I get a lot of questions about the best video software to use. My answer has to be the be the one that you can learn to use. People think differently, so it stands to reason that they operate differently when producing videos. Some people are very analytical and some are very creative. There’s a technical way to produce videos, as well as an artistic way.
When purchasing video editing software, you have to consider your budget. The $300-$600 software programs do perform better than the software in the $50-$100, but that doesn’t mean you can’t produce great video from a cheaper (or even free) software solution.
Completely learning your video editing software is key to loving video production. If you know what your software is capable of, you can imagine videos knowing that you will be able to create them.
I use Sony Vegas Pro. It’s an expensive software package, but well worth it for my needs. It produces Hi Definition Blue-ray quality footage, and handles the footage from my HD cameras very well. It also has very technical settings that let me manipulate the footage down to the finest detail.
Sony has a cheaper solution called Sony Movie Studio, which has a lot of the same features and layout as Sony Vegas. Movie Studio has more of a user friendly aspect to it for someone starting to use this type of video editing software. I like the timeline of Sony Vegas Pro, but I’ve been working with this program since 2008, and since I’m familiar with it, I tend to stick with what I know.
iMovie is included for free on MacBook machines now days. It’s got a lot of great features like image stabilization and color special effects. I’ve begun using iMovie for quick edits in the field because I can produce a quality video in a relatively little amount of time.
I started out on a PC using Windows Movie Maker. That free little program taught me a lot about video production. It doesn’t come standard on Windows machines, but it is a free download from Microsoft.
Magix is another software program I have used. It’s a German product, but for the price it is very powerful. In the earlier English versions, some of the menus would appear in German, but it didn’t prevent you from using the software. If you know the difference between “das” and “nit”, you’ll be OK.
Free software is another solution for starting into video editing. I haven’t found a free solution that I particularly enjoy, but, as I stated earlier, I’ve been using Sony Vegas since 2008, and I love it the most.
Below is a list of video editing software, some for PC and some for MAC. Most of the paid versions come with a 30 day trial, which is plenty of time to produce one video to see if you like the software.
Sony Vegas Pro http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro
Sony Movie Studio http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudio
Adobe Premiere http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html
Adobe Premiere Elements http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements.html
Final Cut Pro http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/
LINKS BELOW ARE TO FREE VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
Davinci Resolve http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve
GoPro Studio Edit (you can use footage from non GoPro Cameras)
Windows Movie Studio