Best Video Editing Software for Windows PC – 2019!

Best Video Editing Software for Windows PC – 2019!


– With a ton of video editors out there and the landscape constantly changing, here’s our latest round up of the best video editing software
for Windows right now. Including free, paid, and professional, to help you decide which
one is the best one for you. Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video, where we help you amplify your business and brand with video. If you’re new here, make sure you click that subscribe button, and all the links to everything
mentioned in this video, you can find linked in
the description box below. So let’s jump into it. Video editing software updates so fast, so we do a round up like
this every six to 12 months for both Windows and Mac. And every time we go back
to the drawing board, we restart all of our research, and we re-test a ton of options. And eventually narrow the list down to our recommendations for the best video editing software
across every budget. As always, there have
been some big changes since out last video. Some of my prior recommendations
still make the cut, whereas others have fallen behind and some newer options have
stepped in to take their place. And just like last time,
I’ll break the overview down into multiple pricing categories. Including free, paid, and
more professional software. So that you can see what’s
available at each level. You can hear our recommendations, and if you’re starting in one
of the lower pricing brackets, you know exactly what you’ll be unlocking if you do jump to a higher bracket. And while you’re watching,
make sure you drop a comment down below and let us know
what video editing software you’re using right now, and your number one pick for
best video editing software on Windows in 2019. Once we’re done with my recommendations for every pricing bracket, we’ll wrap up with three
quick tips that you can use to level up your editing and edit faster in any editing application. Okay, so here are the pricing categories that we’re breaking this down into. The first one is free, so obviously that’s all
the free stuff out there. The second category is
the sub $200 category. This is all video editing
software under $200. Now note that we are including
free software in here because it does fall into that category. And the third category is
all video editing software above $200. Now, in this category we
will also be including and comparing against
the sub $200 category and even the free offerings as well, so this will really round out
and give you the complete view of which the best video
editing software is, free or paid, in each one
of those pricing brackets. So jumping straight into it, the first category we’re looking at is free video editing software on windows. Now every year the
options in this category get much, much better. Now, I do wanna start out by saying that we have not included
any video editing software in this round up that will put
a watermark or any branding on your finished video. If you have to pay to remove
any branding or any watermark, we haven’t included it in this round up because that’s paid software, not free. Now, generally speaking, when it comes to free video editing software, this is where you’re normally
seeing heavily cut down versions or really beginner
or entry level software to introduce people to editing, and also to tease more
professional options or paid upgrades to the same software. Now, that’s not always the case and you’ll find out why soon, but generally speaking, yeah,
it’s the entry level stuff. But in this category, you’ve
got software like VSDC, the free version. Hitfilm Express, Lightworks, Shotcut, Avid Media Composer First, And DaVinci Resolve. Now, from testing all of those, my top three picks go to Hitfilm Express, VSDC the free version,
and DaVinci Resolve. Hitfilm Express is
something that will work on both Mac and PC, and this isn’t just
video editing software. It’s also got a heap of
advanced special effects and motion graphics tools
built into it as well. So if you’re someone who’s
looking for all of that advanced functionality and
having it all in one program, then it is a solid solution for that. Now while it is free, there
is a more professional version which we will cover a little later on that unlocks a heap of extra functionality and a heap of more advanced
controls and features. But know also that you do have the option just to pay and unlock certain features depending on what it is that you’re after. So they have an awesome library of add-ons that you can unlock,
just paying for the ones that you need for the
videos that you’re creating. VSDC is a Windows only
video editing option. It is a great option, I think, for anyone as an absolute beginner, right through to an
intermediate kind of level. Given that the interface itself
is again fairly intuitive, easy to get up to speed editing. But you do have a heap
of advanced features and control in there as well. Previously the free version of VSDC was a lot more restricted
and a lot more locked down when comparing it to their pro version. Which sells for 19.99. But really now with the free version, they’ve removed a lot
of those limitations. And the biggest differences
between the free version and the pro version are more on the hardware integration side of things, and getting more power
and more performance out of your computer. And DaVinci Resolve is hands down the most professional, the most advanced free video editing software, period. Whether you’re on Mac or Windows, this thing is legitimately professional video editing software. They literally use this to make movies and documentaries and things. I’d say the biggest stand out feature is the depth of control
that you have over things like color grading, color correction. That’s what Resolve was known
for, it started as that. But now it’s a full video editing suite and it is amazing that they offer, really give this away for nothing. Now, from all of these,
my favorite or my top pick would definitely go to DaVinci Resolve. It really is insane how they’re offering such a pro level application with all those advanced
tools, and features, and functionality for free. It is absolutely crazy. But I would say if you’re
