The 8 Best Video Editing Software to Buy in 2017

Whether you’re a professional video editor or an amateur, video is a universal way to enjoy, share and create memories that can last forever. No matter if you’re capturing life’s best (and worst) moments via a smartphone, DSLR or even a point-and-shoot camera, editing video will allow you to highlight and share the footage with the world. Which video editor you use to ship your final product is best determined by your use case, the type of computer you own and, of course, your budget. With those choices in mind, here’s our take on the best video editors available today.

Best Overall: Premiere Elements 15

Often considered a pared-down version of Adobe’s Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements 15 is still an excellent video editor. Buoyed by its user-friendliness, the cross-platform (Mac and Windows 10) Premiere Elements 15 is full of features and options that can be enjoyed by both amateurs and professionals. Once you import media, the workflow is standard with organizing video clips into a timeline, applying any post-effects and then previewing/publishing the final product. Basic additions such as creating video collages, enhancing audio, de-hazing landscapes and stabilizing video are all present to help create the best possible product. Adobe even adds some smart features such as turning frowns upside down or adding a motion blur for creating a dramatic look at sports or action scenes. The built-in companion organizer will help keep previous assets sorted and organized for quickly locating after upload, so it’s easy to re-discover previously finished and draft products.

Best For Macs: Apple Final Cuts Pro

Apple’s Final Cut Pro X software falls into what we call the “prosumer” category because it treads the line between a product for consumers who want to up their video-editing game and one for professionals who need powerful editing tools. It lacks a traditional timeline-track interface, which is enough to scare some users off, but the software is intuitive and powerful nonetheless. It has great organizational tools like libraries, ratings, tagging, auto analysis for faces and scenes, and automatic color coding for track-specific clips, useful keyboard short-cuts and drag-and-drop media importing give Adobe’s Premiere Elements a run for its money. Unfortunately, you can’t directly open projects from Final Cut Pro 7 or earlier, but there are many third-party plug-ins that will help you out there.

Best Video Editing Software for Windows: Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 Ultimate

Windows users have an affordable and powerful video editing software in Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 Ultimate. This easy-to-use tool sports an intuitive interface that new users can pick up with the help of video tutorials. But the product really distinguishes itself from the competition with a number of premium features, including end-to-end 360-degree video editing, which gives you unparalleled control over every detail in the scene. Numerous modes such as the Extreme Toolkit for sports footage, as well as wedding and traveling packs, make this a versatile tool suitable for a number of directors. TrueTheater color adds dramatic depth by dynamically adjusting color saturation to look like true HDR footage. Finally, the unique Vertical Video Mode blends all of CyberLink’s tech into the 9:16 format used by most streaming media sites, eliminating any headache of transferring your content to the big screen.

Best for Storytelling: Pinnacle Studio 21

For a piece of consumer software, Pinnacle Studio 21 has an impressive number of features. You can import video from a broad range of sources and it even supports stop-motion video capture from any connected camera, 3D, 360 video and multi-camera editing. You’ll bask in its wide variety of filters and transitions, which help in the storytelling process. Previous Pinnacle users who were unsatisfied with the interface will be happy to know it’s gotten an upgrade, and is now one of the best-looking and most intuitive Windows editors out there, granting you quick access to your favorite tools. It’s also gotten a big boost when it comes to reliability, and users no longer report buggy crashes.

Best For Beginners: Corel VideoStudio

Corel’s Windows-only VideoStudio offers an equally robust set of features comparative to Adobe or CyberLink’s product line. Right off the bat, it’s easy to see why VideoStudio is a great option: It offers support for 4K, 360-degree VR, multi-cam editing, as well as a large library of royalty-free music. Beginners will quickly learn to appreciate features such as “checkmarks,” which can either let you know which clips you’ve already used or can apply effects to all the clips currently in your timeline at once. Additionally, voice detection helps you match subtitles to speech in your video clips.

Purchasing the full version of VideoStudio Ultimate X10 adds a whole extra set of options that beginners will quickly love, including multi-monitor support, easier title creation, and even stop-motion animation. Corel supports almost every output format imaginable, so it’s ideal for sharing socially or for hosting online for the world to see. Another highlight for beginners is the inclusion of storyboard mode, which will help draft the exact vision they have in mind for a finished product without wasting hours and days on edits that may never see the light of day.

Best For Youtube: Corel VideoStudio Pro X10

When it comes to video editing for YouTube, almost every app does it well, but Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 does it better. With nearly every feature and tool that you need at your disposal (including transitions, effects, titles, templates and more), Pro X10 offers an outstanding array of production level value.

Support for 360-degree VR, 4K, Ultra HD and 3D media help round out the export opportunities available with Pro X10 and, while they may not all be supported by YouTube now, it’s good to know you have the capability for when they are. The user interface isn’t for beginners, but within a short amount of time, you’ll be a master at capturing, editing and sharing.

Added features such as time remapping for including slow motion, high-speed effects or freeze action are complemented by easily grouping or ungrouping clips on a timeline to edit in bulk or one at a time. With over 1,500 customizable effects, transitions and titles, there’s something for everyone. Even as the video itself is the focus, custom fitting your project with a soundtrack is handled well with custom-fit audio allowing your movies to both look and sound good.

Best For Professionals: Adobe Premiere Pro

lmost every app does it well, but Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 does it better. With nearly every feature and tool that you need at your disposal (including transitions, effects, titles, templates and more), Pro X10 offers an outstanding array of production level value.

Support for 360-degree VR, 4K, Ultra HD and 3D media help round out the export opportunities available with Pro X10 and, while they may not all be supported by YouTube now, it’s good to know you have the capability for when they are. The user interface isn’t for beginners, but within a short amount of time, you’ll be a master at capturing, editing and sharing.

Added features such as time remapping for including slow motion, high-speed effects or freeze action are complemented by easily grouping or ungrouping clips on a timeline to edit in bulk or one at a time. With over 1,500 customizable effects, transitions and titles, there’s something for everyone. Even as the video itself is the focus, custom fitting your project with a soundtrack is handled well with custom-fit audio allowing your movies to both look and sound good.

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Best for Professionals: Adobe Premiere Pro

The granddaddy of video editing, Adobe Premiere Pro is the cross-platform, uber-popular timeline based video editor that’s long set the standard for video editing software. Capable of tackling nearly any type of video format, Adobe’s software is ready to produce video for any type of professional production, including film, television and the Web. Premiere Pro offers enough horsepower to handle 360-degree virtual reality video to 8K footage all in native format. It can even import and export footage from competitive software such as Final Cut Pro.

While most professional-grade software can handle multi-cam editing, Premiere Pro goes one step beyond, handling as many sources as necessary with as many angles as required. The inclusion of the bundled Lumetri Color Panel allows advanced color adjustments to be handled with ease. Additionally, Adobe’s integration with After Effects and Photoshop adds even more reason for professional grade editors to choose Premiere Pro.

Best For SmartPhones: Adobe Premiere Clip

Premiere Clip is your iOS/Android connection to Adobe’s most powerful editing programs: Premiere Pro and Premiere Elements. It’s part of the Creative Cloud ecosystem, which means you’ll need an Adobe ID to access it, but both the app and an account are free for all.

Premiere Clip is perfect for creatives whose videos are bound for social media channels like YouTube and Instagram. You can easily import video clips from places like your phone, Lightroom, Creative Cloud and Dropbox, and then use the app’s Freeform editor to trim or split clips, adjust exposure and highlights, add audio and more. And, of course, you can add filters, which is a given in today’s social media sphere.

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