Nowadays, everyone believes they can become the next Martin Scorsese just by filming some random footage and using the video editing tools they have at their disposal. While filmmaking is of course more than that, these aspirations are not that far-fetched, especially if the latest video editing programs make life so easy, by incorporating tons of features which in most cases are easy to use. As long as you have flair for editing raw videos and patience to get around those programs, you could end up creating your very own masterpiece. Here is a rundown of the best video editing software that could get you closer to that dream.
1) CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Deluxe
The best part of this software is that it offers pro-level tools that not-so-pro users can easily employ. For those of you who want the job done quickly, there is a mode called Easy Editor, which takes you through a video creator wizard and lets you finish your project in a matter of minutes. The Full Feature Editor is the second, more sophisticated mode, which lets you play with more than 100 editing tools, from transitions and effects to chromakey. A third mode, called Slideshow Creator, lets you create a video slideshow just by choosing the desired pictures – PowerDirector will take care of the rest. Its success lies in how it manages to appeal to all kinds of users, although its incompatibility with Mac might be a downer.
2) Corel VideoStudio Pro X7
Just like PowerDirector 13, the VideoStudio Pro X7 aims to appeal as many users as possible, no matter how advanced their video editing skills are. VideoStudio Pro X7 takes you through three main steps: capture, edit and share. In the first one, you gather all your needed files and thanks to the software’s connectivity, you can import files from virtually any device. In the second step, you’ll have a spacious workspace, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed with the amount of buttons and options cluttered on your screen. Corel has gone to great lengths to make the interface as friendly as possible and it shows; options like batch editing just reinforce this idea. When all is said and done, with the third step, you can share your video either offline (PC, CD, DVD) or online (Facebook, Youtube).
3) Adobe Premiere Elements 12
When it comes to video editing, it’s hard to top Adobe’s Premiere Pro, used by professionals everywhere, no matter if it’s for movies or for commercials. But they came up with a more consumer-oriented version, Premiere Elements 12, featuring three editing modes: Quick, Guided and Expert. The Expert mode is where the magic happens, with inovative tools, like the Smart Trim, which automatically separates the bad footage from the good one in your video. For the novice ones, there is the InstantMovie feature, which only requires selecting a theme and importing the files. Premiere Elements 12 chooses what parts to use, adds music and transitions and finishes your video in a matter of minutes.
4) Sony Movie Studio 13 Suite
Part of the Sony Movie Studio 13 family of video editing software, the Suite version is aimed at experienced users who want to take advantage of more advanced features, like Sound Forage 10. Sony did a nice job at polishing its interface, making navigation between the menus more intuitive, so that you can perform simple operations, like trimming, muting segments or slowing the speed, without any headaches.
5) Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.1
The Final Cut Pro X 10.1 is the kind of software that makes you want to buy a Mac, because unfortunately, it’s not available for windows. It’s THE program for any video editor, suited for the newest hardware technologies. This version has been optimized to work with Mac Pro’s dual graphics cards like a charm, with rendering and playback being smoother than ever. Libraries are now capable to store all project files in a single place and they can be backed up to any location. Sound can be detached from videos, allowing sound or video-only editing and the magnetic timeline can combine complex set of clips, without cluttering them on your dashboard. Final Cut is mainly the reason why other video editing developers try to outdo themselves, since with every release, it raises the bar higher and higher.