Faced with the need to edit the video, you ask yourself: “What software should I use?”
Good shooting plays a role, but video editing is a process that allows you to create the right impression and dynamics, to engage and push you to the desired action.
Therefore, today we will analyze 40+ video editors for various purposes, including those that we ourselves use.
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If you begin to learn video editing and are not yet ready to invest in the purchase of expensive software, choose a program from this list. Free does not mean simple or bad. We have put together programs through which professionals create their masterpieces.
The video editor is suitable for both Mac and Windows. System requirements are relatively low: the minimum amount of RAM is 4 GB (8 GB recommended), the memory on the video card is at least 1 GB, but if you plan to work with 4K resolution, then 2 GB is required.
Express is a free version. There is also a paid pro. If you speak English, you can see the detailed differences on the comparison page . But, in fact, the scope of opportunities that is claimed for the free version is more than enough for a beginner video editor or Youtube blogger. In the free version of 400 special effects. A good set of tools for working with audio. And if you need something more, you can buy individual adons without buying the Pro version.
The interface of this free video editor is similar to Adobe Premier Pro, but there is only an English version. Therefore, to work with the program, it would be nice to know the language, especially considering that there are practically no decent guides for this software in Russian. But on the developer’s site there is a large collection of instructional videos.
You can import most of the existing video formats, but saving the finished video is only available in .mp4 (H.264). But for $ 9.99 you can buy an upload in AC3 / AVCHD & MPEG-2 formats. In the Express version, video export is possible with the maximum parameters: resolution – 4K, color depth – 8 bits.
Pros: a large set of functions, the ability to buy add-ons.
Cons: it will take time to explore all the features, good guides are available only in English.
A simple but functional free video editor is iMovie. This software is only suitable for devices of the Apple family: IMac, MacBook, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
For experienced users, the toolbox may seem somewhat limited, but the editor is intuitive and well suited for those who are just learning to edit video. Although it should be noted that from release to release the functionality becomes wider, and errors are fixed. So, in the new version, the problem with iMovie access to files on external media is fixed.
Supports working with 4K video, as well as with the formats AVCHD, 3gp, avi, m4v, mov, mp4. But it does not work with video at 360 degrees and video from multiple cameras.
The application does not allow you to customize the user interface, although the new version has a dark mode.
Pros: intuitive, the video can be changed in the “Photo” program.
Cons: only for MacOs and iOS, not enough for professional video editing, popular effects are already recognizable and hackneyed.
One of the most powerful free video editing programs that allows you to perform a full processing cycle in one software. It supports Windows (10 Creators Update), Mac (macOS 10.12.6 Sierra), Linux (CentOS 6.8). Resource-intensive: the recommended amount of RAM is 16 GB, and if you plan to work with Fusion – 32 GB, a powerful video card with a memory capacity of 3 GB or more. More about system requirements can be found here .
If you have experience working with video editors, then understanding the interface is not difficult. For simple mounting tasks: cut, glue, lay music – you can do with simpler programs. But if you want to make high-level filmmaking video, DaVinci Resolve is a great tool. By the way, with his help such films as Ninja Turtles, Warcraft were made.
It supports the import of almost all known video formats, works with RAW, and since version 16 it supports 8K. The patented GPU acceleration algorithms allow you to maintain a high degree of detail and ensure high image quality.
Pros: powerful color grading, the ability to work with specialists of different orientations (colorists, editors, etc.).
Cons: English-language interface, a full range of functions is available in the paid version, in order to use the full functionality, you should learn a little.
A multi-platform, codec-independent, free video editor for non-linear video editing. It supports 4K and almost all modern video formats for import and export, as well as HTML5 as a source for filters, video, etc.
The program remembers all user actions on the principle of Adobe Photoshop, so you can cancel the action or return to the desired point as many times as necessary.
Pros: can be installed in Russian, fully open source, customizable interface with the ability to work on two monitors.
Cons: an unusual interface, few tools for highly professional installation.
Open source program for processing 3D-graphics with the functions of a good video editor. They are quite enough to satisfy the basic installation needs: cutting and gluing. A good choice if your video has a lot of 3D animation.
Requires 4 GB of RAM. The installation file for Windows weighs only 84 MB.
Pros: it works stably, takes up little space
Cons: few tutorials on working with Blender as a video editor.
Cross-platform video editor.
