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Top 10 Programs in 2014 - Best Video Editor
CyberLink PowerDirector Ultra
Corel Video Studio
Adobe Premiere Elements
Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus
Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite
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Me - Holding the Small Camera...
I'm not a professional videographer. No. I’m just a dude with a small... compact camera - what were you expecting!? You can call me a serious amateur. For real though, women always tell me that my camera is embarrassingly small... Let me explain.

Back in 2010, I bought my GoPro HD camera (I told you my cam is small). I was excited to film but every time I got new footage, I had to deal with the hassle of using buggy free software or pirated programs taken from torrent sites. They would often crash so all my editing effort was in vain. I was frustrated coz... I couldn't show off with my awesome footage.

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And I really cared about my videos - I still do. I mean, my GoPro action sports videos are my way of bragging (I am really that cool and modest). I hated not having a good software to edit with (something that would import MP4, MTS or MOV files).

I tried a bunch of different programs and none seemed to do it for me, then I found a vlogger's review on Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus. It's not the best software - it’s actually ranked No. 4 (↓ see the most popular programs below ).

German beer

However, because it was the first software that really made sense to me, I bought it and never looked back. It's made by a German company and since I discovered German beer, I tend to fall in love with everything German, software included. :)

So, since the program was easy to use, I started to edit more videos, just for the kick of it. People liked them and I kept publishing. And soon enough, I got requests from clients who begged me shoot and edit videos for them. That was unexpected!

Now I easily edit all my videos by simply dragging my files into the timeline, regardless of the video format. I do:
  • split screen
  • picture in picture
  • slow motion
  • cloning effect (ghost effect)
  • reverse playback
  • time lapse (speedy playback)
  • video cropping
  • face blurring
  • multicam editing
  • I can overlay text or titles onto the video
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This Is What You Can Do
But I can do pro fancy stuff as well - like keyframing, alpha masks, chroma key (green screen) and secondary color correction - how cool is that?

I love editing with an original program - because it works! The functionality is great, the online community is amazing and I'm at ease knowing the program works as it's supposed to work. I edit videos for clients, I sell footage, I get outdoor gear from sponsors to do video reviews and I make money on YouTube as a partner. Most importantly - this gives me amazing freedom and it allows me to make a living without having a real job - it works for me!

I'm not splashing around but I'm financially independent. And I'm not using the best software. By the way, I can teach you my secretes if you subscribe here.

You must be serious about this...

So if this works for me - without any formal multimedia education - I think it'll work for you too. And if you absolutely think that only the best program is your key to edit videos well, then you're either crazy or you're just very serious about this shit - I respect that! (the part where you're serious)

Imagine the joy of being the producer of your own life. You decide what kind of videos you wanna make. And then the privilege of making videos and earning money - some people will admire you but some will envy you when you live your passion.

The secret is to start publishing your vids. Your creativity will rise exponentially once you start. Don't fuss over software though - pick one and roll with it. And if you don't like it, no worries, they all come with a 30 days money back guarantee - no questions asked. But I guess you probably knew this already so I won't even mention it... Oh, wait! I just did.

While you over-think it, others are building their channels to fame and glory. And it's getting harder each passing day - it's getting crowded out there.

But if you're using free software and you're complaining that it sucks, you should click away now. This is not for you. And if you don't like beer (and getting drunk once in a while like I do - hey... I'm human) and if you don't care about your videos as much as I do about mine then I really don't want to talk to you anymore!

Still here? Still reading? Good! Then, you're not one of those people. You must be one of the few select people who are smarter (well... I don't know for sure, I'm not a psychic) since you care to edit your videos with a top software.

So, what's the best program to edit videos?

Well, the best editing software is the one that you know how to use. It can be any software, really. One that needs no manual to learn, I may add.

Now, before you get this, let me tell you exactly what it does so you know it's right for you.

You probably want an intuitive, powerful, easy to use program, that imports most video formats (AVCHD - MTS, MP4, MKV, MOV, 3GPP2, etc), doesn't crash and works well even on your old laptop. Something that delivers professional results without headaches and no wasted time. If you want all that and more, any in the top 10 might be a good fit for you.

