7. Video Pad
10. Sony Platinum
How this software made me microfamous on the internet (is that even a word? microfamous?!)
I'm by no means 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...
Back in 2010, I bought my GoPro HD camera. 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.
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.
However, because it was the first software that really made sense to me, I bought it and never looked back since. It's made by a German company and since I discovered German beer, I tend to fall in love with everything German, software included. :)
Now I easily edit all my videos by simply dragging my files into the timeline, regardless of the video format. I do picture in picture, slow motion, reverse playback, time lapse (speedy playback), video cropping, I can overlay text or titles onto the video, etc. 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 simply 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 - works for me!
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) 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? Then, you're not one of those people - well... I don't know for sure, I'm not a psychic.
So, what's the best program to edit videos?
But what if you 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. You can easily have that.
Best Video Editor - Top 10 Programs
Okay, you will get famous on YouTube but what if it gets to your head and you go all Hollywood? Will you still love me? Please!!!
7. Video Pad
10. Sony Platinum
|What most people buy:|
|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."
|How To Do Picture in Picture in Power Director||How To Edit Slow Motion in Power Director|
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.
Not to mention that 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 - so get your top program to start editing immediately and make your videos stand out.
Top Professional Video Editing Software
If you ask the professionals, they'll tell you the best editing programs are Adobe Premiere + After Effects (for animation and motion graphics), FinalCut Pro (for Mac users), Sony Vegas and Magix Video Pro X. Not to forget Avid Media Composer which Hollywood and big media uses. But each of these programs cost as much as a laptop or even more.
|1. Adobe Premiere Pro (PC & Mac)||2. Final Cut Pro|
|3. Sony Vegas Pro||4. Magix Video Pro X|
If you're satisfied with your current video editor but just can't import a certain format, check out the best video converter chart.
But, to be honest, if most of what we do is edit short web videos to show our friends how our holiday was, why would we pay $ 500+ for a professional video editing software? It makes no sense unless we truly want to turn professionals, right?
Well, who the hell knows... - we can turn professionals even with consumer programs which, on the other hand, are easy to use and deliver professional results if you combine creative shooting and good storytelling. 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
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 we need an expensive camera to shoot good videos?
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.
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 my my compact Sony HX9V and GoPro HD. Below is one of my best videos, edited with Magix and 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.
Over to you
- What software do you use to edit your videos?
- What kind of tutorials would you like to see on this website?
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