Video Editing

When shopping for the best video editing software, you’ll want to find an application that offers a variety of useful editing tools, compatibility with many file formats, an easy-to-use interface and strong support options. Below is a breakdown of what we were looking for when we tested video editor software:

Editing Tools
Editing tools include everything from changing the background lighting and color tones to clipping the video so you get the perfect segment for what you need. We specifically looked for applications that include a storyboard and timeline layout, a video stabilizer and the ability to add text to the video. We also searched for tools that enable you to enhance audio and adjust the balance between the visual and audio components. Another important aspect of video editing is the type of professional transitions the software offers. The types of transitions you use in your video can have a large influence on the overall feel of your video. You’ll also want movie editing software that allows you to add chapter breaks and effective menus to your videos.

Supported Formats
When shopping for movie editing software, you’ll want an application that allows you to import and export your media in the formats that work best for you. For instance, the best video editing software will burn DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Some applications allow you to upload your movie directly to YouTube. A good application will work with virtually any camera, camcorder or even VCR and let you pull the files you want directly from the device via your computer.

Ease of Use
Editing video can become complicated because you’re dealing with visual and audio files as well as transitions and effects. The more complex your video, the more important it is to have an easy-to-use application. Having an intuitive interface and well-organized menus is paramount.