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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 2014

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 Plus
Serif MoviePlus X6
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate
Final Cut Pro X
Movavi Video Suite
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 12 Ultra has been awarded best buy Product image of cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra Product image of adobe premiere elements 12 Product image of videostudio pro x6 Product image of sony movie studio Product image of magix movie edit pro 2014 plus Product image of serif movieplus x6 Product image of pinnacle studio ultimate Product image of final cut pro x Product image of movavi video suite Product image of nch videopad

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Ratings
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Overall
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five  overall adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five  overall videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five  overall sony movie studio  has a rating of five  overall magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of four  overall serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four  overall pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of four  overall final cut pro x has a rating of four  overall movavi video suite has a rating of three  overall nch videopad has a rating of three  overall
Setup
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for setup adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for setup videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for setup sony movie studio  has a rating of four for setup magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of four for setup serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for setup pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of four for setup final cut pro x has a rating of four for setup movavi video suite has a rating of three for setup nch videopad has a rating of three for setup
Importing
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for importing adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for importing videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for importing sony movie studio  has a rating of five for importing magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of five for importing serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for importing pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of four for importing final cut pro x has a rating of four for importing movavi video suite has a rating of three for importing nch videopad has a rating of three for importing
Video editing
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for video editing adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for video editing videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for video editing sony movie studio  has a rating of five for video editing magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of five for video editing serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for video editing pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of four for video editing final cut pro x has a rating of four for video editing movavi video suite has a rating of three for video editing nch videopad has a rating of four for video editing
Audio editing
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for audio editing adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for audio editing videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for audio editing sony movie studio  has a rating of four for audio editing magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of four for audio editing serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for audio editing pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of four for audio editing final cut pro x has a rating of four for audio editing movavi video suite has a rating of three for audio editing nch videopad has a rating of three for audio editing
Performance
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for performance adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for performance videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for performance sony movie studio  has a rating of four for performance magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of four for performance serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for performance pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of four for performance final cut pro x has a rating of three for performance movavi video suite has a rating of four for performance nch videopad has a rating of three for performance
Disc authoring
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for disc authoring adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for disc authoring videostudio pro x6 has a rating of four for disc authoring sony movie studio  has a rating of five for disc authoring magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of four for disc authoring serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for disc authoring pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of three for disc authoring final cut pro x has a rating of four for disc authoring movavi video suite has a rating of three for disc authoring nch videopad has a rating of three for disc authoring
Exporting
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for exporting adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for exporting videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for exporting sony movie studio  has a rating of four for exporting magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of four for exporting serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for exporting pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of three for exporting final cut pro x has a rating of four for exporting movavi video suite has a rating of four for exporting nch videopad has a rating of four for exporting
Ease of use
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for ease of use adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for ease of use videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for ease of use sony movie studio  has a rating of four for ease of use magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of five for ease of use serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for ease of use pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of three for ease of use final cut pro x has a rating of three for ease of use movavi video suite has a rating of three for ease of use nch videopad has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra has a rating of five for help & support adobe premiere elements 12 has a rating of five for help & support videostudio pro x6 has a rating of five for help & support sony movie studio  has a rating of four for help & support magix movie edit pro 2014 plus has a rating of four for help & support serif movieplus x6 has a rating of four for help & support pinnacle studio ultimate has a rating of four for help & support final cut pro x has a rating of four for help & support movavi video suite has a rating of three for help & support nch videopad has a rating of four for help & support
