Best video editing software for beginners [2020 Guide]

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Because  they are so popular, individuals have access to countless video editing software on the market. While having a large selection to choose from can be great, it can also be quite daunting, especially for those who have no experience in editing videos. So, to help select from the hordes of software, we choose two windows 10 video editing software that reign supreme in terms of functionality, features, and convenience.

One video editor has to be bought, while the other is for free. The editing software you choose will most likely depend on your budget, how serious you are about editing, and the equipment you use.

Video editing tools for beginners

Power Director 15 Ultra by Cyberlink (Trial)

While PowerDirect is not exactly on the cheap side, it offers a massive array of features ideal for both professional and amateur editing.

Made easy for amateurs

This software makes it easy for novices to learn video editing basics. It will teach you how to become a pro through unobtrusive and entertaining methods. Furthermore, it offers an intuitive design that is easy to use even for beginners.

Express projects

Part of the reason why this program is so easy for beginners is it’s unique ability to create Express projects. In a way, you can see Express projects as an automatic editor. In other words, all you have to do to create a professional level video is to open the ‘Express Project’ option, then import your videos.

After you import your videos and move them to the specific order you want them in, the software will do the rest. Once the video is finished rendering  you have the option to directly upload the video to popular social media and video websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Daily motion, etc.

360-degree editing

Another special feature found in the this Cyberlink software is its complete 360 degree editing capabilities. More and more videos are filmed in 360 degrees and now Cyberlink has the ability to edit these type of videos. For 360 degree videos, you also have a wide range of tools you can use for transitions, animations, and more.

PowerDirector 15 allows users to insert videos with the 360 degree format into typical videos. In other words, you will have far more content to work with when using this feature.

Powerful rendering engine

The windows 10 video editing software utilizes a powerful, fast rendering tool called TrueVelocity 6. This rendering engine provides incredibly fast production and previewing. 

High FPS and Numerous Video Formats

Most video editors only support videos with 60 frames per second or less. However, the PowerDirector can import and edit videos up to 240 FPS. Thus, slow motion footage from GoPro, sport cameras, etc can be edited with no trouble.

This video editor also supports the ultra high definition 4k format. Other leading formats compatible with PowerDirector are XAVC-S, H.265, AVCHD, and 3D.

Design Tools

Any video editor would be incomplete without design tools. Fortunately, the PowerDirector 15 is overflowing with design options. Some of the design tools included in this software are Title Designer, Menu Designer, Theme Designer, Mask Designer, Motion Trackng, PiP Designer, MultiCam Designer, and more.

Audio and color editing is essential for any successful, attractive film. Thankfully, users of PowerDirector has access to both AudioDirector and Color Director. As their names suggests, you will be able fine tune your audio and color to perfectly complement your videos.

LightWorks (Free)

Great for beginners

It goes without saying that since this software has so much to offer, it will take awhile to learn it all. Fortunately, users new to the editing scene will be glad to know that there are numerous in depth tutorials on their website that they can use to quickly learn the ropes. It may look intimidating at first, but learning how to use LightWorks is definitely rewarding.

LightWorks is a free software that puts powerful, professional video editing tools within the reach of hobbyists and amateurs alike. Compact, packed with features, and optimized for speed, you will find everything you need in this windows 10 video editing software.

Multiple versions

While the free version provides an impressive amount of tools, the professional versions of the video editor offers even more. In fact, LightWorks Pro have been used to edit big name Hollywood movies like Pulp Fiction, The King’s Speech, The Wolf of Wall Street, and more. There are three version of LightWorks Pro, each of them costing more than the next. Beginners can first use the free version and purchase the pro versions once he/she is ready to expand.

User Friendly

Regardless of the type of video project you have in mind, LightWorks can help you make it become reality. The user friendly interface makes editing, cutting, and merging clips for YouTube, a quick and easy process. Once you finish editing, there will be a wide variety of preset profiles available that you can use to export your work into the correct format.

On the other hand, if you are planning on producing a film, then the advanced tools available on the windows 10 video editing software will help with your post production stages. Want your audio and visuals to give the right effect to your viewers? Then the color corrections and other effects will make your film look ideal. 

Fast and Powerful

An unique thing about LightWorks is that it performs complex encoding and rendering processes while you work on your project. As mentioned above, the video editing software is built for speed. This is one of the ways it speeds up your production process.

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These two windows 10 video editing software are ideal for everyone, regardless of whether you are a hobbyist, aspiring film maker, or professional. Individuals on a tight budget that are looking for a highly effective editing tool should consider going with LightWorks.

On the other hand, film makers looking for something packed with all of the features you need to make a proper, professional film should consider using PowerDirector 15. Also, the great thing about these two programs is that they make it extremely easy for newcomers to learn how to professionally edit their films. 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

  • OK. Where do I begin. PowerDirector is rated #1 in the USA by several techie sites for its comprehensive capabilities as well as its rendering speed. This ‘review’ places it the the bottom of the pit and for beginners! Yowza! And the specifics of the software mentioned don’t do the software justice. Yuk! I’d say in all the software NLE reviews I’ve read in the last two months this is a 1 out of 10. Not something I would ever forward to any one. So delete this one and start from scratch with an eye for quality journalism! Sorry but this SUCKS. Sorry I wasted my time in reading it!