prosecutor subpoenaed him. State newspapers railed against him.

The morning of Feb. 12, 1974, the couple worked in their study. In the afternoon, he walked his 5-month-old son, Stepan, in the yard below.

“He came back here, and literally a minute later, there was a ring at the door. There were eight men. They immediately broke the chain and got in,” his widow said. “There was a prosecutor in his prosecutor’s uniform, two men in plainclothes, and the rest were in military uniform. They told him to get dressed.”

“We hugged and we kept hugging for quite a while,” she recalled. “The last thing he told me was to take care of the children.”

He was deported to West Germany. The couple later settled in Vermont and set up a fund to help dissident writers, using royalties from his book “The Gulag Archipelago.” About 1,000 people still receive money from the fund, according to Solzhenitsyna.

When the writer and his wife returned to Russia in 1994, they traveled across the country by train. Thousands of people crushed into halls to hear him speak.

Solzhenitsyn abhorred the shock therapy and unchecked capitalism of the 1990s and preferred Putin’s tough nationalism. He died of heart failure at 89 in August 2008, five months after a presidential election in which Putin switched places with the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, in a move that critics saw as a ploy to get around constitutional term limits.

No. 6: ‘Feasts of thought’

Behind a grand Stalin-era apartment block at 6 Gorky St. sits an ornate 1907 building famous for its facade, art nouveau glazed blue tiles, elegant arches and baroque spires. Once a monastery dormitory, it was a staple of pre-Soviet postcards from Moscow. But in November 1939, the 26,000-ton building was put on rails and pushed back to widen the street.

Linguists Lev and Raisa Kopelev lived in Apt. 201 on the top floor. Their spacious dining room became a favored haven for Moscow’s intelligentsia from the 1950s to the 1980s.

During the Tverskaya Street reconstruction, the Savvinskoye building, where Apt. 201 was located, was pushed back into the yard and blocked by this Stalin-era apartment block, shown in 1966 and today.

“People gathered all the time — to talk. In this apartment, like many other kitchens and dining rooms, at tables filled more often than not with vodka, herring and vinaigrette salad, feasts of thought took place,” said Svetlana Ivanova, Raisa’s daughter from another marriage, who lived in the apartment for nearly four decades.

Solzhenitsyn and fellow dissident Joseph Brodsky were Kopelev family friends, as were many other artists, poets, writers and scientists who formed the backbone of the Soviet human rights movement of the 1960s.

As a writer and dissident, Kopelev had turned his back on the Communist Party and a prestigious university position. The onetime gulag prisoner inspired the character Lev Rubin in Solzhenitsyn’s novel “In the First Circle,” depicting the fate of arrested scientists.

“The apartment was a special place for everyone. People there were not afraid to speak their mind on topics that would be considered otherwise risky,” Ivanova said. “A new, different spirit ruled in its walls.”

Eliseevsky: Pineapples during a famine

The Eliseevsky store at No. 16 was a landmark for 120 years — born in czarist Russia, a witness to the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, a survivor of wars, and a bastion during eras of shortages and plenty. It closed its doors in April.

Eliseevsky fell on hard times during the coronavirus pandemic, as international tourists dwindled and Russians sought cheaper grocery-shopping alternatives.

In the palace-like interior, two chandeliers hang from an ornate ceiling. Gilt columns line the walls. The front of the store, looking out at Tverskaya Street, has a row of stained glass.

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The Eliseevsky store, which opened in 1901, is seen in April, with a few customers and some archival photos, as it prepared to close as an economic victim of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photos by Arthur Bondar for The Washington Post)

Denis Romodin, a historian at the Museum of Moscow, said Eliseevsky is one of only two retail spaces in Moscow with such pre-revolutionary interiors. But Eliseevsky’s level of preservation made it “one of a kind,” he said.

The building was once owned by Zinaida Volkonskaya, a princess and Russian cultural figure in the 19th century. She remodeled the house into a literary salon whose luminaries included Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin.

St. Petersburg merchant Grigory Eliseev opened the market in 1901. It quickly became a hit among Russian nobility for its selection of European wines and cheeses.

In 1934, the Eliseevsky store is seen next to a building that is being constructed; in September, the market, a landmark for 120 years, was empty, having closed in April.

