Video editing is one of the first skills that new YouTubers have to learn. However, while iMovie or Windows Movie Maker might be good programs for editing your first few videos, you probably want to look for more professional editing software in the long term. That’s why in this article, I’m going to review the most popular and most professional video editing software for YouTube.
What to look for in video editing software for YouTube
Before we get into reviews, it’s a good idea to think about what kind of editing software you’re looking for. Not all programs are perfect for everybody - and especially if you’re budget-conscious you want to make sure you’re making the right decision. So what should you consider when you make your pick?
There are two things to look at when it comes to compatibility: Operating systems and hardware requirements.
Not all video editing software on this list is available for all operating systems. Make sure you choose something that’s compatible with your system.
Video editing is one of the most demanding tasks you can tax your computer with. That’s why editing programs can run into problems when the tech requirements are not fulfilled. Especially lighter, smaller laptops can run out of memory (RAM) quickly, which will shut down your video editing efforts quickly.
Number of Features vs Appropriate Learning Curve
When you’re starting out on YouTube and are super motivated to grow your channel, it can be tempting to want to buy the most professional, most expensive editing software on the market. However, the high-end editing suites usually have one problem: They are not easy to learn. In fact, they are often more complex than what the average beginning editor would need. Obviously, if you are already experienced in editing, you might actually need a more complex program with more features. That’s what I was looking for when I upgraded from Magix Movie Edit Pro (which is a semi-professional editing suite) to Adobe Premiere (which is what the pros use).
However, when I made the switch, I noticed one thing: It took me longer to edit. The reason was that I just had to learn so many new things that it slowed down my editing process considerably. I also did a ton of stuff “wrong” - for example, I would use keyframes to do audio fades instead of using the very simple audio fading effects. You don’t need to know what that means exactly; the point is that I used a more complex, tedious process to get something very simple done (and I didn’t even get it done well!).
Now, for me, this learning curve was acceptable, because I benefit from all of Premiere’s advanced functions. However, if you don’t need a lot of functions because your video editing is simpler, you might not want to go through that. Instead you can get a program that’s less complex and doesn’t require you to watch tons of tutorials.
Video Editing Software Reviews
Now, let’s get to it!
Review Results - Best Video Editing Software for YouTube
If I NEED to pick, I would want to award the title of “Best video editing software for YouTube” to Adobe Premiere Pro. It is simply the most professional program for editing YouTube videos right now. It has everything you need, including seamless After Effects integration. I also love how many Adobe Premiere courses and tutorials you find on the web; that helps me to always keep learning new things about this program and become a better editor.
However, Adobe Premiere Pro might not be the best choice for everyone. This is why I want to make some other recommendations:
However, I think the best way to figure out the best software for you is to simply give them a try. 🙂
What editing software do you use?
I’d love to hear about your experiences with video editing software in the comments! What do you use right now? What can you recommend?