Pros: supports all video formats, intuitive interface. Cons: in the free version, export is limited to 720p directly to Youtube / Vimeo.
Desktop video editor for Windows.
Pros: easy to learn, works with 4K video, it is easy to export the result to social networks
Cons: paid technical support, in the free version lower export speed.
Works on Windows 10, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 or Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. There is also a mobile version for iPhone / iPad and Android.
Pros: export in resolution up to 4K, basic set of functions, there is a Russian interface.
Cons: not powerful enough for advanced users.
Machete Video Editor Lite
Another video editing program for Windows
Pros: as simple as possible, the result without loss of quality, because no transcoding of audio and video stream.
Cons: in the free version you can’t work with audio, the number of supported video formats is significantly lower than in other video editors.
Suitable for beginner video editors with Windows, Linux or macOS. With its help, you can slow down, cut, glue the video, apply simple filters.
Pros: undemanding to computer resources, simple and intuitive to work, effectively solves simple video editing tasks.
Cons: a modest set of functions.
Multiplatform open source program for video editing. Cope with basic tasks.
Pros: good for beginners thanks to its intuitive interface, it provides basic audio / video layout features, simple filters, transitions, etc.
Cons: the functionality is far from the pros level, there are complaints about unstable operation and “crashes”.
Freemake video converter
A converter for Windows that includes a built-in video editor. It will help to rotate, stretch, cut, transfer from one format to another. Allows you to make a presentation, go separate the audio track from the video clip.
Pros: supports 4K and Full HD, upload to YouTube or website.
Cons: can not be called a full-fledged video editor.
Paid video editors are a guarantee that you will get all the desired features. Sometimes the price scares. But, firstly, some programs can be bought forever (Filmora, Final Cut Pro), if you use them for a long time, the monthly cost will be meager. And secondly, if you are professionally engaged in creating videos and making money on it, even access with a monthly payment pays off.
Almost perfect in the world of video editing from Adobe. If you are familiar with other company products, then quickly master the interface. It supports almost all formats up to 8K, virtual reality and 360 video. RGB and YUV color schemes, 32-bit color depth.
The price of a monthly subscription will be $ 20.99 subject to a contract for a year with monthly payment. A weekly trial is available.
If you still do not know how to work in this program, but want to learn, pay attention to the articles:
Pros: cloud, which means you always use the most current version;
Cons: demanding on resources; to learn how to do cool, you have to invest time and money in training.
Final Cut Pro X
Premium video editor for Mac. Also supports 360 videos and augmented reality. Improved performance, due to which rendering, real-time effects, export, editing of more complex projects takes place in less time.
No subscription. To buy this video editing program you will have to pay a one-time payment – $ 299.99. A 30-day test access is available.
Pros: faster than Premiere Pro, good for working with drones;
Cons: Available only on Apple desktops, higher starting costs.
Premiere pro rush
This is a cross-platform video editor, accessible from all possible devices. It is designed for content makers for social networks, YouTube bloggers. Supported by mobile devices: Samsung, Xaiomi, Sony Xperia, Google Pixel, OnePlus. More details can be found on the application page in the Play Market.
Without Adobe Premiere Pro, a monthly subscription would cost $ 9.99. This includes support for Adobe Fonts, Adobe Portfolio, and Adobe Spark, and 100 GB of cloud storage. There is a free trial for only 3 exports and 2 GB of cloud storage.
Pros: optimal for bloggers and social networks.
Cons: not suitable for serious installation, there is no hardware acceleration.
Suitable for Windows, Android, MAC, iOS. It can work with video resolutions up to 4K.
You can buy a lifetime license for $ 59.99. Unlimited effect downloads will be available for the first 30 days. If you want to have access to effects forever and get a new effect every month, such a package will cost $ 99.87 per month.
Pros: Russian-language interface, cheaper than other paid solutions.
Cons: poor functionality, the presence of a watermark on the video in the free version, weakly pulls work with heavy files.
Professional video editing software. The modern release is suitable for Windows 10 OS, at least 8 GB of RAM, and if you plan to work with 4K, then 32 GB is needed.
The price of a lifetime license is rather big – $ 509. When used by subscription, the price per month will be from $ 9.99 to $ 21.99, depending on the payment conditions. The subscription includes program updates, as well as 1-2 exclusive online training VEGAS Pro.
