There are so many options for video editing software it can be a challenge to find one that suits your needs as well as your abilities. It may be tempting to get the most sophisticated software and assuming that you will figure it out and eventually you will be an expert with it. However, you may want to rethink that.
Technical jargon can hinder even the most avid learner.
Intermediate and Expert level editing software will have more options available to create amazing videos that could be a match for professional filmmakers, but there is that pesky “insider” language. Manto.tv told us “More developed editing software makes assumptions that the user has edited video in the past so it tends not to “dumb down” its jargon. What is the point of having fancy editing software if you cannot figure out what it is telling you?”
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Start simple and work your way up.
The smartest thing for new or first time video editors to do is to use free or beginner’s editing software. There are a few offered online that will help you learn what you can do with your video, teach you the language, and help you prepare for eventually moving on to intermediate level.
Start with Movavi or Coral Video Studio. Movavi is an automated process and it offers a free downloadable version that, while limited in scope, it will get the job done for a beginner. After you become comfortable, you can always upgrade. Coral Video Studio Pro 6 offers tutorials for beginners who want to dive right in and learn more challenging video editing.
Check the software for compatibility with your camera and computer.
If you shop at a store, read the packaging carefully, and ask for assistance from a techie. You need to know about the import compatibility, or the file that it can work with (QuickTime, movie files, mp4, etc.) And Export, such as whether you can upload your finished product to something like Windows Media File.
Know what is important to you for your selection process.
Keep in mind that less expensive video editing software will have less sophisticated effects. Beginner or less expensive software will have a few different modes for transitions, will correct lighting, or take out red-eye, or other things you want to correct in your video.
More sophisticated, thus more expensive, will have more transition options, sound effects or music options, visual effects such as borders or creating an old-time feel to the video, and things of that nature. Adobe Premiere editing software offers the most flexibility for customizing your special effects.
Keep these factors in mind when selection you’re editing software to create fun and memorable videos:
- Manage your budget: If you are a beginner start with free software to get a handle on the process. Graduate to more fanciful software as you become experienced.
- Understand the Software specs: You must know if the software will work with your gear. Talk to a salesperson. If purchasing online, use chat to ask others what they know before you buy.
- Know your goals: What do you want to do? Make a sweet family video or create a dynamic film. Knowing what you want to do will help you choose the right software to suit your needs.
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