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Video editing software allows you to load and edit video clips on your computer. You can cut and slice clips together, slow video down or speed it up and add sounds, video effects, titles, photos and more - creating anything from a short YouTube clip to a feature film.

Video editing software comparison chart for 2016

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2016
Serif MoviePlus X6
Pinnacle Studio 19.5 Ultimate
Final Cut Pro X
Sony Movie Studio
NCH VideoPad
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
Cyberlink PowerDirector 14 Ultra has been awarded best buy Product image of cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra Product image of adobe premiere elements 14 Product image of videostudio pro x9 Product image of movavi video suite Product image of magix movie edit pro 2016 Product image of serif movieplus x6 Product image of pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate Product image of final cut pro x Product image of sony movie studio Product image of nch videopad

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Ratings
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Overall
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five  overall adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five  overall videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five  overall movavi video suite has a rating of three  overall magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of four  overall serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four  overall pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of four  overall final cut pro x has a rating of four  overall sony movie studio has a rating of five  overall nch videopad has a rating of three  overall
Setup
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for setup adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for setup videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for setup movavi video suite has a rating of three for setup magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of four for setup serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for setup pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of four for setup final cut pro x has a rating of four for setup sony movie studio has a rating of four for setup nch videopad has a rating of three for setup
Importing
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for importing adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for importing videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for importing movavi video suite has a rating of three for importing magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of five for importing serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for importing pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of four for importing final cut pro x has a rating of four for importing sony movie studio has a rating of five for importing nch videopad has a rating of three for importing
Video editing
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for video editing adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for video editing videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for video editing movavi video suite has a rating of three for video editing magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of five for video editing serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for video editing pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of four for video editing final cut pro x has a rating of four for video editing sony movie studio has a rating of five for video editing nch videopad has a rating of four for video editing
Audio editing
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for audio editing adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for audio editing videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for audio editing movavi video suite has a rating of three for audio editing magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of four for audio editing serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for audio editing pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of four for audio editing final cut pro x has a rating of four for audio editing sony movie studio has a rating of four for audio editing nch videopad has a rating of three for audio editing
Performance
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for performance adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for performance videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for performance movavi video suite has a rating of four for performance magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of four for performance serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for performance pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of four for performance final cut pro x has a rating of three for performance sony movie studio has a rating of four for performance nch videopad has a rating of three for performance
Disc authoring
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for disc authoring adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for disc authoring videostudio pro x9 has a rating of four for disc authoring movavi video suite has a rating of three for disc authoring magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of four for disc authoring serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for disc authoring pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of three for disc authoring final cut pro x has a rating of four for disc authoring sony movie studio has a rating of five for disc authoring nch videopad has a rating of three for disc authoring
Exporting
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for exporting adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for exporting videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for exporting movavi video suite has a rating of four for exporting magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of four for exporting serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for exporting pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of three for exporting final cut pro x has a rating of four for exporting sony movie studio has a rating of four for exporting nch videopad has a rating of four for exporting
Ease of use
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for ease of use adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for ease of use videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for ease of use movavi video suite has a rating of three for ease of use magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of five for ease of use serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for ease of use pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of three for ease of use final cut pro x has a rating of three for ease of use sony movie studio has a rating of four for ease of use nch videopad has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra has a rating of five for help & support adobe premiere elements 14 has a rating of five for help & support videostudio pro x9 has a rating of five for help & support movavi video suite has a rating of three for help & support magix movie edit pro 2016 has a rating of four for help & support serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for help & support pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate has a rating of four for help & support final cut pro x has a rating of four for help & support sony movie studio has a rating of four for help & support nch videopad has a rating of four for help & support
Video editing tools
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Aspect ratio
