Video Editing Software for Newbies

As a freelance video editor, I get a lot of questions from aspiring editors about which software is the best to use.
 
Editing is about communicating a story. Once you have a software, it takes time – A LOT OF TIME to learn how to cut when to cut, when not to cut and how to communicate that story to others.
 
If you want to learn editing, welcome aboard.  I recommend you start off with learning these programs.
 
  • iMovie
 
If you are one of the many people that own an Apple product, then you should have heard of iMovie.  It comes standard on every mac, or you can download it from the App store.
 
iMovie uses a drag and drop feature. Nothing about iMovie is professional, it has standard transitions and text effects. iMovie is good to get a start into editing, to learn how to craft a story. iMovie is great for those of you who vlog your story for the world to see on YouTube
 
  • FCP
 
If you want to learn how to edit and craft a story, I recommend learning Final Cut Pro.
 
Final Cut Pro or FCP is what Hollywood uses. It is for intermediate to advanced users. Fcp has a very different feel to iMovie or any other free editing software available to users today.
 
Final Cut Pro is only available to Apple users. With FCP you immediately notice a different workspace. There are 4 pieces of information that are important there.
 
  1. BIN
 
  1. SOURCE
 
  1. PREVIEW
 
  1. TIMELINE
 
Now if you don't have a Apple product, there are two other options (these are available for PC and Mac).
 
1. AVID Media Composer
 
2. Adobe Premiere Pro
 
With the advancements of technology and the “Cloud” service. These programs have gotten easier to get and even more affordable.
 
Subscriptions now start at $19.99 a month. At this price point, you can have access to many programs within the Adobe Creative Suite or Avid Service.
 
Adobe Premiere Pro is my go-to editing software. I love the connectivity with After Effects and Photoshop – which are programs I use on a daily basis with my work.
 
Mastering Filmmaking and Post Production has a learning curve. If you’re interested in learning how to edit – the first real step is – how much time are you willing to put in?
 
My advice, is start now.
 
Don't wait until it is too late.
 
Technology doesn't wait for anyone.

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