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Best Video Editing Software for 2021

Video editing software allows you to load and edit video clips on your computer. You can cut and slice clips together, slow video down or speed it up and add sounds, video effects, titles, photos and more - creating anything from a short YouTube clip to a feature film.

Video editing software comparison chart for 2021

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Adobe Premiere Elements 2021
Pinnacle Studio 24 Ultimate
Final Cut Pro X
VEGAS Movie Studio 17
NCH VideoPad
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
Cyberlink PowerDirector 19 Ultra has been awarded best buy Product image of cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra Product image of movavi video suite Product image of magix movie edit pro 2021 Product image of corel videostudio pro 2021 Product image of adobe premiere elements 2021 Product image of pinnacle studio 24 ultimate Product image of final cut pro x Product image of vegas movie studio 17 Product image of nch videopad

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Ratings
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Overall
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five  overall movavi video suite has a rating of five  overall magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of four  overall corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of five  overall adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of five  overall pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of four  overall final cut pro x has a rating of four  overall vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of five  overall nch videopad has a rating of three  overall
Setup
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for setup movavi video suite has a rating of four for setup magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of four for setup corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of four for setup adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of four for setup pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of four for setup final cut pro x has a rating of four for setup vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of four for setup nch videopad has a rating of three for setup
Importing
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for importing movavi video suite has a rating of five for importing magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of five for importing corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of five for importing adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of four for importing pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of four for importing final cut pro x has a rating of four for importing vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of five for importing nch videopad has a rating of three for importing
Video editing
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for video editing movavi video suite has a rating of five for video editing magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of five for video editing corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of five for video editing adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of five for video editing pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of four for video editing final cut pro x has a rating of four for video editing vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of five for video editing nch videopad has a rating of four for video editing
Audio editing
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for audio editing movavi video suite has a rating of five for audio editing magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of four for audio editing corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of five for audio editing adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of five for audio editing pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of four for audio editing final cut pro x has a rating of four for audio editing vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of four for audio editing nch videopad has a rating of three for audio editing
Performance
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for performance movavi video suite has a rating of four for performance magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of four for performance corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of four for performance adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of four for performance pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of four for performance final cut pro x has a rating of three for performance vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of four for performance nch videopad has a rating of three for performance
Disc authoring
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of four for disc authoring movavi video suite has a rating of five for disc authoring magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of four for disc authoring corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of four for disc authoring adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of five for disc authoring pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of three for disc authoring final cut pro x has a rating of four for disc authoring vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of five for disc authoring nch videopad has a rating of three for disc authoring
Exporting
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for exporting movavi video suite has a rating of four for exporting magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of four for exporting corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of five for exporting adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of four for exporting pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of three for exporting final cut pro x has a rating of four for exporting vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of four for exporting nch videopad has a rating of four for exporting
Ease of use
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for ease of use movavi video suite has a rating of five for ease of use magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of five for ease of use corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of five for ease of use adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of five for ease of use pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of three for ease of use final cut pro x has a rating of three for ease of use vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of four for ease of use nch videopad has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra has a rating of five for help & support movavi video suite has a rating of four for help & support magix movie edit pro 2021 has a rating of four for help & support corel videostudio pro 2021 has a rating of five for help & support adobe premiere elements 2021 has a rating of five for help & support pinnacle studio 24 ultimate has a rating of four for help & support final cut pro x has a rating of four for help & support vegas movie studio 17 has a rating of four for help & support nch videopad has a rating of four for help & support
Video editing tools
