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Top Video Editing Software For Beginners In 2021

Top Video Editing Software For Beginners in 2021-1

For anyone starting out in the business of video editing, whether you’re a gaming montage editor or a makeup tutorial, it’s vital for you to know the best software out there, both in terms of quality and, especially for beginners, user-friendliness. This list of the top software programs of 2021 will be your guide to figuring out which software is the best one for you to start your editing journey with. 

Adobe Programs

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Adobe is well known for its variety of editing software options; the below options are the best curated for beginners who want to start out with Adobe and learn at their own pace.

Adobe Premiere Rush

Premiere Rush is the stepping stone into Adobe video editing. The app is compatible with both mobile and desktop use, so you can use it on the go or at home. Rush incorporates the basics of what you need for shooting, editing, and distributing your videos.

Pros:Cons:
Easy-peasy transition operationsPotential inability to rename projects
Customizable titles to make your videos truly your ownSome unreliability with sharing to YouTube on iOS
Open exports to get your content out across social mediaFor Android, there are glitches with audio when speeding up clips
Spectacular color correction optionsOccasional green and pink tints showing up in videos
Speed controls that will have you racing forwardAccount and subscription problems: sometimes your information doesn’t show up
Easy audio features to show your soundsNot available in China
Only $9.99 a month beyond the free starter featuresSome glitches typing titles in languages other than English

Premiere Rush is ideal for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of video editing. For under $10 a month Premiere Rush is a great jumping-off point.

Adobe Spark Video

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Spark Video is the most on-the-fly Adobe option out there. It gives the same desktop and mobile options as Premiere Rush, but Spark is even faster! Whatever you want to make, Spark will get you creating as quickly as you can.

Pros:Cons:
Lightning-fast content creationLess precision because of the quick nature
Simple templates to choose from in secondsCrashes and load failure are common
Curated designs to fit into your contentProne to less than the reliable saving of your content
Simplified combinations of all your content – clips, photos, icons, VO – all in one place
Soundtracks to back up any video
Customizable options for everything, so you can truly make it your own
Only $9.99 a month

Spark is another option like Premiere Rush that is good for beginners who are looking for something quick and easy. That being said, it has the issues that often come with a mobile option of crashing, poor saving capabilities, and lag issues. It’s best to use it as a backup or additional tool, which does mean more money spent overall if you choose to use it.

Editing Software

Avid Media Composer | First

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If you’re just beginning, you really don’t want to spend a bunch of money on something that you are wanting to test out, so you’ll be pleased to know that Avid has released a free version of Media Composer (its main software), in the form of Media Composer | First.

Pros:Cons:
Free!Only four video tracks are available
An excellent way to learn the complicated process of Media Composer before committing to a purchaseOnly eight audio tracks are available
Has all the base workings of Media Composer, so you can do a lot even as you’re just starting outPlug-ins are only available through the Avid Marketplace

Media Composer | First is an amazing option for beginners, both in video editing and in the Avid system, because it gives you the chance to learn a software system that is difficult to master, for free! All in all, it’s a great starter pack.

Editing Software

Apple Final Cut Pro

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If Mac is your jam, Final Cut Pro could be the fast and easy choice for you. Sure, you can only use it on Apple products, but if those are the products you already use, that’s not a downside. The paid version of Final Cut comes out at $299.99, but there is a free trial you can work with to test the program before you make the financial commitment.

Pros:Cons:
Relatively inexpensive as a one-time buyOnly for Apple products
Endless options and system actions included Excessive options – could be bad if you’re looking for something extremely straightforward
Compatible with other products on AppleOnly works on macOS 10.15.6 or later updates
64-bit architecturePotential additional fees for features requiring internet access
Utilizes Grand Central Dispatch to work with all available processors
Customizable keyboard
Custom Motion templates for repeated use
Multi-Touch gesture support
Batch share to export multiple projects to multiple formats

As a one-time purchase that’s built to work well with Mac products, if you’re already using Apple devices, Final Cut Pro is the go-to for you!

Editing Software

DaVinci Resolve (free)

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DaVinci Resolve is another one of those great names you’ve heard if you’ve looked into editing software. It’s a great program, but the paid version and all the possible add-ons can leave your wallet a bit wanting. However, there’s a free version of Resolve that you can use to get used to the program, so there’s no rush on getting situated with it. 

Pros:Cons:
Dynamic zoomThere’s quite a learning curve
Image stabilizationLack of integration with external software
Timeline curve editor
Overlays and scrubbing for audio
Multicam editing
Custom keyboard shortcuts
Facial recognition
Dramatic speed ramps
Web, broadcast, and cinema delivery options 
Drag and drop video import features
Edit clips directly into the timeline
Seven ways to edit your clips with an overlay

Resolve is the best option for anyone looking to test out DaVinci without committing to the price point. If you want to try out the software before making a purchase, this free version of Resolve is the way to go. 

It’s Time To Begin!

Now that you’ve got a good idea of what’s out there and what is particularly well suited to beginning editors, it’s time to choose some software and start your editing journey. Enjoy that journey, and get your content out into the world, no matter which software you use! 

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