Download Video Special Effects - Best Software & Apps

  • Portable Windows Movie Maker

    6.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Standalone easy-to-use video editor

    6
    681 votes
    • PROS: Great for beginners in video editing, Includes many effects and special filters, Includes a title and credits tool, Can export to various formats
    • CONS: Too basic for more advanced users
  • Aimersoft Video Editor

    3.6.2

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free and Comprehensive Video Editing Software

    7
    55 votes
    • PROS: Aimersoft Video Editor is free to download and install on a personal computer., More than 100 editing tools are provided alongside 50 special effects.
    • CONS: Modern operating systems are not supported by this bundle., There is no version currently available for smartphone users.
  • Vegas Movie Studio

    15

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Video editing software for beginners

    6
    176 votes
    • PROS: Simple to use and easy to understand, Visually sync your soundtrack to your movie, Enhance images and add special effects, Create your own original soundtrack
    • CONS: Professionals and paid amateurs will require more complex software, Creating soundtracks with the music maker is very labour intensive
  • Wax

    2.0e

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Software for Video Editors

    6
    209 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of formats, Easy to use, Can be used to create special effects
    • CONS: The appearance is rather old fashioned, Not available on all operating systems
  • MPEG Video Wizard DVD

    5.0

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Easy video editor with loads of special effects

    7
    71 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Classic video editor structure, Includes title editor, Includes a bunch of special filters and effects, Helps you create a DVD with DVD menu templates
    • CONS: Interface could be improved
  • particleIllusion

    3.0.4

    License
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    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Create amazing special effects in seconds

    7
    445 votes
    • PROS: Bunches of effects, Very good quality effects
    • CONS: Interface is a little counterintuitive, Using parameters not always easy, Steep learning curve
  • CamTwist

    2.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Add special effects to video chats

    6
    125 votes
    • PROS: Flickr slideshows, AppleScript support for tweaking, Live mixing in CamTwist Studio
    • CONS: Can be a little complex to set up
  • MagicCamera

    8.8.5

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Add special effects or use a video in your webcam

    7
    79 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Realtime preview, Lets you use a virtual webcam, Compatible with all popular videochat apps
    • CONS: Low quality video preview, Some tacky frames and animations
  • Jahshaka

    RC4 2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Open source special effects editor/player

    7
    60 votes
    • PROS: Cheap solution to video editing, Relatively easy to use, Great morphing tool
    • CONS: Prone to bugs and crashes still, Limited compared to major video editors
  • Xilisoft Blu-ray Creator Express

    1.0.2.0317

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Save your best videos to Blu-Ray

    10
    2 votes
    • PROS: Customizable conversion parameters, Support for DVD and Blu-Ray, Can add subtitles, watermarks and special effects, Built-in video player
    • CONS: You can't save custom presets
  • STOIK Imagic

    5.06.3647

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Feature-rich image manager with photo and video editing tools

    8
    10 votes
    • PROS: Intuitive interface, Includes editing tools and special effects, Lets you create video compositions with photos
    • CONS: Special effects vary a lot in quality
  • Videos on TV Deluxe

    2008 Deluxe

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Create your own video slideshows for PC, DVD and mobile devices

    7
    74 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, includes a wizard, Can import video from several sources, Features loads of special effects, filters and transition effects
    • CONS: Requires quite a powerful machine
  • Photos on TV

    Deluxe 2008

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Photo and video slideshows on DVD made easy

    7
    28 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, includes a wizard, Features loads of special effects, filters and transition effects
    • CONS: Requires quite a powerful machine
  • Show It 2 Me

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free and interactive VR music video

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    • PROS: You can control some of the special effects , It automatically progresses through different landscapes and experiences
    • CONS: There is not much to do besides experience the ambiance , It doesn't have a lot of replay value
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