I am asked weekly what the best editing software is. There are a few options worth considering and what you choose will depend on your specific needs. The three most recommended ones cover all bases, from beginners to experts, and Macs to PCs.
The first most widely used software is Adobe Premiere Pro. It is the gold standard of professional grade editing software that is easy to use. It works on both Mac and PC and your subscription will allow you to access both. It has all the functionality I have ever wanted and the best part is that it is constantly expanding. The relatively new Lumetri Color grading panel is a very useful feature that helps make workflows efficient quickly. Being able to do everything ‘in the house’ is a great thing. It’s a little on the expensive side at about $ 19.99 a month but if you’re serious about trying to make videos it’s worth considering.
Final Cut Pro X is also a competitor to Apple, although popularity has declined sharply in recent years. FCP gained a reputation for favoring amateur productions like skateboarding and surfing videos and as a result a lot of professionals went to watch elsewhere (myself included). The software only works on Macs so this may not be an option for those who prefer and own PCs. If you are a fan of the Mac interface then it has all the user software you would expect. It handles 4K footage better than other software on comparable machines because of how it manages and manages background files. The Final Cut is easy to tackle overall but at $ 299.99 I recommend for beginners to test the water with Premiere Pro first. Ultimately both software are great for learning the basics of editing, but Premiere will be more beneficial when you start claiming Leaving Certificate features.
For those who do not want to spend money at all, iMovie is a good choice. As you would expect from a free piece of software, it is aimed at beginners and is not as functional as the others. You can minimize the basic editing functions with little or no previous experience, but ultimately you won’t have much flexibility and some of the stock options (titles and transitions, etc.) look amateurish. If you are looking for something that is accessible and easy to use, this may be for you.
Bonus: If you want to have some fun editing on your phone, check out Premiere Clip. You wouldn’t expect to be able to edit on a phone but this one might surprise you. Combine it with an app like Filmic Pro for advanced mobile camera control and you have a great ‘mini’ setup. Even award-winning feature films like ‘Unsane’ were shot entirely on the iPhone!