Top 10 Powerful Video Editing Software You Must Try!

Top 10 free and paid video editing software you must try according to our latest reviews in 2017.

It has been a while since the day I started my work as a reviewer for elearning supporter – a reliable place for you to read software reviews. My job allows me to know what is a good video editing software and what is a professional video editing software as well as what is a good free video editing software at the present time. While there are some other contributors on this site write about the best software in 2017, I personally don’t believe there is any software that deserves to be “the best” in this industry – Video editing industry. I think, we should only rate them as top software instead of “the best”.

In today post, I am going to list out top 10 free and paid video editing software you must try (or buy) according to what I tested. Some content of this post is generated from the publishers. So, the post is not 100% fresh, I think. I also put a link on each software which you can click to access to the publisher’s product description to download and use the program.

Top 10 free and paid video editing software You must try in 2017

1. VSDC – Free video editor for Windows – $19.99 to upgrade

The video editor is intended for editing video files and creating videos of any complexity involving various visual and audio effects. The program offers rich functionality and yet has a simple and intuitive interface, allowing you to create videos with a bare minimum of efforts.

VSDC free video editor interface
VSDC video editor interface

2. Camtasia Studio 9 – Video editing software for Windows and Mac – $199

Camtasia Studio 9 is a professional, easy-to-use video editing software. It has some new cutting-edge features like the possibility to render video in 4K, UHD quality as well as numerous improvements in editing video, rendering video performance and many more.

Camtasia Studio 9 editing tools
Camtasia Studio 9

3. Movavi – Video editor for Windows & Mac – $49.95

Have a load of travel videos and photos you want to share with your nearest and dearest? Want to make a film about a memorable event, like a wedding or graduation? With Movavi Video Editor for PC, you can create spectacular videos, even if you don’t have any movie-making experience! This video editing software for Windows has no complicated settings, just intuitive drag-and-drop controls. Try Movavi Video Editor for free and see how simple, yet powerful, it is!

Movavi starting screen
Movavi Starting Screen

4. Filmora – Video editing software for Windows and Mac – $39.99

Filmora is a free and simple to use video editing software for editing 4K video with lots of effects. The software is capable of editing many input formats and export to various output types with great quality. Some advanced video editing features can be found in Filmora are: 4k ediing support, a built-in screen recorder, Pan and Zoom, Chroma key effects and many more.

Filmora Interface-min
Filmora starting screen

5. ActivePresenter – Free video editing software for Windows and Mac

ActivePresenter includes all the tools needed to make perfect videos. It also comes with screen recording and elearning authoring tool for making training videos or learning courses. Its built-in free video editing software is as powerful as any other free software in the world now.

ActivePresenter Interface
ActivePresenter provides simple interface with white and blue color and well arranged tools bar on top.

6. AVS video editor for Windows 

AVS Video Editor is an easy video editing program. Create, edit video, capture video/ make a video slideshow/ cut, merge, trim video files/ save to any format. AVS video editor can work on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, 2003, Vista (no Mac OS/Linux support).

AVS Video Editor supports all key video formats. Edit & save video files in AVI, VOB, MP4, DVD, WMV, 3GP, MOV, MKV, using popular codecs H.264, MPEG-4, H.263 etc. Process video with different frame sizes: HD, Full HD, 2K Quad HD and 4K Ultra HD. See a full list of supported video formats

AVS video editor
AVS video editor – A wonderful video editing software

7. Shotcut – Free Video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k.

Shotcut video editor
Shotcut video editor – An open source, free editing software

8. Lightworks – Free video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux

For over 25 years Lightworks editor has been at the forefront of film editing, having been used on many of the finest films in cinema history: The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Heat, Road to Perdition, Hugo, The King’s Speech and many more! Now with the release of Lightworks v14.0 we have created the complete video creative package so everyone can make video that stands out from the crowd. Whether you need to make video for social media, YouTube or for a 4K film project, Lightworks makes it all possible!

Lightworks colour correction effecs
Lightworks Colour Correction Effects

9. Videopad – Simple to use video editor for Windows

VideoPad Video Editor is a video editing application developed by NCH Software for the home and professional market. The software is complemented by the VirtualDub plug-ins that work with the software.

VideoPad has a really friendly, classic and intuitive editing interface that everyone can learn quickly. You will have a menu bar on top of the editing window to control the whole project while clips, audio and image are placed on the left of the window. You also have a preview window on the right of the windows and a timeline at the bottom. All major editing buttons are displayed with a small icon, you can recognize it easily.

videopad video editor
Videopad video editor

10. Hitfilm 4 Express – Free video editor

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 video editing 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.

Hitfilm 4 express
Hitfilm 4 Express

Bottom line

Up there are top 10 free and paid video editing software I’ve reviewed in 2017. How do you think about the list? Is it helpful with you? Share with me your idea in this topic. Remember to follow our site to receive more valuable post notifications in the future.

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