The Best Video Editing Software in 2017

best video editing software

At first glance choosing the best video editing software might seem a daunting task.

But once you look under the hood and understand the choices available to you, it's quite simple.

In the next 5 minutes I will quickly explain what you need to know when making your decision.

Choosing video editing software comes down to these 5 factors: ​

  1. What kind of work to you want to do? (youtuber, gamer, special effects , movie maker or all of them)
  2. What kind of input video files will you be working with?*
  3. ​Price, because why pay more than you have to
  4. ​What kind of output video files ( Important for youtube, vimeo etc)
  5. Test the trial version before you buy it (I've tested for you)

* It's important to have editing software that accepts a wide range of video formats or at least the video formats that YOU need. Such as avi, mov, mp4, mpeg etc. 

That's it.

I know there are a lot of technical words and phrases but generally most video editing software packages can do all the things that you want to do. So I will not mention them unless they are important for you.

Best Professional Video Editing Software

Choosing professional video editing software doesn't have to be hard. It's true it's never been more complicated because there are an insane amount of choices with all sorts of gadgets and gizmos. I've spent days trying to boil it down to some simple but important concepts. You should choose Adobe Premier Pro for 2 reasons. They offer a trial and after your trial ends the monthly subscription is only a fragment of the cost you'd pay for other software.

adobe premier pro screenshot

Adobe Premier Pro

Adobe Premier Pro stands out for 2 reasons.
It is probably the most powerful video editing software because unlike other programs its parent company is a creative software company. All its sister products are cross-compatible with it and together form the creative industry dominating group of products. Other parent companies like Sony and Mac are not primarily in the industry of creative design. Because of that they also lack an equally strong base of products to complement their flagship software.

The second reason and probably the more important reason is that Adobe Premier Pro features superior technology. Mercury Playback Engine utilizes your graphical processor unit(GPU) instead of the central processing unit(CPU). This means if you have a proper personal computer you will render, edit and export your work projects faster.

  • Supported Formats: 20/20
  • OS Support: Windows and OSx

PROS

  • Good price
  • 360 Degree video editing
  • Fast Rendering
  • Action Camera

CONS

  • No 4k in 60 fps

Best Video Editing Software For Beginners Under 100$

When choosing video editing software for beginners I focused on price, functionality and room for growth. You want to be able to do everything you see other people do and you want to be able to improvise and create unique twists of your own. This means that a lot of software choices are simply not good enough. These 2 choices were made after testing over 20 different software packages.

CyberLink PowerDirector 15

cyberlink power director 15

CyberLink PowerDirector is my top choice for beginners not wanting to spend much but still wanting quality software that still functions at a high level. PD has support for 4K video and renders it in record time considering even limited hardware. It has a huge variety of templates you can choose from so not much expertise is required because you can just drop in your raw video and be done with it.  Easy to set up, fast processing, beginner friendly what more could you ask for?

  • Supported Formats: 20/20
  • OS Support: Windows and Mac

PROS

  • Good price
  • 360 Degree video editing
  • Fast Rendering
  • Action Camera
  • GPU Acceleration

CONS

  • No 4k in 60 fps

MAGIX Video Pro

Entry level professional choice without the reoccuring cost. It's a bit on the expensive side to buy out straight out but considering the lifetime cost of an alternative Adobe Premier Pro, you might be better off.

  • Supported Formats: 20/20
  • OS Support: Windows and Mac OS

PROS

  • Good price
  • 360 Degree video editing
  • Fast Rendering
  • Action Camera

CONS

  • Mid range cost

Best Video Editing Software For Gaming

Having briefly been a professional gamer I can say, you have 3 choices twitch, youtube or become an e-sports athlete. Right now we're going to assume that you want to be a youtuber who produces videogaming content. The following are the best choices for you. 

Still Adobe Premier Pro

With the gaming industry(600bil+) being more than 3 times bigger than both the music and film industry combined. It's no wonder that there are lot of gaming enthusiasts interested in becoming an online gaming personality.  Now you have 2 options. You can either just record your gameplay and hope your personality carries the entertainment value or you can be a video game videographer like Nicetryan. He graduated from youtube and went to work with Riot. In either case our primary recommendation is still Adobe Premier Pro for those who are seriously interested in video editing professionally.

  • Supported Formats: 20/20
  • OS Support: Windows and Mac

PROS

  • Good price
  • 360 Degree video editing
  • Fast Rendering
  • Action Camera

CONS

  • Monthly subscription

Best Video Editing Software for Mac

With Mac there aren't as many good options available to you. Luckily, the few choices that you have available to you are great! 

Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier Pro

Mac book pro

Here you have 2 choices. I would recommend you get the Final Cut Pro if you want simplicity and an easy time getting everything to work. Final Cut Pro was made for Mac by Mac. It's natively compatible with it which means it simply works better than any other software would on most other platforms were it wasn't custom made for the platform. But it lacks the range of function that Adobe Premier Pro possesses. So what is more important to you? Are you more of a casual videographer or just a youtuber then get the Final Cut if you are an Apple fan but want the most advanced software for video editing then get the Adobe Premier Pro.

  • Supported Formats: 20/20
  • OS Support: Windows and Mac

PROS

  • 360 Degree video editing
  • Fast Rendering
  • Action Camera
  • Final Cut Pro might run faster on Apple systems.

CONS

  • Expensive

Best Video Editing Software for Youtube

It's still Adobe Premier Pro but it depends...

In entirely depends on the type of vlogger you are. If you are interested in heavy editing, creating interesting compositions and effects then definitely get APP. However if you are looking to just vlog and talk to the camera with minimal effects then most free software will do. Check out IMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker is what I started out with and it served me well until I graduated to Sony Vegas Pro. I would not recommend Sony Vegas Pro anymore because we know that although technically SVP says it supports GPU utilization, it does not. It used to with older generation GPUs.

  • Supported Formats: 20/20
  • OS Support: Windows and Mac

PROS

  • 360 Degree video editing
  • Fast Rendering
  • Action Camera

CONS

  • No 4k in 60 fps

What is chroma key?

Chroma key is a function in editing software to replace the background color of a picture or video (think green screen) with color or footage of your choice.

Conclusion

It doesn’t really matter what you start with as long as you start. You will soon realise that you could spend just days with the crappiest software and forget to eat because you’re having so much fun. Some of the best movies or youtube videos were made with a lil creativity and a lot of hard work and not much of a budget. If you are a professional, interested in high-end production then definitely dish out the cash for Adobe Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro. If you’re just starting out as video producer then get a IMovie, Windows Movie Maker or PowerDirector. If after your first project you still want to make another video then start considering upgrading to paid software because this might be your calling.

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