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Aspect ratio
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes aspect ratio movavi video suite includes aspect ratio magix movie edit pro 2021 includes aspect ratio corel videostudio pro 2021 includes aspect ratio adobe premiere elements 2021 includes aspect ratio pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes aspect ratio final cut pro x includes aspect ratio vegas movie studio 17 includes aspect ratio nch videopad does not include aspect ratio
Brightness
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes brightness movavi video suite includes brightness magix movie edit pro 2021 includes brightness corel videostudio pro 2021 includes brightness adobe premiere elements 2021 includes brightness pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes brightness final cut pro x includes brightness vegas movie studio 17 includes brightness nch videopad does not include brightness
Effects
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes effects movavi video suite includes effects magix movie edit pro 2021 includes effects corel videostudio pro 2021 includes effects adobe premiere elements 2021 includes effects pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes effects final cut pro x includes effects vegas movie studio 17 includes effects nch videopad includes effects
Green screen
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes green screen movavi video suite includes green screen magix movie edit pro 2021 includes green screen corel videostudio pro 2021 includes green screen adobe premiere elements 2021 includes green screen pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes green screen final cut pro x includes green screen vegas movie studio 17 includes green screen nch videopad includes green screen
Lighting
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes lighting movavi video suite includes lighting magix movie edit pro 2021 includes lighting corel videostudio pro 2021 includes lighting adobe premiere elements 2021 includes lighting pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes lighting final cut pro x does not include lighting vegas movie studio 17 does not include lighting nch videopad does not include lighting
Rotoscoping
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra does not include rotoscoping movavi video suite does not include rotoscoping magix movie edit pro 2021 includes rotoscoping corel videostudio pro 2021 includes rotoscoping adobe premiere elements 2021 includes rotoscoping pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes rotoscoping final cut pro x does not include rotoscoping vegas movie studio 17 includes rotoscoping nch videopad does not include rotoscoping
Split scenes
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes split scenes movavi video suite includes split scenes magix movie edit pro 2021 includes split scenes corel videostudio pro 2021 includes split scenes adobe premiere elements 2021 includes split scenes pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes split scenes final cut pro x does not include split scenes vegas movie studio 17 does not include split scenes nch videopad includes split scenes
Speed changes
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes speed changes movavi video suite includes speed changes magix movie edit pro 2021 includes speed changes corel videostudio pro 2021 includes speed changes adobe premiere elements 2021 includes speed changes pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes speed changes final cut pro x includes speed changes vegas movie studio 17 includes speed changes nch videopad includes speed changes
Storyboard
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes storyboard movavi video suite includes storyboard magix movie edit pro 2021 includes storyboard corel videostudio pro 2021 includes storyboard adobe premiere elements 2021 includes storyboard pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes storyboard final cut pro x includes storyboard vegas movie studio 17 includes storyboard nch videopad includes storyboard
Stabilizer
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes stabilizer movavi video suite includes stabilizer magix movie edit pro 2021 includes stabilizer corel videostudio pro 2021 includes stabilizer adobe premiere elements 2021 includes stabilizer pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes stabilizer final cut pro x includes stabilizer vegas movie studio 17 includes stabilizer nch videopad includes stabilizer
Timeline
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes timeline movavi video suite includes timeline magix movie edit pro 2021 includes timeline corel videostudio pro 2021 includes timeline adobe premiere elements 2021 includes timeline pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes timeline final cut pro x includes timeline vegas movie studio 17 includes timeline nch videopad includes timeline
Trim scenes
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes trim scenes movavi video suite does not include trim scenes magix movie edit pro 2021 includes trim scenes corel videostudio pro 2021 includes trim scenes adobe premiere elements 2021 includes trim scenes pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes trim scenes final cut pro x includes trim scenes vegas movie studio 17 includes trim scenes nch videopad does not include trim scenes
Transitions
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes transitions movavi video suite includes transitions magix movie edit pro 2021 includes transitions corel videostudio pro 2021 includes transitions adobe premiere elements 2021 includes transitions pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes transitions final cut pro x includes transitions vegas movie studio 17 includes transitions nch videopad includes transitions
Zoom
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra includes zoom movavi video suite includes zoom magix movie edit pro 2021 includes zoom corel videostudio pro 2021 includes zoom adobe premiere elements 2021 includes zoom pinnacle studio 24 ultimate includes zoom final cut pro x includes zoom vegas movie studio 17 includes zoom nch videopad includes zoom
Graphics editing
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Audio editing
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Image editing
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Capturing
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Import
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Export
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Disc creation
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Disc burning
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DVD
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra burns dvd movavi video suite burns dvd magix movie edit pro 2021 burns dvd corel videostudio pro 2021 burns dvd adobe premiere elements 2021 burns dvd pinnacle studio 24 ultimate burns dvd final cut pro x burns dvd vegas movie studio 17 burns dvd nch videopad burns dvd
Blu-ray
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra does not burn blu-ray movavi video suite burns blu-ray magix movie edit pro 2021 burns blu-ray corel videostudio pro 2021 burns blu-ray adobe premiere elements 2021 burns blu-ray pinnacle studio 24 ultimate does not burn blu-ray final cut pro x burns blu-ray vegas movie studio 17 burns blu-ray nch videopad burns blu-ray
