One of the questions I get the most is which video editing software I use to make videos.
I talked in detail about all the different options for video editing software in episode fifteen of the audio podcast (http://diyvideoguy.com/15), but I wanted an even quicker way to share my answer with people, so I put together a quick video.
In this episode I discuss 7 different pieces of video editing software, ranging from free to professional, and give recommendations on which you should use right now or in the future.
# Items mentioned in this episode:
- iMovie for Mac:
- Windows Movie Maker:
- Final Cut Pro X:
- Adobe Premiere Pro:
- Plural Eyes:
Full episode notes: http://www.DIYVideoGuy.com/tv15
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## Partial Transcript
Now in the next tier up, you have screen recording software. These are ScreenFlow on the Mac, and Camtasia on a Windows computer. Now Camtasia's also on a Mac, but I really like ScreenFlow at around $100 to record your screen or an iOS device. And you can do annotations over it, you can do zoom ins, zoom outs. I know people that make YouTube videos only in ScreenFlow, even ones they shoot on a DSLR or another video camera. Now if you're on Windows, Camtasia's another good option. It's a little pricier than ScreenFlow is, but you can record your screen and do basic video editing in there. Then on the top, you have the professional level video editing apps. Those are Final Cut Pro X, and Adobe Premier Pro.
Now, Final Cut Pro X is only on the Mac, and I think it runs about $300. And this is what I started using when I started video editing a lot a few years ago. This is basically iMovie Pro. If you get started in iMovie, and you make the transition over to Final Cut Pro X, it's going to feel the same, with just a bunch of little pro things you can do in there, like better color correcting and audio adjustments. And overall, it's just an upgraded version of iMovie, in my opinion. Now, a lot of people still use Final Cut Pro 7 in the TV and movie industry, but Final Cut Pro X is stable now, it's getting better. But what a lot of people did when Final Cut Pro X came out, is they jumped over to Adobe Premier Pro, which is what I use 99% of the time now to do my video editing, and I do a little bit in ScreenFlow.
So for Adobe Premier Pro, you can buy a standalone version of CS6 or an older version, but if you're going to want to get updates for Adobe Premier Pro, you're going to be on the CC plan, the Creative Cloud Adobe plan. And so, I'm paying, I think, $50 a month now for two copies of it, so I can have it on my desktop computer and on my laptop computer. Adobe Premier Pro is what a lot of the professionals are using to do video editing. If you're just getting started with video editing, you're going to want to watch a bunch of tutorials. If you've done video editing in the past, you can start to get used to it. But the thing is, is the sky's the limit pretty much with Adobe Premier Pro. There are television shows, Hollywood movies, music videos, anything you can think of, is being edited on Adobe Premier Pro. It's continually updated. It integrates really well with Photoshop, After Effects, and all the other Adobe Suite.
So if you're going to choose a video editing program and you're dedicated to doing video for multiple years, I would say bite the bullet, go straight to Adobe Premier Pro. If you're on a Mac and you have used iMovie a little bit and you're looking to upgrade to do some more advanced things, I would highly recommend Final Cut Pro X, pay a few hundred dollars, get that and start doing some more of the advanced things you need to do in your videos. And if you're just getting started, think about iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, and go from there.