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Top 7 Video Editing Software Review

Video cameras have been around for decades, but it's become increasingly common to have a video camera. Most cell phones come with video capabilities, giving you the perfect opportunity to capture the moment. Now the real question is: what should you do with all your video files and photos? Simple. Video editing software is the perfect way to compile all of your videos and photos, edit professional home videos and distribute the movies to friends and family.

We looked for the best video editing software available on the market. We looked at the three stages of video creation which are import, edit and export. With these three steps in mind, we evaluated and reviewed a long list of products and narrowed it down to our top choices. Our top three picks for video editing software are CyberLink PowerDirector, AVS Video Editor and Movavi Video Editor. For more information, check out our articles on video editing.

Hope this review will help you to choose.


Top 7 Popular Video Editing Software Reviews, Side-by-Side Comparison

OS For Windows
Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra AVS Video Editor Movavi Video Editor VideoPad Video Editor Aimersoft Video Studio Express Wondershare Video Editor Xilisoft Movie Maker
Products Name Cyberlink PowerDirector 11 Ultra AVS Video Editor Movavi Video Editor VideoPad Video Editor Aimersoft Video Studio Express Wondershare Video Editor Xilisoft Movie Maker
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Easy to install
Easy to use
Features
Value of Money
Support
Price $99.95 $59.95 $39.95 $95.00 $35.00 $39.99 $49.95
Buy Now Buy Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra Buy AVS Video Editor Buy Movavi Video Editor Buy VideoPad Video Editor Buy Aimersoft Video Studio Express Buy Wondershare Video Editor Buy Xilisoft Movie Maker
Free Download Download Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra Download AVS Video Editor Download Movavi Video Editor Download VideoPad Video Editor Download Aimersoft Video Studio Express Download Wondershare Video Editor Download Xilisoft Movie Makerr
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Support  
Help Document
E-mail support
Free Software Upgrade
Operating System  

Windows98/Me/NT

/2000/XP/Vista/7/8

Editing Effects / Transitions  
Effects/Filters
Transitions
Title Templates
Add Text, Titles, Scrolling Credits
Change Properties (Brightness, Contrast, Hue, etc.)
Slow / Fast Motion Effects
Green Screen Editing
Motion Objects
Download Title Templates
Frames
3D Editing
Video Editing Tools  
Timeline
Storyboard
Split/Divide Scenes
Trim Scenes
Multi Trim Scenes
Add Text to Video
Correct Backlight & Lighting
Video Stabilizer
Change Aspect Ratio (16:9 or 4:3)
Zoom In / Out
Draw on Video (Rotoscoping)
Audio and Photo Editing  
Import Audio
Trim / Fade Audio
Mix Audio
Crossfade
Crop, Resize, Rotate Images
Pan Images
Audio Files
Change Image Properties (brightness, contrast, etc.)
Import / Download Images
Included Stock Images
Subtitles
Capture / Playback  
Set Capture Size Limit
Set Capture Time Limit
Import SD Video
Import Photos/Audio Tracks
Capture from Analog
Capture from HDV/MiniDV/DVD
Import HD Video
Drag and Drop
Batch Capture
Capture from AVCHD
Export / Production  
Publish / Upload to YouTube (FLV)
iPad,iPod, iPhone Video Files
Super Video CD (SVCD)
DV / Micro-DV Camcorder
Video CD (VCD)
Video
HD Video
Disc Creation  
Create Custom Menus
Divide into Chapters
Widescreen
DVD (single/dual layer)
VCD
SVCD
Add Music to Menu
Menu Templates
Multi-layer Menus
Blu-ray disc
Download Menu Templates
AVCHD disc
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Our ranking 1 2 3 4 5 5 6
Price $99.95 $59.95 $39.95 $95.00 $35.00 $39.99 $49.95
Buy Now Buy Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra Buy AVS Video Editor Buy Movavi Video Editor Buy VideoPad Video Editor Buy Aimersoft Video Studio Express Buy Wondershare Video Editor Buy Xilisoft Movie Maker
Free Download Download Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra Download AVS Video Editor Download Movavi Video Editor Download VideoPad Video Editor Download Aimersoft Video Studio Express Download Wondershare Video Editor Download Xilisoft Movie Makerr
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How do we Review Video Editor Software?

First of all, we have strictly scaned and reviewed all the Video Editing Software with BitDefender Total Security and IObit Security 360, they all pass the test without any spyware and viruses warning, so you can download and use them safely, they will not ruin your computer at all.

When you are looking for the perfect video software there are three main aspects to consider: import abilities, editing features and export options. Each of these elements is important for creating and sharing professional-looking videos, so we looked for products that include tools and features to address these needs. To ensure we recommend only video editing software that has all the features you need in an easy-to-use interface, these are the criteria we used to review each product:

The criteria used by our expert reviews to rank the Video Editing Software are as follow:

  • Video Capture/Playback - This section addresses how you can import videos from various devices and in diverse formats. A good application will work with virtually any camera, camcorder or even VCR and let you pull the files you want directly from the device via your computer. We also look at how well the program will play the video during the editing process. Some applications have a choppy or disjointed playback so it is difficult to tell how your final product will look.
  • Easy to Use - Nothing is more frustrating than purchasing an application that is difficult to use. We looked at the different features available for video editing and how simple it was to perform various tasks. This section also includes the design of the user interface and how everything is organized in the application. There is no point in purchasing a program if it is going to make tasks more difficult than they should be.
  • Editing Tools - Editing tools include everything from changing the background lighting and color tones to clipping the video so you get the perfect segment for what you need. This is the section where we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each application's editing tools. We specifically look for whether the application includes a storyboard and timeline layout, a video stabilizer and the ability to add text to the video. Without editing tools, the application has little going for it in the way of presentation.
  • Export/Production - There is no point in making a video if there's no way to view it. With the export and production options you are able to save your movie to a variety of discs or locations. Some programs even have a direct upload to YouTube. Not only do you have to worry about what disc to save your movie to, but it is also important to consider the format of the file, whether you want a MPEG or a MOV file.
  • Editing Effects/Transitions - The features we look at in this section are what really define the abilities of video editing software. This is where you add all of the fun transitions between pictures and videos. Some applications are even set up for adding 3D effects to videos as well as working with HD. It is these transitions that really make your video unique so you will want to make sure that the application you choose has all of the options you want.
  • Disc Creation - This section is different from the Export section in a variety of ways. This section covers whether you can make menus and divide your movie into chapters. This makes it easier to navigate through your finished videos. Another aspect this section covers is whether the software itself is capable of burning discs. If the video editing software can burn the discs you don't have to worry about finding another application to transfer the files from your computer to your Blu-ray Disc or DVD.
  • Audio & Photo Editing - Not only can you have video within in your movie, but you can add photos and your own audio to the mix. There are separate editing tools for both audio and photo. By editing the audio clips you can time your music to your videos. And with photo editing, you can have even more options when it comes to showcasing your latest adventure since you won't be limited by having only your video files.
  • Help & Support - When working with any complex software, having manufacturer help and support can make or break an application. It is the nature of video editing software to be feature rich and if you run into a snag you should be able to contact someone for help. Manufacturers provide a variety of options for helping you. These include phone numbers, email addresses, manuals and even tutorials. If the software you select has good support options, you won't have to worry about getting stuck in an application; you can rest assured that you will receive the help you need.

Video editing software can turn your raw video footage and photos into professional-quality masterpieces. The applications we reviewed can provide you with the features you want in an easy-to-use interface. And, if you do happen to get stuck there is always the help and support offered by the manufacturer. Now you can put those videos and photos to use when you make your own home movie to share with your friends and family.


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