Mac Video Editing Software Reviews 2015

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1. Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is Microsoft software that offers the ability to create and edit videos on any PC. Its features include everything you need to make a home movie or edit a video file quickly and easily, including auto Movie, audio track, timeline narration, video effects, adding titles/credits, and video transitions.

Get the application for free here.

If, by video editing you plan to do anything beyond simple iMovies for YouTube (and even then, not so much). You need a computer, Mac or PC, with a discrete video processor, such as an Nvidia, which only comes on the MBP 15″ models.

2. Filmora

Filmora is a video editing tool on Windows for beginners and is easy to learn. They also offer FilmoraGo for editing video on any mobile device. The tool offers features like 4K support, GIF support, noise removal, uploading photos directly to social media, color tuning, and the option to flip video clips or play them backwards, as well as playing them up to one hundred times faster or slower.

You can download the tool for Windows here.

Or FilmoraGo for Android here.

For more advanced features at an increased price, you can look here.

3. Lumen5

Lumen5 is a video editing tool that has over ten million free media files. Features include creating unlimited videos, intelligent media matching, text-to-video technology which easily transforms articles and blog posts into video content, 480p video quality, and automated videos from RSS.

You can get started for free here. For more features, check plan prices here.

4. Blender

Blender is a free 3D content creation software suite that offers a range of basic-yet-efficient video editing tools. Its features include window layouts and shortcuts can be fully customized, sculpting, retopology, modeling, powerful simulation tools, and game prototyping, as well as interactive visualizations and a multiple pipeline tool that is pivotal in many productions.

It is free to use and can download it here.

5. CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector is video editor to replace Windows Movie Maker. It is the first 360-degree video editor for VR footage, and is most capable and fastest consumer-level video editing software for Windows. Its features offer free video templates plus MultiCam editing. You can edit travel videos on the go much more easily with its new Collage Designer.

You can download a free trial, or buy the full version here.

6. Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premiere Elements is a video editing software that can access templates from Adobe Stock. Its features offer immersive 360/VR audio and video editing. It has auto-ducking music that set the volume of music to automatically lower during sections of dialogue. It has a Lumetri Color tool that offers color and lighting adjustment.

You can download a free trial or buy the full version here.

7. Lightworks

Lightworks is a free video editor used by many professional film editors today. Its features include easy timeline trimming and editing, real-time, ready-to-use video and audio FX, easy-access royalty-free video and audio content, simple and intuitive user interface, and the editor can export video in up to 4K.

It has a free 7-day trial: just register to extend and upgrade to Pro for more features here.

8. Nero Video

Nero Video is a video editing software that provides excellent resolution and the highest video quality around. It can easily transfer videos from external hard drives, USB, mobile devices, and camcorders to your computer for further editing. It has more than 50 movie templates and a lot of visual effects for any project. It offers export and burn features that you can edit, design and save to discs.

Download your 15-day trial versions here. For more features, you can upgrade to the full version here.

9. Corel VideoStudio

Corel VideoStudio is a video editing software that has over 2,000 sophisticated effects. It can edit 360-video and adjust the speed of playback. Its features offer 360 degree video editing enhancement, 3D title editor, split screen video and template creator, lens correction tools, and premium effects.

You can download a free trial here. For more features, buy the full version here.

10. VSDC

VSDC is a video and audio editor that has a wide variety of multimedia processing tools in one free video software suite. It supports all video and audio formats, including GoPro, DVD, and HD. It can import video from external devices to any computer in a free, easy-to-use format.

Download your free video editor here. For more features, you can check out the Pro version here here.

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Work at a faster clip.

With its modern Metal engine, Final Cut Pro allows you to edit more complex projects and work with larger frame sizes, higher frame rates and more effects — all at incredible speeds. And it’s built to harness the extreme power of the new Mac Pro for next-level performance.

Accelerated performance with Metal

Metal dramatically accelerates graphics tasks like rendering, real-time effects and exporting. Video editors on 15-inch MacBook Pro will benefit from render performance that is up to 20 per cent faster, while editors using iMac Pro will see gains of up to 35 per cent.1 And when you’re working on a system with an eGPU attached, you can select which GPU to use — internal or external — for peak performance.

