Best video editing software for Windows PC
Today we’re going to be talking about the best video editing software for Windows PC.
You guys really liked my previous article on Top 7 best video editing software for YouTubers, so I thought I would do a full 2020 roundup. We’re going to be going over four different categories.
The best-paid video editors over $300, and then under $300, and then we’re going to be going over the best online options, as well as the best free video editors available for you.
So with that being said, let’s get started.
Best-paid video editors over $300.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
The first option in the list of video editing software for Windows PC is Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Now Adobe Premiere Pro is a monthly subscription and if you get just Premiere Pro, it’ll cost you around $20 per month. If you want all of the Adobe apps. It’s going to cost you approximately $50 a month.
So, granted that you use this app for over a year. It’s going to cost you well over $300. Now there are a lot of pros to using Adobe Premiere Pro, as a matter of fact, it is the editor I also use.
Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the industry standards, similar to Final Cut or Davinci Resolve. And it’s fairly simple video editing software to use and has a familiar UI. With Adobe Premiere Pro, you have no limitations. You can do all of the editings you need to do from cutting clips and adding text all the way to doing some serious color grading and adding video effects.
You’re not going to be constrained by the software itself, and Adobe Premiere Pro also supports a ton of different formats. So no matter what kind of file you’re throwing at it, you can be sure that Adobe Premiere Pro will be able to handle it.
Now what you’re really paying for here is also the integration. Adobe Premiere Pro is going to work really well with a lot of the other Adobe apps, such as Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Audition.
So if you’re going to be using a lot of different tools, and you wanna make sure that everything works very seamlessly, then you might wanna go ahead and purchase the Adobe Suite. Adobe is a recommended video editing software for Windows PC.
Another thing you might wanna keep in mind is that Adobe Premiere Pro is also more CPU intensive than the other options on this list. But if you’re doing a lot of creative work, you wanna use an industry standard and you’re going to be using a lot of other apps as well, or maybe you’re working with a bunch of other people. Adobe Premiere Pro might be
the perfect option for you.
Vegas Pro 17.
It isn’t Sony Vegas video editing software, because Sony doesn’t own the Vegas software anymore. But it is owned by a company called Magix. Now Vegas Pro 17 is $600, but it does often go on sale. If you’re going to be doing video editing for a long time this would mean that this is still cheaper than buying Premiere Pro.
Because it’s not subscription-based. Now similar to Premiere Pro. You’re paying a lot of money. It does everything you’ll need it to do, all the way from color grading to video effects.
Now some people say that it isn’t as advanced video editing software for Windows PC like Premiere Pro, but it does have greater support for external plugins if that is something you’re looking for. One key difference is that with Vegas you can also turn on GPU Acceleration for your rendering.
So if you have a good graphics card, you can render videos a lot faster if that’s something that is important to you.
On top of that, similar to Premiere Pro, Vegas Pro 17 also has really good integration with a lot of the other Magix software apps, but it’s nowhere near as good as the Adobe products. It’s good to know that you have the option available.
People also say that Vegas Pro 17 is easier to use. It has dockable windows, and you can easily modify your working environment. You’ll also find that on average, the software by Magix is a lot cheaper than the Adobe products and they go on sale more often.
So it just depends on which video editing software suite you want to use, and once you figure that out. It’ll be easier to decide if you wanna use Premiere Pro or Vegas.
All right, now let’s move on to cheaper programs, we’re going to be talking about three video editors that are under $300 but really good value.
Video editing software for Windows PC under $300
Movavi Video Editor Plus
Now the first editor on the list is Movavi Video Editor Plus, and it’s only 65 Canadian. I’m assuming it’s around $50 USD. I like to use Camtasia because Camtasia is really easy to use. You can save a lot of time with the simple interface. It also has all of the editing functionality I need for my tutorial videos.
Now Movavi is the exact same, except it’s a quarter of the price. I really wish I knew about it earlier, but Movavi is very easy to use. The editor still has a lot of advanced functionality, from keyframing to stabilization to chroma keying as well as being able to add any sort of text or effects. It even has a library of different effects available for you.
Another really good thing about Movavi is it’s also easier to run on slower computers. So if you don’t have a super decked out PC, you can still run Movavi with no problems. Which isn’t the case with a lot of the editors on these lists.
And then finally, if you’re only using a video editing software for Windows PC and you’re not super proficient with graphic design. Movavi also has a built-in collection of different media from effects to text.
They even have an external store. Where you can find intros and other graphics for your videos. So Movavi is a great, simple editor that has a lot of functionality.
Next up on the list, we have Filmora Pro. Now Filmora Pro cost $120 for a one year license or $200 for a lifetime license. And you can often find it on sale as well.
Now Filmora is kind of in the middle. You’re not paying as much as a Premiere Pro. You’re not getting all of the features, but depending on the kind of videos you make. Filmora Pro can be the perfect editor for your needs.
It can handle things such as keyframe editing, motion tracking, as well as color keying. And Filmora Pro also has a pretty robust audio editor. The interfaces are very similar to Premiere Pro and other video editing apps. Filmora Pro is kind of like a good stepping stone if you wanna get into video editing, and then later wanna move to Premiere Pro but don’t have the money just yet.
