Here are our top 15 best tools for video editing software for beginners—from free to most expensive.
Adobe Premiere Pro is subscription-based software that could be just the thing you’re looking for. Its CreativeSync feature connects all of your work and files across your desktop and all of your mobile devices, so you can literally take your show on the road.
This software is loaded with tutorials; everything from creating a YouTube video to creating a feature-length film from your family memories. Tools within the app fix shaky footage, adjust colors and thread together media from a variety of sources on a user-friendly interface. The extended version of the app includes over 55 million royalty-free videos, graphics, and images courtesy of Adobe Stock’s library.
The app can be purchased on its own or as part of the Creative Cloud with over 20 additional apps included; alone, you’re looking at around the $20-per-month mark if you subscribe for a year, and about $30 if you only want one month.
DaVinci Resolve is another editing program that has been used on a bunch of Hollywood films, and the user interface is easy to navigate and seems familiar for beginners and pros alike. A powerful trimming tool, multi-cam support, compatibility with a wide array of film formats, and the ability to upload straight to the web make this a great choice no matter your intentions.
OpenFX plug-in compatibility gives you the ability to add a ton of third-party tools, and you can create a render queue that outputs your finished project in multiple formats, great if you want a sample copy and a master copy of your work.
The free version of DaVinci Resolve has almost all of the same features as the paid version — you won’t be able to export in 4K in the free version and you won’t find some of the more advanced tools, but definitely give the free version a try first, as the paid version costs about $1000. If you find you need the extra tools, you can always upgrade.
Grab this video editing software if you’re not afraid of taking the time to figure out the tools of the trade. It won’t take as long to master as some of the other professional-grade programs, but there’s still a learning curve.Visit site
Not only is there a powerful, free version of Lightworks, its suite of tools has been used to create Hollywood films like Pulp Fiction, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street. It has an expansive range of compatible video format, you can share your movies straight to the web, trimming is incredibly easy, and you can edit multiple cameras at the same time. Work with film up to 60fps, and export at up to 720p in the free version, and up to 4K in the Pro version.
This is great software for anyone who doesn’t mind taking the time to learn a wide range of tools — if you’re more interested in a quick and dirty edit, you might want to look elsewhere. The free version is available for download now and subscriptions to Lightworks Pro start at about $25 a month.Visit site
If you’ve been out shooting 3D video for VR, PowerDirector 15 Ultimate is probably the software you want to go with. It has an insane number of tools at your disposal, including 3D and 4K editing, yet it won’t bog down your system — PCMag calls it the “fastest and most capable consumer-level video editing software for Windows around”.
The user interface is easy to navigate and has all your most-used tools on display, and there are a bunch of templates you can use for quick creations. There are also plenty of special effects and transitions built right in, making it easy to create pro-grade projects.
Toss in image-stabilization and multi-camera support, and you have a powerful program that works with your VR video. It starts at about $60.Visit site
Shotcut is a free program that comes full of powerful tools for editing your video. The only problem is that the user interface can be a little confusing for new users — not everything is immediately apparent and starting a new project can seem a little jarring. If you put in the time and get used to where your tools reside, you’ll be more than pleased with how your finished videos turn out.
Plenty of video formats are compatible here, you can work on 4K content, and there are templates for quick projects. If you don’t mind putting in time, you’ll no doubt end up with a very impressive set of skills. Grab this software if you don’t mind a steep learning curve and don’t feel like shelling out big bucks for an editing programVisit site
Editors who are familiar with Adobe Photoshop will find the transition to video editing easy with Premiere Elements. First-time users of either program might find it a bit frustrating at first, but a little time and patience go a long way.
It’s so easy to navigate, Tom’s Guidenamed Adobe Premiere Elements 14 “the most user-friendly video-editing program available for consumers.” Now with Premiere Elements 15, you get a larger selection of tools and some neat new features, including haze removal, to work with.
Premiere Elements isn’t the quickest to render video, nor does it have as many tools as some of the pricier options, but it will still do a great job with high-resolution content and plenty of video formats. If you’re looking for a great introductory option, Premiere Elements, with its intuitive user interface and modest set of tools, is a smart choice. You can download it now for about $90.Visit site
Blender might be immediately familiar to some of you as a 3D-modeling engine, but it also sports an impressive video editor. First, it’s completely free, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking a wide selection of tools. The user interface can be a bit overwhelming for beginners and might take some time getting used to, but once you get the hang of things, you’ll be off to the races creating impressive video projects.
