Best Video Editing Software For Mac and PC

Best Video Editing Software For Mac and PC


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  • #QOTD Are You Editing on Mac or PC and with what software? What Video Editing Tutorials Do You Want?
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  • HitFilm is supposed to be fantastic. They have a free version and a paid and it's a video editor/composite tool even in the free version.

    I personally haven't been able to use it beccause the processor on my main computer is 5+ years old and isn't supported by HitFilm, but Film Riot has used and promoted it alot.

    I feel like it's a great option for people wanting to experiment with After Effects type projects without dropping the cash for it.

  • 1. You can use QuickTime on a Mac to do video screen shots (with no extra software).
    2. I would love to video of you making a new video. I would love to see what you do to video and then how you pull it into your editor and how you edit it, and how you use after effects, etc. In other words, it would be cool to see your whole process…(I know that's a lot to ask).
    3. Great video.

  • I use blender vse. Editor. It is nice. Only downside learning blender has a steep learning curve. Mike micalll, spelled his name wrong, has excellent 26 episode tutorial that is really helpful

  • Hi Roberto! Thank you for your informative and great videos! I currently use iMovie, which is annoying because people can tell you're using it when you use some of the basic elements. I thought about Final Cut Pro but feel like that's a bit expensive for what I do currently. What is one that wouldn't look too cheap like iMovie but not quite as complicated as Final Cut out of the ones you mentioned? Thank you!

  • The new DaVinci Resolve is competitive with Adobe Premiere if they can match their sound design interface to somethig on par with Audition.

    Wish Fusion is easier to use for 2D compositing though. 3D, AE can't do.

  • Great information in regard to the pros and cons of a variety of software. As a Mac-exclusive vlogger I'm majorly using Adobe Photoshop/Premiere Elements. Like you pointed out it has all the basics to create the best images and videos you can come up at an inexpensive flat rate.

    Would you consider making a video discussing reasonable pocket camera options for under $500? Right now I'm running a Canon ELPH PowerShot 350 HS that I'd like to upgrade from, but being a college student and having an impending wedding to save for doesn't allow for a lot of major spending.

  • I'm on an old Mac so I can't do FCP-X. But I love FCP, which is what I use most of the time. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks. Apparently, they didn't have LUTS back then.. or didn't believe in them. I haven't found any way to have an overarching effect layer… for example.. I get all my clips in place and I want to apply a letterbox to the whole thing… nope. Another problem I have is that, if I straighten a clip, the letterbox turns too. (I use letterbox a lot). And.. there's no PC version.

    I had a case where I wanted to edit on the road and all I have is a Windows laptop. I decided on HitFilm because.. a.) they had a free version (and you can add feature packs with a little $$).. and b.) they also have a Mac version. My thought was that, if I could use it easily enough, I would ditch FCP and use HitFilm on both platforms. HitFilm worked great for me on the road. But it's SO easy to go back to what I know and I still use FCP on the Mac. The free version of HitFilm is also limited to one license, which you can move around but it's.. tedious. The paid version (which comes with everything enabled) solves that problem. Since I'm not making any $$ on videos yet, I can't quite pull the trigger on the paid HitFilm. Close.. but.. not.. quite.

    I think what I really need to do is find a Sugar Mama.. uh.. Patron.. or someone who will pay the monthly sub for Premiere Pro. My wife doesn't like that idea. I think PP would solve my search for a cross-platform, feature-laden, industry standard editing software that would keep me going for a very long time. I think it would be the answer to my video dreams. I don't know. I might just save up for a year's sub and see what I can do with it. While one might argue for the "investment", I'm hesitant to spend money until I have it coming in on something that may or may not make my video better. You know, how much is software and how much is skill? Doesn't mean I won't. I'm just hesitant.

    In the meantime, I have FCP and HitFilm. People have gone far with less.

  • here's a video idea for you why don't you do a similar video to what this man did https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o45FnUQGbQ and help smaller creators out

  • I've been using Camtasia for a couple of years and really like it, but I want to step up my game and am just beginning the learning process for Premiere Pro. Would love to see videos about your processes. Thanks for what you're doing here!