Video editing tools
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Aspect ratio
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes aspect ratio adobe premiere elements 12 includes aspect ratio videostudio pro x6 includes aspect ratio sony movie studio  includes aspect ratio magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes aspect ratio serif movieplus x6 does not include aspect ratio pinnacle studio ultimate includes aspect ratio final cut pro x includes aspect ratio movavi video suite includes aspect ratio nch videopad does not include aspect ratio
Brightness
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes brightness adobe premiere elements 12 includes brightness videostudio pro x6 includes brightness sony movie studio  includes brightness magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes brightness serif movieplus x6 includes brightness pinnacle studio ultimate includes brightness final cut pro x includes brightness movavi video suite includes brightness nch videopad does not include brightness
Effects
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes effects adobe premiere elements 12 includes effects videostudio pro x6 includes effects sony movie studio  includes effects magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes effects serif movieplus x6 includes effects pinnacle studio ultimate includes effects final cut pro x includes effects movavi video suite includes effects nch videopad includes effects
Green screen
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes green screen adobe premiere elements 12 includes green screen videostudio pro x6 includes green screen sony movie studio  includes green screen magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes green screen serif movieplus x6 includes green screen pinnacle studio ultimate includes green screen final cut pro x includes green screen movavi video suite includes green screen nch videopad includes green screen
Lighting
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes lighting adobe premiere elements 12 includes lighting videostudio pro x6 includes lighting sony movie studio  does not include lighting magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes lighting serif movieplus x6 does not include lighting pinnacle studio ultimate includes lighting final cut pro x does not include lighting movavi video suite includes lighting nch videopad does not include lighting
Rotoscoping
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra does not include rotoscoping adobe premiere elements 12 includes rotoscoping videostudio pro x6 includes rotoscoping sony movie studio  includes rotoscoping magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes rotoscoping serif movieplus x6 includes rotoscoping pinnacle studio ultimate includes rotoscoping final cut pro x does not include rotoscoping movavi video suite does not include rotoscoping nch videopad does not include rotoscoping
Split scenes
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes split scenes adobe premiere elements 12 includes split scenes videostudio pro x6 includes split scenes sony movie studio  does not include split scenes magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes split scenes serif movieplus x6 does not include split scenes pinnacle studio ultimate includes split scenes final cut pro x does not include split scenes movavi video suite includes split scenes nch videopad includes split scenes
Speed changes
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes speed changes adobe premiere elements 12 includes speed changes videostudio pro x6 includes speed changes sony movie studio  includes speed changes magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes speed changes serif movieplus x6 includes speed changes pinnacle studio ultimate includes speed changes final cut pro x includes speed changes movavi video suite includes speed changes nch videopad includes speed changes
Storyboard
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes storyboard adobe premiere elements 12 includes storyboard videostudio pro x6 includes storyboard sony movie studio  includes storyboard magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes storyboard serif movieplus x6 includes storyboard pinnacle studio ultimate includes storyboard final cut pro x includes storyboard movavi video suite includes storyboard nch videopad includes storyboard
Stabilizer
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes stabilizer adobe premiere elements 12 includes stabilizer videostudio pro x6 includes stabilizer sony movie studio  includes stabilizer magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes stabilizer serif movieplus x6 does not include stabilizer pinnacle studio ultimate includes stabilizer final cut pro x includes stabilizer movavi video suite includes stabilizer nch videopad includes stabilizer
Timeline
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes timeline adobe premiere elements 12 includes timeline videostudio pro x6 includes timeline sony movie studio  includes timeline magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes timeline serif movieplus x6 does not include timeline pinnacle studio ultimate includes timeline final cut pro x includes timeline movavi video suite includes timeline nch videopad includes timeline
Trim scenes
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes trim scenes adobe premiere elements 12 includes trim scenes videostudio pro x6 includes trim scenes sony movie studio  includes trim scenes magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes trim scenes serif movieplus x6 includes trim scenes pinnacle studio ultimate includes trim scenes final cut pro x includes trim scenes movavi video suite does not include trim scenes nch videopad does not include trim scenes
Transitions
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes transitions adobe premiere elements 12 includes transitions videostudio pro x6 includes transitions sony movie studio  includes transitions magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes transitions serif movieplus x6 includes transitions pinnacle studio ultimate includes transitions final cut pro x includes transitions movavi video suite includes transitions nch videopad includes transitions
Zoom
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra includes zoom adobe premiere elements 12 includes zoom videostudio pro x6 includes zoom sony movie studio  includes zoom magix movie edit pro 2014 plus includes zoom serif movieplus x6 includes zoom pinnacle studio ultimate includes zoom final cut pro x includes zoom movavi video suite 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 12 ultra burns dvd adobe premiere elements 12 burns dvd videostudio pro x6 burns dvd sony movie studio  burns dvd magix movie edit pro 2014 plus burns dvd serif movieplus x6 burns dvd pinnacle studio ultimate burns dvd final cut pro x burns dvd movavi video suite burns dvd nch videopad burns dvd
Blu-ray
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra does not burn blu-ray adobe premiere elements 12 burns blu-ray videostudio pro x6 burns blu-ray sony movie studio  burns blu-ray magix movie edit pro 2014 plus burns blu-ray serif movieplus x6 burns blu-ray pinnacle studio ultimate does not burn blu-ray final cut pro x burns blu-ray movavi video suite burns blu-ray nch videopad burns blu-ray
