2017 Best Video Editors for Windows and Mac

The best video editors for Windows/Mac reviewed by elearning supporter team in 2017 (remember these keywords when you want to find out this post on google).


Why You Need Best Video Editor?

Video editing software has become indispensable tool in our modern, proactive life. While ordiniary users need a software to create a short, simple clip to share with their friends and colleagues, the professionals need a video editors for more complicated tasks. At the present time,  a huge number of video editors – both free and paid – allow you to choose the most suitable tool easily. Whether you are ordinary user or professionals, you still have opportunity to own a tool to meet your aspirations.

Like many other previous reviews, we give high priority for the software which are easy-to-use and cost-effective. Off course, that software must pass our review criteria we bulleted down here.

Our Review Criteria

  • Usability test.
  • Input video type check.
  • Output video quality check.
  • Output format check.
  • Basic editing features test.
  • Advanced editing features test.
  • Effects library check.
  • Online support check.
  • YouTube tutorial check.

Although, our review is carried out carefully by the most experienced, professional reviewers in our team, we can not avoid unintentional negligence and our personal opinion that affect the final result of the reviews. Therefore, we advise you to test the tool carefully prior to purchasing decision. Most of the tools listed below offer free trial time, please take advantage of it.

Ok, let’s open the box now!

The best video editors for Windows & Mac

1. Wondershare Filmora – Best Video editor for professionals

Filmora is one of the most easy-to-use video editors in the world now. We are really impressed by its interface. When starting the software, you can choose Easy Mode or Full Featured Mode. For beginner, choosing Easy Mode will help you create good quality within few minutes while the other will provide you more editing choices. Filmora has all basic video editing features like cut, crop, blur, add effects for opening, ending the video, add background music, transition and ajust video speed..and so on. Filmora also support various types of video format for both input and output. Share video after editing directly to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo is possible. There are two different version of filmora: Filmora Video editor for Windows and Fimora Video Editor for Mac.

filmora wondershare video editors
Filmora User Interface

Features reviews: 

  • Import files: AVI, DV, DIF, NUT, H261, H264, NSV, FLV, MKV, MP4, M4V, PSP, 3GP, MOV, MPG, MPEG, VOB, DAT, EVO, RM, RMVB, TS, TP, TRP, M2TSMTS, WMV, ASF, DVR-MS
  • Cut, trim, rotate, join, split video, blur effect, picture-in- pictures, green screen..etc.
  • Transition, intro/ Text, add multi track background music, sound effects.
  • Adjust sharpness, contrast, brightness and movie effects (you can choose 007 series or Harry Potter film styles and more.
  • Output format: WMV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MKV, MP4 Video(AVC), MP4 Video(Xvid), MP4 Video(MC), ASF, M4V, Xvid, DV, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL, MPEG-1 SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL, MPEG-2 SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL, HTML5, DVD-Video SECAM, MP3


  • Filmora free version has a big watermark make it less attractive to us.  You need to activate to paid version to remove the watermark.

Learn more about Filmora here.

Watch this 12 minutes created by KingStutPro to know how to edit video in Filmora

2. Movavi video editor – Best for Novices & Intermediate Users

Movavi Video Editor is a powerful yet easy-to-use video processing program for Windows. Cut and join video clips with zero quality loss, apply stylish video effects and filters, add music, titles, and much more! Despite its extensive functionality, Movavi’s video editing software is very easy to work with: take a pinch of fantasy, mix it with some free time, and you’ll have a Hollywood-like video with a lot less effort. Download the program, review the information on this page – and your path to fame has for sure begun! Movavi has two version for Windows, one Movavi video editor for personal at ~$39,95 and Movavi video editor for Business at $79,95 which are good deal for professionals but not an amateur.

Besides, Movavi is also one of the most professional, cost effective video editor for Mac.

Movavi User’s Interface

Features reviews: 

  • Import any file or start recording from you computer in two modes: video or screencast.
  • Cut, trim, rotate, join, split video, blur effect, picture-in- pictures, green screen..etc.
  • Transition, intro/ Text, add multi track background music, sound effects.
  • Adjust sharpness, contrast, brightness.. and other effects are good as well.
  • Output format: AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG…etc. You are able to specify quality of video or choose save audio only, save video for Apple device… The quality of exported video is good.


