Womble. it's not free but it's about as cheap as you're gonna get for a half decent NLE.
Just don't do anything more complicated than fades or wipes within womble itself as the only let down it has is the internal MPEG2 encoder is a pile of poo but to makeup for it, it has smart rendering.
'Today a young man on acid realised that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves'
Guybrush: Im looking for 30 dead guys and one woman.
Cannibal: I dont want to hear anymore about it.
Ahhh The Cuttlefish & Asparagus or The Vanilla Paste?