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Top Video Editing Software for Budding Filmmakers and Video Editors

Are you a budding filmmaker or video editor trying to figure out which editing software to use? Don't worry, you're not alone! With so many options out there, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. But fear not, we're here to help.

First up, we have Adobe Premiere. This software can be a bit pricey and unreliable at times, but it's undeniably powerful, especially when combined with the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Suite. It's also very easy to work with other software, both Adobe and non-Adobe. You can use it on any operating system, and there are tons of tutorials available to help you get started. The downside? Well, some people (myself included) have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Premiere.

Next, we have Avid Media Composer, which is the OG non-linear editing software. It may seem confusing at first, but it's incredibly powerful and is used to edit most feature films you see in theaters. Avid is designed for team collaboration, so it's perfect for big projects with multiple editors. It's a subscription-based software, and multiple people can work on one project at the same time. Despite its age, Avid is still respected by many as being the most powerful editing software out there.

Moving on to Final Cut Pro X. This software is Mac-only, so if you're a Windows user, you're out of luck. But don't let that deter you! Final Cut may seem limited, but it can do pretty much anything Premiere can do. It's growing more powerful every day, especially with the new addition of 360 video editing. The magnetic timeline is a bit hard to explain, but it's a feature that I personally love.

Finally, we have Davinci Resolve, which is a free editing software that is notorious for its color correction capabilities. It's incredibly powerful and intuitive, with a node system that makes editing a breeze. Some people think that it's limited, but I disagree. In fact, one of my studio clients uses it exclusively. The best part? You can collaborate on the same projects on different computers within the office, with one person editing, another coloring, and another doing sound.

So which one should you choose? Well, they're all relatively the same, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. You should try them all out and see which one fits you best. Just make sure you stick to industry standards and avoid any weird, obscure editing software that could potentially infect your computer.

In conclusion, don't just take my word for it. Do your own research and find the software that works best for you. Remember, what works for one person may not work for another. Happy editing!

** This post originally was a part of the Technical: Editing post and was split off on May 21, 2020



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