  • Like filmora, Movavi free version has watermark at the centre of edited video which need to be removed by paid version.

Learn more Movavi here 

Learn how to edit video in Movavi here

3. ActivePresenter – Best video editor for Tutorial video & product demos.

The best screencast video editor both in Free and Paid version for windows and Mac OS. ActivePresenter includes all the tools needed to record screen, edit screencast video and create interactive eLearning course. If you are personal, you can make use of ActivePresenter free version. For business or commercial use, you need to purchase standard version. As you can see in the below interface, ActivePresenter is a little bit different with Filmora, Movavie or any other simple video editors. It is because that ActivePresenter is designed for screencast purpose. We put this software here becasue its’ video editing tools are so amazing that we can not forget. And there is no Watermark in free version make it unique in comparison with the others.


Features reviews: 

  • Import any files or record computer screen perfectly.
  • Cut, trim, rotate, join, split video, blur effect, picture-in- pictures are great.
  • Transition, intro/ Text, add multi track background music, sound effects.
  • Adjust sharpness, contrast, brightness..
  • Output format: MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, WebM, MKV and Html5 without Watermark.


  • The effects library in ActivePresenter seems not to be as many as filmora and Movavi.

Learn more about ActivePresenter here

See how to editi video in Activepresenter here

4. AVS Video editor – Best for Windows 

AVS Video Editor maybe a little know products but it is actually a quick, easy video editing tool. You are able to trim, cut, split, merge, rotate, mix videos. Apply effects and overlays, insert menus, audio, texts and subtitles. Burn DVD/Blu-ray discs. There are many more effect in the packages. There are two packages of AVS Video editors which are 1 year subscription  or life time subscription.


Features reviews: 

  • Import files AVI, VOB, MP4, DVD, WMV, 3GP, MOV, MKV, using popular codecs H.264, MPEG-4, H.263. Process video with different frame sizes: HD, Full HD, 2K Quad HD and 4K Ultra HD
  • Cut, trim, rotate, join, split video, blur effect, picture-in- pictures, green screen..etc,
  • Insert menus, audio, text comments and subtitles. Stabilize video camera shaky recordings
  • More than 300 Transition and effects.
  • Adjust sharpness, contrast, brightness.. and other effects are good as well.
  • Output format: HD Video (inc. Blu-ray video, AVCHD, MPEG-2 HD and WMV HD), AVI (DivX, Xvid, etc.), MP4 (inc., Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy and Sony PSP), WMV, 3GP, 3G2, QuickTime (MOV, QT), SWF, FLV, DVD, MPEG-1, 2, 4, MPG, MJPEG, H.263, H.264, Real Video (RM, RMVB). and share video directly.


  • Without subscription, there is no features and time limitation on edited videos but as usual, a Watermark.

Learn more about AVS Video Editor here

Watch this tutorial from OptimizeOS on YouTube to see how to edit video in AVS Video Editor

5. Camtasia Studio – Best Video editor for professionals  

Camtasia makes video editing simple and intuitive. Anyone can create informative, engaging videos. No video experience needed. This is one of the most powerful, professional video editors developed by Techsmith. Although, the price $199 is higher than ActivePresenter but it is still a good option for professionals.


Features review

  • Import files MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, etc or record computer screen.
  • Multi-track timeline expands to fit all your projects. Split clips into two, remove portions of a clip, or delete one entirely. You can also add music, photos, narration.
  • Cut, trim, rotate, join, split video, blur effect, picture-in- pictures, green screen..etc,
  • Insert menus, audio, text comments and subtitles. Stabilize video camera shaky recordings.
  • Adjust sharpness, contrast, brightness.. and other effects are great:
  • Upload your videos to Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook on share video directly to Techsmith server.


  • The price 299$ seems too high in comparison with other alternatives which give more features in screencasting and elearning with almost the same price.

