If you’re a “think outside the blog” type of blogger, you may have considered incorporating video into your content creation by now. Good choice! You may also be wondering about the best video editing software for bloggers, and that’s the topic of this post and podcast episode!
Listen to Episode 21: Best Video Editing Software for Bloggers
Video editing software is a topic I have written about a lot, and if video editing software is confusing or overwhelming to you, this episode of the video pursuit podcast is for you. So let’s dive into video editing software, and I’m going to talk about apps for your phone or tablet as well.
Before diving into the specific video editing software for bloggers to create social media videos, I want to recommend that you give yourself an hour to get to know a piece of software. YouTube is full of video editing tutorials, including the VidProMom YouTube Channel! But it can be tricky at first, so give yourself an hour to get a video edit going before giving up!
Video Editing Software for Beginners
Now, it may not seem like it, but all video editing software is pretty much the same. There are basic editing functions, like trimming clips, splitting clips, removing sections of a video clip, adding background music. They all do the same thing.
Choosing your video editing software is a lot like choosing a car… you kinda need to test drive it before making a final decision. There might be some features that you love, and your neighbor might drive a totally different car that he loves, and that’s ok. There is no one right answer. You really would be wise to play with a few different programs or apps to see what’s going to work for you.
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Here are some options to get started.
If you’re on a Mac, iMovie is fantastic for beginners (and even non-beginners). It’s free, which is perfect, and it’s very user-friendly.
More about iMovie:
- 5+ Reasons Why Editing GoPro Videos with iMovie is a Great Idea
- How To Import GoPro Clips to iMovie and Set up a Project in iMovie
- How to Export a Video in iMovie
VSDC is a free video editor for Windows users, and it is very basic. It can be a little daunting at first, and I worked with VSDC to create 3 in-depth tutorials on how to use it.
Adobe Premiere Elements
I like to recommend Adobe Premiere Elements because it essentially has “training wheels,” making it an easy program to learn for a complete beginner. It is also packed with more advanced editing features you can pick up on over time.
I have worked directly with Adobe on several Premiere Elements tutorials:
- Premiere Elements 13 – First Look at Adobe Premiere Elements
- Time Lapse Editing Tip in Premiere Elements
- Edit GoPro Videos and Fix Action Cam Guided Edit in Premiere Elements 2018
- View All Posts & Tutorials for Premiere Elements
Adobe Premiere Pro
As part of the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, Adobe Premiere Pro only comes through the monthly plan. This program is not for everybody, but it is my favorite editing platform by far. If you’re looking for a professional-grade video editing software, I recommend Premiere Pro.
Here’s a tutorial from my YouTube channel on how I edit video with Premiere Pro:
Final Cut Pro
On the more advanced side, you have Final Cut Pro (owned by Apple). This might be perfect for you if you have been using iMovie, but you’re thinking about going with a more pro-level video editor. Buy it here.
Wondershare Filmora is great for beginners: it’s available for Mac and PC, and it’s very affordable. It’s perfect for any level of editing, especially beginners, and it has a bunch of really neat features and effects and stuff that are perfect for editing YouTube videos or videos for social media. One nice thing you can do with Filmora is record your screen for a screencast to incorporate in your videos. Click here for my video on getting started with Filmora.
Another browser-based video editing tool to take a look at is Clipchamp. The Clipchamp video editor comes with all of the features required to create great videos with no experience needed! Check out Clipchamp here.
Best Screencast Software
If you’re going to create a screencast for a YouTube video, you’ll need screencast software. Personally, I use Screenflow and I love it. With ScreenFlow, you can record your screen, webcam, and audio and you can edit everything you record as well. Unfortunately, Screenflow is for Mac users only.
A great screencast software for Windows users is Camtasia
Video Editing Apps for Bloggers
Sometimes, video editing on a phone or tablet ends up being easier than on your computer. If you think this might be the case for you, there are two excellent apps you should know about!
Adobe Premiere Rush
Adobe just released Premiere Rush, which is included with a Creative Cloud account if you have that. Premiere Rush is an app for your phone, tablet, and computer, and Adobe has developed it with the social video revolution in mind!
Another video editing app that’s great is LumaFusion. I have used LumaFusion several times on my iPhone X and it’s fantastic.