Video sharing platforms like YouTube give the opportunity to everyone to showcase their talent at movie making. You don’t have to be the part of a big production house in order to make a movie. You also don’t need the most expensive gears. If you want to make movies or create videos, you will be glad to know that now it is easier than ever before. Video editing is an essential aspect of movie making. Thankfully, there are plenty of video editors for you to choose from. In this article we list the top 10 paid and free video editing software. Take a look!
1. Adobe Premier Pro
Adobe has been the pioneer of image editing solutions. But, its video editing tools are also equally effective. In fact, Adobe Premier Pro is one of the most widely used video editing applications worldwide. It is a professional grade tool used by some large production houses. Premier Pro has been used to edit some of the most commercially successful Hollywood movies.
Pro is packed with tons of features and is a great tool for beginners as well as seasoned video editors. There are plenty of masking tools, transitions, video effects, overlays, filters and more. As you may have guessed, Premier Pro has both timeline and storyboard editing mode. It offers unlimited video and audio tracks as well. It is available on Mac, Windows as well as Cloud. Premier Pro supports nearly all the video formats you can think of. And of course, it supports HD and 4K videos as well. All in all, it is an incredible video editing tool for all kinds of projects.
Adobe offers a viable pricing structure with different prices for different needs. Visit www.adobe.com/in/products/premiere.html to learn more about the prices and to download the tool.
2. Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro is another advanced video editing application used extensively by the professional video editors and production houses. This tool too has been used in some of the very popular Hollywood projects such as The Social Network by David Fincher. To tell you the truth, it has been difficult for us to judge which one is better – Adobe Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro. This tool takes the second spot on the list only because some other tool had to take the first one. Both are the top two video editing software and preferred by both amateurs and professionals alike.
Final Cut Pro is an Apple product and thus, as you may have already figured, is exclusive to Mac computers. This tool too is loaded with lots of features. But, what we like the most about it is its simple, elegant and attractive user interface. This is probably the count where Final Cut Pro has an edge over Premier Pro. Of course there are tons of filters, effects, overlays and a lot more with this tool.
Final Cut Pro offers up to 99 video and audio tracks each. So, unlike Premier Pro, it does not have unlimited tracks. But, we think that’s okay. Even the heaviest editing projects would not need more than 99 tracks.
This tool supports all the video formats playable on QuickTime. It also supports HD and 4K videos. Final Cut Pro may seem a bit expensive at $299. But, this is a one-time fee for lifetime license. You don’t need to pay a monthly subscription as is the case with Premier Pro. Also, it is worth every dollar spent.
3. AVS Video Editor
If you are looking for a video editor that doesn’t cost a fortune and yet offers you a wide range of exciting and advanced feature, you should be looking at AVS Video Editor. Available only for $59 one-time fee, AVS comes packed with lots of features and functions. There are plenty of effects, filters, and overlays to choose from. It also lets you share your videos directly to social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook. AVS is a pretty decent video editor. Currently, it is supported only on Windows. You can work on a number of video formats with AVS. It is compatible with most of the popular formats. While there is a price tag attached to AVS, it also offers the full-featured trial version.
AVS Video Editor isn’t exactly for heavy or professional editing. It offers only one track for video and two for audio editing. It also lacks many advanced features you would find in Premier Pro of Final Cut Pro. Nevertheless, it is a great tool for beginners who wish to get the hang of the basic functions of a video editor before graduating to a more advanced one.
Most of the video editors on this list offer very limited platform compatibility. But, that is not the case with Lightworks. Not only is it supported on Mac OS and Windows but also on Linux platform. Lightworks is a free to download and use application. But, it does offer a Pro version too. The free version packs a number of basic editing features such as limited effects, filters, storyboard mode, and more. As you may have guessed, the Pro version offers more advanced features.
What we like about Lightworks is that it lets you do the multi-cam editing. And what’s even more amazing is that it has unlimited audio and video editing tracks. Something that even the best tools miss. Also, you can add many effects in the real-time to make your movie appear more professional. It supports just about all the popular (and also not so much) video formats you can think of.
5. Sony Vegas Movie Studio
Sony Vegas is a lightweight video editor that lets you create awesome movies. It is one of the few good video editors that work on the computers with moderate specs. Of course, it offers better performance on high end machines but unlike the others on this list, it functions on light machines too. Movie Studio is available only on the Windows PC platform. It offers many features but not as many as the advanced tools like Premier Pro or Final cut. Movie Studio is said to be the miniature version of Sony Vegas Pro. If you are looking for a more advanced tool, you could go for the Pro version.
Movie Studio is priced at $49.95 and there is a full-featured trial version as well. It supports a wide range of input and out put video formats including MP4, AVI, MPEG4 etc.
Cinelerra is a perfect video editor for a devoted Linux user. There aren’t a lot of video editors for Linux platform. This one comes as a blessing, especially because it is a free tool. In spite of being free, Cinelerra offers a number of cool features to make your videos look totally amazing. And, what we really like about this tool is that it is very easy to use. You don’t need any prior experience to get started. It may not be the video editor for professionals but if you want to understand the basics of how such tools work, Cinelerra is the best option for Linux.
Cinelerra supports nearly all the popular formats in use. It also supports HD video editing. You will also be surprised to know that it offers unlimited editing tracks for audio as well as video.
7. Sony Vegas Pro
Sony Vegas Pro is another widely used professional video editing software that has been used to create many big movie projects. This tool is in direct competition with the other popular video editors Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro. Sony Vegas Movie Studio was just the glimpse of the tip of the iceberg. Pro version packs all the advanced and complex features. It offers enhanced video and audio controls, 3D video editing, 4K video support, and a lot more.
Sony Vegas Pro is probably the most expensive video editors out there. If you thought paying $299 for Final Cut Pro was too much, consider $599 for this tool. But, we would say price is not totally uncalled for. Vegas Pro is a highly advanced video editing software for windows 10. You would like to use it for heavy editing jobs for the big production houses. To use advanced features, you will also require great deal of experience.
8. Corel Video Studio
Corel has also been one of the leaders in designing image editing tools. It’s product, CorelDraw is widely used for commercial and architectural designing. With Corel Video Studio, the company ventured into the field of video editing. And, we would like to say, it did the job pretty well. Video Studio is designed to make video editing an easy task. It is packed with tons of basic as well as advanced features. It offers storyboard and timeline mode for editing. It has 6 tracks for video and 4 for audio editing. It supports a wide range of video formats. It also supports DSLR and smartphone video formats.
Video Studio is available only on Windows for $79.99. It has a free trial version as well.
9. Pinnacle Studio
Pinnacle Studio is also one of the mot viable video editing solutions for the Windows platform. If you are looking for a low-cost, feature-rich video editor, this is the tool you would like to give a try. Pinnacle Studio does not have all the advanced features but it has almost all the basic functions. There is a Pro version too, which offers more advanced features. This version is available for less than $60 and offers unlimited tracks for video and audio editing, HD support, drag and drop feature, and a large collection of filters, effects and transitions. It also supports a variety of audio and video formats.
10. Apple’s iMovie
iMovie! Of Course! While discussing the best video editors, it is difficult to not consider iMovie. This Apple’s product, like any other, is designed for and exclusive to Mac computers and iOS mobile devices. It is a simple yet effective video editor that lets you quickly create stunning movies and videos. It offers a number of exciting features and loads of transitions and effects. It supports all the video formats playable on Quicktime. It is also compatible with HD videos. iMovie is a cost-effective video editing tool priced at $14.99.
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