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes aspect ratio adobe premiere elements 14 includes aspect ratio videostudio pro x9 includes aspect ratio movavi video suite includes aspect ratio magix movie edit pro 2016 includes aspect ratio serif movieplus x6 does not include aspect ratio pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes aspect ratio final cut pro x includes aspect ratio sony movie studio includes aspect ratio nch videopad does not include aspect ratio
Brightness
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes brightness adobe premiere elements 14 includes brightness videostudio pro x9 includes brightness movavi video suite includes brightness magix movie edit pro 2016 includes brightness serif movieplus x6 includes brightness pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes brightness final cut pro x includes brightness sony movie studio includes brightness nch videopad does not include brightness
Effects
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes effects adobe premiere elements 14 includes effects videostudio pro x9 includes effects movavi video suite includes effects magix movie edit pro 2016 includes effects serif movieplus x6 includes effects pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes effects final cut pro x includes effects sony movie studio includes effects nch videopad includes effects
Green screen
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes green screen adobe premiere elements 14 includes green screen videostudio pro x9 includes green screen movavi video suite includes green screen magix movie edit pro 2016 includes green screen serif movieplus x6 includes green screen pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes green screen final cut pro x includes green screen sony movie studio includes green screen nch videopad includes green screen
Lighting
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes lighting adobe premiere elements 14 includes lighting videostudio pro x9 includes lighting movavi video suite includes lighting magix movie edit pro 2016 includes lighting serif movieplus x6 does not include lighting pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes lighting final cut pro x does not include lighting sony movie studio does not include lighting nch videopad does not include lighting
Rotoscoping
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra does not include rotoscoping adobe premiere elements 14 includes rotoscoping videostudio pro x9 includes rotoscoping movavi video suite does not include rotoscoping magix movie edit pro 2016 includes rotoscoping serif movieplus x6 includes rotoscoping pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes rotoscoping final cut pro x does not include rotoscoping sony movie studio includes rotoscoping nch videopad does not include rotoscoping
Split scenes
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes split scenes adobe premiere elements 14 includes split scenes videostudio pro x9 includes split scenes movavi video suite includes split scenes magix movie edit pro 2016 includes split scenes serif movieplus x6 does not include split scenes pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes split scenes final cut pro x does not include split scenes sony movie studio does not include split scenes nch videopad includes split scenes
Speed changes
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes speed changes adobe premiere elements 14 includes speed changes videostudio pro x9 includes speed changes movavi video suite includes speed changes magix movie edit pro 2016 includes speed changes serif movieplus x6 includes speed changes pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes speed changes final cut pro x includes speed changes sony movie studio includes speed changes nch videopad includes speed changes
Storyboard
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes storyboard adobe premiere elements 14 includes storyboard videostudio pro x9 includes storyboard movavi video suite includes storyboard magix movie edit pro 2016 includes storyboard serif movieplus x6 includes storyboard pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes storyboard final cut pro x includes storyboard sony movie studio includes storyboard nch videopad includes storyboard
Stabilizer
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes stabilizer adobe premiere elements 14 includes stabilizer videostudio pro x9 includes stabilizer movavi video suite includes stabilizer magix movie edit pro 2016 includes stabilizer serif movieplus x6 does not include stabilizer pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes stabilizer final cut pro x includes stabilizer sony movie studio includes stabilizer nch videopad includes stabilizer
Timeline
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes timeline adobe premiere elements 14 includes timeline videostudio pro x9 includes timeline movavi video suite includes timeline magix movie edit pro 2016 includes timeline serif movieplus x6 does not include timeline pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes timeline final cut pro x includes timeline sony movie studio includes timeline nch videopad includes timeline
Trim scenes
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes trim scenes adobe premiere elements 14 includes trim scenes videostudio pro x9 includes trim scenes movavi video suite does not include trim scenes magix movie edit pro 2016 includes trim scenes serif movieplus x6 includes trim scenes pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes trim scenes final cut pro x includes trim scenes sony movie studio includes trim scenes nch videopad does not include trim scenes
Transitions
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes transitions adobe premiere elements 14 includes transitions videostudio pro x9 includes transitions movavi video suite includes transitions magix movie edit pro 2016 includes transitions serif movieplus x6 includes transitions pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes transitions final cut pro x includes transitions sony movie studio includes transitions nch videopad includes transitions
Zoom
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra includes zoom adobe premiere elements 14 includes zoom videostudio pro x9 includes zoom movavi video suite includes zoom magix movie edit pro 2016 includes zoom serif movieplus x6 includes zoom pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate includes zoom final cut pro x includes zoom sony movie studio includes zoom nch videopad includes zoom
Graphics editing
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Audio editing
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Image editing
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Capturing
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Import
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Export
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Disc creation
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Disc burning
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DVD
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra burns dvd adobe premiere elements 14 burns dvd videostudio pro x9 burns dvd movavi video suite burns dvd magix movie edit pro 2016 burns dvd serif movieplus x6 burns dvd pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate burns dvd final cut pro x burns dvd sony movie studio burns dvd nch videopad burns dvd
Blu-ray
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra does not burn blu-ray adobe premiere elements 14 burns blu-ray videostudio pro x9 burns blu-ray movavi video suite burns blu-ray magix movie edit pro 2016 burns blu-ray serif movieplus x6 burns blu-ray pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate does not burn blu-ray final cut pro x burns blu-ray sony movie studio burns blu-ray nch videopad burns blu-ray
AVCHD