Best Video Editor - Top 10 Programs in 2014
OK, you'll get famous on YouTube but what if it gets to your head and you go all Hollywood? Will you still love me? 
CyberLink PowerDirector Ultra
Corel Video Studio
Adobe Premiere Elements
Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus
Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite
Roxio Creator Editing SoftwareVideo Pad Video EditorAVS Video EditorPinnacle Studio 16 Video Editing ProgramSony Movie Studio Platinum
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5-time winner of PC Magazine Editors’ Choice – Sept. 12, 2013
"CyberLink continues to impress me in the way it brings pro-level video editing capabilities to the consumer. PowerDirector's new multicam capability and leading speed make it the clear winner of our Editors' Choice for Windows consumer video editing software."
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Picture in Picture
Slow Motion
See how easy it is to do picture in picture and slow motion with PowerDirector Ultra - also the first consumer software able to edit and import 4K footage (higher than full HD 1080/1980).
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While most of these programs are for Windows PCs (including Windows 7 and Windows 8), Adobe Premiere Elements (No. 3) comes in two versions - for PC and Mac. Other popular programs specifically built for Macs are ScreenFlow (which also does screen recording) and Final Cut Pro (professional non linear editing software).

You're right. Money is tight right now. The thing is, free software usually sucks and it's gonna suck most when you need it most.

For me, buying my original software meant peace of mind. Now I can focus on my editing - creating art if I'm allowed to brag - without the buggy issues of free software or cracked copies.

Most software companies offer a 30 days money back guarantee - it's risk free. If you don't like the software, you'll get a prompt full refund, no questions asked.

In the end, you decide what's best for you.

Top software have huge communities - that's also something I enjoy a lot. Coz when I ask a question on their official forum, I always get at least one reply with the right solution. You'll also find tons of tutorials and inspiration - that will help you start editing immediately and make your videos stand out.

Here's the best part for you

You can turn professional and deliver professional results if you combine creative shooting and good storytelling. Consider this - if you're somewhat proficient with an editing program, you're already better than 99% of people who need to make a video. What you do is magic for them.

So it's not always about the software, it's about your work as well:
  • how you shoot
  • how you make the cuts
  • what music you add to you videos
  • etc.
Magix - The Best Video Editing Software
I prefer a light software that doesn't need too much hardware resources but manages to edit HD (3D as well). And Magix does that.

It's just easy to use and does the job. And I discovered I only use a handful of effects which are available in almost any software.

Do you need an expensive camera to shoot good videos?

Hell no.

There's an explosion of DSLRs camera that shoot amazing video but they're not cheap and once you buy one, you'll find yourself buying more lenses and more accessories than you initially anticipated. Now, that's not bad if you want do to this as a pro.

But point and shoot cameras are catching up with better sensors and more complex functions - some compete with DSLRs on image quality.

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Basically, I'm saying that if you want to learn video shooting and editing, you can start with affordable gear: a compact camera and a simple to use, yet powerful, video editing software - Movie Edit Pro Plus in my case.

What you can do with a compact video camera

If you shoot like you mean it - using a fluid head tripod, a slider and a stabilizer - you can get amazing results.

I've won some contests and I also sold HD footage that I took with my compact Sony HX9V and GoPro HD. Below is one of my videos, edited with Magix, entirely shot with compact cams.



To get the same results or even better, all you need to do is take your time.

Shoot the same scene a few times, try a different angle, move your camera, etc. Then, at the editing stage, do the same - find a good music track for your video, edit on music beats, cut short scenes, keep the video below 5 minutes, etc.

It's no race so if you wanna have a good watchable video - you do wanna get lots of views on YouTube, don't you? - take your time and do work to be proud of.

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Success and good things

Imagine the amazement on your friends' faces when they see your new videos. Think about how cool it would be to actually make money with your videos.

Yes - it's possible. The internet allows people like you and me to live our passion and earn a living as well. You don't wanna miss this opportunity. YOU are the star. Get on with it, pick any in the top 10 and start publishing your videos coz the world needs your awesomeness.

So I urge to buy your top software at no obligation today. Don't waste your time. Have fun with it. Claim your fame.

CyberLink PowerDirector Ultra
Corel Video Studio
Adobe Premiere Elements
Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus
Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite
Roxio Creator Editing SoftwareVideo Pad Video EditorAVS Video EditorPinnacle Studio 16 Video Editing ProgramSony Movie Studio Platinum
Excellent Rating for This Software Excellent Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software Good Rating for This Software
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26 comments :

  1. For making videos, the best ones are Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere (Adobe After Effects is just for effects that you can include in the past two). I use Sony Vegas and, I acquired it thanks to YouTube for free. I mean, if we won't work or gain money with it, why are we going to pay for it.
    My SV videos are uploaded in here: http://www.youtube.com/xSliinee

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    1. Hey Esperanza!

      Yup both Sony Vegas and Premiere are good programs to edit videos but they need more hardware resources to run properly on a computer (RAM, graphics card with lots of memory and a powerful processor).

