Digital video tools get more powerful and easier to use every year, and that's especially true when it comes to the video editing software that targets nonprofessional enthusiasts. Every year, new formats, new techniques, and new capabilities trickle down from professional-level software.
The timeline is the central tool for any video editing program, and MAGIX Movie Edit Pro’s is fundamentally different from those of the other applications we reviewed. Other programs dedicate their editing tracks to specific types of media like video, audio and text. However, MAGIX gives you 200 tracks that you can put any type of media on.
Corel VideoStudio continues to be a well-designed and powerful enthusiast video editing application. Support for 360-degree video content, multicam editing, and powerful motion tracking, as well as detailed audio options nearly push it up to the professional level.
Adobe Premiere is one of the most recognizable names in video editing software. The consumer-level version, Adobe Premiere Elements, simplifies the video editing process so you don’t have to be a professional to create videos that you’ll be proud to share with your friends and family.
Pinnacle Studio Plus offers a wide array of organizing, editing and exporting tools that earned it a spot in our review of the best video editing software. Its unique and intuitive workflow allows you to import, sort and build projects from your media clips.
AVS Video Editor ranked in the bottom tier of our side-by-side comparison chart of the best video editing software. It has most of the editing and enhancement tools we look for in this category, as well as a healthy library of transitions, effects and titles.
Nero Video is basic video editing software. It provides the essential tools that let you create videos and share them with an audience. However, its ability to compress videos is shoddy at best and it lacks the intuitive usability that separates good video editing applications from the best in our side-by-side comparison.