Comparison of the best video editing software. Best reviews of video editors for Windows and Mac. All tools are tested carefully by elearning supporter team in 2017.
Why do you need a video editing software?
Video editing software has become an indispensable tool in our modern, proactive life. While ordinary users need a software to create short, simple clips to share with their friends and colleagues, the professionals need a video editor for more complicated tasks. At the present time, a huge number of video editors – both free and paid – allow us to choose the most suitable tool easily. Whether you are ordinary user or professional one, 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 bullet down here.
How We test these video editors?
Due to limitation of time and resources, our review team often spends approximately 10 hours on testing a video editor and another 5 hours to write detail review about it. However, you can be sure that the below criteria had been tested carefully.
Download and installation
Before downloading the program, we always check download package carefully to make sure that it is free from virus, malware or any other potential risk to our computers. Hence, if you decide to download any software that we recommended, you don’t need to be worry about virus, malware since it has been tested carefully by our team, at least until reviewed date.
Online tutorial resource
As you know, good software should come to gather with great online tutorial resources where how-to tutorials and feature description demo video are the basic things. Added to that, good Q&A communities, quick response on technical issues are also important issues we look at. So, what do we do next? We run the software and start figure out what it really looks like in comparison with publisher’s description and note down the advantages and disadvantages of the software.
1st User’s interface
User’s interface is the first issue we look at in the software after we installed it on our computer. As you know, we are aiming at the most easy to use software that can be used by most people such as novices and intermediate one that don’t have much experience in editing video. So, a clear, logical, intuitive user’s interface would be highly rated.
2nd Capturing raw footage or file transfer
The second issue is about capturing raw footage. Nowadays, most of video editors are non-line ear editing software which allows you to edit the video, audio without destroying the original footage. However, some video editors can only capture (or import) some kind of files. We often have very close look at this feature.
3rd Basic Editing features
After importing raw footage, we will look at basic editing features like: cutting video, trimming, cropping, joining or splitting the footage as well as adjusting the narration is MUST feature. While working with multiple video and audio tracks, adding transitions to the video, overlay, title and closing text are also the key points.
4th Advanced editing features
While we spend very little time on testing basic editing features, time consuming for testing advanced features is almost twice. We apply advanced feature in the video, test the result carefully and finally give it a rating.
6th Rendering/ exporting video to output file
Rendering your production into output files or encode the videos. These are specific process that we don’t dive into it. We do test the quality of the end results as well as time consuming for rendering videos with the same length.
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.
Comparison of the best video editing software for Windows and Mac
In today post, We gonna introduce to you the best video editors ( or video editing software) for Windows and macOS X that you can use for your business. There are free and paid program in this list. Take a look!
Our Review: While we are on our way looking for a free, open source, powerful video editor, we found Shotcut. At the first time, we are really curious about this tool since it is rated as one of the best free video editor at present time. And when digging into its features and capabilities, we must agree that this is a superb free video editor for professional users. During our test, we are totally satisfied with what if provides and it is much more excellent than we expected. Here are some unique features you will get in this free video editor
Our Review: 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.
Price: Free and go Pro at $19.99
Our review: This software meets all basic and advanced needs of a screen recorder & screencast video editor and rapid e-learning authoring tool. Anyone can learn to use ActivePresenter quickly, even with the novices. It can work on Windows 7, 8x, 10 and macOS X. You can import any type of video file to edit in slide-based windows and render your video into AVI, MP4, MKV, WebM and many other formats. The quality is in full HD without watermark on the ouput.
Our review: When we are on the way searching for a free video editor without leaving a watermark on edited videos that has powerful, professional editing package, we found Lightworks. As said above, it is not easy to use at the first time for beginners because its interface is far more different from other simple video editor such as filmora or Movavi that we reviewed before. However, when you come into specific project and get familiar with the tools, you will find it as simple as many other video editing software in the world now. Lighworks 14 has all the tool you need such as: cut, trim clips, copy, paste, split clip, adjust the audios, add effects, title to the videos. While in free version, lightworks provide only Colour correction: Main, RGB, HSV, CURVE then the 3D DVE is a bonus from the publisher. We can see that in PRO Version, you are able to add more effects for your clips as well as various type of transitions.
HitFilm 4 Express has all the tools you need to create a nice looking videos from multiple footage. It has an intuitive user interface that you can learn to use in few minutes. While his brothers Hitfilm Pro is a great, powerful software for making Hollywood film like what are showing on the slide show above, but it cost $329, this free version is missing the possibility to export project to various formats like other tools that we reviewed. The only option is to upload the project directly to YouTube. That’s why we vote it as a free video editor for YouTube only.
Camtasia studio 9 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. Camtasia Studio 9 has everything you need to create wonderful videos for multi purposes.
Filmora video editor is one of the most easy-to-use software in the world now. We are really impressed by its intuitive interface. When starting the software, you can choose Easy Mode or Full Featured Mode. For beginners, choosing Easy Mode will help you create good quality videos within few minutes while the other option will provide you more editing choices. It 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.
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 professional video creators. Besides, Movavi is also one of the most professional, cost effective video editor for Mac.
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.
Price: See above package. Min. $39
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
17. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultimate
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.
In order to pick up the right video editor for yourself, you need to figure out your video editing purposes first. We hope you receive helpful information from our post and welcome back soon. Click +follow us via email to receive new post notifications every week.
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