Pros: supports import and export of most video and audio formats, well-documented.
Cons: does not support Mac, lack of Russian, does not save video in AVCHD.
The main purpose is to create animations and video effects. Although with its help you can perform a simple installation.
There is a free trial for 7 days. And then, if you want only After Effects, you will have to part with $ 20.99 / month per month. If you want to use the full power of Adobe tools, including Premiere Pro and Premiere Pro Rush – $ 52.99 / month. Pupils, students and teachers can get a discount in the first year of use and pay for the full package only $ 19.99 / month.
If anything, we have made a selection for you of the best online After Effects courses here .
Features of the video processing program After Effects:
Pros: a powerful program for creating animations and VR videos.
Cons: It is not a full-fledged editor for video editing, but in combination with Premiere Pro can work wonders.
See also Best 3D and compositing programs.
A simple and feature-rich award-winning video editor. Supports Windows starting from 7. OS 64-bit recommended. Not suitable for Apple product owners. RAM requirements from 4 GB.
The price for a lifetime license is 6300 rubles. There is a trial version for 30 days with limited functionality.
Pros: support for most formats up to HD and 4K, Russian interface.
Cons: you can’t fill in the hashtags when uploading to social networks, one main editable video, so you can’t create effects using frames from multiple sources.
Online video editors are gaining popularity because you do not need to download and install software on your computer. And the service is also cloudy, then it will be possible to work on the same project from different devices.
Register via Facebook or Google. The program is simple and straightforward. The free version is quite limited – exporting video in 480P SD without a watermark, paid access to audio and video library resources. The paid version will cost from $ 6 / month. with an annual subscription and from $ 9 / month. when paying monthly.
Pros: various aspect ratios of the canvas are possible, you can download an existing video or record from webcams.
Cons: there are losses in the quality of the final video, only for Google Chrome.
Can be used online or as an extension for chrome. A very simple editor if you need to quickly adjust the video. Works with formats up to 1080P Full HD. This is not to say that the functionality is strong, but very simple to use. You can upload up to 500 MB or work with videos uploaded to Google disk.
Pros: no registration required, no watermark, completely free, Russian interface.
Cons: you can’t upload the result directly to YouTube, there are no options for editing sound.
Create funny videos, collages, slide shows for uploading to social networks. This editor requires registration. You can also work without it, but you won’t be able to upload the video. The free version limits downloaded videos: no more than 2 minutes, 1 GB in storage, watermark when unloading.
Lifetime license costs from $ 29.99 to $ 299.99. In the maximum configuration, the program supports working even with 4K video.
Pros: a lot of templates, a simple editor for beginners, uploading to social networks.
Cons: significant limitations in the free version, the price is comparable to the cost of a full-fledged video editor, there is no timeline.
Powerful cross-browser and cross-platform online video editor. There is a free version that is very limited. For example, the resolution of the uploaded video is a maximum of 480p. Paid version from $ 4.99 to $ 29.99 per month. Moreover, 4K resolution is supported only from the Unlimited plan ($ 7.99 / month.)
Pros: the ability to upload to social networks, the most used canvas sizes in social networks are available: square, vertical, horizontal, a powerful set of functions.
Cons: there are many restrictions in the free plan, most interesting functions are supported only in the paid version.
Positioned as the future of online video editing. But in fact, the toolbox is not bad, but not enough for such a high rank.
Works with files up to 1500 MB. It will give all the information about the uploaded video file: resolution, frame rate, bit rate, codecs, etc.
Pros: completely free, can record from a webcam.
Cons: no transitions, effects.
Mobile video editors often face polar challenges: short films or cute family videos directly; Create automatically or with maximum control by the installer. Fortunately, on Google Play and the AppStore there are solutions for any request.
One of the most powerful video editing apps for Android. Allows you to upload video in 4K format to 60FPS and directly share in popular social networks. A monthly subscription will cost $ 4.99, which is quite expensive compared to other applications.
Pros: non-linear video editor, a lot of functions compared to other applications.
Cons: watermark in the free version, high price.
Non-linear video editor for Android (version 4.3 and higher) and Windows. Download and use are free, but for some functions, for example, unloading in higher resolution, you will have to pay extra. The cost of a monthly subscription is about $ 5 for a monthly payment.
Pros: supports vertical format, familiar interface for video editors, supports Russian language.
