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Review of Top 5 MP4 Video Editors Software 2020

Free Trim, Crop, Split and Edit MP4 Videos, Add Animation and Transitions

Many people will say, "All I want is just a free MP4 video editor! Not an all-purpose movie producing apps."

That's too queer! Guess the reason is that the all-in-one video editor software always costs money. Furthermore, .mp4 has become the lion's share of the file extensions of present videos, since MP4 is a universal format accepted by both Windows (such as Windows 10) and Mac platforms, coupled with iOS, Android and Linux devices (game consoles, tablets, HDTVs and smartphones). It is a must-need format for YouTubers as well.

In fact, the support of MP4 format is the paramount of almost all free video editor software. That means free video editors are roughly the inclusion of free MP4 editors, and they are more than that. So, if you only want to download a free MP4 editing software, what you get will regularly be something that stretches to other formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV or even DAV, VOB, ASF, 3GP, Google TV, WebM, Vpx 8 and DV. Let's review such free video editors that offer MP4 video/movie modifications on Windows or Mac OS.

Best (Free) MP4 Video Editor on Windows or Mac

No. 1 - Windows Movie Maker [Free]

As the "big boss" of movie editing app on Windows OS and especially the default component of Windows 7 and Windows 8 (in Windows Essentials), Windows Movie Maker should firstly be mentioned here as a easy-to-use yet free MP4 video editor. [Learn how to download Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10].

After importing an MP4 video or slideshow from your iPhone or other device, you are free to go and edit the video by trimming and splitting to resize MP4 to be smaller, or adding fade in/fade out or choosing a movie theme. Beyond that, the software is designed to slow down or speed up the video, add animations, transitions or vivid visual effects, add titles/credits and background music. In a word, Windows Movie Maker will polish your MPEG4 video file into something professional and awesome. It is also a best free DJI drone video editor option for Windows users. If you have many 4K footages, check our pick of 4K video editors for Windows 10.

Free MP4 Editor - Windows Movie Maker

No. 2 - iMovie [Partly free]

Differing with Windows Movie Maker in platforms, iMovie faces Mac and iOS user groups. It has a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures. More practically, it dives into 4K (mp4) video editing on iPhone, iPad or Mac. iMovie succeeds in turning an ordinary MPG video into a Hollywood-style movie. As simple as drag and drop, you can add effects, insert titles, and create a full soundtrack.

Deficiencies: iMovie does not give users the option to alter the font or color; sometimes videos and audios will mess up; it can't create MP4 videos that zoom in, nor cut clips as short as 1 second; and it takes up too much storage.

But since Mac users have little choices, iMovie anywhere is a moderate try.

Free MP4 Editor - iMovie

No. 3 - Final Cut Pro [Not free]

As the premium edition of iMovie, Final Cut Pro is widely used for MOV and MP4 (as well as Panasonic and Sony formats) video editing and even filmmaking. One of this MP4 movie editor's highlights is the amazing 3D titles, not to mention the Motion graphics. With extra simple control, you can adjust the lighting, animation and entire appearance of your MP4 video. For basic and fine-turn editing, Final Cut Pro is here to trim, fix camera shake or loudness like problems, assemble clips with the aid of timeline. All in all, it offers more detailed features for Mac users.

MP4 Video Editor - Final Cut Pro

No. 4 - Blender [Free & Open Source]

Blender, usable on Windows, Linux and Mac, is a common use MP4 video editor. Firstly, it has down-to-earth features, such as fade-ins, fade-outs, cut, splice, blend vide ofilters, animation and transitions. And the in-depth functions lie in 3D modeling, basic brightness, contrast and RGB sliders, use curve corrections, tweak white balance, gamma and hue, apply tonemaps and much more.

Free MP4 Editor - Blender

No. 5 - VSDC Free Video Editor [Free]

As an alternative and also analogue of Final Cut Pro, VSDC Free Video Editor should also be an option. This free MP4 editor easily combines multiple source chunks in different formats while keeping the high image quality. If you do not yield to video quality, this software is worth trying. The MP4 video will be output video can be transferred any connected media device, like iPod, iPad, Sony PlayStation, Xbox or a smartphone.

The latest version has optimized the decoders, coders and filters, supported 2K and 4K videos, and added APNG and GIF as the image formats, and SWF and GIF as the compression formats for smaller file size.

VSDC Free Video Editor

All in One: Free MP4 Video Converter and Editor for Windows and Mac

WinX Video Converter, one part free video converter, one part free (MP4) editor.

  • 100% free and clean without any plug-in or hazards;
  • Merge several videos, crop, trim and split videos;
  • Adjust audio volume, choose sound track and add external subtitle;
  • Support a good bunch of formats, far more than MP4;
  • Convert video formats forth and back, meeting different needs;
  • Make slideshow videos from your existing pictures.

Just schedule your free download and do it!

MP4 vs MPEG4:

Still, a large number of people are left baffled with the difference between MP4 and MPEG4[1]or between MP4 and H.264[2]. Briefly speaking, MP4 is a container format, with the full name MPEG-4 Part 14; MPEG-4 is one of the newest audio video compression methods, designated a standard for a group of audio and video coding formats; H.264 is a video codec mainly for HD compression.

[1] Difference between MP4 and MPEG4
[2] Difference between MP4 and H.264


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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