AVCHD
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra does not burn avchd movavi video suite burns avchd magix movie edit pro 2021 burns avchd corel videostudio pro 2021 burns avchd adobe premiere elements 2021 burns avchd pinnacle studio 24 ultimate burns avchd final cut pro x burns avchd vegas movie studio 17 burns avchd nch videopad burns avchd
VCD
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra burns vcd movavi video suite burns vcd magix movie edit pro 2021 burns vcd corel videostudio pro 2021 burns vcd adobe premiere elements 2021 burns vcd pinnacle studio 24 ultimate burns vcd final cut pro x burns vcd vegas movie studio 17 burns vcd nch videopad burns vcd
SVCD
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra burns svcd movavi video suite burns svcd magix movie edit pro 2021 burns svcd corel videostudio pro 2021 burns svcd adobe premiere elements 2021 burns svcd pinnacle studio 24 ultimate burns svcd final cut pro x burns svcd vegas movie studio 17 burns svcd nch videopad burns svcd
Help & support
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Telephone support
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra does not offer telephone support movavi video suite offers telephone support magix movie edit pro 2021 does not offer telephone support corel videostudio pro 2021 offers telephone support adobe premiere elements 2021 does not offer telephone support pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers telephone support final cut pro x offers telephone support vegas movie studio 17 offers telephone support nch videopad offers telephone support
Email support
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra offers email support movavi video suite offers email support magix movie edit pro 2021 offers email support corel videostudio pro 2021 offers email support adobe premiere elements 2021 offers email support pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers email support final cut pro x offers email support vegas movie studio 17 offers email support nch videopad offers email support
Live chat
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra does not offer live chat movavi video suite offers live chat magix movie edit pro 2021 does not offer live chat corel videostudio pro 2021 offers live chat adobe premiere elements 2021 offers live chat pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers live chat final cut pro x offers live chat vegas movie studio 17 offers live chat nch videopad offers live chat
Manual
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra does not offer manual movavi video suite does not offer manual magix movie edit pro 2021 offers manual corel videostudio pro 2021 offers manual adobe premiere elements 2021 offers manual pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers manual final cut pro x offers manual vegas movie studio 17 does not offer manual nch videopad does not offer manual
Knowledge base
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra offers knowledge base movavi video suite offers knowledge base magix movie edit pro 2021 offers knowledge base corel videostudio pro 2021 offers knowledge base adobe premiere elements 2021 offers knowledge base pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers knowledge base final cut pro x offers knowledge base vegas movie studio 17 offers knowledge base nch videopad offers knowledge base
Forums
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra offers forums movavi video suite does not offer forums magix movie edit pro 2021 offers forums corel videostudio pro 2021 does not offer forums adobe premiere elements 2021 offers forums pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers forums final cut pro x offers forums vegas movie studio 17 does not offer forums nch videopad offers forums
Tutorials
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra offers tutorials movavi video suite offers tutorials magix movie edit pro 2021 offers tutorials corel videostudio pro 2021 offers tutorials adobe premiere elements 2021 offers tutorials pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers tutorials final cut pro x offers tutorials vegas movie studio 17 offers tutorials nch videopad offers tutorials
FAQs
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra offers faqs movavi video suite offers faqs magix movie edit pro 2021 offers faqs corel videostudio pro 2021 offers faqs adobe premiere elements 2021 offers faqs pinnacle studio 24 ultimate offers faqs final cut pro x offers faqs vegas movie studio 17 offers faqs nch videopad offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 10
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra  windows 10 movavi video suite  windows 10 magix movie edit pro 2021  windows 10 corel videostudio pro 2021  windows 10 adobe premiere elements 2021  windows 10 pinnacle studio 24 ultimate  windows 10 final cut pro x  windows 10 vegas movie studio 17  windows 10 nch videopad  windows 10
Windows 8
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra  windows 8 movavi video suite  windows 8 magix movie edit pro 2021  windows 8 corel videostudio pro 2021  windows 8 adobe premiere elements 2021  windows 8 pinnacle studio 24 ultimate  windows 8 final cut pro x  windows 8 vegas movie studio 17  windows 8 nch videopad  windows 8
Windows 7
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra is compatible with windows 7 movavi video suite is compatible with windows 7 magix movie edit pro 2021 is compatible with windows 7 corel videostudio pro 2021 is compatible with windows 7 adobe premiere elements 2021 is compatible with windows 7 pinnacle studio 24 ultimate is not compatible with windows 7 final cut pro x is compatible with windows 7 vegas movie studio 17 is compatible with windows 7 nch videopad is compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra is compatible with windows vista movavi video suite is compatible with windows vista magix movie edit pro 2021 is compatible with windows vista corel videostudio pro 2021 is compatible with windows vista adobe premiere elements 2021 is compatible with windows vista pinnacle studio 24 ultimate is not compatible with windows vista final cut pro x is compatible with windows vista vegas movie studio 17 is compatible with windows vista nch videopad is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra is compatible with windows xp movavi video suite is compatible with windows xp magix movie edit pro 2021 is compatible with windows xp corel videostudio pro 2021 is compatible with windows xp adobe premiere elements 2021 is compatible with windows xp pinnacle studio 24 ultimate is compatible with windows xp final cut pro x is compatible with windows xp vegas movie studio 17 is compatible with windows xp nch videopad is compatible with windows xp
Mac OS X
cyberlink powerdirector 19 ultra is not compatible with mac os x movavi video suite is compatible with mac os x magix movie edit pro 2021 is compatible with mac os x corel videostudio pro 2021 is not compatible with mac os x adobe premiere elements 2021 is not compatible with mac os x pinnacle studio 24 ultimate is not compatible with mac os x final cut pro x is compatible with mac os x vegas movie studio 17 is compatible with mac os x nch videopad is compatible with mac os x

