If you’re just getting started in video production, I recommend using basic video editing software applications as they are easier to learn.
Once you become more experienced, you will want to upgrade to a more professional application that offers more advanced features. It is easy to transition from a basic video editing application to a more advanced solution, but you will have to spend a lot of time learning the additional features to get the most of it.
This page lists some of the best advanced video editing applications on the market.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe’s Premiere Pro software has been my main video editing application over the last few years. It does have a habit of crashing a lot and does not always support all video codecs, but I still love how it works.
Editing in Premiere Pro is a joy and there are many great cutting tools, effects and filters. The software ties it beautifully with other Adobe applications such as Photoshop, After Effects and Audition. Despite its close integtration with Audition, I tend to use the built-in audio tools for repairing audio.
You can purchase Premiere Pro for $20.99 per month or get the whole Adobe suite for $52.99 per month. It can be used on Windows and on Mac.
It’s not perfect and there, but Premiere Pro is undobutedly one of the best video editing applications on the market. It’s just a pity that Adobe sell it under a subscription model instead of a one-off fee.
DaVinci Resolve is one of the only advanced video editing applications on the market that is free to download. Developed by camera veterans Blackmagic Design, the software is used by many large film studios.
The software boasts fantastic colour grading, a user-friendly timeline interface and many useful effects.
It can be downloaded free of charge on Linux, Windows and Mac.
Final Cut Pro
Apple’s flagship video editing software is used by many major film companies to edit films. Retailing at $299.99, it offers many great post-production tools such as colour grading, video and audio mixing, customisable effects and more.
As you would expect from an Apple product, the software is only available to Apple Mac users.
Sony Vegas Pro
Sony’s Vegas Pro software offers professional video editing and audio mixing for Windows users.
It’s popular with many musical artists, news broadcasters and documentary makers. Features include nested timelimes, colour grading, special effects and built-in audio mixing.
There are multiple variations of the Sony Vegas Pro software, however the main Vegas Pro application sells for a one-off fee of $399.