an absolute beginner, and you’re not interested in any of these really advanced features and things, then check out VSDC, you’re gonna get great
results in that too. Okay, next up we’re jumping
to the sub $200 category. So that is all video
editing software available under the $200 price point, including the free ones. Generally speaking, what you find with free video editing software versus paid video editing software, is that you’re unlocking more features, more control, more hardware integration, so that you’re able to get
more power and performance from your computers. But also you’re unlocking more formats and more features. So that you can do more in there. And I do have to say generally speaking, because there’s software
like DaVinci Resolve on the free side of things
that does all those things too. Either way, in this pricing bracket, we’ve got software like AVS video editor, VSDC the Pro version, Adobe Premiere Rush, MOVAVI, Filmora, WeVideo,
Vegas Movie Studio 16, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Adobe
Premieree Elements 2019, and Cyberlink Powerdirector. Now this is probably the category that has changed the most
with our recommendations and with our shortlist,
this year versus last year, and even the year before. There really has been some
good new additions come in and some big feature
updates on some of these. Whereas a couple of the others
have really slipped behind and now aren’t even in the shortlist. The two main options that were
previously in our shortlist and even some of our top recommendations that aren’t in there this
year and don’t make the cut, are Adobe Pemier Elements 2019, and Cyberlink Powerdirector. Now that isn’t to say that
these aren’t still good options, and that you can’t get
great results in them. But when you’re looking
at the other options that are out and available now, and the features and things in those, and even the price point as well, they just don’t make
the shortlist anymore. So the shortlist then
out of the new additions in this category incluse
WeVideo, Filmora, Adobe Rush, and Flimora Pro. WeVideo is a really powerful
video editing solution that actually runs in the cloud. Meaning that you can get great
results editing in WeVideo, whether you’re on a beast of a machine, a really, really powerful one, or even something like a Chromebook. Because all the processing
and calculations and stuff, it’s all done on their end. You literally run it
through your web browser. We’ve got a full walk
through tutorial on WeVideo if you’re interested
in seeing how it works, and some of the awesome features in there. I’ll like that up in the cards. But even for editing 4K videos, and multiple layers of 4K videos. I was totally blown away
with how well this does it, even though it’s done
through your web browser. It also makes working with teams and collaborative editing
really, really powerful, because you don’t need to
move all the footage around. Because you just log
in through your browser and everyone gets access to
the same timeline that way. In regards to pricing, they have options starting $4.99 per month where you are limited to 720p video. But for $7.99 you can
unlock up to 4K resolutions. They also have plans for $17.99 a month, and $29.99 a month to unlock
things like unlimited storage, multiple users in your teams, and also gives you access
to their stock footage, image and music library. Adobe Premiere Rush is kind
of the new kid on the block when you’re looking at
video editing software, but it’s got some killer features that make this definitely
worth considering. How this compares or how this
stacks up in Adobe’s lineup. Adobe Premiere Pro is obviously their top professional level software, below that is Adobe Premiere Elements, the one that didn’t quite
make the shortlist this year. And then below that again
is Adobe Premiere Rush. Now, it is below it in
regards to the feature set. Yes, there’s not as many features in Rush as there is in Elements. And definitely not as many
as in the Pro version. But what it does have
is some killer features that are really changing the game in regards to video content creation and editing your videos. And that is that it’s the
first video editing software or solution to work across
devices and cross platform. Meaning that this will work on iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and Android, and you can literally
start your editing project on one device and switch
to any other device and then back and forth, and the timeline and
editing and everything, and all the tools, they’re all exactly the
same on every device. And even though it is missing some extra features from elements, the whole interface and everything, and the way that you edit
is so much more intuitive and so much easier, and so much faster to create videos in it. In regards to pricing, this
one is a subscription model. This will cost you $9.99 per month to use and to access the app. But if you’ve already got
another Adobe subscription, maybe something like Adobe Premiere Pro, then you’ll get access
to Adobe Rush as well. And that brings us to
Filmora and FilmoraPro. Now gotta be honest, I
didn’t actually think that these would have much
of mention in this video, let alone make the shortlist. But I’m totally blown away with what they’re actually offering now, the price point, the package. They’re both amazing
options for video editing. So Filmora is gonna be perfect for someone who is an absolute beginner right through to that intermediate area, where you’re not looking for
all those advanced features and advanced controls, but you’re looking for something intuitive and something fast to edit it. One of the stand out features, or one of the stand out things for me when I was testing this,
was the amount of power and performance that you have in here, even on just Filmora before
you get to the Pro version. Dropping in 4K footage,
multiple layers of 4K footage, putting effects on those. This thing scrubbed through
and played through it like butter, on both Mac and Windows, this thing was rock solid. And where that stood out, is I’m comparing it to
