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Top video editing software

Video editors provide tools for merging two files into one, adding special effects, like episode-changing animation, apply filters to reach specific final effects, add or remove sounds, insert photos, add subtitles, etc.

General info
Cost  
Trial period  
Multilanguage  
Modern interface  
Available for Mac  
$399.00
30 days
$59.95
30 days
$69.99
Unlimited
For personal use
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$39.00 per year
Unlimited
Features
HD quality support  
Timeline  
Transition and video effects  
Image insertion  
DVD/Blue-ray/HD quality/Mobile formats/MPEG-4 support  
Stereoscopic 3D editing   
Drag and Drop  
Split-screen video creation   ? Сombine two videos to be shown in a split screen.
Effect presets  
3D title editor  
Green screen   ? Set any background to videos taken on a green background.
Video stabilization   ? Get rid of dragging and trembling in your videos.
3D video editing  
Audio recording  
Video capture  
DVD menu creation  
Output to social media   ? Create a video and publish it directly on Facebook and other social media services.
Slideshow creation  
Hardware acceleration   ? Use your PC hardware to increase speed of video processing.
DVD authoring tools   ? Assign your own signature to the created DVD file.
General rating
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Vegas Pro
Vegas Pro
2 (67%) 1 (33%)
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Professional video and audio production utility with a customizable interface and Dolby Digital sound. It is shareware with a limited time trial version, but works with all possible video qualities, including 4K and HD ones. It costs $399, the trial period is 30 days.
Highlights
  • Realtime video editing controls.
  • Modern interface.
  • Hardware acceleration.
  • DVD authoring tools.
  • Regular updates.
  • High quality video and audio processing.
  • Works on Windows 7 and higher.
Advantages
- Professional quality.
- Stereoscopic 3D editing.
- High quality audio recording.
- Editing presets for both video and audio.
- Writes Blue-rays and double-layer DVDs.
- Supports a long list of formats, including AAC, AVI, MPEG-1, WMV, WDP, DDS, DPX, AAF, etc.
Disadvantages
- Video processing may take some time.
Official website:
vegascreativesoftware.com
Pinnacle Studio
Pinnacle Studio
1 (100%) 0 (0%)
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A video editor with the option to create Split-Screen videos, highlight a single color, or use templates. This is a professional-level utility which you have to buy at the cost of $59.95. The trial period is 30 days.
Features
  • Template library.
  • Slideshow creation.
  • Video filters and effects.
  • A library of title and overlay effects.
Advantages
- Record the created video on CD, DVD, Blue-ray.
- Drag and drop.
- Split screen video creation.
- Timeline editing.
- 3D title editor.
Disadvantages
- Complicated menu structure.
- Long file processing time.
- No template creation.
Official website:
pinnaclesys.com
Wondershare Filmora
Wondershare Filmora
1 (100%) 0 (0%)
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This is a video editor suitable for beginners. It has lots of presets which simplify the process of video creation. After the trial period is over, you will have to buy it at $69.99. The trial version is unlimited in time, but inserts a watermark into your videos.
Characteristics
  • 4K videos support.
  • Camera shake effects.
  • Audio mixer.
  • GIF editing.
  • Screen recording.
Strong sides
- Green screen.
- Noise removal.
- Reverse your clips.
- DIrect social networks media import.
- Multilayer timeline.
- Video stabilization.
- Audio separation.
Weak points
- Watermarks videos while in trial mode.
Official website:
filmora.wondershare.com
VideoPad Video Editor
VideoPad Video Editor
1 (100%) 0 (0%)
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A capable video editor which is free to use for non-commercial purposes and has a vast library of transition effects. Also, you can buy it for $60 for commercial usage.
VideoPad Video Editor features
  • Available for Mac.
  • 3D video editing.
  • Customizable transition effects duration.
  • Template creation support.
  • VIsual effects.
Advantages
- Text animations.
- Audio mixing and recording.
- Video stabilization.
- Burn to DVD.
- Share online.
- Full-HD support.
Disadvantages
- Quality loss may occur.
Official website:
nchsoftware.com
AVS Video Editor
AVS Video Editor
1 (100%) 0 (0%)
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A powerful video editor for complete film creation: from video merging to menu insertion for the created file. The program is shareware, the full edition costs $69. The trial period is unlimited.
Features of AVS Video Editor
  • Slideshow creation.
  • High quality output files.
  • Transition effects.
  • Result preview.
  • Works with all Windows versions.
Advantages
- Video capture.
- Wide format list support.
- DVD menu creation.
- Plugins from the same developer are available.
Disadvantages
- Trial version adds a watermark to the processed video.
Official website:
avs4you.com

Conclusion

We have two leaders on the list: Vegas Pro and Pinnacle Studio as professional-level utilities with the most feature-rich functionality. What video editor do you use? Tell us and we'll add it to our comparison list.

Comments

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Nikki67 14 days ago

I personally prefer Adobe products. They are complicated but are ideal for the professional video creation. None of these stands against them.

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bibi-89@mail.ru 14 days ago

Will you make reviews for the next version of these programs? It'll be very helpful.

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HungryHamster 15 days ago

Can I make a Hollywood-like scene with any of these editors?

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