Best Video Editing Software for Windows 10

Best Video Editing Software for Windows 10
Best Video Editing Software for Windows 10

Best Video Editing Software for Windows 10

Best Video Editing Software for Windows 10. Video editors out there and the landscape constantly changing, here's our latest round-up of the best video editing software for Windows right now. Including free, paid, and professional, to help you decide which one is the best one for you. Hey, it's Justin Brown here from Primal Video, where we help you amplify your business and brand with video. If you're new here, make sure you click that subscribe button, and all the links to everything mentioned in this video, you can find linked in the description box below. So let's jump into it. 

Video editing software updates so fast, so we do a round-up like this every six to 12 months for both Windows and Mac. And every time we go back to the drawing board, we restart all of our research, and we re-test a ton of options. And eventually narrow the list down to our recommendations for the best video editing software across every budget. As always, there have been some big changes since our last video. Some of my prior recommendations still make the cut, whereas others have fallen behind and some newer options have stepped in to take their place. And just like last time, I'll break the overview down into multiple pricing categories. Including free, paid, and more professional software. So that you can see what's available at each level. You can hear our recommendations, and if you're starting in one of the lower pricing brackets, you know exactly what you'll be unlocking if you do jump to a higher bracket. And while you're watching, make sure you drop a comment down below and let us know what video editing software you're using right now, and your number one pick for best video editing software on Windows in 2020. 

Once we're done with my recommendations for every pricing bracket, we'll wrap up with three quick tips that you can use to level up your editing and edit faster in any editing application. Okay, so here are the pricing categories that we're breaking this down into. The first one is free, so obviously that's all the free stuff out there. The second category is the sub $200 category. This is all video editing software under $200. Now note that we are including free software here because it does fall into that category. And the third category is all video editing software above $200. Now, in this category, we will also be including and comparing against the sub $200 category and even the free offerings as well, so this will really round out and give you the complete view of which the best video editing software is, free or paid, in each one of those pricing brackets. 

So jumping straight into it, the first category we're looking at is free video editing software on windows. Now every year the options in this category get much, much better. Now, I do wanna start out by saying that we have not included any video editing software in this roundup that will put a watermark or any branding on your finished video. If you have to pay to remove any branding or any watermark, we haven't included it in this roundup because that's paid software, not free. Now, generally speaking, when it comes to free video editing software, this is where you're normally seeing heavily cut down versions or really beginner or entry-level software to introduce people to editing, and also to tease more professional options or paid upgrades to the same software. Now, that's not always the case and you'll find out why soon, but generally speaking, yeah, it's the entry-level stuff. But in this category, you've got a software like VSDC, the free version.

Hitfilm Express, Lightworks, Shotcut, Avid Media Composer First, And DaVinci Resolve. Now, from testing all of those, my top three picks go to Hitfilm Express, VSDC the free version, and DaVinci Resolve. Hitfilm Express is something that will work on both Mac and PC and this isn't just video editing software. It's also got a heap of advanced special effects and motion graphics tools built into it as well. So if you're someone who's looking for all of that advanced functionality and having it all in one program, then it is a solid solution for that. Now while it is free, there is a more professional version which we will cover a little later on that unlocks a heap of extra functionality and a heap of more advanced controls and features. But know also that you do have the option just to pay and unlock certain features depending on what it is that you're after. 

So they have an awesome library of add-ons that you can unlock, just paying for the ones that you need for the videos that you're creating. VSDC is a Windows-only video editing option. It is a great option, I think, for anyone as an absolute beginner, right through to an intermediate kind of level. Given that the interface itself is again fairly intuitive, easy to get up to speed editing. But you do have a heap of advanced features and control in there as well. Previously the free version of VSDC was a lot more restricted and a lot more locked down when comparing it to their pro version. 

Which sells for 19.99. But really now with the free version, they've removed a lot of those limitations. And the biggest differences between the free version and the pro version are more on the hardware integration side of things and getting more power and more performance out of your computer. And DaVinci Resolve is hands down the most professional, the most advanced free video editing software, period. Whether you're on Mac or Windows, this thing is legitimately professional video editing software. They literally use this to make movies and documentaries and things. I'd say the biggest stand out feature is the depth of control that you have over things like color grading, color correction. That's what Resolve was known for, it started like that. But now it's a full video editing suite and it is amazing that they offer, really give this away for nothing. Now, from all of these, my favorite or my top pick would definitely go to DaVinci Resolve. 

