One question I hear a lot is, “Which Video Editing software is best?”
My answer always is, it depends entirely on your needs. No one program is THE BEST! There are lots of great ones, and personal preference varies. Questions for you to consider are how complicated do you want to get? What is your budget?
The higher grade video editing programs are complicated. They take a while to learn. I don’t say that to discourage you, but just to let you know what you are getting into. If you want something quick and easy, you probably want to stick with a simple program, maybe even a free one. Check out this post on free video editing programs.
Read on to see about getting a free trial version of the more advanced programs.
GET A FREE TRIAL FIRST
Being able to check out some editing software before you commit to actually buying it is a great way to take make an educated purchase.
Fortunately, lots of different software providers offer free trial versions as step one of enticing you to purchasing the full version.
Free software trial versions usually fall into one of two types:
- Software that’s fully functional that work for a short period of time, probably 30 days. Often, it will automatically add a watermark to your outputted move.
- A version that is only semi-functional, but you can clearly see the missing features. These work without adding watermarks, which can be a branding problem.
In either case, you have the joy of using the software before you decide whether you wish to shell out your hard-earned money on the fully loaded version.
Below I’ve listed the top video editing programs and tools that can be had on a trial basis. All of them are worth checking out if you want to try before you buy.
Notice none of them are Apple products. Shame on you Apple! I love you stuff but get with it, here OK?
Adobe Premier – Adobe Premiere is an extremely popular video edit program. Intermediate to Advanced. Expensive,so a free trial run is advisable. Works on Mac and PC.
Adobe Premier free download trial is full functioned and lasts 30 days with a watermark through output. You will have to register.
Sony Vegas Pro
Also very popular, ranks up there with Adobe and Apple, but not quite as widespread. The full featured version costs around $550. You can get the basic version for about $75.
Some people absolutely swear by Sony editing programs. Even the basic version is very powerful and can do a lot of tricks.
Nero – Software for managing, burning, recoding and manipulating audio and video data. The latest version, Nero 8 Ultra, can be tried free for 15 days before purchase. The trial version is fully functional except that BDAV authoring and playback as well as AVCHD and MPEG-4 formats are not supported.
The full version costs about $65. The Nero trial version requires registration
Corel– Better known for the still image editing tools, they also have some basic entry level video tools under the Ulead range of products.
Ideal for video hobbyists and YouTube enthusiasts. For beginners, it includes handy wizards that help you automatically capture footage, polish videos in minutes and create DVDs, complete with menus, titles, transitions and music. Easy to create professional results for beginners.
To download Corel Video Studio 11.5, it requires registration.
Avs4You – A complete suite of editing tools that can perform many functions.
The downloads are fully functional, non expiring but have a watermark. If you want to get rid of the watermark you can click to register and pay a 1 year or unlimited registration fee
Blaze Media Pro – Conversion, editing and audio software
This is a great bargain for some versatile and powerful software. For just $50 it will give you audio and video conversions, audio CD ripping, video construction, video decompiling, audio editor and recording, audio and data CD burning, video CD (VCD and SVCD) burner, video DVD burner, video editor and movie editor (AVI, MPEG, WMV, etc.), MPEG encoder and decoder, the ability to convert (record) MIDI to MP3, WAV, WMA, and OGG, convert DVD audio to MP3, WAV, WMA, and OGG, DVD ripping, batch video processing (over 30 supported processing operations), video capture, AVI MPEG WMV video joiner, video compressor, media management, audio and video playback (including full playlist support), and more.
Blaze Media Pro works with AVI, MPG (MPEG-1 and MPEG-2), WMV, and ASF formats.
The trial lasts for 15 days and is Windows only.
Muvee Reveal –
Muvee Reveal is an automatic video editing tool from Muvee. It is pitched as a tool your grandmother could use, it’s so easy. (Not my granny, but yours maybe.) It is more automated than standard software which does make it easier.
The download from the site will install the basic package which needs a product key to function after the trial period. (Note this will also download Microsoft’s .Net framework to your PC if it doesn’t already exist)
Muvee Reveal supports AVHCD and HDV High definition footage. It also allows you to save to a whole range of formats including High Def using the H.264 codec, which will give superior results.
By “automated” they mean that you simply select which images audio elements you want to use. Then you select a style. Then, the software makes all the decisions beyond that and cranks out a finished movie.
Click “Share’ and your movie is done. That’s all you have to do. If you’re a little more adventurous you can change some of the defaults for things like transitions.
This is aimed at novice users who want to quickly get their video off their camera and onto another medium. You don’t have a lot of choices or decisions to make and the finished product looks reasonably professional.
The free trial lasts 15 days only, is almost fully functional (High Def export is disabled, for example), and does not leave a watermark in your output footage.
The full product costs $99.95.
AVS DVD Copy –
This is one of the best DVD copy software packages available. Copy DVDs/CDs with home video, create DVD discs for home DVD Players and write data quickly and easily. Simple and intuitive interface, a variety of hot features and supported media types make AVS DVD Copy a most convenient and demanded software to make personal DVD copies, create DVD discs for home DVD Players and perform other burning tasks.
However it is only available for free as a trail. Functions include:
* 1:1 DVD COPY
* Free data burning feature
* Burn DVD-Video from hard drive on DVD disc and watch it in home DVD Player.
* New life of corrupted DVD discs: Reburn discs that were ‘garbage’
* Select table content: Don’t make a complete copy, select just what you want
* Fit to disc
* Audio CD backups
* ISO image support
So there you have it, a list of great video editing software programs available for a free trial before you plunk down your cash! Which one is right for you depends on how you want to use it. Unless you really like the idea of detailed video editing work, go for the smaller, simpler programs. Don’t get me wrong, I love to edit video, but truth is, it is a bit tedious. If you are looking for quick, down and dirty, you would not want an advanced program.
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