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra does not burn avchd adobe premiere elements 14 burns avchd videostudio pro x9 burns avchd movavi video suite burns avchd magix movie edit pro 2016 burns avchd serif movieplus x6 burns avchd pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate burns avchd final cut pro x burns avchd sony movie studio burns avchd nch videopad burns avchd
VCD
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra burns vcd adobe premiere elements 14 burns vcd videostudio pro x9 burns vcd movavi video suite burns vcd magix movie edit pro 2016 burns vcd serif movieplus x6 does not burn vcd pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate burns vcd final cut pro x burns vcd sony movie studio burns vcd nch videopad burns vcd
SVCD
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra burns svcd adobe premiere elements 14 burns svcd videostudio pro x9 burns svcd movavi video suite burns svcd magix movie edit pro 2016 burns svcd serif movieplus x6 does not burn svcd pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate burns svcd final cut pro x burns svcd sony movie studio burns svcd nch videopad burns svcd
Help & support
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Telephone support
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra does not offer telephone support adobe premiere elements 14 does not offer telephone support videostudio pro x9 offers telephone support movavi video suite offers telephone support magix movie edit pro 2016 does not offer telephone support serif movieplus x6 offers telephone support pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers telephone support final cut pro x offers telephone support sony movie studio offers telephone support nch videopad offers telephone support
Email support
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra offers email support adobe premiere elements 14 offers email support videostudio pro x9 offers email support movavi video suite offers email support magix movie edit pro 2016 offers email support serif movieplus x6 offers email support pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers email support final cut pro x offers email support sony movie studio offers email support nch videopad offers email support
Live chat
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra does not offer live chat adobe premiere elements 14 offers live chat videostudio pro x9 offers live chat movavi video suite offers live chat magix movie edit pro 2016 does not offer live chat serif movieplus x6 offers live chat pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers live chat final cut pro x offers live chat sony movie studio offers live chat nch videopad offers live chat
Manual
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra does not offer manual adobe premiere elements 14 offers manual videostudio pro x9 offers manual movavi video suite does not offer manual magix movie edit pro 2016 offers manual serif movieplus x6 offers manual pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers manual final cut pro x offers manual sony movie studio does not offer manual nch videopad does not offer manual
Knowledge base
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra offers knowledge base adobe premiere elements 14 offers knowledge base videostudio pro x9 offers knowledge base movavi video suite offers knowledge base magix movie edit pro 2016 offers knowledge base serif movieplus x6 offers knowledge base pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers knowledge base final cut pro x offers knowledge base sony movie studio offers knowledge base nch videopad offers knowledge base
Forums
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra offers forums adobe premiere elements 14 offers forums videostudio pro x9 does not offer forums movavi video suite does not offer forums magix movie edit pro 2016 offers forums serif movieplus x6 offers forums pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers forums final cut pro x offers forums sony movie studio does not offer forums nch videopad offers forums
Tutorials
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra offers tutorials adobe premiere elements 14 offers tutorials videostudio pro x9 offers tutorials movavi video suite offers tutorials magix movie edit pro 2016 offers tutorials serif movieplus x6 offers tutorials pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers tutorials final cut pro x offers tutorials sony movie studio offers tutorials nch videopad offers tutorials
FAQs
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra offers faqs adobe premiere elements 14 offers faqs videostudio pro x9 offers faqs movavi video suite offers faqs magix movie edit pro 2016 offers faqs serif movieplus x6 offers faqs pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate offers faqs final cut pro x offers faqs sony movie studio offers faqs nch videopad offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 10
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra  windows 10 adobe premiere elements 14  windows 10 videostudio pro x9  windows 10 movavi video suite  windows 10 magix movie edit pro 2016  windows 10 serif movieplus x6  windows 10 pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate  windows 10 final cut pro x  windows 10 sony movie studio  windows 10 nch videopad  windows 10
Windows 8
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra  windows 8 adobe premiere elements 14  windows 8 videostudio pro x9  windows 8 movavi video suite  windows 8 magix movie edit pro 2016  windows 8 serif movieplus x6  windows 8 pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate  windows 8 final cut pro x  windows 8 sony movie studio  windows 8 nch videopad  windows 8
Windows 7
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra is compatible with windows 7 adobe premiere elements 14 is compatible with windows 7 videostudio pro x9 is compatible with windows 7 movavi video suite is compatible with windows 7 magix movie edit pro 2016 is compatible with windows 7 serif movieplus x6 is compatible with windows 7 pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate is not compatible with windows 7 final cut pro x is compatible with windows 7 sony movie studio is compatible with windows 7 nch videopad is compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra is compatible with windows vista adobe premiere elements 14 is compatible with windows vista videostudio pro x9 is compatible with windows vista movavi video suite is compatible with windows vista magix movie edit pro 2016 is compatible with windows vista serif movieplus x6 is compatible with windows vista pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate is not compatible with windows vista final cut pro x is compatible with windows vista sony movie studio is compatible with windows vista nch videopad is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra is compatible with windows xp adobe premiere elements 14 is compatible with windows xp videostudio pro x9 is compatible with windows xp movavi video suite is compatible with windows xp magix movie edit pro 2016 is compatible with windows xp serif movieplus x6 is compatible with windows xp pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate is compatible with windows xp final cut pro x is compatible with windows xp sony movie studio is compatible with windows xp nch videopad is compatible with windows xp
Mac OS X
cyberlink powerdirector 14 ultra is not compatible with mac os x adobe premiere elements 14 is not compatible with mac os x videostudio pro x9 is not compatible with mac os x movavi video suite is compatible with mac os x magix movie edit pro 2016 is compatible with mac os x serif movieplus x6 is compatible with mac os x pinnacle studio 19.5 ultimate is not compatible with mac os x final cut pro x is compatible with mac os x sony movie studio is compatible with mac os x nch videopad is compatible with mac os x