things like DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro, and this thing was beating it in regards to timeline performance, and how fast and snappy everything is. So Filmora, well done. But overall the editing experience and their features and
everything are in there. This is definitely a solid option. To in regards to pricing, you
can buy Filmora for $59.99, and that is a one-ff lifetime purchase. So no subsciptions or anything. It’s crazy that you’re
getting that for that price. So then the pro version, FilmoraPro, takes that to the next level and really does bring in
some professional features. When I saw this again, I kinda went, “Oh, pro,
how pro can it be?” No, no, there is actually some really professional features in here. Advanced control over
your color correction, advanced control over your displays. So your scopes and wave
forms and everything. They’re all in here, it’s crazy. This is actually legitimately
professional software, and I never thought that
I would be saying that. I mean, this thing even
looks like Adobe Premiere Pro and it’s got the power
and everything in there to perform just as well if
not better in some cases, than Premiere. So again, FilmoraPro is really designed for someone at that intermediate level, through to advanced that
is looking for all of those advanced features or advanced controls. But again, the interface
is pretty intuitive that you’re not gonna
get lost and overwhelmed and everything in there either. So for pricing, you’ve got a
couple of different options. You’ve got $89.99 per
year as a subscription, or you can purchase a lifetime
access to this for $149.99. And with most things these days, turning to a subscription model and having that as the only option, it is so awesome to see that
you actually have the ability to purchase a lifetime
license of this still. Okay, so rounding out this category, best video editing software under $200, including your free options,
here’s where it’s at. If you’re looking for a cloud
based video editing solution, it’s got to go to WeVideo, hands down. If you’re an absolute beginner right through to that intermediate level, then I’d be recommending Adobe
Premiere Rush, or Filmora. Either one of those two is
going to be perfect for you. And if you’re someone who is in that intermediate to advanced level, you’re looking for
those advanced controls, those professional level features. Then it’s gonna go to Filmora
Pro and DaVinci Resolve, the free one. Now if I had to pick a
winner out of this category, it is still gonna go hands
down to DaVinci Resolve. Even though we’re up
against now paid options in this category, I still think
it is the complete package for professional level tools, professional grade video editing. It’s insane that they’re
offering this for free. All right, so I’m moving
on to the third category, $200 plus software. So this is all video editing software on the higher end of things, but also including the cheaper options and the free options as well. So really, you can round
out the entire amount. If you’re gonna spend money,
big money on software, how does that stack up
to some of the cheaper and the free options as well? So once again speaking in general terms, when you’re considering
video editing software at the price point of above $200, this is where you’re really
looking at the top line, the professional video editing options. These are the things that
you would expect people to be using in movies, in documentaries, in those sorts of things. With the most amount of control, the most amount of features, and really the awesome
hardware integration, so you’ve got that power and performance while you’re editing, right though to rendering
and exporting as well. So in this pricing bracket we’ve got things like Hitfilm Pro,
Camtasia, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer,
DaVinci Resolve Studio, and Magix Video Pro X. Now when you’re looking at these options, again, these are based
purely on price point. I would say that Camtasia
isn’t necessarily professional video editing software. It’s decent video editing software, but it’s only falling into
this pro level category purely based on the price tag. So once again from trying
and testing all of these, my shortlist in this
category is Hitfilm Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and
DaVinci Resolve Studio. Hitfilm Pro as we mentioned
earlier in this video, is the full featured
version of Hitfilm Pro. This is, again, so much more than just
video editing software, it is also a full suite
and special effects, and motion graphics, and a
heap of extra stuff in there as well to take your video editing beyond just editing your videos. The overall interface and
editing experience in there is fast, it’s snappy,
it is intuitive enough that you can find your way
through and get up to speed relatively quickly. It’s definitely not the
easiest to get up to speed, but it’s not something that
you’re gonna be freaking out and losing sleep over either. But even if you are someone that is freaking out a
little bit like that, one of the stand out
things that they’ve got is a huge amount of tutorials and training on their website and online as well to help you really master
and to get the most out of their software. Now in regards to pricing,
it sells for $299, but that is a three user license. So you can install it on
three computers at once. So Adobe Premiere Pro these days is almost like a household name. When you’re thinking of
video editing software, most people probably heard
of Premiere or Premiere Pro. And that’s because it
really is a solid option. It’s got amazing integration with the rest of the Adobe apps or the Adobe suite. So if you’re gonna be using
things like After Effects or Audition, or even Photoshop, and integrating those
elements into your videos, the integration is second to none. It’s got a great range of hardware support and it works on both Mac and PC, and it’s actually really easy
to transfer your projects to work between both, which we’ve had to do on a few projects. One of the biggest features I
like about Adobe Premiere Pro is how you can easily
work with external editors and team members, and
collaborate on your projects. Yes, a lot of the other options out there too have collaboration
tools, and features, and those sorts of things. But my personal favorite
