The best video editing software in 2019

Editing a video can give you some headaches if you don’t have the experience or if you are using complex editing software. To make things a little bit easier to understand and to make the perfect video, you need to choose the editing video software that suits your needs. That’s why we write for you this Top 10 Best Video Editing Software in 2019, to show you the best options in the market.

This list does not follow a specific order, each program was chosen because it is the best in some category.

1. Adobe Premiere Pro

The best one for professionals

Adobe Premiere Pro

Over the years Adobe has engaged with the task of improving its Premier Pro with each new upgrade. Unlike Apple and its Final Cut, who decided to start from scratch, Adobe simply adds, enhances and polish the characteristics, improving the performance, the optimization and the tools every professional need to the video editing task. Adobe Premiere Pro CC is available also for Mac and for Windows, which makes it possible to reach a bigger amount of users.

One of the advantages this software offers above other editing programs is its varied amount of tools focused in more professional users, although this characteristic doesn’t restrict new users, because its interface and its operating system are really easy to learn, so it won’t be any complicated to adapt to this program. 

Adobe Premiere Pro CC is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, and it costs $19.99 monthly. This payment method makes it easier to get involved into the video editing world because you don’t need to invest too much before knowing if you will use it for too long, and you will still have all the new requirements of professional use. It is, compared other professional software, the best option to explore in this business.

Premiere Pro CC offers a feature that other programs don’t. That is the integration with the other Adobe Creative Cloud Suite programs, like Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. This makes so much easier the final edition and it offers multiple tools to the user for the video editing, to add effects, to import images and plenty of extra features.

Minimum system requirements

  • Multicore processor with 64-bit support
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit) or Windows 8.1 (64 bit), or Windows 10 (64 bit). However, Windows 10 is recommended. macOS X  v10.11, v10.12 or v10.13
  • Supporting Windows 10 Creator Edition & Dial
  • 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
  • 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display (1920×1080 or larger recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model or Apple Core Audio
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.

Pros:

  • This is the more complete professional software in the market, besides being the most powerful.
  • Lower initial cost.
  • Easy to use, compatible with all the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
  • If you have used a previous version, you’ll have no problems adapting to use the new one.

Cons:

  • More expensive in the Long-term.
  • You need a relatively more powerful computer to use it.
  • Some of the effects are only available using other programs of the Creative Cloud.

Learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro

2. Apple Final Cut Pro

The best one for Mac users

Final Cut Pro

When Apple decided to update its old Final Cut Pro, it was completely redesigned by the company, creating the software from scratch, that is to say, they didn’t use the previous versions as a base, they wanted to create a program adapted to new computers and more modern versions of 64 bits Mac OS X. This is how is born the Final Cut Pro X, the more powerful and fluent version of this software created by Apple until present. 64 bits support, more RAM capacity for use and some new tools are the features that make Final Cut Pro X one of the best video editing programs if you are an enthusiast of the edition, a growing youtuber, and even if you have been in the video edition business for years. 

Some of the main features of Final Cut Pro X are:

  • Magnetic Timeline: One of the main features is the improved timeline, in which videos insert themselves as magnets, allowing an improvement in the video synchronization and in the elimination of white spaces.
  • Inline Precision Editor: You just need to make double click on the magnetic timeline to access the Inline Precision Editor, a tool that allows being the most precise as possible at the time to apply effects and other different tools.
  • 64 bits support and performance improvements: one of the characteristics that make Final Cut Pro X a powerful and optimized version is its support for moderns computers because it allows to use all the available RAM in the device and it is not limited to the 4gb as in the previous versions. Besides, its optimization for the Multi-core CPU is a great advantage.

If you want to know which the minimum requirements are, you only need to check the Technical Specifications paragraph that Apple shows in its support page.