Romodin said it was Russia’s first store with price tags. Before Eliseevsky, haggling was the norm. And it was also unique in having innovative technology for the time: electric-powered refrigerators and display cases that allowed goods to be stored longer.

Even in the Soviet Union’s hungriest years, the 1930s famine, Eliseevsky stocked pineapples.

“One could find outlandish delicacies here, which at that time seemed very exotic,” Romodin said. “It was already impossible to surprise Muscovites with wine shops. But a grocery store with luxurious interiors, and large for that time, amazed and delighted Muscovites.”

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The First Gallery: A glimpse of openness

In 1989, in a dusty government office by a corner of Pushkin Square, three young artists threw off decades of suffocating state control and opened the Soviet Union’s first independent art gallery.

That April, Yevgeny Mitta and two fellow students, Aidan Salakhova and Alexander Yakut, opened First Gallery. At the time, the Soviet Union was opening up under policies including glasnost, which gave more room for public debate and criticism.

Artists were ordered to adopt the Socialist Realist style in 1934, depicting scenes such as happy collective farmworkers. Expressionist, abstract and avant-garde art was banned. From the 1970s, underground art exhibitions were the only outlets to break the Soviet-imposed rules.

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The First Gallery, from top: Yevgeny Mitta, Aidan Salakhova and Alexander Yakut opened the Soviet Union’s first independent art gallery in 1989 and received media attention; Mitta works on a painting that he displayed at his gallery; Mitta recalled recently that he “felt we had to make something new”; an undated photo of Mitta at his gallery in Soviet times. (Photos by Arthur Bondar for The Washington Post and courtesy of Yevgeny Mitta)

“I just felt we had to make something new,” recalled Mitta, 58, who kept his interest in contemporary expressionism a secret at a top Moscow art school in the 1980s.

“It was like nothing really happened in art history in the 20th century, like it stopped,” he said. “The Socialist Realism doctrine was invented and spread to the artists as the only one, possible way of developing paintings, films and literature.”

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, artists had to “learn how to survive, what to do, how to work and make a living,” he said.

McDonald’s: ‘We were not used to smiling’

In the Soviet Union’s final years, a mania raged for all things Western. Estée Lauder opened the first Western-brand shop on Gorky Street in 1989, after meeting Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in December 1988.

The Soviet Union’s first McDonald’s, located across Pushkin Square on Gorky Street, opened on Jan. 31, 1990 — a yellow-arched symbol of Gorbachev’s perestroika economic reforms. Pizza Hut opened later that year. (In 1998, Gorbachev starred in a commercial for the pizza chain.)

Karina Pogosova and Anna Patrunina were cashiers at the McDonald’s on opening day. The line stretched several blocks. Police officers stood watch to keep it organized.

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The Soviet Union’s first McDonald’s opened in 1990 and eager customers lined up to enter; Karina Pogosova, left, and Anna Patrunina were cashiers at the fast-food restaurant on Gorky Street then, and they are senior executives with the company today. (Photos by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images and Arthur Bondar for The Washington Post)

“The atmosphere was wonderful. The first day I had to smile the entire day and my face muscles hurt,” Patrunina said. “This is not a joke. Russians do not smile in general, so we were not used to smiling at all, not to mention for more than eight hours straight.”

Pogosova and Patrunina were students at the Moscow Aviation Institute when they learned McDonald’s was hiring through an ad in a Moscow newspaper. Interview questions included: “How fast can you run 100 meters?” It was to gauge if someone was energetic enough for the job.

Pogosova and Patrunina are still with the company today, as senior vice president of development and franchising and vice president of operations, respectively.

“I thought that this is the world of opportunities and this new world is coming to our country, so I must be in this new world,” Patrunina said.

The smiling staff wasn’t the only culture shock for customers. Some had never tried the fountain sodas that were available. They were unaccustomed to food that wasn’t eaten with utensils. The colorful paper boxes that Big Macs came in were occasionally saved as souvenirs.

McDonald’s quickly became a landmark on the street.

“I remember very well that the street and the entire city was very dark and McDonald’s was like an island of light with bright signage,” Pogosova said. “The street started to change after McDonald’s opened its first restaurant there.”

