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Hi! New to video editing? If you are, you are probably confused by the huge range of video editing software available on the market.

When I first started in video editing, no one gave me a proper comparison of video editing software. So I experimented myself.

I have tried using Microsoft Movie Maker and other free software. Over time, as I gained more confidence in the editing process, I switched to commercial software like Adobe Premiere and Corel VideoStudio.

In this article, I would like to give you a comparison of the best video editing software so that you can be more creative with your productions.

1. Beginner level

Let’s start with the basics. If you are a beginner and haven’t done a lot of video editing, I recommend that you start with a free video editing package like Microsoft Movie Maker. This allows you to understand the video timeline, splitting, trimming, and how to add basic effects to your production.

Once you have some basic knowledge, get a good beginner video editor like MovAVI. I use MovAVI a lot these days to quickly edit and burn / upload my videos to YouTube.

MovAVI automates most of the post production process for me. I just import my video, select a default theme and the software does the rest. It saves me a lot of time, especially if I have a ton of vacation videos where I’m too lazy to do in-depth editing.

2. Intermediate level

OK, let’s move on to midlevel software. These programs have basic video editing features for beginners, but also contain advanced features for those who want to be more creative.

In this category my personal preference is Corel VideoStudio. I’ve used competing products like Adobe Premiere Elements and Pinnacle Studio before, but I always come back to VideoStudio because of its rich templates and the app’s intuitive interface.

Corel VideoStudio lets me do things like chroma key (remove green screens from video so I can overlay another background), add titles, transactions, and manipulate audio. I also like being able to export my video to a wide variety of formats, including uploading them online to YouTube seamlessly. This is the software I use most often to edit selected video projects where I need a quick basic workflow but have room for creative work.

Advanced level

There are more advanced level video editing software packages like Adobe premiere, Sony Vegas and Final Cut Pro. While I like their features (and these are industrial grade features used by filmmakers), I find them overpriced. Something like the full Adobe Premiere suite will easily set you back close to $ 1,000. I don’t pay that much money for a video app unless I’m doing it full time.

For amateurs, I strongly suggest using mid-level software. The advanced features of pro-level packages like Adobe Premiere tend to be rarely used. Once you’ve done a lot of video projects and want to get pro, these packages make sense.

4. Online applications

OK, so far we have compared desktop video editing software. But you should know that there are also other online video editing apps that appear all over the store.

The one that particularly caught my attention is Animoto, which is a great online app.

This is a solid and intuitive online video editor that allows you to simply upload your work and apply a series of automatic edits and effects. Again, very useful tips for those who need a quick workflow without too much hassle.

5. Mobile applications

Finally, if you are using a mobile device like iPhone or have an Android device, you will be aware of a plethora of video editing apps appearing in your app store.

I particularly like Play your video for iOS. This little app lets you import videos from your phone library and then spruce them up with effects like slow motion, Charlie Chaplin comedy effects, and a variety of other cool stuff. Give it a try.

If you compare mobile video editing software with their desktop competitors, you will find that they lack features. But they make up for that in terms of portability. Just pull out your phone, shoot the video, and edit. It’s very quick and easy compared to a desktop approach.

In addition, there are, of course, other video editing apps. You can try browsing the “Featured” or “Top Rated” categories on your iPhone or iPad to see which apps are the best right now.


Hope the above has given you a good comparison of video editing software in the market. Remember, try to select a plan that meets your needs. If you are a beginner, don’t buy something expensive like Adobe Premiere. Get ready with simple video editors like VideoStudio first, then move on to more advanced things when you’re ready.

The other point is to just practice. I remember going through at least 20 projects on Corel VideoStudio before deciding to try Adobe Premiere. Once you’ve practiced, you’ll begin to understand the basics of the video editing workflow – and these skills can be applied to any video editing app you own in the future.

Until next time, have fun editing your videos!


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