Optimised for the all-new Mac Pro

For the ultimate editing experience, run Final Cut Pro on the world’s fastest Mac, the new Mac Pro. Final Cut Pro takes advantage of all the GPUs in Mac Pro and uses multi-threading to spread tasks across up to 28 cores. And when equipped with the optional Afterburner card, Mac Pro delivers the fastest ProRes performance ever. So you can do things like edit video, create motion graphics and colour grade in groundbreaking 8K resolution. All at maximum velocity.

The tools you need. From start to finishing.

With innova­tive features and an intuitive design, Final Cut Pro accelerates post-production. So editors can create and deliver at the speed of thought.

The Magnetic Timeline allows you to easily experiment with story ideas by moving and trimming clips without collisions or sync problems. Use Compound Clips to bundle separate video and audio clips into a single moveable package, create Auditions to try out multiple takes in the timeline, and use Synchronized Clips to align video with second-source audio automatically. Colour coding makes it easy to identify different types of content, with the ability to customise the look of your timeline while you edit.

Final Cut Pro offers the most advanced organising tools of any professional video editing application. Easily tag entire clips or clip ranges with metadata for searching, and create Smart Collections that automatically collect content according to a set of custom criteria. Skimming lets you efficiently browse hours of material in a more visual way, so you can identify what you want in seconds.

Create 2D and 3D titles directly in Final Cut Pro, apply and modify filters, and use the built-in chroma key for high-quality green- and blue-screen effects. Expand on the built-in effects with thousands of third-party tools and templates. And for even more control, use Motion to create stunning titles, transitions, generators and effects you can access from Final Cut Pro.

Final Cut Pro lets you edit multi-channel audio using built-in tools for removing background noise and optimising levels. Adjust multi-channel audio files in the timeline or open the inspector for more information and options. Choose from dozens of bundled plug-ins for audio compression, EQ and more — or send to a professional audio application like Logic Pro X for advanced audio mixing.

Quickly encode video using the power of multi-core CPUs and high-performance GPUs. Take advantage of presets to deliver ultra-high-quality masters or files optimised for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and websites like YouTube and Vimeo. And batch exporting makes it fast to deliver multiple files or projects in multiple formats. You can also use Compressor to create custom export settings that appear directly in Final Cut Pro.

Multicam

The industry’s most advanced multicam editing lets you automatically sync up to 64 angles of video with different formats, frame sizes and frame rates. View up to 16 angles at once in the Angle Viewer. And open the Angle Editor timeline to move, sync, trim, add effects or colour grade individual clips.

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Video noise reduction

Improve the look of archival and low-light images with powerful noise reduction tools that reduce or eliminate grain and video noise. Simple controls let you quickly adjust intensity, and it’s easy to change processing order by dragging the effect in the inspector.

Motion and Compressor

Create stunning effects and sweeping graphics with Motion, including studio-quality 2D and 3D titles you can open and adjust in Final Cut Pro. Use Compressor to create custom export settings and streamline delivery of your movie to the iTunes Store. And because Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor all share the same Metal architecture, you’ll experience incredible performance and consistent rendering across applications.

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Advanced colour grading.
Every pixel closer to perfection.

Professional colour grading tools are built into Final Cut Pro, including a dedicated colour inspector with colour wheels, colour curves, hue/saturation curves, and keyframes to adjust corrections over time. You can work with High Dynamic Range footage on recent Mac systems that display an extended range of brightness. Or connect the all-new Pro Display XDR for the ultimate HDR experience.

Unique colour wheels improve on traditional controls by combining hue, saturation and brightness into a single, simple interface.

Colour and luminance curves allow ultra-fine level adjustments with multiple control points to target specific colour and brightness ranges.

Sample a colour with an eyedropper and change just the hue, saturation or luminance of a specific colour within the image.

Work closer to reality than ever before with HDR video. Import, edit, grade and deliver incredibly lifelike images with Final Cut Pro. High-resolution scopes reflect HDR brightness levels as you edit and tone mapping lets you easily convert HDR to Standard Dynamic Range output for broadcast. You can view beautiful HDR content on a wide range of Mac computers that use the reserve brightness of the display to show an extended range of light levels.

HDR on Pro Display XDR

View High Dynamic Range video the way it was meant to be seen. The gorgeous new Pro Display XDR delivers 6K resolution and 1,000 nits of sustained brightness for HDR editing, grading and delivery with Final Cut Pro. And setup couldn’t be simpler — just connect a single Thunderbolt cable from your Mac to Pro Display XDR to use it as an additional display or video monitor.

