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8 Best Video Editing Softwares for Apple and Windows

In recent years, video editing has reached new levels of popularity. This is a result of social networking sites that have put focus on video-based content. Platforms such as TikTok, YouTube, and even now, Instagram receive more engagement through videos. Everyone wants to post the next best video but aspiration requires the right set of tools. 

For a long time, Windows PC was the number one choice of device for editors. However, Apple Mac has currently become the quality that creative professionals, or beginners desire to use. Though there are more iOS Mac users, Windows PC still remains the first choice for many.

There are many impressive video editing apps to benefit any skill level and project. It’s just about choosing the right one for you. 

Software and programs differ in cost and capabilities. One should keep in mind that just because the platform is more expensive, doesn’t mean it offers the capabilities you need. Over the years, programs will forever change and adapt to meet consumer needs. 

Are you ready to tackle your first video edit, but aren’t sure what program to use? Continue reading to check out the plethora of options for both Mac iOS and Windows PCs! 

Don’t want to download software on your laptop or desktop? Read the rest of this blog to also learn about a favoured browser-based editing program. 

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Apple Macs

iMovie (Free) - Best for Learning the Basics

Available only on iOS
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iMovie is a great editing tool for individuals who are new to the video editing world and have little experience. It is straightforward, easy to use, and requires no training. With iMovie, anyone can easily create professional-looking videos. It doesn’t take any rocket science to add photos and videos to projects, to trim clips, and to add transitions. 

Even better, iMovie is amongst the other applications that are built-in to your Mac. If you’re unable to retrieve it, hop over to the app store; it’s free to download from there! 

PROS

CONS

Easy sharing

Audio tools

Colour matching 

Easy to learn

Video speed change

Timeline

Titling

Limited to two video tracks

No 360-degree video editing

Lacks motion tracking capabilities

 

 

 

 

Adobe Premiere Pro (Subscription) - Best for Industry Professionals

Available on iOS and Windows
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Adobe Premiere Pro has a reputation and is recognized for being one of the best professional video editing software available. 

Though Adobe Premiere Pro is available for windows, the Creative Cloud apps are most compatible and function best with Apple devices and iOS. The app has new updates that ultimately create an effective workflow for movie-making and editing.

PROS

CONS

Clear and flexible

Colour correcting effects

Responsive speed

Stabilization tool

Audio editing

Synchronized editing 

Can be intimidating

No sound effect samples included

Subscription-based

Requires a strong computer system (specs)

 

 

Cost

Adobe Premiere Pro is only available by subscription. You can receive a free trial for seven days, but to continue after the trial, it will cost US $31.49/mo. Another option would be to buy the “Creative Cloud All Apps” subscription, where you’ll have access to not only Premiere Pro, but all the apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, etc. The monthly cost starts at US $54.99/mo depending on what package you choose. For instance, there is a personal, students and teachers, teams and businesses, and a school and university package. 

So, the question then becomes whether or not Premiere Pro is worth the money? If it helps with your decision at all, here at Spivo, all of our editors use Premiere to edit your videos! 

Want to see how Premiere Pro would make your final video look? Let us edit your adventure videos with our Video Editing Service 

OpenShot (Free) - Best for Beginners

Available on iOS and Windows
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OpenShot is a safe and free software that can be downloaded from OpenShot’s official website. Their website also offers tutorials and installation lessons. 

OpenShot is a simple software to use, which makes it applicable to newbies. Though it is simple to use, at the same time, it is powerful enough to edit high-quality videos. Last year, the program earned the award of, “Top 20 - Most Popular,” which was awarded by SaaSworthy. SaaSworthy chooses the right platform based on detailed product information. 

PROS

CONS

Step-by-step instruction

Supports 360p to 4k HD video output

Drag and drop feature - fast editing

50+ effects 

No watermarks 

Download package is large - takes time

Application sometimes crashes

Lacks some basic features

 

 

Final Cut Pro (Paid) - Best for Experienced Editors

Available only on iOS
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Final Cut Pro is Apple’s professional video editing software. It is a software that is precise for individuals who want more than the basic level of editing that iMovie offers. 

Final Cut Pro has been recognized as having features that both beginners and professionals can work with. For instance, it is used by hobbyist filmmakers, but also industry professionals. Many influencers on YouTube use Final Cut Pro to edit their content. 

