Top 7 Video Editing
Software Programs for Beginners
Video editing software allows you to add special effects to a movie you've
captured. If you want to add titles to that wedding you taped, or remove
unwanted scenes from your son's birthday party movie, you can do it with a video
The cheaper programs will give you automated or
'quick-n-easy' methods of editing video, while the higher end programs will
let you customize and tweak every video frame to your heart's content.
Here are my top 7 recommendations for video
editing programs that are suitable for novice video enthusiasts.
Ulead VideoStudio has
long been a favorite amongst digital video enthusiasts. It's an easy-to-use
software that allows you to quickly convert captured video into DVD movies.
If you want to get creative, there are also more than a thousand stylish
effects, transitions and audio tools. Other great features include Video Pan
& Zoom, Chroma Key and DVD motion menus - all of which are normally found in
expensive commercial applications.
Pinnacle Studio Plus is
another great video editing tool for beginners. This video editing and disc
authoring application features an intuitive interface and seamless workflow
so that you can easily create professional looking videos. With hundreds of
professional-quality functionalities such as Chroma Key, Picture-in-Picture
effects, image stabilization and digital surround sound, this versatile
video editing package is sure to please. You can check out
my full review of this
software for more information.
Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe Premiere Elements
is considered by many as a 'lite' version of its more commercial cousin
Adobe Premiere Pro. Premiere Elements offers the perfect combination of
creative control and reliability for home video editing. Whether you just
quickly edit your footage, add fun effects, and create custom DVDs, or
experiment with more complex effects, this software package will allow you
to do it. I highly recommend it - for more information, check out
Roxio VideoWave 7
Professional is a quick-and-easy video editing tool that allows you to turn
your captured video into DVDs in a jiffy. There are in-built Hollywood-style
transitions, special effects, text credits and music which you can
experiment with. Throw in Dolby Digital sound, along with a very reasonable
price - and we have a winner.
This little gem of a
video editing tool is a big favorite amongst many beginner digital video
enthusiasts. Muvee AutoProducer lets you compile a movie project in a few
simple steps. Start with some raw footage captured from a digital camcorder,
choose some MP3 background music, pick a style and voila! The rest is magic
- you get is a professional looking video complete with scene transitions,
soundtrack, opening titles and end credits.
WinDVD Creator 2 from
InterVideo is a simple, low cost software package that can convert almost
any video source to a VCD or DVD directly - without having to first store it
on a hard drive. Beginners can easily accomplish taks with a startup wizard
or progress to a more complex storyboard-editing mode. This mode shows the
video clip sequence and allows the addition of special effects, transitions
or audio. I also like the interesting built-in feature of removing
commercials from videos
directly downloaded from a TV source.
Video Explosion Deluxe
The final tool in this list of top beginner
video editors is Video Explosion Deluxe. This video editing program allows
you to turn ordinary videos into professional productions quickly and
easily. With an enormous library of video clips, music and sound effects,
you can experiment to your heart's content. On the whole, a highly
recommended video software for both home and business.
Which of these video editing programs would you
pick? Well it's a close fight between Ulead VideoStudio and
Pinnacle Studio Plus. Both of these products are simple enough for beginners yet have sophisticated features for intermediate level users. They will satisfy
your video editing needs for a long time to come. Besides these programs, Ulead MediaStudio Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro are also high on my recommendation list if you intend to go
into professional video editing.
Easy-to-Use Video Editing Program
Studio is a popular video editing
program that allows you to easily capture video from camcorders into your
computer. You can add great-looking transitions, special effects and background
music to your plain old home videos. Start converting your videos into Hollywood
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