Choosing the best video editing software to meet your needs can be a difficult task. With so many options in today’s market it can be difficult to know what software is best for your needs. Your intentions are the most important part when it comes to video editing, along with budget and hardware.
When it comes to choosing the best video editing software, there are several options. Adobe Premiere is one of the most popular video editing software packages when it comes to freelance work, and small to medium projects. Big time movie productions will not use Adobe Premiere generally, but when doing video work for a client, or editing home video, premiere is a great product. The biggest benefit of Adobe Premiere is the Adobe Creative Cloud. Any project in Adobe Premiere can instantly be put into Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom, and more without any issues. So for a seamless editing process where other tools are needed Adobe Premiere is one of the best options. Another benefit of Adobe Premiere is the simpler learning curve. All Adobe products have similar layouts and commands making them a little easier to learn. Adobe Premiere also has the most tutorials online making any question simply a Google search away. The biggest pitfall with Adobe Premiere though is that you can’t buy it outright. There is a monthly fee, and that can turn some people away from it.
Final Cut Pro is another good consumer video editing software package. Again it is great for freelance, business, and most personal projects. Final Cut Pro (FCP) can only be used on Apple devices however. But can be purchased outright without a monthly fee. Final Cut Pro is great if you plan on editing on a Macintosh. The software is optimized for Macintosh and provides good, high level performance. One issue with Final Cut Pro isn’t necessarily an issue with Final Cut Pro itself, but Apple software. Apple lacks good Photoshop and After Effects alternatives. If these tools are something you need for your projects regularly it can cost extra time. So if the Apple equivalents, such as Motion, won’t work for your project the transition into those programs from Final Cut Pro is slow.
DaVinci Resolve is great for big productions which require significant color correction as well as editing. With the DaVinci Resolve Studio edition multiple people can work on a project at the same time. So for example, have sound editor, effects editor, and color editor all working on the same project at the same time. The regular DaVinci Resolve is free to download, and still includes a great editing software. Resolve has a much higher learning curve and is less consumer friendly when compared to other options
Avid Media Composer is the most commonly used editing software in big productions. The majority of top movies and tv shows. Avid Media Composer is an extremely powerful tool, but has an extremely high learning curve, when compared to Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro. But with that said it is considered an industry standard.
With so many options on the market available today it can be difficult to navigate. The best option is to examine what hardware you plan on editing with, the types of projects, and the effects used. Any of these programs can edit a film or project, but each do something best, that may add more value to your production.