If you're into digital videos, then you'll know you need a good video editing software program. There are many video editing suites out there and it can be bewildering to the newbie videographer.
Some of the newbies I know go out to purchase Adobe Premiere which is extremely expensive and not really suited for beginners. Some others buy editing programs that are not well known and can do little for your videos.
Here, I'd like to introduce you to some good video editing programs that are suitable for you, the newbie or intermediate level videographer. These packages allow you to edit your videos and add special effects without burning a large hole in your pocket.
These packages are also quite up-to-date, with support for HD video and have integration with online video sites like YouTube so you can share your videos quickly and easily.
CyberLink PowerDirector is a great video editor that has taken the market by storm over the last several years. It features a great set of video editing tools and meets the needs of beginner to intermediate level videographers.
The Cyberlink PowerDirector video editing program
For me, what I really liked about the package was its neat presentation of everything you need to do with your video - from importing video clips, to trimming, adding transitions, captions, images and audio. Even though I had no training in the product, I could figure out how to use it very quickly.
The other aspect that attracts me about PowerDirector is the the wide range of audio and still images you can add to your videos, along with professional transitions and really cool effects. I also found it has a strong online community that supports the product and its really easy to find answers to questions you have about the software.
Adobe Premiere Elements is a well-known brand name among video editing programs. Its compatible with both PCs and Macs and it has taken up a significant portion of market share from its competitors.
The Adobe Premiere Elements video editing program
I find Adobe Premiere Elements to have solid end-to-end set of video editing features all integrated into a clean package. You get tools for importing, editing, rendering and burning your video to output media. I also like the features like green screen editing and the ability to fine-tune and adjust your imported audio tracks.
Some folks I know tell me that Adobe Premiere is complicated to use. Well, Id have to say that it is much simpler to use than its professional cousin - Adobe Premiere - which, being the industry standard for heavy-duty video editing takes the prize for being one of the most comprehensive (and complicated) video editing tools to use.
Corel VideoStudio has been one of my most used intermediate-level video editing programs. While it does not have the professional depth of Adobe Premiere, it holds its own when it comes to video editing.
The Corel VideoStudio Pro video editing software
For example, you get cool effects like 3D movie support, time lapse, tons of transitions, and the ability to add picture-in-picture objects. It allows the more adventurous videographer to create his own video masterpieces but yet remains accessible to the absolute beginner.
The only gripe I have is the lack of a strong online community supporting the product. Perhaps over time Corel will add more online support.
Movie Edit Pro is a lesser known software but it still makes my list. The neat thing about the software is that it can import and export 3D movie files, and supports Blu-ray and AVCHD - bringing it level with its competitors.
A box shot of Magix Movie Edit Pro MX Plus
I also found the 1,000 plus video effects, templates and audio clips in its library extremely useful in customizing my very own unique video production. Customer support, however is lacking and thats something to watch out for.
VideoPad is another good tool for making simple movies. It supports many common file formats (e.g. AVI, MOV, MPG) and theres some really good technical support.
The VideoPad video editing tool
I like the fact that it is a quick and dirty tool for producing movies. Sure, it does lack some of the features that are standard in similar products (e.g. a rich library of transition and special effects). However, on the plus side, it gets the job done quickly and does not require much computing power.
Very often, I advise newbie videographers to make use of cheaper tools like PowerDirector and VideoStudio Pro to produce the professional effects in Adobe Premiere. As you get better in video editing, then you can consider upgrading to more expensive software.
Until next time, have a great time editing your videos!