Best Video Editing Softwares/Applications for Windows
(Turn your simple clips into a cinematic film)
Whether you are a professional marketing personnel or an enthusiast who just loves shooting 4K or random Vlogs to share among friends or simply you are launching a new product, sooner or later you are going to need to put in some efforts in videography, either by yourself or hire some professional video editor to add that extra bit of spark that catches the audience’s attention in a split second. This, by no means, imply that you should produce “Avengers” like Marvel grade films (you can’t make the Iron Man look as good as they do at Marvel Studios) but you are definitely going to have to do more than just put up unedited, boring clips in hopes of catching people’s attention. No matter how good a video is, it can always use a bit of editing to make things more exciting. So, here we take a quick look at some of the best video editing softwares. Now mind you, I haven’t ranked these because what is the top most useful for me might not me the one for you.
- Adobe Premiere Pro
Speaking of the best applications, it would be simply cruel not to mention premiere pro. First launched back in 2003, premiere pro is a continuously evolving desktop based video editing application that serves as a work station for both professional videographers as well as rookie enthusiasts. When it comes to professional grade work, you need not look further because this application has got you covered for all your needs.
The color adjustments, audio correction tools and lighting are just mind-blowing. Workspaces, multitasking with quick previews and easy-to-use keyboard shortcuts give a very smooth experience once you get used to the interface.
It might be a bit heavy on your wallet; you have to be willing to spend some handsome amount to get this monster on your desktop. The huge number of preset effects and what seem like never ending drop down menus of features make it rather difficult to find and use a much simpler tool sometimes. The interface is not as user friendly as its competitors out there.
- Corel VideoStudio
If you are looking for a cheaper but heavy grade contender, then this one’s for you. Costing a fairly low amount of money, it comes with almost equally amazing features than its much more expensive rivals out there. If you are looking for an easy-to-learn, advance editing software then you surely are going to love this one.
A much simplified interface with 360° video editing, it has everything you need to make that expensive 360° gear’s footage to pop out of your screens. It even supports up to 6 different angles to give you a high quality multi-angle video. This is definitely your cheaper gateway to 3D world.
It’s available on windows only and that might not be a big issue for most of you folks but one can’t just neglects those iOS users out there. Apart from this there are a few minor issues like limited keyframing, lack of advanced media library tagging and curation features are some of them.
- Davinci Resolve 15
A pretty decent and probably the most powerful free video editing software you can get these days. With a flexible interface and using as many timeline as you want, the folks at Blackmagic have put together one of the best watermark free software and that too for free! The paid version, with extra features, is used by Hollywood movies and TV commercials commonly for their advanced editing and achieving the eye popping cinematic look you all watch on your TV screens.
I couldn’t stress enough upon the fact that it’s FREE. Moreover, you get to work online, in real time with other collaborators around the world on the same project. It also gives you a very smooth interface and you can save your work without having to worry about any watermarks.
It takes up a lot of space and you need to have a powerful PC to support its reliance on your GPU instead of CPU for graphics enhancement.
Although a paid application and offering much less functions then most others out there, Filmora made it to this list because the developers were targeting one group and one group only, the beginners. In today’s fast moving world everyone expects you to catch up and be born a professional butFilmora is for those who are beginning to step into the world of videography and video editing. They can edit videos even without prior knowledge of anything. It’s that easy.
Super easy interface, pretty basic features along with quite a handful of advanced ones to make your footage stand out. The file size isn’t that large either and one doesn’t need a powerful system to support this light and user friendly software.
It has to be purchased and the features, though pretty good, aren’t that professional and eventually you grow out of it and have to move on to heavier software to achieve better looking footage.
- Vegas Pro
Already enforced by Sony and now Magix, this software is no less than a master editor if you are willing to spend some cash on improving your editing skills. It’s been used for years in the industry to create movies, TV ads, music videos etc. and has proven it worth time and time again. From creating 3D visual effects to authoring Blu-ray discs and DVDs you can do it all with this tool on your desktop.
It offers a pretty smooth and customizable user interface especially for beginners. Originally an audio editing software, the audio mixing console is one of the best you’d come across and the transition/ effects packages are pretty cool as well.
Unfortunately there is no free version but a 30 days trial only after which you must pay and the price is not low. This one will cost you a handsome amount so it’s not for those who aren’t willing to spend some extra bucks.
It all comes down to your preference really, what kind of editing you need, how much money are you willing to spend and what suits you best rather than what others suggest. The best way to figure out which one’s for you is simply try out their trial versions before deciding which one to stick with. Even then, you might switch to something fancier because that’s just how humans are.