They say a carpenter is only as good as his tools, and the same can be said of video editors and their software. Without good software, you’ll struggle to reach your true editing potential. So, here are two tips to help you figure out if software is good for you:
Now, there’s a lot of different editing software out there, but one of the best is Premiere Pro. The reason people like this is because it has plenty of great features, but can also be used alongside After Effects to help create graphics that can be put in your videos during the editing stage.
The downside of these pieces of Adobe software is that they can be tricky to get to grips with. People often have problems with similar things such as migrating & archiving your Premiere Pro and After Effects projects, which can be an issue. However, if you can work around this, then you’ll find the software to be most beneficial. It’s always good when a company develops different types of software that can be used in conjunction with one another to improve the overall project.
Of course, the tip here isn’t to go out and download Adobe editing software. What I’m trying to illustrate with this particular example is to look for software that can be used synergistically with other software or apps to improve your editing experience. If you can find editing software from a certain brand that also produces other kinds of production software, then it will be a lot easier for you to import things and improve your videos. Compare software to see which one is the most compatible with other devices, apps, and software.
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Alongside this, you want to think about the price. Most editing software has to be paid for, with the exception of iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. The latter is not recommended for anyone remotely serious about video editing. However, iMovie is a decent free tool for anyone with an Apple device. It comes with the benefit of being usable across other mobile devices too, such as your iPad or iPhone. So, you can edit on the move when you’re away from your Mac.
Most other editing software, such as Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro, requires you to pay for it. However, you can get free trials of both these software and other ones on the market. It’s fully advisable you make good use of free trials and decide which editing software is the one for you. Think of it as an investment, if you’re really good at using one thing but it’s more expensive than other ones that you’re bad at using, it still makes sense to pay for the costlier option.
In summary, if you use good editing software, you will become a much better editor. Ideally, you want software that’s easy for you to learn, simple to understand, affordable, and allows you to edit your videos in the best way possible. Don’t listen to other people’s recommendations, find the one that’s ideal for you and your skills will improve.