How to Choose the Right Video Editing Software: A Buyer's Guide

Editing Software Buyer's Guide



Dan's picture

I would like to suggest that any article describing "How to Find the Right Editing Software" should definately include EDIUS.  To me Edius is easily one of the big three... sure it depends what kind of projects you do, but Edius is a strong contender and should be included.

I absolutely agree!!

Gocglory's picture

I absolutely agree!! Dan, You took the word out of my mouth :-) Edius is very logical, an extremely powerful and stable professional NLE. But the problem is that Grass Valley does not pay sponsored texts, so it's rare to mention it. On this web site and many others. Too bad. BTW Did you know that current Olympic Winter Games Relies on Grass Valley Infrastructure to Produce Winter Games Coverage? There is no word on this web site about that. But that is Adobe or BMD or Apple, everyone would write about it. Correct me if I'm wrong :-)

Video Editing Software

My Desktop Computer, which I call it My Video Editing Beast, runs as the sole OS Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Cinnamon.  I use Kdenlive, which is ever bit as good as Vegas 13 is, maybe even better.

Why this article did not even touch on Kdenlive baffles me. because it does run on the Windows Platform.  He missed the Mark on this free Program.


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mikestrong's picture

This was a thin article to say the least. Your site again and again short-sheets Vegas and this author clearly doesn't have a good grasp of a good range of softwares. I've been using Vegas since 1999 when Sonic Foundry first brought it out. Sony bought them out and now Magix bought them. 

Vegas has always had an incredibly easy to use yet deeply featured product. Beats the heck out of Premiere for usage. Premiere is incredibly awkward to use compared to Vegas, every time I've had to use Premiere (because it is cross platform - something you also didn't cover). It comes in two overall versions, each in various packages. A pro version and a "studio" version which is less than $100 and yet produces fully professional results and whose project files can later be brought into the pro version.

And if you are going to give a range of programs you could at least look them up and try the various trial versions from the much larger range of video editing programs now available. I'm pretty dissappointed in the article but I have to say, Videomaker, which I used to think was authoritative more than 20 years ago, is now pretty much surface coverage. So I seldom bother to show up here anymore to read articles. When I do I am almost always (true) dissappointed. You could do better.

Who said anything about hiring?

Tony P's picture

Where in the article does it mention anything about getting a job as an editor? I think you need to read again the title of this article.

Pinnacle Studio is always nowhere to be found

Alan D1's picture

What is it with this very short list of software suites.  Pinnacle is not even in the list and those that are mentioned are grossly over priced.  Pinnalce Studio 21 can be had for under $100 and  and I've used Pinnacle since 2008 and it is easy to learn and comes with som nice features I see in the over priced suites.  You really need to do your research before writing about software suites and include atleast 5 levels of expertise.  Some people only need the basics others want certain features while others want everything the pros use but don't want to pay $1000 yearly subscriptions.  Get your act together guys.

Vegas and others....

Tony P's picture

Another Vegas  Pro (15 Suite) and a Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate user. To see Vegas, Edius, and Magix Pro X not included as options in the higher end of editing, and only limiting your selection to Resolve and the "big 3" is a disservice to the reader. There might be those who would be looking for something more than what consumer editors bring to the table, but you have limited the selection choice. . There is no doubt that the additional software I (and others) posted can do professional editing without a subscription price Adobe and Avid charge.

In consumer editing, VideoStudio Pro is now VS2018. You also forgot PowerDirector, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Adobe Elements, Vegas Movie Studio and the fastest renderer of them all, Pinnacle Studio 21. Plenty of options to choose from.

There is great video editing software out there, and  if you are going to do an article on finding the right software, and then calling it a buyers guide, then include software. This gives the impression that what you listed is all there is.

You keep missing the boat!

How do you compare software when you leave out so many major players? Pinnacle has been around for what seems like forever and is very usable and inexpensive. And for short videos it renders as fast as Avid. Vegas, in various forms, has also been around a long time. The current publisher, Magix, has done a great job with both the low cost version and the Pro version. Frequent updates, lots of add on packages, and a very fast editing tool. Maybe they just need to buy more ads in publications like yours to get mentioned?

I have the whole Adobe CC Suite and even knowing how to use Premiere Pro it is just slow to work with, I also have Avid and it is much faster to work with, although a bit klunky. Better suited to a news dept (short videos) than a movie studio. I have clients who send me work in those formats and want it back in those.

Given the choice, and for all my own creating and editing, I use Vegas Pro. It still feels like "film" (which is what I startted with), and is actually fast and fun to work with. It is much more productiuve than anything else I have used. I have never been limited with its' extensive capabilities, but they don't get in the way when not needed. I would like to see it render faster, but for me that is an end of day or end of project process so I am not sitting there waiting to do something else with it.  


Thank you for the article and

MJS's picture

Thank you for the article and limiting choices to a few good editing programs. This will save me time on internet searches, and also, trying to guess what editor would be best for me. Windows Movie Maker's simplicity has afforded me the time and necessity to learn, apply, and constantly practice good shooting techniques, but the time is coming when I'll make the switch to a better editor to improve my videos.