  • I'm still new to Youtube but I'm lucky enough to own a mac, which comes with iMovie.  It has its limitations but generally it's capable of some decent stuff. So if you're starting out then wait to find out if you really have a passion for videos before buying either.

    Great and informative video my friend!

  • I use Movavi Video Editor Plus for Windows (also available for Mac). A big step up from Windows Movie Maker. I record video from a iPhone 6s and iPad 5. Just started using OSB with a Logitech C920 webcam to record top-down shots.

  • Awesome quality takes. I think After effects may be the most irreplaceable of all the adobe products. There are many formidable video editing options. I think that comes down to computer specs and preference. But video compositing is a different ball game. And some things almost can’t be done outside of after effects. I’ve searched high and low. Don’t get me wrong, I love hitfilm, cinema 4d, maya and houdini for compositing and 3d creating, but after effects (with plugins) does the job effectively and with great organization tools for my ocd. On another note, I can’t wait to get into recording live, because I’ll know what cameras are best thanks to Roberto! Love the videos!

  • I use Shotcut, which is a free online download. It is much better than Windows Movie Maker and the (now dead) YouTube video editor. It gets the job done, for right now anyway. I'm not looking to create super fancy videos, I just wanted better control of the video quality and more flexibility with how I put videos together. One day, I'd like to work with Adobe Premiere, so I think using Shotcut is a great transition from my old editors to Adobe. Great video!

  • I've been using Mac only for more than five years. After checking the iMac Pro's and the Macbooks without magsafe/usb-a/sd reader ports, I knew I won't update to those. So I had to start looking for video editing software that could work both on Mac and Windows. Adobe Premiere looked like an option but I have aversion for subscription models (not about paying software).

    After a few days I discovered Davici Resolve and Fusion. They have tons of features and work on Mac/Windows/Linux. Pricing is awesome too. They offer a full featured free version and pro version is 300 USD one time payment.

    If you are worried about rendering times, you can add render nodes in the pro version. You can continue editing while other computer is creating final versions.

    I'm so happy about it!

  • I need to make the switch to Premiere Pro, but I worry that it's above my head. Can you recommend any good (preferably free or lower cost) online courses?

    I also need to update my laptop before any of that, because mine can't handle it right now.

  • Can you please do a video on how to edit on the iPhone seven imovie? So you're able to Upload one minute videos on instagram. Thank you

  • Hey Roberto!

    This doesn't have anything to do with this current video, but i just wanted to say that i took your advice with Tube Buddy and made an account. However, I am a bit confused on something and thought maybe you could help me out with an answer. So when i get everything uploaded and posted to YouTube, i take a look at my search rankings according to Tube Buddy with the tags i use. It says i rank number 3 for most of the tags i use, however when i use another device or go in incognito mode, i am most certainly NOT ranking in the number 3 spot. In fact, i am not ranking anywhere close to number 3. I have seen this on numerous videos now and i want to know, Why is Tube Buddy giving me a search ranking number that says one thing, but then in reality that's not where i'm ranking at all? A response back would be highly appreciated. I thank you in advance.

  • I used Movie Maker and coupled it with Microsoft Expressions Encoder 4 for a couple years. It's totally free, and technically can accomplish any vision if you have enough time and creativity hopping between the 2. However, Adobe Premiere Pro knocks it out of the park. Having the Creative Cloud means that I can work seamlessly between Audition, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop which is a phenomenal time saver!

  • Sony vegas has been my back bone for ever i do habe davinci and like it a bit and just installed premiere pro again and i will try it out the last three times i never opened it for sake of my workflow

  • I am very comfortable with Final Cut Pro and iMovie. If Final Cut had a version or plug in that is comparable to After Effects I would never think about trying to learn Adobe CC. Thanks for the video. I will give Adobe CC another swing at learning because I do feel I need to be proficient

  • roberto i use a gopro hero 4 silver . they recently removed there gopro studio and i'm no able to get it again . i use the action cam because i do machine shop videos and like to be able to keep the camera in a sealed case keeps the dust and oil away from the camera. my computer wont run most of the modern soft where (when money allows i need to build a new computer) what program do you think work best for the action cameras and i don't know if i would go with gopro again they seem overpriced but who is making a good budget action cam?