Learn more about Camtasia here

Camtasia video tutorial

Our elearning supporter team continue to review and find out more professional video editors which we rate them highly in terms of features equality and cost-effective price. We gonna show you the list of paid video editors, unique features and purchase price so that you can have more choices.

6. VSDC Video Editor Pro – The best price video editing software for Windows 

While VSDC free video editor is absolutely an awesome product. Their pro version is also as wonderful as the free one. You can create home movies and slideshows using essential montage tools. The intuitive interface makes working with Video Editor a breeze: just import videos and photos, trim and enhance individual segments, apply a soundtrack or voice-over, insert text, and add atmosphere  with stylish filters and animated transitions! Save your completed movie in a range of popular formats, optimized for playback on mobile devices and online sharing.


Purchase price: $19,99

Lear more VSDC Video Editor Pro here.

7. Leawo Video Editor – Best storyteller

Geared to the first-time non-linear video editor, Video Editor provides all the freedom you need to arrange clips, images and music with a wealth of available effects, filters, transitions and other editing elements within its easy to use interface. It offers 2 editing modes to meet your needs: Easy Mode and Full Feature Mode. Besides the basic media editing features like transitions, effects, trim, crop, etc., it also includes some special video editing features, including: PIP, scene detection, face-off, auto enhance, close-up, intro/credits, etc. More effects are downloadable from online editing database.


Purchase price: $40

Learn more about Leawo video editor here

8. mediAvatar video editor – Best video editing software for YouTuber

Combining video splitter, cutter and joiner functions together you are able to split video into segments, cut video clips, and join video clips together, supporting most popular video formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, MKV, H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, MOV, RM and so on. mediAvatar Video Editor offers the accessibility to preview original and edited videos, and adjust output video parameters. This video editing tool can not only edit videos, but also convert videos to another format if you like. Plus, it presets ready to use format for portable players such as Apple iPhone, iPod, iPad, PSP, Android phones, which enables you to play fixed videos directly on these players. More features involved displays in following text.


Purchase price: $45,99 for Windows and $49,99 for Mac

Try mediAvata video editor for Mac here and mediAvata Video Editor for Windows features.

9. BlazeVideo Video Editor – Best for Film Makers

BlazeVideo Video Editor is an all-in-one video editor and converter program that allows you to clip, crop, rotate and flip videos. You can also add watermark texts and subtitles to the videos, or transfer files to iPad/ iPhone/iPod/mobile phone,etc


Purchase price: $29,95

Try BlazeVideo Editor now.

10. Voilabits Video Editor for Mac – Best for Beginners

This is a handy new tool that lets you edit videos easily and quickly! Cut and merge various clips, apply special effects, trim, crop, rotate video and much more. Convert for any popular player device and share anywhere. Get awesome experience to edit movie on Mac with a bunch of funny features. Cut and merge your home clips into a new movie easily like an expert. Personalize and spice videos with crop, trim, music, filter, webcam, ect. Convert for plackback on popular smartphones/Tablets, and share to YouTube, Facebook, etc

Voilabits Video Editor Video

Purchase Price: $39,99

Try Voilabits Video editor now

11. GiliSoft Video Editor – Best for Student

GiliSoft Video Editor can help you make awesome edited movies, it cut and join video clips with zero quality loss, apply stylish video effects and filters, add music, titles, and much more!  Most videos serve a purpose such as telling a story or providing information. With GiliSoft Video Editor you can Choose the best footage; Remove unwanted footage; Join the best material into movie; Add effects, graphics, music, texts; Alter the style, pace or mood of the video.


Purchase Price: $49,95/ 1 PC and $89,95 for 3 PC 

Try Gilisoft Video editor for 1 PC now

Gilisoft is also very famous with other products such as converter, anti-virus software, screen recorder..and so on. With $89,99 you can buy completed packages of #1 Multimedia Toolkit Suite 2017 which we think it is very attractive.


12. Apple iMovie – Best Video Editor for Mac 

iMovie is one of the most professional video editors with very competitive price. You can easily browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac. And when you’re ready to premiere your movie on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet.


Purchase price: 14.49$

Lear more about iMovie here

13. Adobe Premier Pro CC – Best Video Editor Overall

One of the most affordable product of Adobe is Adobe Premier Pro CC which offer great video editing tool like any other professional software in the world now.