It really is insane how they're offering such a pro-level application with all those advanced tools, and features, and functionality for free. It is absolutely crazy. But I would say if you're an absolute beginner, and you're not interested in any of these really advanced features and things, then check out VSDC, you're gonna get great results in that too. Okay, next up we're jumping to the sub $200 category. So that is all video editing software available under the $200 price point, including the free ones. Generally speaking, what you find with free video editing software versus paid video editing software, is that you're unlocking more features, more control, more hardware integration so that you're able to get more power and performance from your computers. 

But also you're unlocking more formats and more features. So that you can do more in there. And I do have to say generally speaking because there's software like DaVinci Resolve on the free side of things that does all those things too. Either way, in this pricing bracket, we've got a software like AVS video editor, VSDC the Pro version, Adobe Premiere Rush, MOVAVI, Filmora, WeVideo, Vegas Movie Studio 16, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements 2020, and Cyberlink Power Director. Now this is probably the category that has changed the most with our recommendations and with our shortlist, this year versus last year, and even the year before. There really has been some good new additions come in and some big feature updates on some of these. 

Whereas a couple of the others have really slipped behind and now aren't even in the shortlist. The two main options that were previously in our shortlist and even some of our top recommendations that aren't in there this year and don't make the cut, are Adobe Premiere Elements 2020, and Cyberlink Power Director. Now that isn't to say that these aren't still good options and that you can't get great results in them. But when you're looking at the other options that are out and available now, and the features and things in those, and even the price point as well, they just don't make the shortlist anymore. So the shortlist then out of the new additions in this category include Web Video, Filmora, Adobe Rush, and Flora Pro. 

Web Video is a really powerful video editing solution that actually runs in the cloud. Meaning that you can get great results editing in We Video, whether you're on a beast of a machine, a really, really powerful one, or even something like a Chromebook. Because all the processing and calculations and stuff, it's all done on their end. You literally run it through your web browser. We've got a full walkthrough tutorial on WeVideo if you're interested in seeing how it works, and some of the awesome features in there. I'll like that up in the cards. But even for editing 4K videos, and multiple layers of 4K videos. I was totally blown away with how well this does it, even though it's done through your web browser. It also makes working with teams and collaborative editing really, really powerful, because you don't need to move all the footage around. Because you just log in through your browser and everyone gets access to the same timeline that way. 

In regards to pricing, they have options starting $4.99 per month where you are limited to 720p video. But for $7.99 you can unlock up to 4K resolutions. They also have plans for $17.99 a month, and $29.99 a month to unlock things like unlimited storage, multiple users in your teams, and also gives you access to their stock footage, image and music library. Adobe Premiere Rush is kind of the new kid on the block when you're looking at video editing software, but it's got some killer features that make this definitely worth considering. How this compares or how this stacks up in Adobe's lineup. Adobe Premiere Pro is obviously their top professional-level software, below that is Adobe Premiere Elements, the one that didn't quite make the shortlist this year. And then below that again is Adobe Premiere Rush. Now, it is below it in regards to the feature set. 

Yes, there are not as many features in Rush as there is in Elements. And definitely not as many as in the Pro version. But what it does have is some killer features that are really changing the game in regards to video content creation and editing your videos. And that is that it's the first video editing software or solution to work across devices and cross-platform. Meaning that this will work on iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, and Android, and you can literally start your editing project on one device and switch to any other device and then back and forth, and the timeline and editing and everything, and all the tools, they're all exactly the same on every device. And even though it is missing some extra features from elements, the whole interface and everything, and the way that you edit is so much more intuitive and so much easier, and so much faster to create videos in it. In regards to pricing, this one is a subscription model. 

This will cost you $9.99 per month to use and to access the app. But if you've already got another Adobe subscription, maybe something like Adobe Premiere Pro, then you'll get access to Adobe Rush as well. And that brings us to Filmora and FilmoraPro. Now gotta be honest, I didn't actually think that these would have much of mention in this video, let alone make the shortlist. But I'm totally blown away with what they're actually offering now, the price point, the package. They're both amazing options for video editing. So Filmora is gonna be perfect for someone who is an absolute beginner right through to that intermediate area, where you're not looking for all those advanced features and advanced controls, but you're looking for something intuitive and something fast to edit it. One of the stands out features, or one of the stand out things for me when I was testing this, was the amount of power and performance that you have in here, even on just Filmora before you get to the Pro version. 

