Video editing software is actually no different from the numerous software programs you may already have installed on your computer. The only difference being the purpose for which it is going to be used.
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In general, any video editing software program has to provide / meet some technical requirements like –
Other Factors & Features
Besides technical considerations, the number of available effects & transitions, the flexibility to use those effects, support for different video formats, are some of the parameters that you need to use to compare video editing software.
If you compare the various video editing software, their range of prices can start from around 100$ and can go up to 1000$. And this is precisely because of their range of available features!
Some other factors that you need to consider when choosing the best video editing software for your video work!
– Decide whether you want it for personal or professional use! Packages like Pinnacle Studio Plus, will suit the average home video user. For experienced users & pros, look for Adobe premiere or Final Cut.
– Check if any freebie is being given! Frequently you will have offers which will give away free audio/video related software along with your video editing software.
DVD authoring packages or Music creation packages are mostly bundled free, which can be an added bonus.
– Another factor which adds to the cost, is the ability of the editing software to support different formats of video files!
Besides your captured video, some of the packages can import movie files like Quicktime or RealMedia and edit them. They can even export in different formats to support various video players – Quicktime, Windows Media, portable players like iPods, etc.
– Another important point is the availability and customization of special effects & transitions in the video editing software.
Beginners should be ok with the available features in the entry level editing software, but if you are looking for more flexibility & customization of the special effects, packages like Adobe Premiere will be more suitable.
Depending on whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional, the video editing products that I recommend –
Beginners – Roxio VideoWave
Intermediate Level – Ulead VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio
Advanced – Adobe Premiere Pro, Final cut
Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 9 (Win/Mac)
Adobe Premiere Elements 9 (Win/Mac)
New Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software makes it easier than ever to tell entertaining stories with your photos and videos. Instantly unclutter or repair photos with the enhanced Spot Healing Brush. Enjoy optimized HD and SD editing, and quickly fix audio problems in your movies. Share photos and videos on Facebook, and share movies via convenient, interactive web DVD viewing experiences. And now enjoy a complete solution for photos and videos whether you use Microsoft Windows or Mac OS.
Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Suite (Win)
Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Production Suite takes HD video and audio production to the next level with additional tools for professional-level sound design and more video effects and transitions. Use the included Sound Forge Audio Studio software for precise audio editing; then enhance your multimedia projects with 400 exclusive music soundtracks. Quickly learn essentials with the included tutorial DVD. Read more
Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 (Win)
Work as fast as your creativity moves you with Corel VideoStudio Pro X3—HD video-editing software for serious movie making fun. Now twice as fast, it has everything you need to import, edit and share standard or HD movies and DVDs. Start with an amazing new collection of professionally designed templates from RevoStock, and real-time, studio-quality effects. Stay on the creative track with a huge palette of intuitive and powerful video-editing tools. Then share your story everywhere, from YouTube to Blu-ray and everything in between. Read more
Final Cut Studio by Apple (Mac, PowerMac, Mac OS X)
Edit, animate, mix, grade, and deliver on a Mac with Final Cut Studio. It includes more than 100 powerful new features. Use new versions of the ProRes codec to edit at high quality with reduced file sizes in a wide variety of workflows. Work with clients or colleagues in real time from anywhere in the world using iChat Theater. Add dramatic 3D graphics, repair common audio problems, and automate delivery in just a few clicks. The leading post-production suite now includes significant upgrades to Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Soundtrack Pro and updated versions of Color and Compressor. It also includes DVD Studio Pro, the industry standard for DVD authoring. Read more
Final Cut Express 4 by Apple (Mac, PowerMac, Mac OS X)
Discover powerful video editing for DV, HDV, and AVCHD*. Final Cut Express 4 delivers a single, open format Timeline where you can edit all three, mixing formats and frame rates using the same pro-level editing tools available in Final Cut Pro. Import video projects directly from iMovie ¿08. Take advantage of LiveType to create dynamic, animated titles. Built-in audio controls let you mix up to 99 audio tracks¿even add a narrative voiceover. Perfect your movie with professional transitions and effects, including optional third-party FxPlug plug-ins. *AVCHD video requires a Mac with an Intel processor. Read more
When it comes to choosing video editing software programs, usually no one sticks with same brand/version forever. That is the reason you should go in for something that will suit your needs today and in the immediate future.
There is no need to go overboard and get the most expensive one available in the market. Once you become more experienced on video editing, you too will be able to judge better what your needs are, and you can always upgrade to another product.