Cons: not available for Apple technology, ads and watermark in the free version.
Paid multi-threaded video editor with support for 4K resolution. Strong functionality, which takes time to learn, is not suitable for users who want a quick and easy result, but will please everyone who works with video on a professional level.
Pros: not only impressive editing functionality, but also the ability to organize and manage video and projects.
Cons: the cost of a full package can reach up to $ 100, available only on iOS, a rather complicated interface.
Free watermark-free video editor for Android. It was developed by the same team as the InShot program known among Insta-bloggers, but YouCut’s capabilities are noticeably large.
Pros: it works with a resolution of up to 4K, can compress video size up to 90% without much loss of quality.
Cons: you have to spend time studying the functionality, there are complaints about the stability of the work, which, in other things, is typical for all applications.
Available for devices on Android and iOS. In the free version, downloading is not available, texts and titles are closed, stock videos, shares on the FB, analytics. There are three options for a paid subscription. The simplest one costs about $ 3 for a monthly payment, and the most advanced one costs about $ 20 / per month.
Pros: available from mobile and desktop; fine-tuning footage, effects and music using artificial intelligence.
Cons: minimal control of the result on your part, it works unstably on some models, in the free version only SD quality is available and then without downloading.
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What are the requirements for such applications? Simplicity, access from a smartphone, the ability to make video under a square or vertical, and even more any effects, filters, stickers.
This video editing application is loved by Instagram bloggers for its simplicity and a good set of features. Saves in quality from 120p to 3840p (4K). In the free version there is a watermark that can be removed by viewing ads.
The paid version offers a larger set of filters, effects, stickers. The price is about 3-4 dollars / month.
Pros: all the functionality of video editing is available in the free version, an intuitive interface.
Cons: no transitions, you can not take a step back, i.e. cancel the operation ..
An application for editing video from Instagram itself. It is difficult to call this a full-fledged video editor, but the program creates dynamic videos that are popular in this social network.
Pros: making videos is easy, and sharing with them on Instagram is even easier.
Cons: the editor has one single function.
Originally conceived as a video editing application with GoPro. But it copes with material shot on other equipment. The main feature is the automatic creation of video collages from your photos and vedeo. The program selects the most interesting moments, imposes music and you get a finished result.
Pros: Ideal for beginners and quick video editing.
Cons: not suitable for experienced users who are accustomed to maximally control the video editing process.
This is a social network and two in one video editor. Therefore requires an account registration. Allows you to create short videos with powerful special effects and all kinds of add-ons, as well as upload them directly to the network applications, popular social networks and instant messengers or save to your device.
Pros: effects adjust to the rhythm of the audio, so the videos are dynamic.
Cons: insufficient opportunities for full installation, a watermark and an insert with the application logo at the end of the video.
Another program for automatically creating video collages from your videos. In terms of functionality, it is similar to other similar video editors, but differs in UI / UX. And when editing video, everything should be conveniently clear and fast, so try Splice to uniquely select your favorite.
Pros: free, supports 4K;
Cons: only for iOS; the audio collection has tracks that are closed for commercial use and monetization, so you can get a warning from YT.
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To successfully promote the YouTube channel, it is tedious to pay attention to the quality of the shooting material, which means using good light, a camera, and equipment for stabilizing video and recording audio in your work. But no less important when creating cool videos is post production, which means you need to choose the right program for video editing.
If the information load of the video is strong, and the quality of the footage is at a level, then a simple video editor that can save the result in good resolution is suitable. But, if the “trick” of the channel is built on special effects and editing, then something more powerful is needed.
So what programs do the best YouTube bloggers use? Leaders are:
Above in this review we have already discussed their capabilities. In principle, any program from our review may be suitable for this case.
But if you are just starting your career as a “blogger” and want to start uploading videos without any long foreplay, we offer you 3 more programs specifically for YouTube.
Create customized intro and vivid screensavers directly in the application, upload the result to YouTube or other social networks. An important plus is that there is no watermark. But for some options you still have to pay extra
It is positioned for video editing for YouTube, with the ability to edit and trim video. The developer is InShot, which is probably why Video Maker is practically no different from the InShot application. Of the benefits – there is no watermark.
If you plan to upload video to the channel via your smartphone, you should install it. In this program, all the settings related to the optimization of the video for the search are performed, you can immediately see the analytics and check the monetization settings.