Dropping in 4K footage, multiple layers of 4K footage, putting effects on those. This thing scrubbed through and played through it like butter, on both Mac and Windows, this thing was rock solid. And where that stood out, is I'm comparing it to things like DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro, and this thing were beating it in regards to timeline performance, and how fast and snappy everything is. So Filmora, well done. But overall the editing experience and their features and everything are in there. This is definitely a solid option. To in regards to pricing, you can buy Filmora for $59.99, and that is a one-ff lifetime purchase. So no subscriptions or anything. It's crazy that you're getting that for that price. So then the pro version, FilmoraPro, takes that to the next level and really does bring in some professional features. 

When I saw this again, I kinda went, "Oh, pro, how pro can it be?" No, no, there is actually some really professional features in here. Advanced control over your color correction, advanced control over your displays. So your scopes and waveforms and everything. They're all in here, it's crazy. This is actually legitimately professional software, and I never thought that I would be saying that. I mean, this thing even looks like Adobe Premiere Pro and it's got the power and everything in there to perform just as well if not better in some cases, than Premiere. So again, FilmoraPro is really designed for someone at that intermediate level, through to advanced that is looking for all of those advanced features or advanced controls. But again, the interface is pretty intuitive that you're not gonna get lost and overwhelmed and everything in there either. 

So for pricing, you've got a couple of different options. You've got $89.99 per year as a subscription, or you can purchase lifetime access to this for $149.99. And with most things these days, turning to a subscription model and having that as the only option, it is so awesome to see that you actually have the ability to purchase a lifetime license of this still. Okay, so rounding out this category, best video editing software under $200, including your free options, here's where it's at. If you're looking for a cloud-based video editing solution, it's got to go to WeVideo, hands down. If you're an absolute beginner right through to that intermediate level, then I'd be recommending Adobe Premiere Rush or Filmora. Either one of those two is going to be perfect for you. And if you're someone who is in that intermediate to advanced level, you're looking for those advanced controls, those professional-level features. 

Then it's gonna go to Filmora Pro and DaVinci Resolve, the free one. Now if I had to pick a winner out of this category, it is still gonna go hands down to DaVinci Resolve. Even though we're up against now paid options in this category, I still think it is the complete package for professional-level tools, professional-grade video editing. It's insane that they're offering this for free. All right, so I'm moving on to the third category, $200 plus software. So this is all video editing software on the higher end of things, but also including the cheaper options and the free options as well. So really, you can round out the entire amount. If you're gonna spend money, big money on software, how does that stack up to some of the cheaper and the free options as well? 

So once again speaking in general terms, when you're considering video editing software at the price point of above $200, this is where you're really looking at the top line, the professional video editing options. These are the things that you would expect people to be used in movies, in documentaries, in those sorts of things. With the most amount of control, the most amount of features, and really the awesome hardware integration, so you've got that power and performance while you're editing, right through to rendering and exporting as well. So in this pricing bracket, we've got things like Hitfilm Pro, Camtasia, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve Studio, and Magix Video Pro X. Now when you're looking at these options, again, these are based purely on price point. 

I would say that Camtasia isn't necessarily professional video editing software. It's decent video editing software, but it's only falling into this pro-level category purely based on the price tag. So once again from trying and testing all of these, my shortlist in this category is Hitfilm Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve Studio. Hitfilm Pro as we mentioned earlier in this video, is the full-featured version of Hitfilm Pro. This is, again, so much more than just video editing software, it is also a full suite and special effects, and motion graphics and a heap of extra stuff in there as well to take your video editing beyond just editing your videos. The overall interface and editing experience in there is fast, it's snappy, it is intuitive enough that you can find your way through and get up to speed relatively quickly. It's definitely not the easiest to get up to speed, but it's not something that you're gonna be freaking out and losing sleep over either. 

But even if you are someone that is freaking out a little bit like that, one of the stands out things that they've got is a huge amount of tutorials and training on their website and online as well to help you really master and to get the most out of their software. Now in regards to pricing, it sells for $299, but that is a three user license. So you can install it on three computers at once. So Adobe Premiere Pro these days is almost like a household name. When you're thinking of video editing software, most people probably heard of Premiere or Premiere Pro. And that's because it really is a solid option. It's got amazing integration with the rest of the Adobe apps or the Adobe suite. So if you're gonna be using things like After Effects or Audition, or even Photoshop, and integrating those elements into your videos, the integration is second to none. 

It's got a great range of hardware support and it works on both Mac and PC, and it's actually really easy to transfer your projects to work between both, which we've had to do on a few projects. One of the biggest features I like about Adobe Premiere Pro is how you can easily work with external editors and team members, and collaborate on your projects. Yes, a lot of the other options out there too have collaboration tools, and features, and those sorts of things. But my personal favorite for that kind of workflow definitely goes to Adobe Premiere Pro. 

