The popularity of digital video editing and home movie making on computers has given rise to a number of video editing products. Choosing the right video editing program for you can be a challenge. The hobbyist or casual user probably doesn’t need to spend the same money an independent film producer will need spend. Video editing programs vary in price and features. Video editing software varies in not only price, but ease of use and functionality as well. Finding the right balance of all of these elements for you requires forethought and a little experimentation to ensure you end up with video editing software that will suit your needs.
1. Write a list of your needs. Decide if you want to use video editing software strictly to import video from you digital recorder to burn it to a disc, or if you plan to make complex home movies or even professional films. This, more than anything, determines the type of video editing software you will consider. If you want to do complex work, you’ll need features that allow you to cut and splice video, add custom soundtracks and do superimposing work. You will probably not get away with using free software for a professional job, but free software may be ideal for the casual home movie buff.
2. Read a few reviews. User reviews can be valuable in helping you determine if video editing software will work for you. Look for reviews that are consistently good or bad. Compare prices to the features you’ve decided you need. Make a list of the products that fit your budget and needs.
3. Download and try any demo or trial versions available. Import a couple of videos and test the software. Look for factors such as ease of use. Decide whether you will be able to edit your videos the way you want to. A lot of software comes with a 30-day trial, which should give you time to produce a home movie. If you can’t figure out the software in that time, or if it doesn’t produce the output you desire, you don’t need to waste money on it.