Video editing software explained

Video editing software is now cheaper than ever. Coupled with the easy availability of cameras that can shoot good quality video, this means it’s now practical to create films at home – without requiring any elaborate or expensive equipment.

Many of the features and tools used to edit movies and TV shows have trickled down into video editing packages. This means video editing software enables you to access similar technology to that which has been used commercially for years. You can:

  • Create slick home movies. Give a professional sheen to your home movies. Cut out the dull bits, add titles and sounds – and then save to a DVD so you can play it back easily.
  • Produce online video. Many websites include video clips - video editing software lets you create your own and save as a file that’s small enough to upload to your own site or a service like YouTube.
  • Remix existing videos. If you don’t have your own camera, you can use video clips from other sources such as the internet (with permission). Like a DJ remixing songs, it allows you to create something new.

Editing video yourself is also great alternative to using a professional bureau or employing a freelance video editor.

Getting started with video editing

If you’ve not used video editing software before, choose a package which includes tutorials and guides to help you get to grips with the options available. Carrying out simple edits – like shortening clips or adding titles – should be straightforward, but it might take a little longer for you to master the full range of editing tools.

Editing video requires a lot of computer power. Most modern computers are adequate, but use the fastest, most powerful computer you can – and make sure you have a large hard drive to save big video files.

What to look for in video editing software

Playback

The playback of your video should be as smooth. Proxy files.

Capturing

Effective video editing software should allow the capturing of video from multiple sources such as DV / AVCHD / mini DV camcorders, analog camcorders, VCR and TV.

Importing & exporting

If you want to upload your video to YouTube, it makes sense to choose video editing software that allows you to export FLV file formats.

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Proxify files

Proxify files are lower resolution working copies of video files. They help to speed up video editing. The full resolution files are then used again for the final render.

Transitions

Simply cutting from one scene directly to another is often fine for video editing, but there will be some occassions where you'll want to add in transitional effects.

Aspect ratio

Video clips usually come in one of two aspect ratios 4:3 or 16:9. 4:3 is full video quality, while 16:9 is widescreen quality.

Related categories



Rank
Cyberlink PowerDirector 19 Ultra
Movavi Video Suite
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2021
Corel VideoStudio Pro 2021
Adobe Premiere Elements 2021
Pinnacle Studio 24 Ultimate
Final Cut Pro X
VEGAS Movie Studio 17
NCH VideoPad