1. CyberLink PowerDirector (+ Free Bonus)
Before you buy your top program and get popular, you want to see what it does so you know it's right for you. When you do what you love, you feel amazing and success comes easily! It's your time to be creative.
How this editing software made me microfamous on YouTube (GoPro videos)
(is that even a word? microfamous?!)
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.
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 top 10 video editors below ↓). So what I'm saying here is you don't need the best GoPro editing software - you just need one that's relatively easy to use and it works - the rest depends on you.
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, because 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:
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.
How this will make you a better videographer and YouTuber
Think about this: do you know those people or friends who are always trying to demonstrate how much they care about you? A little too much maybe...? Like they're a bit desperate to keep your friendship.
Well, I want you to be honest with yourself and acknowledge that you don't like them very much in return. Even though they give you a lot: their time, their resources, their connections and... even their money.
Here's the point: since they give too much too easily, you don't value them.
The same goes with your editing software and your YouTube career. You may have the best software in the world - if it didn't cost you anything, if you didn't invest - it has no value to you. Thus you don't pay enough attention to it. Meaning you also don't pay much attention to your videos, to your publishing schedule, etc.
In other words, for something to be meaningful to you, you have to invest. Just like you invest in the friendships that are valuable for you, you also have to invest in your career as a YouTuber by getting the proper video gear and the proper software.
Let me give you another analogy: people born rich versus people who had to work for it.
The rich-born are rather lazy, apathetic and don't seem to care about results (because they have it all). Whereas the underdog who spent all his savings to get that gear (whatever that may be), then he spent hundreds of hours working, training, trying - he eventually gets to the top and the results have meaning to him.
I know it as a fact that I became a better videographer the minute I actually bought my original software. I took it more serious because I invested money which then led me to invest more effort. I simply started to produce better videos because I cared more.
Wanna have results? Invest and expose yourself so you can have that evolutionary pressure on you: buy the software, take that gig, take that course, make big promises and then deliver, etc. This is a guaranteed way of producing success!
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.
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.
Now, imagine being excited for your next video and getting the recognition you deserve after you publish it. You can feel really good when you get that.
The list below contains the best video editors for beginners, amateur videographers, YouTubers but it's not limited just to that. You can download almost any of the ten and push it to professional levels since most programs have the proper tools that enable you to edit great videos. If you put a little work into it you can definitely become a professional video editor.
Best Video Editor - Top 10 Programs in 2015
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?
|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.
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
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?
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 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.
So you see, even without the best professional video editing software you can do a lot. I've been using a consumer program as my GoPro editing software and my skills improved dramatically. That's because every GoPro video editor has a lot of features that are cool yet they take some time to discover and master. But once you know the ins and outs of cutting videos you can totally rock it on YouTube. And that's a sweet position to be in.
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.
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.
Best Video Editing Program for Windows (including the latest Windows 7 and Windows 8)
Best Professional Video Editing Software in 2015
|1. Adobe Premiere Pro (PC & Mac)||2. Final Cut Pro (for Mac)||3. Sony Vegas Pro||4. Magix Video ProX|
My friend keeps bugging me to switch to Adobe Premiere. And I say to him: "Man, it's too complicated for me and it doesn't run well on my 2008 laptop. Wtf?!" and he goes: "Dude, you're getting old so I'm just gonna leave you behind."
And he's right. I am getting old (29) and for some reason I'm not into sophisticated stuff. That's why I use a consumer editing software for all my videos.
But anyway, the software is not important. The story is. My advice is to capture good footage and tell a story. That will make a difference.
So, if you're already good with any software that's in this chart, you're better off directing or shooting new projects instead of switching the workflow to the No. 1 program (which everyone seems to be obsessed about).
Top Professional Video Editing Programs
Wanna be a pro? Well, knock yourself out - it's not like I'm holding you down or anything. Go ahead!
|1. Adobe Premiere Pro (PC & Mac)||2. Final Cut Pro (for Mac)||3. Sony Vegas Pro||4. Magix Video ProX|
Learn To Edit Like a Pro - Detailed Tutorials on Lynda.com
If you're shooting with a DSLR camera or even with an RED Epic camera, you'll probably wanna edit with Adobe Premiere & After Effects because the community is huge. You'll find tons of tutorials and information on how to make awesome videos.
Also, they now offer Creative Cloud which gives you access to all their top software used by the best creative professionals all over the world (you get Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. for a monthly subscription fee). So you can create like a pro at a fraction of the cost with original software and full support.
The two programs (Premiere and After Effects) make a great team. You can do the cuts in Premiere and use After Effects for everything fancy:
- animated titles
- motion tracking
- motion graphics, animation and effects
- altering wide angle (fisheye) footage to look straight
The program is not cheap and may have steep learning curve but once you master it, you'll be right there with the professional videographers - doing magic. :-)
Speaking of price, the guys at Adobe are now offering their programs trough a cloud subscription plan. You don't have to buy the software outright - you can subscribe to the service (all Adobe programs included) only when you need it. If you shoot and edit videos for clients a few times a year, the subscription service makes more sense than dropping hundreds of dollars upfront.
Magix Video Pro X. I'm a big fan of Magix software (German company) and I've been using for more than 3 years their Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus - ranked No. 4 in consumer video editing.
The chart above is based on editing tools, capture and playback, export & production, ease of use, help and support. Please note that ease of use is not the first factor.
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