Minimum System Requirements

  • macOS 10.13.2 or later
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing)
  • OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later
  • 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing)
  • Discrete graphics card, macOS High Sierra, and SteamVR required for VR headset support. AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card recommended for best performance.
  • 3.8GB of disk space

Pros:

  • Able to use all the power of the newest computers.
  • An upgraded interface is more practical to use.
  • Ideal for video editing enthusiast.

Cons:

  • Its first version lacks plenty of basic functions in other programs.
  • Only available for Mac.
  • It’s kind of expensive for home users and beginners ($299.99)

Learn more about Final Cut Pro

3. Movavi Video Editor

The best one for Beginners

Movavi Video Editor

Movavi Video Editor is one of the easiest to use. One of the reasons for many people to get discouraged in the editing activities and in the video editing learning process is the complexity of some software interfaces, like those of Vegas Pro or Premiere Pro. This is why Movavi Video Editor offers an intuitive interface, designed for easy handling, with tutorials and an “Easy Mode” that almost makes the video for you.

The interface has some features in common with other video editing programs, but achieves a simpler finishing, without overloading the main screen with too many options and features, so that the people who have never edited a video feel confident anyway with Movavi.

Among the features it offers, Movavi Video Editor 14  also includes a tool to stabilize videos with motion and to reduce the noise in images and video.

Movavi Video Editor is easy to use, but sometimes results a bit short in the performance, so it is surpassed by other programs with greater power of editing and rendering.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 with up-to-date patches/service packs installed,
  • Intel or AMD or compatible processors, 1GHz,
  • Minimum graphics display resolution of 1024×768, 32-bit color,
  • 256MB RAM for Windows 2000 and XP, 512MB for Vista, 1GB for Windows 7 and Windows 8,
  • Minimum 250MB free hard disk space for installation, 2GB for ongoing operations

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Available for Windows and Mac
  • Inexpensive compared to others ($39.95)

Cons:

  • Compared to other software it is kind of short in the performance and some other functions.
  • Not so powerful
  • Not recommended for pro.

Learn more about Movavi Video Editor

4. Pinnacle Studio

The most stable

Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio is one of the more antique video editing programs which is still in the market, getting upgrades and offering new versions every once in a while. But being the most antique doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the best, because for many years it has been plagued with bugs, crashes and all kind of issues that affected its stability. Since a couple of years, Corel took control over Pinnacle Studio and decided to give to it the course it should have.

Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate is the more stable version until now, as well as the version with more features and editing power. The interface was completely redesigned to offer the biggest control and a more pleasant experience for the user. The new interface is simple, easy to learn and includes a high level of customization: you can drag windows, order them as you like, use different windows in separate screen, and others.

The number of effects, transitions, templates, and titles that Pinnacle Studio 21 offers to the user is impressive: more than 2000 available effects in the Ultimate version. It allows to work with HD and 4K videos, and also to make 3D editing.

Minimum system requirements

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  • Windows 10, Windows 8.x, Windows 7, 64-bit OS highly recommended
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz & Intel Quick Sync Video support, AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz or higher. Intel Core i7 or AMD Athlon X4 or better for UHD or Multi-Camera editing
  • 4 GB for Windows 64-bit, 8gb recommended
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or higher
  • ATI X1000 series or higher
  • Intel GMA X3000 series or higher
  • 128 MB VGA VRAM
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • 8 GB HDD space for full installation

Pros:

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  • Great variety of video effects and transitions
  • Much more stable than other editing software
  • Completely customizable interface.

Cons:

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  • Some of the available effects are of low quality.
  • Only available for Windows.
  • It can run slowly in some cases.

Learn more about Pinnacle Studio

5. Vegas Pro

One of the best Windows-only

Vegas Pro

Vegas Pro was part of Sony in the past, but it is no longer since a couple of versions ago when it was sold to Magix and the “Sony” word was erased from the name. Since then, Magix has engaged in making a general overhaul to the program, improving some features and making a couple of changes here and there.

Vegas Pro 15 is pointed to a semi-professional users market, beginners and enthusiastic people, who will find in this software all the necessary tools to edit all kind of video without any hassle. It is easy to use and, although it could be a little faster, it can effectively compete with renowned brands as Adobe and Apple. It supports 4K video and multi-cam and offers different video formats upgraded to new devices.

