Complex video editing tasks for big projects are better done by the experienced professionals. But, with the evolution of video portals like YouTube, allowing even the casual users to showcase their film-making skills, video editors have become more commonplace than before. This is why even the most high-end applications ensure that the basic video editing tasks are easy to carry out.
Today, there are plenty of video editing software programs in the market. While some are highly sophisticated and advanced, the others are not so much. In this article, we rally the top 10 video editing applications of today. Keep reading!
Adobe Permiere Pro is one of the most popular video editing applications worldwide. It is widely used by the professional filmmakers and large video production houses of the world. As you must have already guessed, Premier Pro is a high-end video editor. Of course, it packs all the basic video editing features which even the professional editors require such as trip, cut, clip, crop, resize and more. Premier Pro may not be suited for the beginners. For one, it is a bit complicated and can leave you confused if you do not have any previous editing experience.
The learning curve is steep and it will take a while for you to get a hang of it. It is also more expensive than most other video editing programs on this list. But, in spite of this, Premier is every bit worth its salt. It offers unlimited video and audio editing tracks, packs tons of filters, effects and overlays, lets you toggle between storyboard and timeline editing modes, and supports just about every video format you can think of.
Premier Pro is available on Mac and Windows as well as Cloud. If you are new to video editing but ready to learn, it will not be a bad idea to start with this tool.
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Do you know that many large video production houses in Hollywood make use of Final Cut Pro for their multi-million dollar projects? Designed by Apple Inc, Final Cut Pro is arguably the best video editing application you can get. From every basic feature to the most advanced one, Final Cut Pro packs it all. In spite of being a highly advanced editing application, it is still very easy to use.
There is no doubt that it is a very expensive editing program. You need to pay nearly $300 to buy it. But, the good news is that it is the one-time fee and you own the lifetime license for it. You don’t need to pay any monthly subscriptions. But, there is a catch. It is exclusive to Mac computers, which are pretty expensive. If you can afford it, there is nothing like it.
The user interface of Final Cut Pro is very impressive. But, when you get past the visual appeal you realize that it is also highly functional. Intuitive interface ensures incredible ease of use. Of course, it supports all the latest formats including HEVC H.265.
Priced at around $600, Sony Vegas Pro is among the most expensive video editing applications. Vegas Pro is available only on Windows PC platform. This editor justifies its enormous price tag with loads of advanced features. Technically, it is more advanced than any other video editing software by far. The big question is, do we need those lofty features when we can create Hollywood movies for half the price (remember Final Cut Pro!)? Sony Vegas Pro has been used for some big Hollywood video projects. Most users can easily do without the highly advanced functionality. Nevertheless, Vegas Pro is a one great video editing app. If you can afford it, there is nothing like it.
Starting from the basic features that even the most experienced professionals require, Vegas Pro has everything (and much more) you can expect from a high-end editing program. It has hundreds of filters, effects, overlays, and presets. There are plenty of sound effects to add the dramatic touch to your audio. You can use unlimited audio and video tracks at any given time.
Magix Video a cost-effective video editing application. It packs plenty of features but is still very cost-effective in comparison to other advanced programs out there. This video editing software is available in three variants and you can pick the one that suits your needs the best. The basic version is for casual and novice editors. You only need to pay the one-time fee to buy the app as there are no regular subscriptions on the monthly or yearly basis.
You will love the user interface of Magix video editor. It has a very nice design with all the elements laid out in a neat and uncluttered manner. This is why it offers convenient workflow and incredible ease of use. Magix uses the hardware accelerator and ensures minimal impact on the CPU. It also offers support to a wide range of audio and video formats. There are lots of filters and effects to choose from. Magix Video also has some special effects such as lightning, thunderstorm, rain and more. It also offers a unique ‘shot-match’ feature that matches the tone and colour of two videos to make them look similar.
Magix is a good choice for both beginners as well as experienced users.
Corel has rivaled Adobe on various fronts for the longest times known. Corel Draw has replaced Adobe Photoshop in a number of major projects. Corel Video Studio has been one of the major competitors of Adobe Premier Pro. Video Studio is relatively more cost-effective, which is one of the biggest benefits it enjoys. In spite of being inexpensive, it comes packed with a host of advanced features. In fact, it is a great video editing tool for beginners and experienced users alike.
This application is available in several variants. All of them encompass all the basic editing functionality including trip, crop, resize, clip, etc. It has an intuitive interface, with elements and controls laid out in an organized way allowing great ease of use.
