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How to Choose the Best Video Editing Software in 2019

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How to Choose the Best Video Editing Software in 2019

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These days, almost everyone needs reliable video editing software because a video has become the primary tool to publish information, to advertise, and to exhibit certain ideas. Vloggers—and bloggers as well—need a reliable videomaking application to enrich their published materials, businesspersons need the same app for presentation, advertisers need them to create more attractive ads, and students and teachers need them for more intuitive learning. With high-quality cameras becoming widely available and the internet becoming faster, it is quite normal if everyone wants to be a director.

Due to the high demand, there are actually numerous video editing software applications available. Here we will show you five factors to mind when choosing the right videomaking software for you.

System Requirements

Video editing is a demanding task that requires a rather beefy machine. In terms of the computing resources needed, it is comparable with 3D editing, except that video editing requires bigger RAM because you are dealing with large-size data and 3D editing requires faster CPU and GPU. Nonetheless, having a PC with sufficiently large RAM and a fast processor is needed if you want to run video editing software smoothly on your machine. And because RAM use is essential, installing an x64 application on an x64 software platform is a smart thing to do because your large RAM can then be used fully and efficiently.

How much RAM do you actually need to run a video editing application? Mainstream applications like Pinnacle Studio Plus and Adobe Premiere do require at least 4 GB and 8 GB RAM respectively to run smoothly; however, if you have a rather weak machine, there are actually a number of applications that can run perfectly even on a decade-old PC. VSDC Video Editor, for example, is good not only because it is free to download and to use, but also because it can run even on a PC with only 256 MB of RAM. It seems that even in 2019, your old Pentium PC can still have a good use, right?

Functionalities

The most basic function of video editing software is to create a slideshow or montage, a sequence of film clips enhanced with transitions, cuts, effects, superimpositions, etc. All video editing applications have this feature, so if you only want to do basic video editing, all applications will work for you.

However, you may also want some extra features to be included in your video editing software. As of today, the most demanded video editing functionalities include adding title and subtitle, video conversion, 3D video editing for VR, more effects, more transitions, and plugin support. Only a handful of applications have all of them, the most notable being Adobe Premiere, Corel VideoStudio Pro, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, and CyberLink PowerDirector. All of those applications are indeed costly; however, if you want a cheaper alternative, you can use a combination of two applications so that they can fill each other’s gaps in terms of functionalities.

Audio Editing

Creating a silent video is no fun unless you do it intentionally. The audio editing features of your video editing software will thus bring your video to life. All video editing applications support basic auditing features that include adding audio and editing it. However, you may need to invest more if you want your application to offer advanced audio editing features like audio track merging and text-to-speech (or speech-to-text). Currently, Adobe Premiere and CyberLink PowerDirector are perhaps the only mainstream video editing applications that offer complete audio editing features; however, as said above, you can also use multiple applications to swap features between them.

Export Features

After editing your video, you want to export it somewhere. All applications support file export in all popular formats, especially MP4 and AVI. Some applications also support direct burning to DVD and Blu-ray. There are also applications that support direct upload to video sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo. Basically, as long as you can export your video in a versatile format like MP4, there is actually nothing to worry because burning and uploading videos are something that you can do easily without using any advanced applications.

Price

Price can be either the last or the first thing to mind when getting video editing software, but if you prefer to start cheaply, most paid video applications are actually available as a free version with some pro features locked until you pay for them. VSDC Video Editor is an example. With its free version, you can do a professional-level video editing job with ease. You only need to pay if you want to enjoy some pro features, including a masking tool and chroma key (green screen).