Want to Learn How to Edit Videos? (Part 1)

AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME to research tutorials all over the web to create awesome videos. Video Editing can be a real pain in the ….. UKNOWHAT, especially if you have no clue on where to get started. Some of the major complaints are the amount of time it takes to edit a video, the  “techie geeky” stuff behind using the software, I could go on and on. This is part 1 of a video editing series that will hopefully tackle some of the major frustrations that you have with video editing and/or any questions that you may have.

Which Video Editing Software Do I Choose?

Short answer… the one you are most comfortable with. You weren’t expecting that huh?!

PC or Mac?

pcvsmac Ok, ok on a more serious note, let’s first figure out the type of machine that you are using.

PC Users

My recommendations for people who use PCs are Camtasia, Wondershare, or Sony Vegas Pro (in that order).  If you do not have a budget at all, use Movie Maker. It’s a video editing software that automatically comes with every PC machine (but use it as a very last resort).

Mac Users

My recommendations for people who use Macs are Screenflow, Camtasia for Mac, iMovie,  Wondershare, or Final Cut Pro X  (in that order). iMovie is a very powerful video editing software (in fact, it leaves its’ counterpart Movie Maker in the dust) and for those who do not have a budget, you are in luck because it automatically comes with every Mac machine.

Pros & Cons of each Video Editing Software

Next we are going to tackle the Pros and Cons of each of the video editing software that I suggested and the reasons for their specific order. Please note that I am not sponsored by any of these companies and these are purely my opinions based on personal experience.

Video Editing Software for PC Users

1.  Camtasia Studio AKA Camtasia

Camtasia_Dashboard_for_PC Camtasia is my top choice for PC users because it is a screencasting software ( meaning you can record your desktop, slides, etc.) ,but also acts as a powerful video editor. That’s 2 for 1.

PROS

  • You can record your desktop with Powerpoint slides or for a demo on a particular software or website.
  • It has all of the bells and whistles for a video editor such as green screen, animations, etc.
  • It is a huge upgrade from Movie Maker.
  • Great software for people who are non-editors and very user-friendly.
  • You have a 30 day trial where you can actually get familiar with the software and export video files WITHOUT a watermark.
  • Available for both PC and Mac.

CONS

  •  It does not have everything that you can do in professional video editing software such as Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?).
  • Require more steps to do certain functions compared to Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere  (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?).
  • Price compared to the Mac version (~$300 vs ~$99). However, it is on the cheaper end compared to the professional software  (once again, we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?).

Please note that the Mac version does not have all of the features that the PC version has, however the Mac version has everything that you need to create professional videos and you honestly do not need more than what is given. Here is a complete comparison chart.

Here are some tutorials to get started.

2.  Wondershare

Wondershare Video Editor for PC Wondershare is my second choice for PC users because it is an upgrade from Movie Maker and almost the equivalent to what you would find in iMovie for a Mac.

PROS

  • It is an upgrade from Movie Maker.
  • It has a lot of features that are needed in video editing such as transitions, simple animations and keyframing, picture in picture, audio separation, themes, green screen, etc..
  • Great software for people who are non-editors and very user-friendly.
  • Awesome low price of $39.99 (it is the same for the Mac version).
  • Alternative to iMovie for Macs.
  • Free trial is available where you can test out the full functionality of the software.
  • It only takes up .5GB of space in your hard drive (iMovie is 4 GB).
  • Available for both PC and Mac.

CONS

  •  It was not built to replace professional video editing software and has limited function for actual editing. (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?)
  • Within the free trial version, a watermark will be included in your exported video files.
  • Does not include screencasting as a part of its software.

Please note that the Mac version and PC version are equal with having the same features. Here are some tutorials to get started.

3. Sony Vegas Pro

Sony Vegas Pro 13

Sony Vegas Pro is my last choice for PC users because it is officially professional video editing software and not everyone is trying to become a professional video editor.

PROS

  • It has all of the bells and whistles to do anything you would like in video editing.
  • It is a huge upgrade from Movie Maker.
  • Includes an ipad app for reviewing video footage.
  • There is a free trial.

CONS

  •  It is not user-friendly for non-editors. As you can see by the screenshot above, this software is definitely   more advanced and have more bells and whistles.
  • Available for PC users only.
  • Price starts at $399.95 and increases up to $799.95. There are three different versions to choose from.

Here are some tutorials to get started.

Video Editing Software for Mac Users

1.  Screenflow 

Screenflow

Screenflow is my top choice for Mac users  hands down because it is a screencasting software like Camtasia ( meaning you can record your desktop, slides, etc.) ,but also acts as a very powerful video editor. That’s 2 for 1 baby.

PROS

  • You can record your desktop with Keynote, Powerpoint slides or for a demo on a particular software or website.
  • Import animations and graphics made from Keynote or Powerpoint.
  • It has all of the bells and whistles for a video editor such as green screen, animations, transitions, key framing, etc.
  • It is a upgrade from iMovie and allows more flexibility.
  • Great software for people who are non-editors and very user-friendly with a strong emphasis on drag and drop onto the timeline and “Media” area.
  • You have a 30 day trial where you can actually get familiar with the software and export video files.
  • Price is $99 and very reasonable since it is a 2 for 1 (screencasting software and video editor)

CONS

  •  It does not have everything that you can do in professional video editing software such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?)
  • Require more steps to do certain functions compared to  Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere  (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?)
  • Available for Mac users only.
  • Within the free trial version, a watermark will be included in your  exported video files.