for that kind of work flow definitely goes to Adobe Premiere Pro. And really, that is one
of the deciding factors that we look at when we’re
starting an editing project. Are we gonna be working
with extra editors, or a extra team? And will they need access to this project? And if so, it pretty much
goes straight away to Premiere and we’ll be working on that
entire project in Premiere because of that. In regards to pricing, it is
a subscription base model. It will cost you $20.99
per month for a license to Adobe Premiere Pro, or you can also pick it up in
the master bundle for $52.99 which will give you
access to all of the other Adobe programs as well. And DaVinci Resolve Studio
is the studio version or the next level up
version of the free version of DaVinci Resolve that
has already taken out our first two categories in this video. So the studio version unlocks
more advanced effects, deeper hardware integration and support with more hardware to get more performance out of your computers and the systems that you’re going to use it on. It also unlocks a heap of
extra tools and functionality to really make DaVinci Resolve
kind of like a one stop shop. So we’ve already said
that it is an amazing tool for video editing and for color grading, and for color correcting your videos. But the studio version also unlocks professional level audio
mixing and audio tools in there as well. As well as so much more. Now looking at the pricing, this is another one that’s not
a monthly fee, it’s amazing. You encounter purchase DaVinci
Resolve Studio for $299. Okay, so to round all of this out with my recommendations for the best video editing software in this
final category of $200 plus but also including just
general paid software below that point, and
free software as well. So that you know which one
is the best one for you. It looks like this. If you’re looking for a cloud
based video editing solution, you’re gonna be editing
from a low powered computer or you really wanna
work with people online and in a team, then
it’s gonna go hands down to WeVideo. If you’re someone who
is an absolute beginner right through to that intermediate range, then my recommendation
is to either look at Adobe Premiere Rush or Filmora. Either one of those is
going to be awesome. And if you’re someone
who’s on that intermediate to advanced end of things. You’re someone who’s looking
for the most professional, most advanced software
that’s going to give you the most amount of creative
control and flexibility in your editing, then it’s a tough call. But I would say it’s probably gonna go to Adobe Premiere Pro, or
Davinci Resolve, the free one. And if I had to pick
just one overall winner of best video editing
software on Windows 2019, it’s going to go to Adobe Premiere Pro. That would be my number one pick, with definitely honorable mention going to Davinci Resolve free. Again, it’s just insane what
they’re packaging into this. This is giving Adobe Premiere
Pro a good run for its money. I don’t think it’s quite
at Adobe’s level yet, but it definitely is one to
watch and to keep an eye on because it is growing fast. Now, what I’d strongly recommend is that you try to grab the trial versions of at least three different options that fit what you might be looking at and try them out for yourself. There’s different pros and
cons inside of each of them. And really it’s just a
tool to edit video down. So it really pays to test them out, see which one resonates with you, which one you can get up
to speed editing fast in. But also, which one isn’t
going to limit your creativity or the stories that you want to tell. All right, so that’s
definitely a lot to take in. Bit earlier in this
video I said I would also share with you my top three
tips for editing faster in any software. So here they are. Tip number one is to focus
on your content first. So many people would jump
straight into editing and start applying color
grades, or color effects, or tweaking what their shots look like before they actually start
editing down their footage. This is going to add extra
load onto your computer when you’re editing. It’s gotta process all of
those effects as your editing. So it really could slow
things down for you. Also, you might find
that after you’ve applied all of these things, and made it look good and look pretty, that there’s something
wrong with the footage, or that you don’t have everything
that you thought you did, or that the video isn’t
actually going to work. So you could save yourself
a heap of wasted time by focusing on your content, cut down the content piece first, then make it look good afterwords. Tip number two is to not go overboard with your transitions and effects. That is a really quick way to
make your videos look cheap just applying star wipes
and all the fancy stuff that you find in typically low end video editing software. Stay clear of them. If you’re going to use
transitions or effects, make sure that they adding to your video. And in most cases you’ll
find that a simple dissolve a simple dip to white or dip to black is probably all you’ll actually need. Tip number three is to go
through all of your settings or options in your video editing software to make sure that you’re
taking advantage of all the power and performance and stuff that you have inside of your computer. By default, a lot of editing applications aren’t enabling things like a
GPU or video card rendering, which can speed up not
just your exporting, well, when your saving your videos out, but also speed up your
timeline performance and editing performance as well. Another common one is
to look at how much RAM is allocated to your software. In a lot of cases, it’s not set to use all of what you’ve got
inside your computer. So you wanna make sure that
you’re checking these settings and maxing them out for best performance. So those are just three
tips from our full video editing process guide,
the Primal Video Method, which is linked on the screen. This is the most efficient
way to edit your videos down with minimal waste of time and rework, getting you editing faster. Grab your copy, click
the link on screen now and below in the description. And I’ll see you in the next one.