Purchase price: $29/mo

Learn more Adobe Premier Pro CC here

14. Nero Video 2017 – Best for creating screencast videos

Designed for quick & easy for editing video features. Nero is also a great choice of low cost video editor with large amount of interesting features such as: easy dragging & dropping of files into Nero Video 2017 and automatic edit launch, 4K support for importing, editing, and outputting files, easy importing of your own movies and videos. Playback of photos, videos, 4K (Ultra HD) movies, music and slide shows.


Purchase price: €49,95 full license.

Learn more Nero Video 2017 here.

15. Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum – Best for Professionals

Designed for fast editing and enhanced creativity, VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum empowers your creative process with versatile editing tools and an incredibly powerful feature set. Customize the user interface to match your workflow and maximize your efficiency. Save custom window layouts for specific tasks such as editing, audio recording, and finishing. Custom, personalized workflow layouts make easy video editing possible even with robust, sophisticated tools.


Purchase price: $79.99 (free trial in 30 days)

Learn more about Vega Movie here

16. VideoStudio Ultimate X10 – Best storyteller

With the same purchase price at $79,99 Vega Movie Studio 14 platinum has all necessary feature to be one of the most professional video editor in the world now. Recently, Corel had just updated new features as: Layer effects, play with speed and reverse clips and 360° video controls “Everything in Pro, PLUS 14 premium effect packs, including 3 NEWcollections”


Purchase price: $79.99

Learn more Video Studio Ultimate X10 here

17. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultimate – Best for making MV, Streaming Movies

PowerDirector is not doubt one of the most wonderful video editing software in the world now. At the core of PowerDirector’s famed ease-of-use is a design that bridges the gap between what you know how to do, and what you want to do—a design that trains you, but in a completely natural, unobtrusive way.


Purchase price: $79.99

Learn more about PowerDirector here.

18. Adobe Premiere Elements

You shoot video of all your family activities and special events. Adobe Premiere Elements 15 automates the organizing and editing so you can have fun creating and sharing great-looking movies. It’s easier than ever to find videos by the places they were taken, the events they depict, albums, favorites and more


Purchase price: $79,99

Learn more Adobe Peremier element 15 here.

19. Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate

Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate is a professional, powerful video editor and live screen capture. New features updated in 2017.  Yout can edit your way with the power, creativity and control of Pinnacle Studio 20.5 Ultimate video editing software. Get the professional-quality results you want with precision editing on unlimited tracks in 4K, HD and 3D, and sophisticated audio tools. New Motion Tracking lets you add moving text, graphics or a mosaic blur to people or objects. Realize your creative vision with new Stop Motion Animation, new controls for 360 video editing and a 6 angle multi-camera editor. Plus, get 2,000+ effects, titles and transitions, and new high-quality effects from NewBlue.

Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate

Purchase price: $129,95

Learn more Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate

20. Magix Movie Edit Pro Premium

Magic Movie Edit Pro Premium offers a unique workflow for video editing. Create breathtaking films using powerful tools and high quality effects with easy operation for amazing results. As your creative demands grow, Movie Edit Pro grows with you. Updates are included and different program versions are available. And that’s not all – the new Store with tons of effects is now always at hand


Purchase price: $129.99

Learn more about Magic Movie edit pro premium here

21. Apple Final Cut Pro X

With an intuitive new design and revolutionary timeline features, Final Cut Pro accelerates post-production. So editors can create at the speed of thought. The first thing you’ll notice when you launch Final Cut Pro 10.3 is a streamlined design that makes efficient use of screen space on notebook and desktop computers. Next you’ll discover how it lets you easily create custom window layouts to match the way you edit. Then you’ll realize it’s all so intuitive that the interface seems to disappear, letting you concentrate on what really matters: your work.


Purchase price: $299,99

Learn more here

Final Words

In order to pick up the right video editor for yourself, you need to figure out your video editing purposes. We hope you receive helpful information from our post and welcome back soon. Click +follow us via email to receive new post information every week.

Good luck!

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