  • I have a macbook pro that is overdue for an upgrade. It just keeps getting slower. Also in process of replacing family pc. Kids use pc's. I use imovie to edit. I also have Adobe Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. I use Photoshop elements a lot as its made making my social graphics easier and made me less dependent on others. When I buy a new mac I will buy the latest Elements bundle. Now I just need to find the best easiest to use video editor for my kids they have windows pc. Thanks for this video x

  • Adobe  Premire Pro junkie here. I love all these software talks. thanks for sharing what works best for you and what you like about each.

  • I am very happy with Adobe Premiere Pro. There is a learning curve but it is well worth the cost. Adobe's app packages also give you a lot of excellent tools. Great video!

  • I don't know what I would do without your helpful videos, Thanks for making them 🙂 I'm 25 and your videos motivate me so much xx

  • I've been using Hitfilm for most of my editing needs, I find that it allows me to export my videos with high quality, and normally allows me to upload quickly once it completes, although there are sometimes errors during the export process which can be frustrating, but rarely happen.

  • I recently switched from iMovie to Premiere. I love it. Once you get used to the interface, it’s packed with cool features

  • Shotcut. Video Editing Software. Free & Open Source. Works on all platforms. There is a forum for tech support and it's very active with staff & helpers. It's not an advanced editor, but just starting out it's a great learner software if you're just doing simple cuts. Supports many formats of video/audio. Doesn't look like polished Adobe, but it works for me. The problem is there is not many videos on how to use the software. I feel once I outlive Shotcut I would expand to Adobe. But for my videos right now Shotcut is more advanced than what I have a need for.

  • Was using iMovie, foudn it too limited, tried to do a 1080p intro in FInal cut…. it dropped frames…. Moved to resolve on PC.. never had any issues,

  • Hi, I just discovered your channel so I’m new here. I have a new pc and really want to get into video and photo editing. I also want to learn about graphic design such as Vector illustration etc. I have done videos, flyers etc. But my software is old and outdated. I’m on a low budget. My question is: which software is best for video editing as well as graphic design to create flyers, drawings, vector illustration etc. Sorry this is so long. Ps, Even though i have done some of this before I am still a beginner.

  • Thank you for everything you do, Roberto! My channel is in a highly competitive niche, but you helped me grow so quickly in only 2 months!

  • Great content as always, Roberto!

    When it comes to choosing video-editing software, it really depends on the types of videos you're making. If you're making talking-head-style videos with the occasional B-Roll cutaway, some on-screen text, maybe a graphic, and a music track, you can make do with almost any current video editor – Mac or PC (I started my "editing" career slamming the Pause, Record, and Play buttons on two VHS tape machines).

    As your editing needs become more sophisticated (color grading, motion graphics, multi-track compositing, multi-track sound design, elaborate transition effects, exotic footage formats, etc.) you'll need to step up to a more capable video editor. Figure out what kind of videos you want to make, then figure out what editing techniques you'll need to create those videos. Then go out and find a video editor that can execute those techniques, that works on your platform of choice, fits your budget, and feels somewhat approachable, in terms of the interface and workflow.

  • Any advice on a workflow for someone who does tutorials but also have recorded video segments to implement into the video. Currently I use a Mac. I use screen flow to capture the iOS device screen and a G7 cam and the edit the recorded video off of my cam with Screen flow and edit audio using audacity. I’m thinking about using Adobe together with screenflow for editing the video with after effects for the virtual studio. Is there a more efficient method or not in your opinion?

  • I am extremely new to video editing, one month, and use Camtasia. The problem I run into is many times my audio and visual don't match up. I have tried all the trouble shooting they and the internet suggest to no avail. Any suggestions on a fix, either from you Roberto or anyone that has run into this problem. Besides being frustrating, I am trying to grow my YouTube channel but its hard when you do your best and are trying to teach yourself the ropes but no matter how good your content is, it looks third rate.