Video Studio also offers tons of filters and effects. In fact, there are more than 1500 filters and presets to use. Video Studio does not offer unlimited tracks like Adobe Premier. There are at most 30 tracks, which is good enough for most users. But, there is only one track for the primary video. This could make things a little challenging for professional video editors.
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Pinnacle Studio isn’t as feature-rich as the others on this list. But, it still packs a lot of features that make it a pretty decent video editor. Pinnacle Studio has a unique feature called SmartMovie that merits a special mention. SmartMovie is a very useful tool for the beginners but even experienced editors can put it to good use. This feature edits the videos automatically. All you need to do is drag the elements onto the editing screen. Of course we do not expect the desirable result all the time, but mostly it is acceptable.
What we like the most about Pinnacle is its user interface. The design is intuitive and offers easy navigation and controls. Designed primarily for the novice users, Pinnacle makes editing very simple. It is a good tool for the beginners to start with. Once you have the hang of basic editing, you can graduate to the high-end programs.
Pinnacle Studio is compatible with a large range of input and output video formats. It also supports the latest H.265 (HEVC); something that is rare among the video editing applications in this class. This software has dedicated 6 tracks to audio editing; good enough for beginners. It comes with social integration tools allowing you to share the completed projects directly on YouTube, Facebook and more.
VideoPad is a perfect video editing application for the beginners. It packages full-featured video editor at a low-price. With its intuitive and easy to use interface, the new users will experience a smooth learning curve. VideoPad does not include a lot of advanced features, but it would be unfair to expect more for its price.
This editing software comes in multiple variants for a variety of users. Its pro version offers the users unlimited video and audio tracks. This is one of the most amazing aspects of this program. As you can see on this list, only the high-end editors offer unlimited tracks.
Besides the basic editing features, Videopad also includes a wide range of filters and effects. It also has lots of transition effects that you can add between your clips. VideoPad also offers the Chroma key functionality to edit videos with a green background.
Audio editing is also easy with Videopad. You can pick one of the preset audio tracks or import your personal tracks to the project. You can also use the extended app MixPad to create your custom soundtracks. Except H.265, videopad is compatible with most other popular video formats.
If you are new to video editing and want to begin with a low-priced, yet feature-rich and easy to use software, go for Filmora. It is a fairly new program but is already making its presence felt. Filmora is one of the most easy to use editors we have seen so far. One look at the interface and it becomes evident that this editor has been designed for the beginners. Most of the elements you would need are prominently placed on the interface. Learning Filmora editing software is very easy.
Filmora is a time-line based application that also allows you to switch to storyboard mode. With 8 editing tracks, you get the fair understanding of multi-track editing. With just 8 tracks, Filmora cannot be used for the complex editing tasks.
In spite of being an entry-level editing platform, Filmora still packs plenty of filters, effects and overlays. We won’t go on to say that their preset library is huge, but it is worth more than the price paid. It also has motion-tracking functionality that lets tracks the movements in the video and lets you place titles and animations accordingly. All in all, it is a great tool to have.
We like the fact that AVS is an easy to use video editing application. While it is true that it is not the best choice for high-end projects, you can still make good use of it for a variety of video editing needs. In fact, if you know your way around, you can also create professional grade videos with it. AVS is a low-cost editor available for onetime purchase of $59. But, it offers trial for an unlimited period with limited functionality. There is only one track for videos and two for audio. It supports many input and output format including the most popular ones.
It has a pretty huge library of filters and effects. Filters help you enhance the video and color quality quickly. Effects allow you to make your videos more dramatic with one click. With integrated social media tools, you can share your videos directly on YouTube, Facebook, Flick and more.
Sony Vegas Movie Studio is the stripped down version of Sony Vegas Pro. It is a lightweight video editing tool that has mostly retained only the basic features of its high-end counterpart Vegas Pro. It means that Vegas Movie Studio is a quick video editing tool for simple video projects. It is a great tool for the beginners who want to quickly get familiar with the Vegas environment so that they can graduate to more sophisticated editing applications like Sony Vegas Pro.
Movie Studio has a toned down interface to allow easy video editing. It can also be used by professionals who need to make enhancements to their videos in a jiffy. In addition to the basic editing features, Movie Studio also offers slightly advanced features such as video stabilization, video effects, titles and more. Sony Vegas Movie Studio is available for less than $50 (compare it to $600 for Vegas Pro.)