AVCHD
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra does not burn avchd adobe premiere elements 12 burns avchd videostudio pro x6 burns avchd sony movie studio  burns avchd magix movie edit pro 2014 plus burns avchd serif movieplus x6 burns avchd pinnacle studio ultimate burns avchd final cut pro x burns avchd movavi video suite burns avchd nch videopad burns avchd
VCD
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra burns vcd adobe premiere elements 12 burns vcd videostudio pro x6 burns vcd sony movie studio  burns vcd magix movie edit pro 2014 plus burns vcd serif movieplus x6 does not burn vcd pinnacle studio ultimate burns vcd final cut pro x burns vcd movavi video suite burns vcd nch videopad burns vcd
SVCD
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra burns svcd adobe premiere elements 12 burns svcd videostudio pro x6 burns svcd sony movie studio  burns svcd magix movie edit pro 2014 plus burns svcd serif movieplus x6 does not burn svcd pinnacle studio ultimate burns svcd final cut pro x burns svcd movavi video suite burns svcd nch videopad burns svcd
Help & support
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Telephone support
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra does not offer telephone support adobe premiere elements 12 does not offer telephone support videostudio pro x6 offers telephone support sony movie studio  offers telephone support magix movie edit pro 2014 plus does not offer telephone support serif movieplus x6 offers telephone support pinnacle studio ultimate offers telephone support final cut pro x offers telephone support movavi video suite offers telephone support nch videopad offers telephone support
Email support
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra offers email support adobe premiere elements 12 offers email support videostudio pro x6 offers email support sony movie studio  offers email support magix movie edit pro 2014 plus offers email support serif movieplus x6 offers email support pinnacle studio ultimate offers email support final cut pro x offers email support movavi video suite offers email support nch videopad offers email support
Live chat
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra does not offer live chat adobe premiere elements 12 offers live chat videostudio pro x6 offers live chat sony movie studio  offers live chat magix movie edit pro 2014 plus does not offer live chat serif movieplus x6 offers live chat pinnacle studio ultimate offers live chat final cut pro x offers live chat movavi video suite offers live chat nch videopad offers live chat
Manual
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra does not offer manual adobe premiere elements 12 offers manual videostudio pro x6 offers manual sony movie studio  does not offer manual magix movie edit pro 2014 plus offers manual serif movieplus x6 offers manual pinnacle studio ultimate offers manual final cut pro x offers manual movavi video suite does not offer manual nch videopad does not offer manual
Knowledge base
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra offers knowledge base adobe premiere elements 12 offers knowledge base videostudio pro x6 offers knowledge base sony movie studio  offers knowledge base magix movie edit pro 2014 plus offers knowledge base serif movieplus x6 offers knowledge base pinnacle studio ultimate offers knowledge base final cut pro x offers knowledge base movavi video suite offers knowledge base nch videopad offers knowledge base
Forums
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra offers forums adobe premiere elements 12 offers forums videostudio pro x6 does not offer forums sony movie studio  does not offer forums magix movie edit pro 2014 plus offers forums serif movieplus x6 offers forums pinnacle studio ultimate offers forums final cut pro x offers forums movavi video suite does not offer forums nch videopad offers forums
Tutorials
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra offers tutorials adobe premiere elements 12 offers tutorials videostudio pro x6 offers tutorials sony movie studio  offers tutorials magix movie edit pro 2014 plus offers tutorials serif movieplus x6 offers tutorials pinnacle studio ultimate offers tutorials final cut pro x offers tutorials movavi video suite offers tutorials nch videopad offers tutorials
FAQs
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra offers faqs adobe premiere elements 12 offers faqs videostudio pro x6 offers faqs sony movie studio  offers faqs magix movie edit pro 2014 plus offers faqs serif movieplus x6 offers faqs pinnacle studio ultimate offers faqs final cut pro x offers faqs movavi video suite offers faqs nch videopad offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 7
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra is compatible with windows 7 adobe premiere elements 12 is compatible with windows 7 videostudio pro x6 is compatible with windows 7 sony movie studio  is compatible with windows 7 magix movie edit pro 2014 plus is compatible with windows 7 serif movieplus x6 is compatible with windows 7 pinnacle studio ultimate is not compatible with windows 7 final cut pro x is compatible with windows 7 movavi video suite is compatible with windows 7 nch videopad is compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra is compatible with windows vista adobe premiere elements 12 is compatible with windows vista videostudio pro x6 is compatible with windows vista sony movie studio  is compatible with windows vista magix movie edit pro 2014 plus is compatible with windows vista serif movieplus x6 is compatible with windows vista pinnacle studio ultimate is not compatible with windows vista final cut pro x is compatible with windows vista movavi video suite is compatible with windows vista nch videopad is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra is compatible with windows xp adobe premiere elements 12 is compatible with windows xp videostudio pro x6 is compatible with windows xp sony movie studio  is compatible with windows xp magix movie edit pro 2014 plus is compatible with windows xp serif movieplus x6 is compatible with windows xp pinnacle studio ultimate is compatible with windows xp final cut pro x is compatible with windows xp movavi video suite is compatible with windows xp nch videopad is compatible with windows xp
Mac OS X
cyberlink powerdirector 12 ultra is not compatible with mac os x adobe premiere elements 12 is not compatible with mac os x videostudio pro x6 is not compatible with mac os x sony movie studio  is compatible with mac os x magix movie edit pro 2014 plus is compatible with mac os x serif movieplus x6 is compatible with mac os x pinnacle studio ultimate is not compatible with mac os x final cut pro x is compatible with mac os x movavi video suite 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 12 Ultra
Adobe Premiere Elements 12
VideoStudio Pro X6
Sony Movie Studio
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2014 Plus
Serif MoviePlus X6
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate
Final Cut Pro X
Movavi Video Suite
NCH VideoPad