The best online video editors: no download required

Photography of laptop showing Kapwing, one of the best online video editors
(Image credit: Jon Stapley)

The best online video editors are an ideal solution if you have some simple video editing tasks and are short of hard drive space. When we think of video editing, we think of big and powerful computers, with industrial-sized fans roaring away in a desperate attempt to keep the inner workings cool. But time and tech marches on, and now it’s possible to edit, render and share video entirely online, with something as slimline as a Chromebook.

Now, here’s an important caveat. If you’re serious about video editing, you will have an easier time using one of the best editing computers and the best editing software. If you’re handling longform content and high-resolution video, these are a must – the tools we’ve included in this guide don’t even offer an option to render in anything higher than 4K. What we’ve collated here are ideal tools for more casual work, for cutting together quick clips for social media or similar tasks. If you just need a quick video editor that doesn’t require downloading and installing a huge piece of software, these are a great bet.

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting.