Best Video Editing Software and Video Editing Tips
It's an entirely different world now. Software packages that cost a few hundred dollars now deliver hundreds of audio tracks and incredibly flexible editing. Some programs are even free. You can create as many instances of effect plug-ins as you want, including spot-on emulations of compressors that used to cost several thousand dollars each, and attach them to as many mixer channels as you want. It's all nearly unlimited and "in the box" now.
While most professional-grade software can handle multi-cam editing, Premiere Pro goes one step beyond, handling as many sources as necessary with as many angles as required. The inclusion of the bundled Lumetri Color Panel allows advanced color adjustments to be handled with ease. Additionally, Adobe’s integration with After Effects and Photoshop adds even more reason for professional grade editors to choose Premiere Pro.
Apple’s Final Cut Pro X software falls into what we call the “prosumer” category because it treads the line between a product for consumers who want to up their video-editing game and one for professionals who need powerful editing tools. It lacks a traditional timeline-track interface, which is enough to scare some users off, but the software is intuitive and powerful nonetheless.
From the standpoint of someone recording 20 or 30 years ago, a DAW today is like a giant candy store; it's as if you can do almost anything. For the newcomer, though, it may seem almost hopelessly complex. Choosing the right audio software can be quite difficult. Most of the famous packages like Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic have been around for decades. They've grown incredibly powerful, and as a result have user interfaces that are as complex as…well, professional mix consoles.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room. Audacity. This is by far the most popular software on this list, and its fame is well earned. Finding life as a small project back in 1997, this program has now become the go-to solution for many that want a simple software to edit, record and mix audio. Countless users use Audacity to prepare their podcasts, convert old tapes into digital recordings, and record audio for their video productions.
Lexis Audio Editor may not be the most feature-packed or impressive audio editor that Windows 10 users have access to if they looked beyond the Windows Store. But for an app, it does the trick. The trial version includes all the features of the paid version, except the possibility of saving audio files in the MP3 format. For that privilege, you will have to buy it from the Windows Store for a small fee.