There is a large community of Blender-users ready to offer support for anyone who needs it. If you already use Blender or if you want a video editor with all the standard tools, this is a great choice considering it is completely free.Visit site
There’s no way around it — Vegas Pro is on the pricier side at about $499, but is great if you loathe subscription-based services. It is also adored by many video editors, both professional and amateur.
The same user-friendly interface Vegas Pro is known for is found here in the most recent version, making it easy to implement its wide array of advanced tools, plus you have access to plenty of third-party plugins thanks to OpenFX integration.
Work on up to 4K video in a wide array of formats, use one of hundreds of built-in filters and effects and take advantage or powerful image stabilization when working with footage from action cams.
Vegas Pro 14 is great for anyone already serious about or who plans on getting serious about video editing and needs software that can keep up with increasing demands.YOUR TEXT
Corel VideoStudio has all the characteristics of the other top-of-the-line products on this list, including 360-degree VR and 4k support, but it also has the distinction of being the first piece of consumer video editing software to offer motion tracking—which, if you’re not already familiar, is a feature that allows you to track specific objects throughout your cut (if you wanted, say, to point an arrow at one of your characters, blur out his face, or bestow him with a funny hat). Most of the products on this list come equipped with motion tracking, but VideoStudio still boasts one of the best motion tracking systems around.
One of the knocks on VideoStudio is its speed, which lags notably behind some of the faster systems on this list, like CyberLink PowerDirector and Pinnacle Studio. Still: for a one-time payment of $51.99? You can do much worse.
At the higher end of the Corel product line is Pinnacle Studio—which, at $129.95 (the amount you’ll need to pay to edit 360-degree and 4k content with the “Ultimate” version), costs more than twice as much as VideoStudio. What do you get for the extra money? Well, not only does Pinnacle come readily equipped with all the features you’d expect from an upper-echelon product—motion tracking, 360-degree VR support, 4k support, multi-cam, etc.—but you’d be hard-pressed to find a faster product on the market in terms of rendering.
For all of its features, Pinnacle’s interface is still as user-friendly and intuitive as anything on this list. Thus, is you have the need for speed, and you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for it, Pinnacle might be the product for you. One-time payment of $129.95Visit site
For the most advanced, least fiscally prudent of beginners, there’s Apple Final Cut Pro X. $299.99 might be a little steep for a product you may well have a difficult time understanding; but for those among you who enjoy a challenge, and who aspire to some level of professionalism in video editing, why not go for it? Apple has made the transition from iMovie to Final Cut Pro more painless than ever—so if you’re the kind of guy or gal who enjoys him/herself an Apple product, and has worked with iMovie to the point of mastery, it might be time to splurge on Final Cut Pro. The power is still daunting; the interface, significantly less so.
When it comes to free video editing software, Filmora is about as multi-faceted as they come. Filmora is Wondershare’s standard, simple, high-quality video editing offering; but Wondershare also offers FilmoraGo (for mobile editing) and Filmora Scrn (for screen recording and editing). The design is intuitive and easy to use, and comes replete with filters, overlays, motion elements, transitions, and a small selection of royalty-free music.
One of the cheaper options around ($49.99), Nero Video holds its own on this list—it comes well-stocked with a lot of the tricks and effects you’ll find among other products vying for video editing supremacy, and as far as software for beginners, you can certainly do worse. If you’re going to spend money on video editing software, however, you might want to steer clear. Nero just doesn’t have the speed and functionality of some of the other products listed here, and if it’s value proposition is its price, $50 is still not all that cheap.
Lumen5 markets itself as a tool that turns blog posts into social promos. While the process isn’t perfect, and you’ll likely have to do some tinkering to get your blog content looking just the way you want it, the rest of the video creation process is a cinch. Merely refine some copy that teases your blog post; drag and drop some gifs, screengrabs, or video clips; add some music; and your engaging social video will be ripe for Facebook and Twitter.