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Create Awesome Videos With Capcut (Free Version)!

The Best Editing Software For Beginners

5 min readJun 7, 2024
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Whether on mobile devices, desktop PCs, or Macs, CapCut stands out as an excellent choice for video editing, especially for beginners.

The free version includes most of the features that even advanced editors need, making it a powerful tool for high-quality videos, and the best part all of the features a beginner needs come for free!

The app offers a full list of tools, including effects, transitions, color grading, and more, enabling creators to produce polished, high-quality videos with ease.

From basic editing functions to advanced effects and audio enhancements, we will examine how we can utilize this software to create content that stands out.

The App

CapCut is a popular video editing app developed by ByteDance (the parent company of TikTok!), popular among content creators for its user-friendly interface and powerful features.

We will find several tutorials available on YouTube for all devices, covering almost all of our questions and needs.

The learning process is quick, yet some “tricks” we will discover during the process. With consistent practice, we can significantly improve our skills and enhance the visual experience of our video clips.

Here are the main features of CapCut:

Basic Editing Tools:

  • Trim and Split: Cut, trim, and split video clips.
  • Merge: Combine multiple clips into one seamless video.
  • Speed Control: Adjust the playback speed of your video, including slow motion and time-lapse.

Advanced Editing Tools:

  • Cool Transitions: Add various transitions between clips for smooth video flow.
  • Effects : Apply a wide range of effects to make your video stand out
  • Filters: Apply filters to enhance the visual appeal
  • Keyframe Animation: Custom animations with keyframes for hundreds of parameters
  • Reverse and Mirror: Reverse the playback direction and mirror video clips and images (extremely useful!)

Text and Titles:

  • Text Overlay: Customizable text overlays with various fonts, sizes, and colors, easy to adjust and animate.
  • Animated Titles: Pre-designed animated titles.
  • Subtitles: Generate automatic subtitles or import your own files.

Audio Editing:

  • Sound Effects: Sound effects from a library with a search feature. Find Brooms, Wooshes, Hits, Weather sounds, and almost everything you can imagine to boost the audio experience of your videos.
  • Voiceover: Record and add voiceovers directly within the app.
  • Audio Sync: Synchronize audio with video clips for precise timing.
  • Music: The library also contains musical themes, although always be on the lookout for possible copyright issues (we recommend Tunetank, Soundridemusic and White Bat Audio on YouTube for background copyright-free music).

Other features:

  • Stickers and Emojis: Add fun stickers and emojis.
  • Face Effects: Apply beauty effects to enhance facial features.
  • Cutout human figure: Isolates a figure in videos and images.
  • Enables the creation of a pseudo-3D environment using layers.
  • Mask effects: Helpful option when using a combination of images and videos for smooth overlay.
  • AI Image Generation: Advanced Text To Image Generation

Export Options:

We can export videos in high resolution, including 1080p and 4k.
We can also adjust settings such as frame rate and bitrate.

User Interface:

  • User-friendly interface with drag-and-drop functionality.
  • Timeline Editing: Timeline for precise editing.
  • Templates and Presets: Premade templates and presets optimized for various social media like TikTok and YouTube.

CapCut combines these features to provide a comprehensive video editing experience suitable for both beginners and more experienced users looking to create professional-quality videos on mobile devices.


Here’s an example of what you can create with Capcut, even without professional editing skills (watch in 4K for the best visual experience):

The topics, the storytelling, and perhaps the ability of a creator to connect with their audience clearly matter more than editing.

Still, presenting all these elements in a visually appealing way is a skill we need to acquire to improve our results on YouTube.

Capcut is an excellent assistant to help achieve this.

It is user-friendly and offers nearly everything the average creator needs in the free version!

Yet, it also has its limitations. One thing that comes to mind is the lack of realistic 3D Camera effects and the highly professional results After Effects delivers.

I would recommend starting with After Effects immediately if budget is not a concern. For everyone else, CapCut is the best starting point.

You get what you pay for, although Capcut offers more than enough for beginners entirely for free, so it deserves kudos for this.

In my opinion, CapCut deserves a 5/5 rating.

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