The best video editing software for your desktop.
Consider these tips when choosing your video editing software.
Your video is only as good as your ability to edit it. So make sure you choose the right editing software for your needs. Follow these tips to find your best option.
How to choose your video editing software.
Ask yourself these questions when researching desktop editing software:
- What do I need it for? What kinds of videos are you trying to edit? Do you want high-quality software for finished, production-level films? Or are you fine with a lower-quality, DIY feel?
- What tools do I need? Spend some time listing the features that are most important to you. Are you just getting started with film, or are you a seasoned editor? The newer you are to video editing, the fewer tools you’ll probably need at the outset.
- Will my computer run the program? This is an important question — you want your software to actually work. Some programs are more compatible with PCs, while others work better with Macs. Do some research to determine which programs will work on your type of computer.
- What video input format do I need? It’s essential that your video editing program works for your raw video files, too. Find out your camera’s video input format and make sure your computer editing program supports it.
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Both laptops and desktops are well-suited for video editing, though desktops typically have higher processing power. Whatever option you choose, you’ll have an easier editing time if you’re using split or double screens. This allows for side-by-side editing and more screen space. Try connecting your laptop and desktop to one another via HDMI cable to create a makeshift double screen, or experiment with a dual-screen desktop to see how that improves your editing experience.