The flexibility of RAW with the performance of ProRes.

Import, edit and grade pristine video with RAW data straight from your camera sensor. Work with ProRes RAW files and experience all the creative advantages of RAW with the seamless performance of ProRes. And with Mac Pro and the Afterburner card, you can edit in ProRes RAW faster than ever before.

ProRes performance

Remarkably smooth playback and real-time, multi-stream editing are part of the ProRes RAW package. The format is optimised for macOS and the latest Mac computers, allowing you to render and export faster than with other RAW formats. And since ProRes RAW files are smaller than standard formats, you can fit more footage on every card.

View the Apple ProRes RAW White Paper

RAW flexibility

Work with untouched image data directly from your camera sensor. RAW files provide maximum flexibility for adjusting the look of your video while extending brightness and shadows — an ideal combination for HDR workflows. And ProRes RAW preserves more of the original image data, making it a great format for archiving.

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Workflow extensions. Extend the power of Final Cut Pro.

Work directly with powerful third-party applications — without leaving Final Cut Pro.

Use the Frame.io extension to simplify review and approval. Drag and drop clips and timelines, jump between markers, and review comments and annotations in real time from your Frame.io collaborators.

The Shutterstock extension lets you browse stock photos, videos and music while you edit. Drag and drop watermarked files into the timeline and easily replace them later with licensed, high-resolution versions.

Connect directly to CatDV and KeyFlow Pro media asset management systems so you can browse, mark and transfer files from within the Final Cut Pro interface.

Transcribe audio and translate the text to over 50 languages for use in subtitles and captions.

360° video. Take your work further. In every direction.

Final Cut Pro includes a complete toolset for importing, editing and delivering both monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° video.

360° editing

Import and edit 360° equirectangular footage in Final Cut Pro. Open the 360° viewer to see a headset view of your footage, and take advantage of simple tools for changing orientation, straightening the horizon, removing camera rigs and more.

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360° graphics and effects

Easily add 2D and 3D titles to your 360° video and apply blurs, glows and other 360° effects. Or create more advanced 360° motion graphics in Motion, then add them directly to your Final Cut Pro project. You can even add 360° video to non-360° projects, using the Tiny Planet effect to create interesting spherical looks and animations.

VR headset playback

Watch your 360° video in real time with a VR headset like the HTC Vive Pro. Choose to mirror the headset view in Final Cut Pro, or turn off mirroring to watch video in the headset while independently controlling a separate view on your monitor.

Closed captions.
Open to all.

Final Cut Pro includes an intuitive, comprehensive set of tools for closed captioning in a variety of formats, without the need for expensive third-party software or services. You can create, view and edit captions within Final Cut Pro, and deliver them as part of your video or as a separate file.

Add an existing caption file to your project and Final Cut Pro automatically connects each caption to the corresponding video or audio clip in your timeline.

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Type captions from scratch — in multiple languages and formats — and watch the text play back in real time directly in the viewer.

Attach captions to connected audio or video clips in the timeline so they move in sync with your edit. It’s easy to adjust text, colour, location and timing in the captions inspector. And the enhanced Timeline Index lets you quickly search and select captions, or use captions roles to instantly switch between different versions.

Export captions in the industry-standard CEA-608, iTT or SRT formats. Or burn them directly into your video. When delivering, you can choose to embed caption metadata in your video file or create a separate sidecar file. Captioned videos can be shared directly to YouTube and Vimeo. And you can send your project to Compressor to include captions in a batch or an iTunes Store package.

Step up from iMovie to Final Cut Pro.

iMovie is the easiest way to start making movies. And when you’re ready to ramp up production, it’s effortless to switch to Final Cut Pro from iMovie for iOS or iMovie for Mac. You’ll cut faster and more precisely with advanced editing tools, improve the look of your projects with third-party plug-ins, and easily integrate video recorded with professional cameras from RED, Sony, Canon and more. You can import your iMovie projects straight to Final Cut Pro, so you won’t miss a beat — or a cut — when you upgrade.

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Third-party tools to make your workflow flow.

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Choose from thousands of custom transitions, titles and motion graphics. Work directly with powerful applications through workflow extensions in Final Cut Pro. And take advantage of other third-party tools for advanced tracking, EDL and AAF interchange, and more.

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Five amazing apps.
One powerful collection.

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