And really, that is one of the deciding factors that we look at when we're starting an editing project. Are we gonna be working with extra editors or an extra team? And will they need access to this project? And if so, it pretty much goes straight away to Premiere and we'll be working on that entire project in Premiere because of that. In regards to pricing, it is a subscription-based model. It will cost you $20.99 per month for a license to Adobe Premiere Pro, or you can also pick it up in the master bundle for $52.99 which will give you access to all of the other Adobe programs as well. And DaVinci Resolve Studio is the studio version or the next level up version of the free version of DaVinci Resolve that has already taken out our first two categories in this video. So the studio version unlocks more advanced effects, deeper hardware integration and supports with more hardware to get more performance out of your computers and the systems that you're going to use it on. It also unlocks a heap of extra tools and functionality to really make DaVinci Resolve kind of like a one-stop-shop. 

So we've already said that it is an amazing tool for video editing and for color grading, and for color correcting your videos. But the studio version also unlocks professional-level audio mixing and audio tools in there as well. As well as so much more. Now looking at the pricing, this is another one that's not a monthly fee, it's amazing. You encounter purchase DaVinci Resolve Studio for $299. Okay, so to round all of this out with my recommendations for the best video editing software in this final category of $200 plus but also including just general paid software below that point, and free software as well. So that you know which one is the best one for you. It looks like this. If you're looking for a cloud-based video editing solution, you're gonna be editing from a low powered computer or you really wanna work with people online and in a team, then it's gonna go hands down to WeVideo. If you're someone who is an absolute beginner right through to that intermediate-range, then my recommendation is to either look at Adobe Premiere Rush or Filmora. Either one of those is going to be awesome. 

And if you're someone who's on that intermediate to advanced end of things. You're someone who's looking for the most professional, most advanced software that's going to give you the most amount of creative control and flexibility in your editing, then it's a tough call. But I would say it's probably gonna go to Adobe Premiere Pro, or Davinci Resolve, the free one. And if I had to pick just one overall winner of best video editing software on Windows 2020, it's going to go to Adobe Premiere Pro. That would be my number one pick, with definitely honorable mention going to Davinci Resolve free. Again, it's just insane what they're packaging into this. This is giving Adobe Premiere Pro a good run for its money. I don't think it's quite at Adobe's level yet, but it definitely is one to watch and to keep an eye on because it is growing fast. 

Now, what I'd strongly recommend is that you try to grab the trial versions of at least three different options that fit what you might be looking at and try them out for yourself. There are different pros and cons inside of each of them. And really it's just a tool to edit the video down. So it really pays to test them out, see which one resonates with you, which one you can get up to speed editing fast in. But also, which one isn't going to limit your creativity or the stories that you want to tell. All right, so that's definitely a lot to take in. A bit earlier in this video, I said I would also share with you my top three tips for editing faster in any software. So here they are. Tip number one is to focus on your content first. So many people would jump straight into editing and start applying color grades, or color effects, or tweaking what their shots look like before they actually start editing down their footage. This is going to add extra load onto your computer when you're editing. It's the gotta process all of those effects as your editing. 

So it really could slow things down for you. Also, you might find that after you've applied all of these things, and made it look good and look pretty, that there's something wrong with the footage, or that you don't have everything that you thought you did, or that the video isn't actually going to work. So you could save yourself a heap of wasted time by focusing on your content, cut down the content piece first, then make it look good afterward. Tip number two is to not go overboard with your transitions and effects. That is a really quick way to make your videos look cheap just applying star wipes and all the fancy stuff that you find in typically low-end video editing software. Stay clear of them. If you're going to use transitions or effects, make sure that they add to your video. And in most cases, you'll find that a simple dissolve a simple dip to white or dip to black is probably all you'll actually need. 

Tip number three is to go through all of your settings or options in your video editing software to make sure that you're taking advantage of all the power and performance and stuff that you have inside of your computer. By default, a lot of editing applications aren't enabling things like a GPU or video card rendering, which can speed up not just your exporting, well, when you are saving your videos out, but also speed up your timeline performance and editing performance as well. Another common one is to look at how much RAM is allocated to your software. In a lot of cases, it's not set to use all of what you've got inside your computer. So you wanna make sure that you're checking these settings and maxing them out for best performance. So those are just three tips from our full video editing process guide, the Primal Video Method, which is linked on the screen. This is the most efficient way to edit your videos down with minimal waste of time and rework, getting you editing faster. Grab your copy, click the link on screen now and below in the description. And I'll see you in the next one.