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Audio Editing

AUDACITY https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Pros: Audacity has a simple interface, yet is easy to use and powerful! You can record audio from your microphone, from your computer, or both.
Cons: You need to install an extension (LAME) to export .MP3 files (https://lame.buanzo.org/)
Official Tutorials: https://manual.audacityteam.org/#tutorials
Contribute: https://www.audacityteam.org/community/


Video Editing

HITFILM EXPRESS https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express

Pros: Powerful software that can do basically anything that Adobe Premiere can do.
Cons: Very "heavy" software - makes my computer lag even though I have a decent machine. This app is complex and has a learning curve for new users. The homepage also has a lot of advertising from HitFilm which is annoying.
Official Tutorials: https://fxhome.com/reference-manuals/hitfilm-express
Donate: There is an option to donate when you download Hitfilm Express. You can also purchase the Pro version of the software.

HANDBRAKE https://handbrake.fr/

Pros: Video transcoder (changes one video file type to another, example: MP4 > MOV) Open source, lightweight program with an easy user interface and tons of capabilities.
Cons: Honestly I have no complaints. I love this program :-)
Official Tutorials: https://manual.audacityteam.org/#tutorials
Contribute: https://handbrake.fr/docs/en/latest/contributing/contribute.html

VLC MEDIA PLAYER https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Pros: Plays any video file type (any codec).
Cons: Not a video editor, but I wanted to include it anyway because it's useful for playing unusual file types. No complaints here.
Official Tutorials: https://manual.audacityteam.org/#tutorials
Donate: https://www.videolan.org/contribute.html#money