      I installed them all and they were running slow on my laptop (a Dell from 2008).

      With Magix, it was a relief. It worked well from the first time. It manages HD files, exports in HD with no problem. And it's very easy to use - I love that.

      How did you manege to get Vegas for free with the help of YouTube? I'm curious - maybe we can do the same. :-)

      Thanks!

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    2. Your edits are quite complex, Esperanza - animation and all. Congrats!

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  2. tried magix and works better than movie maker for slow motion. love your tutorials, man! thanks.

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    1. Hey, Mark! Thank you.

      Yes, it takes seconds to do a slow motion videos in Magix. I love that feature too - especially coz I like to shoot action sports videos and slow motion is "a must" in those kind of vids. :-)

      Cheers!

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  3. where do i click to download it? i really want to try it...

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    1. Hey Jacky!

      Each software company has a "Free Trial" button somewhere on their page. Look for that.

      Here's the download link for Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus (my favorite program).

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    2. Hey Constantin I just bought a sony hadycam hdr pj790v would this be a good cam to shoot videos
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    3. Hi Eric! That looks like a wicked camera.

      I'm no expert in cameras but I think you're good to go with that.

      However, if I were to pick a camera, I'd go with Canon DSLRs. Some friends of mine have DSLRs and the versatility is simply amazing (both for video and photo). You can change lenses, you can shoot very well in low lighting, you can do timelapse photography, etc.

      Bear in mind that I currently (April 2013) shoot most of my videos with a compact Sony (HX9V). If that works for me, your HDR PJ790V is definitely a good camera (to say the least) to shoot videos with.

      Drop a link to a video when you have it up on YouTube.

      Cheers!

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    4. Români peste tot)
      Merci de sugestia cu MAGIX-ul Constantine. ;)

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  4. avid for life !

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  5. Good review!
    I started with AVS Video Editor. It is ideal for newbies and beginners. Now I use Sony Vegas :)

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    1. I tried Sony Vegas but it was too much for my laptop. It's a pro software so you're good with that.

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  6. what program works with mp4 and mkv files? do you loose resolution when you edit? jim

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    1. Hey, Jim!

      PowerDirector and Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus work both with MP4 and MKV. I've tried them both.

      You only loose resolution if you mismatch the export settings. Otherwise you don't. Basically you must set the resolution and bit-rate as the original footage. This way you won't loose quality.

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  7. I tried Pinnacle before, it's a nice video editing software, but I only need some basic video editing for my abilities, so I now use Smartpixel video editing software, it is much more easy to use.

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    1. Is SmartPixel developed by you, Alex? Looks like a nice screen capture software.

      Thanks for the notice!

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  8. As someone who is pretty set on Avid or bust I am DAMN IMPRESSED with Magix. I think it is far and away superior to the other options. I even prefer it to Avid MC for lighter projects. Lightworks (open and free as of now) is also a great editing program.

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    1. I'm glad you like Magix, man! I find it awesome as well but then again, I'm an amateur so it basically fills my needs. I'm sure it has its limitations but so far I'm happy using it for the kind of editing that I do.

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  9. Hey Constantin, I am an amateur who does strictly vacation videos - in the past I was using a Sony TRV22 DV Camcorder with Pinnacle Quick Start Studio. Now I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS19 AVCHD Progressive camera and I'm finding it impossible to edit MTS on my HP2000 (its only running 1.3 Ghz to my horror.) The panasonic came with Loiloscope 2 trial which requires 2 Ghz but I'm not wild about the interface, and I can't edit the videos anyway. Hubby has an older HP laptop running 2.2 Ghz which I've already told him that I'm comandeering for video editing. You said that Magix worked OK on your older Dell - what is the minimum Ghz requirement? Did it change in the 2013 version? Am I doomed to purchase a faster computer or a large external hard drive to transfer everything to AVI? Help!

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    1. Hi!

      No, you're not "doomed" to get another computer. :-)

      My Dell has 2GB RAM and runs a Core2Duo procesor at 2 GHz so I guess the hubby's computer will do. MTS files have a high bitrate so that will a stretch on the hardware but use a laptop cooler and you should be fine.

      To be clear, my laptop is from 2008, I always use a laptop cooler with two fans and I'm using the latest version of Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus (2014) and it runs well. I also have the Pro X6 Version form Magix and that works as well.

      Hit me up if you get Magix and I can help with tips coz that's what I use. Or check out the tab above which says "Start Here: Video Editing Tutorials".

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