“What software do you recommend for editing video?” While there are a myriad of options out there available to you, across multiple platforms and operating systems, we wanted to single out a few that get our video editors stamp-of-approval.
Video Editing Software Solutions
- iMovie – The iLife software suite package comes standard with iMovie ’11, and most new Macs come with iLife. iMovie simplifies video editing in a way that is easily accessible to novice users. You can get the whole iLife package for about $50
- Final Cut Pro X – Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. Final Cut Pro is one of the most popular video editing software programs for Mac users. The price: $300. Unfortunately, a lot of Mac users have started migrating away from Final Cut since the newest release of the software. Keep in mind that they do have a 30 day free-trial, so, you can try it out and see if it’s worth the investment or not.
- Premiere Pro – Think of this as the upgraded version of Elements – totally robust with all the features you could ask for in an editing program. Unlike Premiere Elements, Premiere Pro requires a monthly subscription. If you’ll be doing a lot of video editing then you can sign up for an annual subscription for just $20 a month. Which, isn’t too bad, considering it’s professional-grade software.
- Premiere Elements – With only a $100 price-tag, Elements is a great value. Elements is an easy-to-use software, but has plenty of features to keep you going. With the limits of Movie Maker, the free Windows video editing software, Elements is great consumer video editing software PC users.
- Premiere Pro – While Premiere Pro is great for Mac users, it also works wonders for PC users too. Think of this as the upgraded version of Elements – totally robust with all the features you could ask for in an editing program. Unlike Premiere Elements, Premiere Pro requires a monthly subscription. If you’ll be doing a lot of video editing then you can sign up for an annual subscription for just $20 a month. Which, isn’t too bad, considering it’s professional-grade software.
- Sony Vegas Pro Edit – This is an editing software that’s a step up from Movie Maker and iMovie. The price is a bit higher at around $400 for Edit and $600 if you wanna upgrade to Pro. This was originally a consumer focused product that’s moved more towards the professional world, although, it still holds its consumer roots. If you’re not looking to dive into the world of professional video editing just yet, then Vegas can be that middle ground.
Mobile – iPhone users can take advantage of the iMovie app, or check out Videolicious, YouTube Capture or Splice. Droid users should look into downloading VidTrim – Video Trimmer or AndroVid – Video Trimmer.
We know there are other options, such as Movie Maker for Windows users or the video editor on YouTube, but we don’t personally recommend these since they’re very limited on features. Unless, of course, you just want something that’s free.
Of course, Candidio is an excellent option because you send us the video footage and we edit your videos for you. Which saves you more time than any of the options above.
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