You can start with Filmora and learn how to edit and do everything you need to before you make that jump and it’s not too expensive.
Davinci Resolve Studio
Next up on the list, we have Davinci Resolve Studio video editing software. And I’m just going to put it out there. This is probably the best value on this list because you’re paying $300, but you’re getting the same quality editor like Premiere Pro or Vegas. Which is almost double the price.
The reason I say Davinci Resolve Studio is one of the best values is that it is not compromising on any functionality. In fact, it can do some things better than Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro 17. Its team functionality is incredible. You have the ability to send read-only files, and even have a chat in the editor if you’re working with a team. Some things that Premiere Pro and Vegas don’t even have. It is really important to consider if you’re going to be using a product for your video editing team.
On top of that, Davinci Resolve Studio probably has the best color correcting interface out of any of the options on this list. It was initially made to be a color correcting tool.
So, if you’re someone who’s going to be doing a lot of filmmaking, this is really important to consider as well. At a cheaper price, you’re not going to be missing out on any of the functionality.
What you do wanna consider is your computer. Davinci Resolve does require a lot of processing power, and on top of that, if you’re comparing Davinci Resolve to the higher-priced alternatives such as Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, you’ll also wanna consider the integration. Now, Blackmagic Design, the owner of Davinci Resolve Studio, also has its own software that integrates really well with Davinci Resolve such as Fusion.
If that is an app you’re already using for your effects and your animations, then Davinci Resolve Studio is a no brainer for you.
Best online video editors
All right, now we’re moving onto the Best video editing software for online editing. So these are tools you can use online without having to download anything.
So if you’re using a Chromebook, you might wanna look into these online editors. And we’re going to be going over one paid option and one free option.
Now Wevideo can cost anywhere from $5 to $30 a month depending on how many features you wanna use and the rendering quality you’re going to be using.
If you’re doing 1080p, you might have to pay a little bit more, but Wevideo is probably the best online editor just be it has the most features. It has all the simple features you need such as being able to cut different video clips and add text, and also some more advanced features such as chroma keying.
With Wevideo, even though it’s an online editor, you’re going to be able to make a really solid final product depending on the kind of YouTube videos or videos in general that you’re going to be making. Another cool thing about Wevideo is that depending on the version you purchase.
You can also get access to over one million different stock images and videos that you can also use for your content. And to give some context, I’m currently paying I think $20 or $30 a month for StoryBlocks. Which is where I get all of my stock footage from. So this could also be a really good value. And then finally, on top of that, Wevideo also has a mobile editor.
If you’re going to be using your Chromebook or your phone and tablet, then you wanna also consider this because there is also an app available. And so if you’re looking for the most robust online video editor. I would recommend Wevideo.
Now, the best free online video editor, in my opinion, is Kapwing. Kapwing is completely free, and as long as your videos are under 10 minutes long, you’re not going to have any watermarks as well. And Kapwing is really good for editing simple videos. What’s really nice about Kapwing is that they also have some standalone tools.
So if you’re looking to only add subtitles or only trim your video. You can do it very quickly with its standalone tools. But if you also wanna just edit a quick video cut up some clips, add some text and subtitles, you can do all of that with the Kapwing video editing software.
The best free apps
And finally, let’s talk about The best apps for YouTubers for Andriod and iPhone. Where I go over the top five, but here, I’m going to be going over the top two.
Davinci Resolve 16
The best ones that I think you should download. And the first one is Davinci Resolve 16.
Now I talked about Davinci Resolve Studio, and Davinci Resolve 16 is basically a free watered-down version. You’re actually not losing a lot of the features.
You’re missing a lot of the teamwork functionalities. So if you’re working with a team, you would have to buy the pro version. But with Resolve 16, the free version, you’re still able to export all the way up to 4K. You’re getting access to most of the video editing functionality. You’re not getting as many VFX functionalities and advanced editing options, but just compare the two in terms of all the functions, there are over 100 different functions. I can’t cover them all in this article, and chances are, you can probably make really good videos with the free version.
If you’re looking for something to learn over time and you don’t have that much money. I would recommend Davinci Resolve Studio 16.
Now the final product on this list is Hitfilm Express, which is the free version of a product called Hitfilm Pro. With Hitfilm Express you can edit videos and you can have unlimited tracks, but once again. You’re limited by the number of effects you have access to as well as the really advanced editing features.
I would say that because they’re both free products, just try them both out, and see which one you like better. I have tried to find a ton of reviews. People are split 50/50. Some people like Davinci Resolve more, some people say Hitfilm Express is easier for us. Just try them both since they’re free. Make one video on each, and see which one is best for you.
Other small differences are that Davinci Resolve is probably much better for color correcting. Whereas Hitfilm is better for actual video effects. People have said that Davinci Resolve is harder to use, but it goes both ways. So all you need to do is try them both out.
I hope you have after reading this, you have much clear idea of video editing software that suits you.