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You can shoot hours of video footage, but it isn’t until you edit it that you make a really great video. This even applies to home movies. We have so much access to cameras and video recording equipment, that we want the final result to look sleek and polished. However, for beginners or casual users, some video editing software can be over complicated and confusing. Other software gives you the same results, but is much simpler for beginners to use. Here’s the top 5 best video editing software for beginners.

#1. Filmora Video Editor

Filmora Video Editor is an easy to use video editing software for beginners. This is actually one of the best programs for teaching video editing for beginners. It has two modes - Easy Mode and Full Feature Mode. Easy Mode allows you to select a preset theme, then the program does all the work for you. Full Feature Mode lets you have complete control over your video on a really user friendly interface. It also has an action cam module which is perfect for editing GoPro footage.

Pros:
  • It’s extremely easy to use. Has both Easy Mode for beginners and Full Features Mode for professionals.
  • It has both Mac and Windows version.
  • It has an action cam module.
  • It’s very user friendly and intuitive.
  • It has loads of effects.
Cons:
  • It doesn’t have some of the more advanced options.
  • You can’t configure the audio for surround sound.

Supported Platform: Mac 10.12, 10.11, 10.10 and lower; Windows Vista/ XP/7/8/10

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#2. Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum

The Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum version is a great beginner video editing software. It has enough features to really make your videos something special, but it has a user friendly interface. This software runs on 64 bit Windows7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

Pros:
  • This video editing software has touch screen support.
  • You can customize the user interface.
  • It has loads of effects, and transitions.
  • It allows for 3D content editing.
Cons:
  • The video rendering is a little slow.
  • It takes time to get used to the advanced editing interface.
  • It doesn’t have motion tracking.
  • There’s no template storyboards.

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#3. Nero Video 2017

Nero Video 2017 is a powerful software in video editing for beginners, with plenty of special effects, and features. You have two options for editing - Express Editing and Advanced Editing. Express Editing lets you quickly edit your video, while Advanced Editing lets you fine tune, and gives you more control. You can begin in Express and change to Advanced, but you can’t begin in Advanced and move to Express. It has a feature that lets you identify people and places in your footage.

Pros:
  • It has security options for disc burning.
  • There’s a huge library of effects and transitions.
  • It lets you set up only the features you need, which saves space.
  • It has a sync function, so you can quickly transfer files between devices.
Cons:
  • The interface is a little disjointed because of the modular set up.
  • It doesn’t have motion tracking, or some other features that you may want.
  • It can’t switch back and forth between modes.

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#4. Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is a video editing software for beginners, which is suitable for both beginners and those with more video editing experience. It’s a video editing and recording software in one. There’s no limits on the length of videos, and it can record pretty much everything, from computer screens, and power point presentations to the computer camera and audio.

Pros:
  • There’s no limitations on length.
  • It can record anything.
  • It has lots of effects and transitions.
  • It’s easy to use, and has a user friendly interface.
Cons:
  • There is no web based version, so it must be installed.
  • It doesn’t support footage from a digital video camera.
  • You must pay for new versions.

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Camtasia Studio 

#5. Pinnacle Studio 20.5

The Pinnacle video editing software is quite well known. It’s a great video editing software for beginners, as it allows you to view timeline and story board modes on a spit screen. It also gives you a massive library of effects, titles transitions and templates.

Pros:
  • It has a unique workflow which lets you really fine tune your video.
  • There’s a massive library of effects and templates.
  • It has a multi cam mode, so you can use more than one camera’s footage of the same event.
Cons:
  • It comes in multiple versions and different price points, and some features are limited to upgraded versions.
  • The video rendering is a little slower than you would expect.
  • The interface does take some time to get used to.

Supported Platform: Windows, Linux and Mac OS

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