I am a Mac user and this is the software that I primarily use to do most of my video editing. Here are some tutorials to get started.

2.  Camtasia for Mac

Camtasia_for_Mac

Camtasia for Mac  is my second choice for Mac users because it is a screencasting software ( meaning you can record your desktop, slides, etc.) ,but also acts as a powerful video editor, just like the PC version.

PROS

  • You can record your desktop with Keynote, Powerpoint slides or for a demo on a particular software or website.
  • Import animations and graphics made from Keynote or Powerpoint.
  • It has all of the bells and whistles for a video editor such as green screen, animations, etc.
  • It is an upgrade from iMovie.
  • Great software for people who are non-editors and very user-friendly.
  • You have a 30 day trial where you can actually get familiar with the software and export video files WITHOUT a watermark.
  • Price is $99 and very reasonable since it is a 2 for 1 (screencasting software and video editor). It is much cheaper than the PC version.

CONS

  •  It does not have everything that you can do in professional video editing software such as  Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?)
  • Require more steps to do certain functions compared to  Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere  (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?)
  • Does not have all of the features of the PC version.
  • Available for Mac users only.

Please note that the Mac version does not have all of the features that the PC version has, however the Mac version has everything that you need to create professional videos and you honestly do not need more than what is given. Here is a complete comparison chart

Here are some tutorials to get started.

When I compare Screenflow vs Camtasia for Mac, I prefer using Screenflow. Both of these video editing software are almost neck to neck, but Screenflow has more features. In addition, Camtasia for Mac is made by a company that focuses on PC software. Therefore, this highly affects the ease of usability in my opinion, and learning curve of the software. Screenflow definitely wins in this department. 

3. iMovie

imovie

iMovie is my third choice for Mac users because it does not include screencasting as a part of its software. I absolutely love iMovie and I learned so much about video editing from using it when I was just getting started. Apple did a huge upgrade to iMovie from version ’11 to ’13 and anyone can tell that they are trying to make it very similar to Final Cut Pro X. In addition, some of the limitations that the earlier versions had have either been removed and/or improved.

PROS

  • It has a lot of features that are needed in video editing such as transitions, simple animations and keyframing, picture in picture, audio separation, themes, green screen, etc..
  • Great software for people who are non-editors and very user-friendly.
  • Free if you own a Mac Book Pro or it’s an awesome low price of $14.99.
  • Recent huge upgrade from version ’11 to ’13.
  • There is a app version for both iphone and ipad
  • Import animations and graphics made from Keynote or Powerpoint.

CONS

  •  It was not built to replace professional video editing software and has limited function for actual editing. (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?)
  • Available for Mac users only.
  • The app version does not have all of the features of the desktop version.
  • Does not include screencasting as a part of its software.

Here are some tutorials to get started on the ’11 version or olderHere are some tutorials to get started on the ’13 version.

4. Wondershare

Wondershare for_Mac

Wondershare is my fourth choice for Mac users because it is  almost the equivalent to what you would find in iMovie.

PROS

  • It has a lot of features that are needed in video editing such as transitions, simple animations and keyframing, picture in picture, audio separation, themes, green screen, etc..
  • Great software for people who are non-editors and very user-friendly.
  • Awesome low price of $39.99 (it is the same for the PC version).
  • Alternative to iMovie.
  • Free trial is available where you can test out the full functionality of the software.
  • It only takes up .5GB of space in your hard drive (iMovie is 4 GB).
  • Available for both PC and Mac.

CONS

  •  It was not built to replace professional video editing software and has limited function for actual editing. (we aren’t trying to be a professional video editor right?)
  • Within the free trial version, a watermark will be included in your exported video files.
  • Does not include screencasting as a part of its software.

Please note that the Mac version and PC version are equal with having the same features. Here are some tutorials to get started.

When I compare iMovie vs Wondershare for Mac, I prefer using iMovie. Both of these video editing software are almost neck to neck, but iMovie has more features. 

5. Final Cut Pro X

Final_Cut_Pro_X 

Final Cut Pro X is my last choice for Mac users because it is officially professional video editing software and not everyone is trying to become a professional video editor.

PROS

  • It has all of the bells and whistles to do anything you would like in video editing.
  • It is a huge upgrade from iMovie but very similar interface.
  • Even though it is professional video editing software, it is user friendly for non-editors and not a huge transition for those who are familiar with using iMovie.
  • There is a 30 day free trial.

CONS

  • Available for Mac users only.
  • Price is $299.95, but if you would like to include the full suite such as graphic animation, etc. then it would increase.

Here are some tutorials to get started.

Whew! So there you have it! My suggestion is try out each video editing software based on reading the pros and cons especially those that have free trials and see which one makes you the most comfortable or comes the easiest to you.

Please leave in the comments below your thoughts and various experiences with using video editing software including the ones that were not mentioned in this blog post. Stay tuned for Part 2.

One More Thing….

If you  want get started with video editing by using Camtasia, iMovie or Screenflow, I am hosting a Summer Camp that will walk  you through  getting familiar with the software. It includes 1 week of live 90 minute comprehensive online classes with the ability to ask questions and receive recordings. You will also learn the specific techniques for creating certain types of videos with the appropriate branding for your business as an online entrepreneur and blogger.

Click here to get more information and reserve your seat. 

 

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