Everyone is doing it, or at some point will need to, and there is a vast array of options to choose from! The options range from super complex to learn and use, to those that lack the basic functionality and features you would expect!
I use video editing a number of times a day, so here’s my two-cents on four popular software pieces or applications you could consider using yourself, either at home or in your business…..
MOVAVI VIDEO SUITE VS IMOVIE
“Movavi Video Suite is a comprehensive video making program with everything you need to create your own home movie masterpieces in no time: record and edit video and music, put together video clips and slideshows, record video directly from your computer screen, save online videos, convert video and music to any format you need, and burn discs with video, music, and data.”
“iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into your all-time favorite films. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll watch them over and over again. And you’ll share them with everyone.”
If you use a mac and want simple, uncomplicated video editing functionality, that gives you most of the features you would expect, then look no further… iMovie is what you need.
iMovie is easy to use and master, and you will be chopping up and and creating fantastic videos within minutes. It offers a standard timeline display, has Full Screen Playback, video transitions and is always pleasant to use.
If you’re a Mac user who wants more in-depth functionality, or you’re a PC user looking for a video editing suite, Movavi Video is going to be your best option.
It’s not quite as straight-forward to use as Imovie, but offers editors who have a little more know-how – or those with time to learn the programme – more features. It also supports a wider array of video options with more advanced video conversion ability, the option to burn your video onto disk, full screen playback, video transition and other features such as transformation effects and Green Screen (Chroma Keying).
As a professional choosing a video editing programme, I would definitely pick Movavi because of the extra functionality it offers in all of its features. One of my favourite features is video stabilization – you can make a shaky video more stable, which is super handy if you are recording on a mobile device.
YOUTUBE VS QUICKTIME (SIMPLE VIDEO EDITING/TRIMMING)
If you want do quick video editing without buying any software and want to upload the content to youtube, then youtube has its very own video editor which is simple to use and allows you to do basic transitions and trimming as well as overlay video filters. Not only that, you can also add music to your videos!
Youtube video editor is limited in its capacity, but if you want simple editing and want to upload the end result on youtube this is the best place to start.
If you’re after just trimming functionality, or splitting videos with no transitions, filter transformations or any other functionality then Quicktime is what you’re after.
This allows you to do simple trims and splits, but that’s virtually all you get unless you want to upgrade to Quicktime Pro. If you’re a windows user, you will have to upgrade to Pro to access the trimming features until Quicktime 10 gets released for windows – the current version offered to Windows users in 7.7.8, which doesn’t give you any video editing functionality.
The advantage of trimming your videos in Quicktime instead of Youtube is that you don’t have to worry about trying to download your edited video once you’ve edited it. Quicktime also allows you to share your edited video immediately to multiple social networks that support video uploads.
Things to consider when choosing what video editor is best for you:
- what video formats the editor supports
- what effects you wish to have on the video
- how deep you want to go (how many hours you’re willing to put in to learn the editor)
- where you wish to save or upload the final video
Thinking about these things will make your choice and options more clear from the beginning.