Use editing apps & tools

Depending on the format that you used, you may need different types of editing software. Below are a few suggestions of editing tools you could work with. Of course, there are many more online (free) editing programs available. Be careful though, concerning privacy, to upload your video to any random platform. Furthermore, many free editing tools have limited capacities and/or watermarks added to the footage.

In the toggles below you can find some suggestions of apps & tools you can use to edit your video footage. 

Justin Brown, from YouTube channel Primal Video, created videos with recommendations and reviews for free editing programs on computer and mobile phone to help you choose the one that works for you. Follow the links to watch the videos.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Licensed by the UM

The industry-standard; professional video editing software that provides lots of freedom in manipulating different parameters. However, for beginners, the many functions may be overwhelming. The UM has a license that is available for all UM staff (it only works when installed on UM hardware). Contact your Faculty ICT team to get access to the download. For students, the programme will be made available on UM computers in the future.

Official website  | Tutorials | Youtube Tutorial

OpenShot Video Editor (Open Source)

Free option recommended by the Library video producer

A cross-platform, open source (free to download) video editing software with support for Linux, Mac and Windows. Intuitive and straightforward video editor that works well for beginners and medium advanced editors. Features include unlimited tracks, animation frameworks, audio visualisation, slow motion and time effects. Editing workshops for Open Shot are offered regularly by EDLAB. Check their website for the current offer.

OpenShot Official website | Tutorial

iMovie (only for Apple users)

The equivalent of Windows Movie Maker for Apple; a simple video editor that works well for beginners. You can also use iMovie on your iPhone or iPad. Free to use.

Official website | Tutorial

FinalCut Pro (only for Apple users)

More advanced editing tool for Apple users. Many tutorials are available online.

Official website | Tutorial

Available from the end of 2022: editing space at the ICL!

A dedicated room and equipment for video editing is in the works at the Inner City Library! This will be a new studio space, with facilities for both video editing and recording podcasts, and can be booked for either purpose by UM students and staff. Depending on material supply and building staff availability, this room will be opened towards the end of 2022. However, basic podcast-recording facilities are already bookable. Find more information about this here.

Add external media

Be careful when adding additional resources, that you consider copyright and image right (find more information here).  Below is a list of resources that you could freely use in your videos. How to add the resource to your own video, depends on the video editing tool that you choose to use. However, in most cases it is advised to download the sound/image before adding it to your video.

Tips for copyright-free material to use in your video:

  • Use royalty free music (for example from SkillsCommons (go to Audio/Music Search) or
  • Search for music, video, text and images published under a creative commons license. Vimeo, YouTube,, SpinXpress and Flickr all provide information on the copyright license.
  • Find (stock) images, which you can find at for example or
  • Find material on YouTube for Education
  • Perform a Google Search, using the filters about reuse of material
  • Search for material from the Dutch Institute of Sound and Vision (Beeld & Geluid). This collection includes all kinds of programs and videos that have been broadcast on Dutch television over the years. The UM library has a free license for all UM staff.

Think about subtitles

From the viewpoint of digital accessibility, adding subtitles is important (and at the UM, even required) to make videos comprehensible for a wider audience. There are two options:

  • Adding subtitles to a video means that you write down what is said in the video, and add this to your footage.
  • You can also choose to include Closed Captions (CC) to your video. This means that you do not only add subtitles to make it clear what is being said in the video, but that you also add written commentary on what can be seen or otherwise heard in your video.

How to add subtitles or Closed Captions

Most editing tools include the option to add subtitles/CC. If you do not want to type out the subtitles by hand, or if you want to make sure your written words match the spoken ones in the video (timestamp), you could use YouTube to create automatic subtitles. You can then download your subtitles document from YouTube, and add it to your video on other platforms as well.

Note that you will have to check the spelling and punctuation when using any automated subtitling tool, to make sure it is all correct!

On this page you can find out 10 Easy Ways to Add Subtitles to Video on Windows and Mac. You can also add captioning with for instance the (licensed) editing program Happyscribe: Subtitling Services or use the free online version.


Embed or upload subtitles?

  • Embed the subtitles or closed captions into the video, using editing tools. This means the subtitles are “baked” onto your video, so they will always be visible, wherever you upload it.
  • Upload a separate subtitle document (.srt is the most commonly used file type) with your video. The benefit of the second option, is that a viewer can choose whether they turn the subtitles on or off. It does require you to upload the document separately everywhere you publish your video.

It is even possible, in some cases, to add subtitles to live streams, like through Zoom. Visit the Zoom page to learn more about this.

Consider the UM House style

At the University of Maastricht, a communications guide has been written, including the guidelines for the use of colours, logos and typography. We call this the House Style. On this website you can find information on what colours, logos and typography to use when.  Make sure that when your video is going to be used in the context of the UM (in education, on the website, for PR, etc.), you follow the house style rules.

Tip: if you use the DIY Video Studio to record your presentation, the UM leader and logo are added automatically!

Continue to the “Publishing your video” page for information on how and where to publish your finished video.