This post is a form of continuation of our post from a bit earlier for tools and software to make your life as a webmaster easier. Here we will talk about what the best video editing software is at the moment and how to get a full advantage of its features.
If you are a pro-user rather than ‘just’ a consumer, then you will more that likely be buying the best professional video editing software you can find, rather than a consumer level video editing software. If that is the case then you need to find out which software is best for you and which one(s) have the overall best editing tools and format support. Note that it is recommended that you don’t jump right into the professional video editing world unless you have it. Professional video editors such as Adobe Premiere Pro, require a huge amount of resources (both computer resources and $) and time. It is generally better and far less expensive to use consumer level video editing software instead of professional video editing software, especially when you are just starting out.
Video Editing Tools
The best professional video editing software should come with all standard video editing tools that consumer level software comes with. It also should have advanced editing tools such as multi cam support, dual monitor support, advanced video stabilizing, and key framing.
In a lot of cases, many of the consumer level video software tools have also been upgraded in the professional software versions. Tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro’s advanced Warp Stabilizer tool helps remove the shakiness of any video footage and makes your video look a lot smoother than the original footage.
Pro-level video editing software should give you the option of editing one or multiple audio tracks from you computer which gives you the ability to create a great soundtrack for your video. Two of the four professional video editing software on our list gives you an unlimited number of audio tracks to work with and the other two allow up to 99 audio tracks, not bad. In addition, many of the best professional video editing software give you the option to ‘drag and drop’ audio right onto your timeline making it extremely simple to edit audio.
The best professional video editing software should support many different formats. The most common video format – MPEG, should be supported by default. You should be able to upload your finished project straight to social media sites such as Youtube and Vimeo, or should be able to put your project on a DVD or Blu-ray disk. Advanced formats such be supported as well such as support for 2K, 4K, and 5K video formats.
Ease of Use
Like we mentioned above, professional video editing software shouldn’t be used by those who are new to the video editing world. Professional video editors have had plenty of experience in using video editing software and, for the most part, will not have a problem in using the above professional video editing software. Most of the editing software on our list isn’t “that” difficult to use, but it is highly recommended that you use the consumer level video editing software version before attempting to use the professional video editing software version.
Help and Support
With so many features/tools you will eventually, probably, run into a few problems here and there. Luckily every editing software on our list comes with standard support features such as email support directly to the help/tech desk, a forum, online tutorials (usually video), an FAQ, and a knowledge-base. In addition, every pro-level software (with the exception of one) offers free phone support as well. For those who would rather not have to deal with tech support, for most of the software there is also built-in tutorials to help you get started.
We can’t stress it enough, if you are new to the video editing world then it is highly recommended you not jump the gun and immediately start using professional video editing software. Start with the consumer level versions and work you way up from their.