Wild ’90s and a missing ballerina

The end of the Soviet Union uncorked Moscow’s wild 1990s. Some people made instant fortunes by acquiring state-owned enterprises at throwaway prices. Rules were being written on the fly. The city was pulsing with possibilities for those with money or those desperate to get some.

“It was easy to get drunk on this,” said Alex Shifrin, a former Saatchi & Saatchi advertising executive from Canada who lived in Moscow from the mid-1990s until the late 2000s.

It all was on full display at Night Flight, Moscow’s first nightclub, opened by Swedish managers in 1991, in the final months of the Soviet Union, at Tverskaya 17. The club introduced Moscow’s nouveau elite to “face control” — who merits getting past the rope line — and music-throbbing decadence.

The phrase “standing on Tverskaya” made its way into Russian vernacular as the street became a hot spot for prostitutes. Toward the end of the 2000s, Night Flight had lost its luster. The club scene in Moscow had moved on to bigger and bolder venues.

Decades before, No. 17 had been famous as the building with the dancer: a statue of a ballerina, holding a hammer and sickle, placed atop the cupola during Stalin’s building blitz.

The statue of a ballerina, holding a hammer and sickle, could be seen atop the building at No. 17 in this 1943 photo; today, the dancer is missing.

Muscovites nicknamed the building the House Under the Skirt.

“The idea was to have Gorky Street as a museum of Soviet art. The statues represented a dance of socialism,” art historian Pavel Gnilorybov said. “The ballerina was a symbol of the freedom of women and the idea that, before the revolution, women were slaves. It is as if she is singing an ode to the regime.”

The crumbling statues were removed by 1958. People forgot them. Now a group of Muscovites, including Gnilorybov, are campaigning for the return of the ballerina.

“It’s an idea that we want to give the city as a gift. It’s not political,” he said. “It’s beautiful.”

Pushkin Square: For lovers and protesters

Pushkin Square has been Moscow’s favorite meeting place for friends, lovers and political demonstrations.

In November 1927, Trotskyist opponents of Stalin marched to the 27th House of Soviets at one end of Tverskaya Street, opposite the Hotel National, in one of the last public protests against the Soviet ruler.

A celebration to say goodbye to winter at Pushkin Square in February 1987.

In December 1965, several dozen dissidents gathered in Pushkin Square to protest the trials of two writers. It became an annual event. People would gather just before 6 p.m. and, on the hour, remove their hats for a minute.

In 1987, dissidents collected signatures at Pushkin Square and other locations calling for a memorial to those imprisoned or killed by the Soviet state. The movement evolved into Memorial, a leading human rights group. Memorial was declared a “foreign agent” in 2016 under Putin’s sweeping political crackdowns.

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In January 2018, left, and January 2021, right, protesters gathered at Pushkin Square. (Photos by Arthur Bondar for The Washington Post)

Protests in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were held at Pushkin Square earlier this year. And it is where communists and liberals rallied on a rainy September night to protest 2021 parliamentary election results that gave a landslide win to Putin’s United Russia party despite widespread claims of fraud.

Nearly 30 years after the fall of the U.S.S.R., Putin’s Russia carries some echoes of the stories lived out in Soviet times — censorship and repressions are returning. Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent in 2020 and later jailed. Many opposition figures and independent journalists have fled the country. The hope, sleaze and exhilaration of the 1990s have faded. Tverskaya Street has settled into calm stagnation, waiting for the next chapter.

Arthur Bondar contributed to this report.

Correction: A map accompanying this article incorrectly spelled the first name of a former Soviet leader. He is Vladimir Lenin, not Vladmir Lenin. The map has been corrected.

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Story editing by Robyn Dixon and Brian Murphy. Photos and videos by Arthur Bondar. Archival footage from the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk; footage of Joseph Stalin’s funeral from the Martin Manhoff Archive, courtesy of Douglas Smith. Photo editing by Chloe Coleman. Video editing by Jason Aldag. Design and development by Yutao Chen. Design editing by Suzette Moyer. Maps by Dylan Moriarty. Graphics editing by Lauren Tierney. Copy editing by Melissa Ngo.

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