PROS

CONS

Trackless timeline

Organization tools 

Tagging 

Colour correcting

Fast performance

Auto-save

No free trial

Pricey

Professional editors are probably no accustomed to magnetic timeline

 

 

Cost

Final Cut Pro is US $299.99 and can be bought in the App Store. Yes, it is pricey… However, Final Cut Pro remains a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner for video editing software. 

Windows PC

Windows Movie Maker (Free) - Best for Absolute Basics 

Available only on Windows

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Similar to Apple’s iMovie, Movie Maker comes built-into Windows. It is also free of cost and unchallenging to use. 

Though the software may seem outdated, it has actually come such a long way since it was first released. You can add various backgrounds, music, titles, and transitions to your video content. It should be noted that though it’s Windows’ version of iMovie, it is more limited in its capabilities. With that said, it’s great for beginners.

PROS

CONS

Trim clips

Video playback view

Slow motion editing 

Edit and capture feed directly for the PC camera

Audio feature such as voiceover

Windows 10 no longer supports Movie Maker

Limited Capabilities

Easy to miss if you don’t know where to find it

No colour corrections

PowerDirector 365 (Paid) - Best for Beginners

Available for Windows and iOS

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 CyberLink’s PowerDirector 365 is a software that mends the gap between professional video editing and beginner’s ease.

PowerDirector runs on Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, 10, and 11. Interestingly enough, the software came out with a macOS version in 2021. Though it can be used with Apple devices, the program still runs better with Windows.

PROS

CONS

Motion tracking

Supports 4K and 3D

Encoding and exporting

Fastest rendering

Lots of effects

Mac version lacks action camera center

Upside-down default timeline 

Can be intimidating 

 

  

Cost

PowerDirector offers lifetime licenses or regular subscriptions. If you choose to go the lifetime license route, there is PowerDirector 20 Ultra at US $99.99 or PowerDirector 20 Ultimate at US $139.99. On the contrary, if you choose to get a subscription, your options broaden. There is the regular PowerDirector 365 at US $19.99/mo, the Director Suite 365 at US $29.99/month, or the PowerDirector 365

Business subscription for US $69.99/mo. There is also a free trial option that one can try but the trial version adds brand watermarks and does not support 4K. 

PowerDirector 365 is constantly offering discounts, making their subscriptions more affordable. If you’re not satisfied, the software also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Wondershare Filmora (Paid) - Best for Editors with Experience 

Available for Windows and iOS

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Lastly, the thing with Wondershare Filmora is that it’s for everyone! For instance, Filmora offers a wide range of capabilities, making it easier for people who want to learn how to edit. Yet, it is also strong enough to keep more demanding users pleased. All in all, it is the best of both worlds, as it is suitable for all levels of ability. 

Though most programs say that their software is “suitable for all levels of ability,” the saying is quite appropriate for Wondershare Filmora. 

Doesn’t it say a lot about a software if it’s able to give individuals the ability to create without the hassle of needing to google a guide or a “how-to” video? Absolutely!

PROS

CONS

Inexpensive

Good title and text tools

High quality effects and transitions

 

Extra downloads

Few interface customization options

Occasional crashes 

 Cost

Filmora offers a free trial download which allows one to export only 10 times and adds a watermark to all projects.

When you’re ready to pay, Filmora offers a subscription, or for a bit more, a permanent license. The software also offers an individual subscription or a team/businesses subscription. For the individual subscription, both the Windows version and macOS version costs US$49.99/year, or if you purchase the license, it is US $79.99/year. For the team/business subscription, both the Windows and macOS version costs US $155.88/Year. Often, Flimora discounts these prices, making it that much more affordable.

Browser-Based

Movie Maker Online (Free) - Best if You Don’t Want to Download

Let’s be honest, sometimes having to download something to our computers can be a pain. The time could take up to hours! Fear no more, because Movie Maker Online is a browser-based video editing program that easily allows anyone to edit content for free.

It represents a cost-effective option for individuals who want to create videos but without the hassle of downloading large software files. 

As an online video editor, the site program offers a decent range of effects and features that are bound to satisfy hobbyists' needs. 

PROS

CONS

Completely free

Free photo, video, and effects upload

Built-in guides

Colour editing

Trimming 

Ads

Confusing 

Lacks sophisticated effects

 

  

Nowadays, there are video editing software and programs for any computer. More than that, there are different types that appeal to beginners or professionals.  Just mess around with what works for you, try to figure it out, and just have fun.


Video editing is not always going to be easy, regardless of your skill level.

Never give up! 

Looking for someone to edit your videos so that you don’t have to? Try out our Video Editing Service today! 

 

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