July 18, 2017 pwilhide

Best Video Editing Software for all Budgets

Does this happen to you?

You get so excited about making video. You shoot all of your footage on one day (yeah, batching!) and then you are left with so many GBs of footage that it makes your head spin. Editing is arguably the most technical and creative part of the process, so you need to know what you’re doing when you sit down in the editing studio


(or more realistically…at your laptop in the local Starbucks).

When it comes to editing software, there are a lot of choices out there. Today, I’m breaking down some of my favorites for all budgets.


Professional Budget: Adobe Premiere Pro

from the Adobe website

from the Adobe website

If you’re lucky enough to be a student or teacher, take advantage of Adobe’s education discount. If not, you’ll have to pay full price like the rest of us. Adobe pretty much dominates the professional design products space, and they know it. But their software is the best! Adobe Premiere Pro integrates with other Adobe programs like After Effects (editing software for motion graphics) and Adobe Photoshop (photo editing software).

I recommend Adobe Premiere Pro if you want to have complete control over the outcome of the final product, you’re willing to invest in quality, and you are open to take the time to learn the ins and outs of this video editing software. (Insider secret: This is the editing software WE use in house at Paige Media!)


Mid-Range Budget: Filmora

from the Filmora website

from the Filmora website

Talk about user-friendly! This video editing software is a great deal if you’re looking to create some professional-looking videos, but you don’t want to spend the monthly fees on a higher-end product like Adobe Premiere Pro.

As expected from a nearly free software, you don’t have as much control over your end product as you would with the other guys. However, for the casual video editor, it’s a pretty easy solution. The thing I love best about Filmora is that anybody can use it: you don’t need a background in video editing to make a great looking video. Also, the company is great! They offer a ton of support for their users, including tutorial videos that walk you through the video editing process and minimize the learning curve.


Free: iMovie and Movie Maker

from the Apple website

from the Apple website

If you really don’t want to spend money on editing software, the free program that comes with your computer is the default option. For Mac users, it’s iMovie. For PC users, it’s called Windows Movie Maker.

I have very few positive things to say about this software. The customization options are incredibly limited, and it’s less user-friendly than Filmora. However, once you develop a level of proficiency with this software, you can crank out a handful of videos in a snap. If you are looking for minimal customization and basic “cut and paste” capabilities, iMovie or Movie Maker will work for your video editing!

What do you use to edit your videos? Have you found a software that you totally LOVE?