Video editing has become an important part of the modern world – from making films to video blogging and videos for social networks. We have prepared a selection of video processing programs for all occasions: there are both free options for beginners and professional software. Everyone will find a suitable option for themselves.
DaVinci Resolve will appeal to newbies and will not disappoint professionals. There is a huge assortment of tools for creating visual effects, titles, and color grading. The application has a clear interface with logically arranged elements, so it will not be difficult to understand the main functions.
A key feature of DaVinci Resolve is the ability to process your videos in many ways without leaving the program. The program has powerful tools for mixing and mixing audio, so no separate software is required. There is a Fusion option for creating visual effects and 3D graphics – even beginners will be able to add simple VFX elements. The app has a free version with some limitations. These include working at a lower resolution, lack of collaboration on a project, and watermarks for some filters.
Movavi Video Editor
Domestic development, which is easy to learn and offers a good set of basic functions. It makes it easy to edit videos for social media or personal use. There are no advanced settings for the timeline, sound mixer, effect editor, but not everyone needs such options. Movavi Video Editor, on the other hand, helps to remove all unnecessary and glue several fragments into a single clip using a simple interface. You can change the aspect ratio of the frame, change the format, cut off unnecessary pieces, overlay simple text and transitions.
There are enough free functions to edit high-quality content without unnecessary headaches. The functionality of the software can be expanded by purchasing the necessary tools in the store.
Adobe Premiere Pro
One of the most famous video editors has become the industry standard. If you worked in Photoshop before, the interface will seem familiar: the menu logic is similar, as well as the location of some functions. The package provides all kinds of options for working with videos: cropping, applying effects, and mixing audio to accurate color correction, creating transitions, editing metadata. There are many options available that are easy to experiment with.
Adobe Premiere Pro contains numerous audio and video effects, transitions, presets. It is not easy to understand all the variety of functions, but on the Internet, you can find a huge amount of training materials, including in Russian. The only drawback is the cost of the app. It is distributed through a Creative Cloud membership, so you have to pay on an ongoing basis.
A powerful professional editor with an impressive set of features: from simplified project assembly for express editing to advanced animated effects. There is a convenient tool for adding subtitles – not every program has a similar one. Beginners shouldn’t be intimidated by the wide range of possibilities. The software has a clear interface with a logical menu. Additionally, built-in video tutorials will help, revealing the intricacies of editing.
The utility offers a scattering of filters, effects, and plugins, there are presets for collages and advanced color correction. CyberLink PowerDirector boasts 4K support and fast rendering.
VSDC Video Editor
A simple program popular among those who are engaged in amateur video editing. The reason for the success of VSDC Video Editor is its handy free version. It has an up-to-date range of video processing tools and support for all major formats. This is more than enough for home installation. VSDC does not differ in high system requirements and supports the Russian language in the interface.
There is support for chroma key, editing audio tracks, creating dynamic 3D diagrams, and the ability to blur certain objects in the frame. Of course, convenient presets, filters, beautiful titles, and transitions are available. The Pro version provides advanced features: hardware acceleration, synchronization of the rhythm of audio tracks, stabilization of videos with shaky pictures, and much more.
Good for beginners who want to get their hands on a powerful tool right away. Users praise the program for its balance between functionality and ease of use. Some newbie editors note that the app is easier to work with than mainstream hits like Adobe Premiere. There are also advanced options: you can add colorful effects and transitions, combine several video tracks in one frame, make subtitles, and cut clips.
Pinnacle Studio is suitable both for those who are engaged in a personal account in social networks with a couple of hundred subscribers and for professionals editing long materials. The full version is sold for full price without any subscription.
Vegas Pro is real titanium of the market, which appeared in the last century and is often used on television. This is a professional version that does not spare beginners: the interface is not the simplest, and many functions are implemented in a not very obvious way. But in the presence of a huge number of effects, studio work with sound, support for almost all picture formats. There are several exclusive features such as object tracking, rendering of 3D models, and a tool for adding volumetric effects such as explosions, steam, and smoke.
Difficulty in mastering can scare off users involved in amateur video editing. However, with such an extensive selection of tools, this is hardly a disadvantage. On the net, you can find luxurious collections of plugins, titles, transitions, and other add-ons that will help you customize the software to your needs. The cost of Vegas Pro is impressive, but it is an adequate price for professional software.
What to mount on?
As a rule, video editors are extremely demanding on computer hardware. Especially when it comes to editing 4K footage with an abundance of effects and transitions. The size of the display and the quality of the matrix are also important because the comfort of video editing and the accuracy of color correction depend on them.
We tested the programs on the Honor MagicBook 15. This is a 2021 model with the current AMD Ryzen 5 5500U six-core processor. In the presence of up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a nimble SSD with a capacity of 512 GB. This filling is enough for the fast rendering of videos. A 30-minute 4K action camera footage was edited for about 20 minutes in DaVinci Resolve – pretty decent for a laptop with integrated graphics.
The laptop received a 15.6-inch display with Full HD resolution. The IPS matrix pleases with natural color reproduction, which allows you to accurately adjust all shades during installation. The picture can be easily displayed on an external monitor: a full-format HDMI connector is provided on the case. And if you forgot to take a memory with you, the ultrabook will autonomously last 4-5 hours when working with video – enough for editing a video or making edits to projects.