A Guide To Inexpensive Video Editing Software

Wrap-Up: Basic Video Editors Under Or Around $100

Each of these — every editor, in fact — speaks something of its own language. Capture, ingest, import and digitize can mean the same thing, or not. One dude’s Export may be another dudine's Make Movie. At a certain point, you just have to choose a horse and ride.

There are a few other software titles in this space: Nero Video, AVS Video Editor, Roxio Creator, MoviePlus, Honestech Video Editor. Our sister site, Top Ten Reviews, looked at each. Most of what these do can be covered by the freeware titles mentioned in Part 2, so I steered clear of soiling my delicate editorial digits with them. 

When it comes right down to it, the editor you want is the one you’re most comfortable with. But beware of staying loyal to an inferior tool simply because you’ve grown accustomed to it. 

Truthfully, if you fuss around in any one package long enough, you can map a path around a lot of the shortcomings of any editor. But ask yourself: “What is my time worth?” If you are serious about making beautiful movies, eventually you will be dissatisfied with any of the NLE’s we’ve looked at so far.

Now, are you ready to move uptown?

In Part four, we beam up to the enterprise class of non-linear video editing software. Check your Bitcoin balance and hang on tight...

  • aebome
    It would help if you link to the other two articles in the series so we don't have to rummage through the site to see if we can find them. That's just basic.
  • bloc97
    Why is there 2 different UHD support in the table? One software is both N\A and Yes...
  • beetlejuicegr
    unfortunately for me as a tv news director/ control i had the bad luck (you will see what i mean ) to learn montage on Final Cut on Macs. After that software, all the rest in pc are Crap! :( and i am a known anti-apple user ;/
  • Lord Darren
    In the interest of potential longterm planning, wouldn't it be prudent to familiaize oneself with Premiere from the get-go? In theory this should ease the learning curve if and when you make the jump to CS or CC.
  • sm_sum
    I checked the guide, it's very well written and very comprehensive. I came across free software that have good editing features. Maybe check them out: http://listoffreeware.com/list-best-free-video-editors/