Whether you’re looking for the best video editing software in town to turn your family vacation footage into a noteworthy short film, or your boss ordered you to prepare the company video, you’ll soon find out that video editing is a matter of tools: the easiest the task you have to accomplished, the more you have to rely on easy software solution. As the complexity of the finalized product increases, so the scope of your video editing application – granted that you can edit your trip to the sea bottom even in Avid.
If you ever used a photo or audio editing software, you’ll find yourself in a similar editing environment, and you’ll adjust yourself with relative ease. Otherwise, if your’ newbie, you’d better start with the manual, or the online guide, to better understand the software process and how to execute better your task.
Every video editing program that you can find around has the same basic features that let you handle your footage, add a music score or some soundtracks, mix audio and titles and transitions. Quite often, lately, many software include some add-ons to capture your screen, so that you get an excellent screencast for your video tutorial or any other reason you’d need a capture of your screen: then you can edit the captured image like it’s footage from a camera. At a recreational level, all these software have many common features: what set them apart is most of all their usability and interface.
The best software companies put their websites to good use, trying not only to answer to users’ questions (or prevent them), or solve doubts about their products, but also educate the inexperienced user about video editing, even video production.
Professional video editing software, on the other hand, are defined by other features, such as the quality of the effects or titles, to color correction options or stabilization features, to multi-cam resources, and so on. Processing time is definitely something to think about when choosing your software, but it also depends on your hardware (newer and powerful computers are faster than out-of-date machines). Developers try constantly to improve features (like speed) and reduce stress on the system.
Of course, everything depends on what you’re after: the aforementioned holiday video, or an industrial video for your company, or something more, or something entirely different. Depending on your needs, there is surely some software here to help you.
Maybe Avid Media Composer is the de-facto standard in features editing or broadcasting studio, but Apple’s Final Cut has gained a devoted following through the years: so if you’re searching for a professional video editing software, it’s certainly a valid candidate.
Either you need a funny Christmas video for your office, or for a business presentation: if you’re a Mac user, iMovie is more than enough for all your needs.
Let’s start by saying that although we know that Avid portfolio includes other products like Pro Tools, or other solutions for media broadcasters, or even some hardware products, in this review we focus on Avid Media Composer, the actual tool to edit videos and movies.
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