Sam's Recommendations for

EDITING SOFTWARE

Updated 8/10/2020

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NOVICE

Apple iMovie

For Mac users, iMovie is a great option for beginners looking to edit their first movie together.

PROS:

-Very easy to use

-Includes a variety of extras

-Supports many different video formats

-Offers version for iPhone as well

CONS:

-Relatively basic functionality

-Only available for Mac OS

From:

FREE

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INTERMEDIATE

HitFilm Express

Similar to Lightworks, this FREE editor supports many different formats and allows for 3D titls and VFX addons.

PROS:

-More advanced functionality

-Many customizable features included

-Visual effects included!

-Works on Max, PC and Linux systems!
 

CONS:

-Slight learning curve

-Lacks some professional functionality

From:

FREE

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NOVICE

Shotcut

Similar to iMovie, Shotcut is meant for beginners and is easy to use. Plus, it's FREE and works on both Mac and PC.

PROS:

-Easy to Use

-Many features includes

-Top rated FREE video editing software

-Does not slow computer down

-Works on Mac, PC and Linux systems!

CONS:

-Lacks some professional functionality

From:

FREE

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ADVANCED

DaVinci Resolve

With access to more advanced features, DaVinci Resolve is more like Final Cut Pro X and includes professional functionality.

PROS:

-Excellent Color Grading Options

-Many customizable features included

-Many visual effects included

-Works on Max, PC and Linux systems!

-Professional grade editor
 

CONS:

-Steep Learning Curve

From:

FREE

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INTERMEDIATE

Lightworks

While still easy to use, Lightworks includes more advanced features than iMovie and Shotcut along with award winning credits!

PROS:

-More advanced functionality

-Many customizable features included

-Award winning software

-Works on Max, PC and Linux systems!
 

CONS:

-Slight learning curve

-Lacks some professional functionality

From:

FREE

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ADVANCED

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe's Creative Suite is a professional grade software enterprise that includes access all major video, photo and animation editing platforms.

PROS:

-Video editing with Premiere

-Photo editing with Photoshop

-VFX with After Effects

-Industry standard software
 

CONS:

-Steep Learning Curve

From:

$30/month