Minimum System Requirements

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  • Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit) or Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • 2 GHz (multicore or multiprocessor recommended for HD or stereoscopic 3D; 8 cores recommended for 4K)
  • 8 GB recommended; 16 GB recommended for 4K)
  • Supported NVIDIA, AMD/ATI or Intel GPU with at least 512 MB of memory (1 GB recommended)
  • Internet connection

Pros:

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  • A lot of video formats to export.
  • Full workspace customization.
  • Upgraded to new formats, technologies, and devices.

Cons:

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  • Runs slowly sometimes.
  • Lacks of an organization system to the video library, feature available in other video editing software.
  • Not so powerful as other programs in this price range ($399)

Learn more about Vegas Pro

6. Wondershare Filmora

The best one for YouTubers

Wondershare Filmora is the video editor you need if you want to learn how to edit without expending a lot of money. It’s easy, intuitive and offers different modes of use that will improve your experience as a user. Although it is engaged with the easy-to-handle feature, it doesn’t mean you cannot create big projects, because it offers 4K editing support, as well as different options and tools you can find only in more expensive software.

Filmora includes two main modes. There’s an extremely easy mode, for those quick not so detailed assembly projects, or for those home-made videos you just want to cut and extract the exciting parts. And of course, the complete mode that offers plenty of options for a cared editing work, but also with a simple and intuitive interface. Filmora has been designed to create and upload videos directly to the most popular platforms, like Youtube, Facebook, and others, besides saving them in the hard disk.

Let’s talk about Easy Mode. Without any doubt, the best feature Wondershare Filmora con offer. You just have to add the files you want to make part of the final video, and Filmora will join them together, using one of several templates, with its corresponding initial title and credits. It is also possible to add music, either the one that Filmore provides or any other of your choice.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10 (64 bit OS). Mac OS 10.9 or above
  • Processor: Intel i3 or better multicore processor, 2GHz or above
  • 3GB physical RAM (8GB required for HD and 4K videos)
  • 2GB free hard-disk space for installation
  • 1366 x 768 Screen Resolution or better

Pros:

  • Easy to use, the easy mode can edit any video in a few minutes.
  • Inexpensive for the power level.
  • Pleasing and intuitive interface.

Cons:

  • Pretty limited advanced options
  • Doesn’t include a search bar for effects and transitions.
  • No multi-cam support.

Learn more about Filmora

7. Cyberlink PowerDirector

One of the fastest

Cyberlink PowerDirector

Cyberlink offers its PowerDirector, one of the fastest editing video software in the market. For just $129.99 to the more complete edition, this program is able to make a lot of functions when you need to edit a video. It doesn’t really matter if you have been a while using the different Cyberlink editors or if this is your first try, with PowerDirector and its simple interface you can edit video in a fast and efficient way.

At first sight, the interface is pretty similar to the one from other programs we already talked about in this list, but once you start testing its options you will realize that there’s a lot of different features, some of them not really necessary that can make it a bit overwhelming. If you don’t mind to spend some of your time learning where is located each function, Cyberlink PowerDirector is without any doubt the program you need.

Among the different options, this editing software offers, the most attractive one is the 360 video editing function, which allows editing in plenty of ways any video with this format. You can choose the angle of the video dragging with the mouse one of the three axes: x, y or z. Also, with the Little Planet option, you can make a cool effect that will make the floor look like a ball and everything in the video turns like a whole planet.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7 (SO de 64 bit recommended)
  • Intel Core™ i-series or AMD Phenom® II and higher
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 128 MB VGA VRAM or higher
  • 7 GB of free space in the hard disk

Pros:

  • 360 video editing.
  • One of the fastest software rendering and exporting videos.
  • Great editing power

Cons:

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  • Plenty of unnecessary features.
  • It can be a bit overwhelming for new users.
  • Some essential functions are not easy to find.

