BEST FREE AUDIO/VIDEO SOFTWARE free-software-for-all


You want powerful software? You don't have to pay for it. Everything you need to be productive and secure on your PC is on this list, and it's all totally free.

By Eric Griffith (PCMag)
April 12, 2022

Best Free Audio Editing Software


 Audacity Image

Windows, macOS, Linux

Open-source Audacity can record and edit audio files on more tracks than you can imagine. It then outputs exactly what you need. It is perfect for noobs and pros alike, on any desktop OS.


Best Free Video Converter

HandBrake (for Mac)

HandBrake (for Mac) Image

Windows, macOS, Linux

No one would call HandBrake simple, but for power and comprehensiveness, it's hard for any other video transcoder to compete. Transcode means to convert; Handbrake will turn almost any video format into another video format. It's free, it's open-source, and it has years of practice.


Best Free Video Editing


Shotcut Image

Windows, macOS, Linux

While it lacks the slick interface found in most other video editors, Shotcut's got lots of other powers, all without paying—you have nothing to lose but time in trying it out. You can undock panels as you work, customizing the editing on screen, which is great on multi-monitor setups.


Best Free Game Recording/Streaming Software

Streamlabs OBS

Streamlabs OBS Image

Stream your video gaming with Logitech's Streamlabs Open Broadcasting System (aka SLOBS), directly to YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook. You can even switch between gameplay and your own camera to make some commentary. There may be a bit of a learning curve due to the power it wields, but you can find plenty of help online.


Best Free Video Player

VLC media player

VLC media player Image

The premier way to watch just about any video, ever, no matter what the weird codec, VLC media player has features like auto-rotating those smartphone videos taken at the wrong orientation, and resuming playback from where you stopped. Seriously, VLC plays back anything on all desktop platforms, and it guarantees it comes with no ads, tracking, or spyware. 


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