46 thoughts on “Best Video Editing Software for Windows PC – 2019!

  • Thanks very much for mentioning HitFilm, we're glad to hear you like our software! The tutorials Justin mentioned can be found on our YouTube channel or on our site, fxhome.com.

  • I am currently using Cyberlink 365 Suite. I am curious with the upgrade they made yesterday if you would change your ranking of them?

  • Justin, thanks so much for all the great advice! We launched our own YouTube channel today – DuffLaw Digital! So excited, all production is done entirely in-house. Me and my daughter! Check it out and let me know what you think! So many useful tips from Primal Video, believe me, you'll probably notice when you watch! Let me know what you think!

  • Ugh, I guess I'll try DaVinci since Pinnacle Studio was ruined ever since they did an entirely new and very clunky and user unfriendly interface from 16 onward leaving users confused and lost with no guidance on how to do things the "new way". I am still primarily using 14. If DaVinci does editing the way Pinnacle used to do, I'm probably ditching it for good once I'm forced to go to Windows 10. The fact that Pinnacle is not mentioned at all in this video tells you how far the product has fallen. GROWL

  • Another helpful vid for my real-estate videos. My partner is using Adobe Premiere Cc but, almost always breaks down, maybe because of its heavy editing power over the PC. We would try the DaVinci Resolve later.

  • Thanks so much. After being an Adobe Premiere Pro user, I am going to switch to Davinci Resolve and check it out. Great video. Thanks for the inspired content!