Video editing software explained

Video editing software is now cheaper than ever. Coupled with the easy availability of cameras that can shoot good quality video, this means it’s now practical to create films at home – without requiring any elaborate or expensive equipment.

Many of the features and tools used to edit movies and TV shows have trickled down into video editing packages. This means video editing software enables you to access similar technology to that which has been used commercially for years. You can:

  • Create slick home movies. Give a professional sheen to your home movies. Cut out the dull bits, add titles and sounds – and then save to a DVD so you can play it back easily.
  • Produce online video. Many websites include video clips - video editing software lets you create your own and save as a file that’s small enough to upload to your own site or a service like YouTube.
  • Remix existing videos. If you don’t have your own camera, you can use video clips from other sources such as the internet (with permission). Like a DJ remixing songs, it allows you to create something new.

Editing video yourself is also great alternative to using a professional bureau or employing a freelance video editor.

Getting started with video editing

If you’ve not used video editing software before, choose a package which includes tutorials and guides to help you get to grips with the options available. Carrying out simple edits – like shortening clips or adding titles – should be straightforward, but it might take a little longer for you to master the full range of editing tools.

Editing video requires a lot of computer power. Most modern computers are adequate, but use the fastest, most powerful computer you can – and make sure you have a large hard drive to save big video files.

What to look for in video editing software

Effects & transitions

Playback

The playback of your video should be as smooth. Proxy files.

Capturing

Effective video editing software should allow the capturing of video from multiple sources such as DV / AVCHD / mini DV camcorders, analog camcorders, VCR and TV.

Importing & exporting

If you want to upload your video to YouTube, it makes sense to choose video editing software that allows you to export FLV file formats.

Jargon explained

FireWire

Most digital camcorders will connect to your computer using a FireWire port.

Stabilizer

Proxify files

Proxify files are lower resolution working copies of video files. They help to speed up video editing. The full resolution files are then used again for the final render.

Transitions

Simply cutting from one scene directly to another is often fine for video editing, but there will be some occassions where you'll want to add in transitional effects.

Aspect ratio

Video clips usually come in one of two aspect ratios 4:3 or 16:9. 4:3 is full video quality, while 16:9 is widescreen quality.



Rank
Cyberlink PowerDirector 14 Ultra
Adobe Premiere Elements 14
VideoStudio Pro X9
Movavi Video Suite
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2016
Serif MoviePlus X6
Pinnacle Studio 19.5 Ultimate
Final Cut Pro X
Sony Movie Studio
NCH VideoPad