Learn more about Cyberlink PowerDirector

8. Corel VideoStudio

Best for enthusiastic users

Сorel Videostudio

Corel VideoStudio is a commercial video editor from Corel, with several versions in the market until now. It is characterized by being a simple and powerful video editor, intended to enthusiastic users who want to achieve high-quality graphics results in their videos and professional tools to make it. It is an editing video software designed for working from home but includes options you can only find in professional programs like Premiere Pro and Final Cut.

The last Corel VideoStudio version is worthy of admiration because it is one of the few software engaged to the non-professional people but able to work with new technologies as the 360 videos. Besides, it also offers multi-cam edition, motion tracking, video masks management and audio ducking (for the adjustment of several audio signals)

The interface is simple and easy to use and includes tutorials to learn how to handle the software if this is your first attempt to use it and different guides that will lead you through all the editing process. The peculiarity that negatively affects the use of this editing program is the speed, which is not too fast if you compare it with other as Cyberlink PowerDirector and Wondershare Filmora.

As to the graphics corrections, transitions, and other effects, it is pretty complete software. It includes 150 transitions, 34 templates for titles and 78 special effects, among which we can find image correction, color balance, noise reduction and image stabilization (which works pretty well even with 4K videos).

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher. 64-bits recommended.
  • Intel Core i3 or higher. AMD A4 3.0 GHz or higher
  • 4gb of RAM, 8+ gb recommended for 360° videos or multi-cam
  • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution.

Pros:

  • Huge variety of professional options available
  • 360° video, 4K and multi-cam supported.
  • Cheaper: $79.99 for lifetime.

Cons:

  • Slower than others
  • No search bar for effects or media

Learn more about Corel VideoStudio

9. Shotcut

Free and powerful

shotcut

Shotcut has everything you need in a video editor. The first thing we must to highlight is that this software is compatible with almost every format: images, sound, and video, due to its FFmpeg codec. Besides, it is also compatible with 4K video and it is able to record video and audio from all kind of sources, like a webcam, a mic, or from internet through streaming. 

As to the audio edition, this software offers a series of pretty useful functions and tools that allow to retouch the audio in our videos, both regulating the volume level and adding any of the filters and effects that you test and set up from the timeline.

When you need to edit a video, this practical software also offers a great catalog of transitions and filters you can use in your assemblies to set the order and the plot of the video, as to several tools designed to customize almost everything and to edit every detail in the graphic aspects of the video.

Minimum System Requirements

  • 32 or 64-bits Windows 7, 8, 10, macOS 10.8-10.10, 64-bit Linux
  • x86-64 Intel or AMD with at least 2GHz.
  • At least 4gb RAM

Pros:

  • Practical detailed interface
  • Fully customizable filters
  • Supports plenty of formats
  • Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Cons:

  • Doesn’t include exportation presets for different devices.
  • Can be a little tricky if you are not really skilled for video editing.
  • Not so powerful compared to paid software.

Learn more about Shotcut

10. Apple iMovie

Apple’s more simple software

imovie

iMovie is an easy-to-use video editing software, completely practical for the average user. It allows assembly movies without knowing anything about video editing. It is important to highlight the possibility to import and edit video from an enormous variety of external devices. Besides, it has a pretty simple interface and it offers a real-time preview of every video, where you can test and add effects, text, and music.

The exportation options allow to send a video directly to Youtube or to create a DVD. iMovie includes options to correct and stabilize shots that are in motion, color effects and transitions. It’s a basic software but offers all the essential tools for a fast home video editing.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS X El Capitan
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • OpenCL-capable graphics card
  • 1280 x 800 resolution or higher.

Pros:

  • Simple and beauty interface
  • Color adjustments
  • Great tool for Chroma-keying projects.
  • Plenty of audio editing tools.

Cons:

  • Not so customizable as other video editors.
  • Limited to two audio tracks
  • Only available for Mac

Learn more about iMovie