  • okay i have been using davinci resolve 15 (free) for about a year now, and everyone once in a while i get the "media offline" issue and I can resolve the issue by "relinking selected clips"….. well now with this big video i am almost done with, all of a sudden about half of the clips are media offline and they can not be found in my folder to resolve this issue. By googling and youtubing this problem I am learning that davinci doesnt even support mp4s…yet this is all I have ever used (I have NO experience with transcoding and all of that stuff!!) and I have never had a problem like this!!!! I am so sad. I am going to give up on davinci. I just dont understand it…. PLEASE HELPPPP

  • Hello sir I have made a YouTube channel on my android phone but now I wanted to continue this channel on my computer due to lack of storage in my phone,:),plz tell me that is there any solution for this??!!

  • I downloaded davinci resolve like 3 months ago or something howewer its too advance for me XD im just used to iOS editing softwares

  • Your channel is very informative. I use Snappa now because of you guys! I'm a newbie with video editing so VSDC is where i'm going for now.Thanks guys! ~Andrea

  • I really like your videos. I am discovering them recently as I am endeavoring into making videos and using a PC for editing (gasp). As a ton of people have commented below, your content is great! After your videos, I always walk away with a game plan and the understanding I need to start my project.

  • I'm not a professional, not even that skilled hobbyist, but… I would consider Resolve studio version better than Premiere pro, just based on the price and stability of the software (or is the talk about premiere's crashes etc. just talk?) . Also Resolve runs on Linux which premiere does not, may not matter to majority of the people though. I would not consider having extra (although "reliably" linked) software to do things like VFX any plus for Premiere. Resolve has that and all the other needed tools already built in the same program. Premiere may win with its ecosystem size, the question is that do you really need a lot of 3rd party plugins for example when a lot is already bundled with the single program.

    It takes 6 moths (or 0 months if free version is enough) and you start saving money compared to premiere Pro, and future updates are free also. Also you get the studio version free with Blackmagic hardware. Maybe money doesn't matter to Premiere's target audience that much, but as a person willing or thinking about spending 300$ for a computer software, I would choose one time payment over any kind of subscription model without hesitation. (even if it wasn't 60$/month)

    Of course Resolve is not perfect either, in some places it shows it's targeted to the professionals and chosen defaults for example may seem weird. But the development pace of Resolve seems to be much faster than Premiere, another "trend" in commentary lately. So bug reports, complaints etc. may have better chance actually helping to materialize as better software soon enough than more or less in stalled Premiere development.

    Sorry about this rant, I think you failed a little pointing out the more or less similar features of these 2 programs. If someone hasn't started using a software yet, or is not vested in certain ecosystem, I don't think anything beats Resolve free version (if its limitations aren't in your requirements).

  • I wanted to download DaVinci Resolve and Hitfilm Express but both of them won't run on my computer. It wanted more graphics possessing power. Its so sad. From wat I watched DaVinci Resolve is like the best. Could be better than Premiere pro.

  • I currently have a 2018 Dell Inspiron i5 computer and I intend to purchase the Panasonic GH5 and GH5s and was wondering how I would go about editing the footage from them on my i5 laptop. I want to use Davinci Resolve the free version. How long does it take to do proxy's.
    Power Director is another editing software that I might use.

    Wevideo is interesting

  • Justin, is there any cross over between using DaVinci on Windows and also on my Ipad at the same time. So I can edit with my Ipad on the road and when I get home finish on my windows program.

  • I've been using Adobe Premiere Elements to edit my videos, but I find the editing on their timeline rather annoying and not intuitive enough. I also had format issues with Elements in an attempt to edit my first and only one 4K video. I'm looking for an alternative because my videos are pretty simple overall. I've tried the free versions DaVinci Resolve and Filmora before to see what I would be getting myself into before purchasing. But I guess I was doing something wrong, because it wasn't working for me as well. I may have to try them out again.

  • I downloaded davinci resolve 16 (the one recommended in this video) and IT IS NOT FREE. You need an activation code to access the program.

  • I have the surface pro 6. Thanks for the tips. Where would I learn how to do the picture in picture like ppl do in reaction videos

  • You are the Best Justin i have been watching some of your videos learning about thumbnail and endscreen on youtube and now i can do it so ty <3

  • Free = DaVinci Resolve
    <$200 = CyberLink PowerDirector 18 (released 2 days after this video was uploaded)
    >$200 = Adobe Premiere

  • OMG you did recommend filmora. It crashes every two minutes and version 9 is incredibly slow. Are you being paid?

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