Whether you’re a professional video editor or an amateur, video is a universal way to enjoy, share and create memories that can last forever. No matter if you’re capturing life’s best (and worst) moments via a smartphone, DSLR or even a point-and-shoot camera, editing video will allow you to highlight and share the footage with the world. Which video editor you use to ship your final product is best determined by your needs, the type of computer you own and, of course, your budget. With those factors in mind, here’s our take on the best video editors available today.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe Systems and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program. First launched in 2003, Adobe Premiere Pro is a successor of Adobe Premiere (first launched in 1991). It is geared towards professional video editing, while its sibling, Adobe Premiere Elements, targets consumers market.
Nero Platinum 2018
Nero 2018 Platinum is the standard multimedia software that helps you mastering your digital life with photos, videos, and music on so many devices in ubiquity. Nero 2018 Platinum puts an end to major pain points by allowing users to easily clean up their footage, and to perfectly create and play content faster, quicker, and easier than ever in best quality on any device.
Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate
Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate is an easy to use video editing system for enthusiasts who want to create pro-style videos. The Ultimate version supports up to Ultra HD 4K resolution editing and offers unlimited video/audio tracks, a total of over 3,000 creative filters (effects, transitions, titles, templates) and many advanced features such as personalized split screen creation, motion tracking, motion 3D titles, stop motion animation, audio ducking, 360° video editing, and 6-camera multi-cam editing. There’s also a screen recording function for creating tutorial videos, vlogs, and more.
Apple Final Cut Pro
With great new features and an intuitive design, Final Cut Pro accelerates post-production. So editors can create and deliver at the speed of thought. The Magnetic Timeline allows you to easily experiment with story ideas by moving and trimming clips without collisions or sync problems. Use Compound Clips to bundle separate video and audio clips into a single movable package, create Auditions to try out multiple takes in the timeline, and use Synchronized Clips to align video with second-source audio automatically. Color coding makes it easy to identify different types of content, with the ability to customize the look of your timeline while you edit.
Movavi Video Editor 14 Personal Edition
Movavi’s video editing software for Windows lets you edit video like a pro and achieve good results in no time! Movavi Video Editor is one of the best programs for video editing. Its broad functionality and convenient interface let you create your perfect movie or slideshow.
Corel VideoStudio Pro X10
Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 expands its award-winning combination of ease of use and breakthrough creativity with impressive new features and effects. Create movies in minutes with video templates or edit freely on the multi-track timeline. Make your video look its best with endless creative options, including over 1,500 customizable effects, transitions and titles. Play with fun features for a unique look. Layer effects with Track Transparency, slow down, speed up or even reverse clips with Time Remapping, and add a unique perspective with multi-camera editing and support for 360 video. With easy audio tools and custom-fit soundtracks, your movies will sound as good as they look. Turn your memories into movies with VideoStudio Pro X10.
Sony Movie Studio 13
Movie Studio Platinum 13 is Sony Creative Software’s new consumer level premium Video Editing software program. Sony Movie Studio 13 is the basic stripped down version of the program, however I will not be looking at this version for now.
Adobe Premiere Clip
Adobe Premiere Clip is a free video editor that makes it fast and fun to create quality videos that can be easily shared or easily opened in Adobe Premiere Pro CC for extra polish.
Corel VideoStudio Pro is video editing software that’s great for a fledgling editor who wants to make videos for friends, family and an online audience. It has all the basic tools we look for in this category such as a healthy library of transitions, effects and titles. It also includes a good selection of video templates and even comes bundled with an automatic video creator called FastFlick. And it features almost all the advanced tools we look for, such as chroma key, a powerful multi-cam module and the ability to edit 360-degree video.
Magix Movie Edit Pro
Movie Edit Pro is a consumer-based nonlinear video editing software designed by German Magix Software GmbH for the PC. It is the best selling video software in European retail. The first version was published in 2001. According to the developer, it applied the principles of non-destructiveness and object orientation to a video editing program for the first time.
Vegas Pro 15
Vegas Pro 15 for Windows 10 is an excellent video editor worth the hefty price tag. Vegas has one of the highest price tags in the Microsoft Store, but with that, you get a great professional video editing app.