Davinci is good enough for the film and movie industry, then it's good enough for youtube. It's pretty overpowered and a lot more than any youtuber will ever need. If it's running slow, there's something amok with the computer and it needs a tune-up or avoid the fusion tab. It's the fastest of the editing software I have installed on my current computer (filmora, adobe sample, and lightworks are the others and slow as poutine) but wouldn't run on my old one. Filmora isn't free, they have a free sample with a watermark. Actually, most "free" software has some limitations like that (low quality, limited video length, limited features).


Second this. It has exactly 1 million more options than you need.


Davinci, there's simply no competition here. It is miles ahead of any other free app.


I agree with u/fibrefarmer. iMovie is also a decent free software, basically a more restricted version of Final Cut Pro (making it Final Cut Jr). But if you know some tricks around some limitations you’ll get more out of it. It also matters what kind of computer you have. Apple software works better with Apple computers, etc.


This one isn’t free but easy to crack, Sony Vegas. The Ui is unmatched


I use DR. It's extremely powerful software used by Hollywood Studios. It's incredible what you get for free. Even the titles are beautiful.


I started off with hit film, but do DaVinci resolve 100% Only reason I started with hit film was because I wasn't aware of DaVinci when I was getting started


If I had a basic understanding of davinci resolve dating back to a few years ago, but I wanted to now really up my game to get to grips with its broader features to theoretically make better videos, how long would it take to learn? If I meaningfully studied and used the software for a few hours a day over a month, presumably that’d be worthwhile? Can I do it mostly for free off YouTube? Fwiw I taught myself how to become a web developer and get a job entirely off YouTube for free.


Took me a day to learn the basics of adding clips, titles, basic audio levels, keyframes, transitions, cutting, all that stuff and to edit a 45 min video (one that would usually take me about 4 days in any other software - Davinci seems to be built for efficiency). I used a couple of videos on youtube to show me how to do stuff and googled "DaVinci 17, how do I ..." whenever I got stuck. It's taking me a few more hours to get my head around colour grading. I budget about a week to really come to grips with this tool enough to make it do what I want. It will probably take me a lifetime to learn everything there is to learn about this software. But my library has a free subscription to LinkedIn learning class which has some high-quality video classes on this software. I've budgeted some time next month to watch these and work through the exercises.


Blender has a video editor, it's good for not as powerful computers.


If you're starting out go with something simple and reliable. Hitfilm is a good place to start. It's free and you only pay for the add ons you need. I found somethings about the HitFilm interface frustrating but, I'm used to Premiere. I'm a professional video producer and have been editing for 15 years and use Premiere mainly and little bit of Avid and DaVinci.


I used iMovie for ages cause although it was simple it was so efficient and I could get everything I needed done quickly. So when I switched to pc davinci was the best replacement cause it keeps all the simple features that iMovie has and has really easy to learn shortcuts that make trimming videos so quick and simple


If you are on phone use VLLO, it exists on the App Store but idk if android has it.


While everyone here recommends DR (I'm sure that it's good), I would ShotCut would be worth a shot (no pun intended (\^\^ ). I personally use Kdenlive, which is like ShotCut (being FOSS is a plus in my book, as a part-time Linux user) and both are practically just as good as DR. But at the end of the day, use an editor that you feel fits YOUR needs and will work on your OS. We can only recommend ones that we each have had some experience with.