  • Hitfilm Express is another editor who deserves a mention: it’s basically a “brother” of DaVinci Resolve, and just like DaVinci it has a quite powerful free version (with a few more features than DaVinci Resolve) upgradable to Pro; plus, Hitfilm Express’ UI is very similar to Premier Pro – so people who are tired of Adobe’s subscription might have a familiar-looking alternative. 🙂

  • Roberto do you know if Mac pj's comes with imovie. The man at the store told me he was not sure and is 1049 sterling so I just wanna know before buying it. As I will need an editing software. Do you possibly know how I would stop my camera blurring out of focus? Mine is a Canon Sx20is. I do have like a part I can attach but I think may be something to do with the sun. ☀ fab video Roberto you are so easy to watch and I watch your videos from start to end which is hard to find on YouTube these days! U Killin it T100 style lol all the best.
    Julie

  • Hey guys I can use a lot of help I want to get a apple computer or laptop for video editions from games to family pics and I’m not sure which one is best to use ! Price doesn’t matter

  • I now mainly use HitFilm Pro… (there is also Express which is free) it is editor and compositor combined… ie Premier and After Effects combined… and is Mac and Windows compatible and is a viable alternative to Adobe…

    DaVinci Resolve 15 has now combined Fusion within the editor and has fully upgraded their audio editing with FairLight which now makes it a powerhouse in effects as well as editing and colour grading etc… Davinci is Mac, Windows, and Linux.
    compatible.

  • Thank you so much for this video! I’m a Mac user and really looking at ScreenFlow for mirroring and recording from iOS for further editing. Right now I’m using Capto which is pretty cool. I’m creating a wrestling motion comic series, but I’m not an artist so what I do is record the iOS video footage and edit it in SnapMotion software to select the frames I want. Next I take those frames to cutout and edit the characters in software like Pixelmator, Super Photo Cut, Acorn, etc. it’s a process, but determined to get it done. Honestly, the scriptwriting is hella easy for I have written over 300 pages of the series, as well as loose stuff that would be good for comic digest type projects or short for a video.

    Again thank you for the knowledge and tips, for my original hobby before Video/Graphic Design is Music Production on DAW.

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  • hi! I come from france so I didn't totally understand your video… but can you please summarize me what's "Motion" on Mac ?

  • Great video thank you for so much information I use iMovie for right now and my debate is should I use Final Cut Pro or adobe premiere

  • Hi Roberto, thanks for sharing this helpful video. I'm looking to start from scratch. I used Windows Movie Maker on a pc using 8. It's been fine for basic learning, and I only scratched the surface. I have a new pc using 10, and am prepared to buy and learn a new video editing software. I would like something friendly when using a green screen. I'd like to use an overlay of a forest, or a yard with trees (something relevant to my industry). I'd prefer easy vs complicated. I'm currently considering Filmora (Wondershare), and Adobe Premiere Elements. I'm in the tree industry, and plan to start a Vlog where I'm simply providing answers to home and business owner questions. I'd be appreciative for your humble opinion on which will be easiest for me (keeping green screen in mind).
    Thanks,
    Delfino

  • Have you ever used VideoPad? That's what I have and I am finding it clunky to figure out. I would like to stick with it until I can afford Camtasia which I think is more intuitive. Thanks for your awesome content Roberto!

  • I'm a novice when it comes to video editing. What software do you guys think is the easiest to use. I'm talking easy as cut and paste for simple edits and adding text to videos. I use a Mac. Please let me know what you recommend.

  • Do you know of a good affordable video tool that is as easy and powerful as a tool adobe bought and shelved years ago called vlog-it from serious magic for creating or producing your own show live or pre-recorded video programs with intros, transitions, effects, overlays, title bars like news programs have and has a built on-screen teleprompter just like the newscasters use. I have a school and want to create tutorials and lessons and my one man show this would be a tremendous help but I can't seem to find a successor or replacement that does it all.

  • Wait how is Davinci resolve not on this list ? It has the best chroma key and the best stanalizer! And it's FREE

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