Video Editing Tools: The 3 Best Programs

Out of all the video editing tools available to filmmakers today, there are 3 programs that stand out above the rest. There were two factors that went into determining which programs were selected. The first was the options available to the editor, and the second was the program's compatibility with other related video editing software. The three best programs are: Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.

1. Avid Media Composer

Avid has the long reputation as being the leader in video editing software. For years, they had the largest market share in the business. What made it a favorite amongst video editors was the creative options that it made available. When it comes to video equipment, and that can include cameras and editing programs, the more manual control you have over your tools, the greater creative control you can exercise. Media Composer isn't the only program that Avid makes. Some of there other products include Avid Liquid and Avid M Audio. These programs can be used together to create the best video edit possible. 

Having an Avid video editing system used to cost a lot of money because there was a large amount of hardware needed for it. This inaccessibility to lower budget filmmakers lead to them using alternative programs, which lead to Avid's loss of market share. But, the company is huge and has adapted by creating software that can be used on a personal laptop. Avid also makes Pinnacle Studio, an easy to use editing program for less advanced users.

2. Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is made by Apple Inc. and can only be used on Mac computers. This advanced editing system has taken a lot of the market share away from Avid. Like Avid, it provides users with a ton of creative options. All you need to operate it is a computer. When it first debuted, it was very popular with independent filmmakers. It has since been embraced by Hollywood with movies like 300, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Eat, Pray, Love being edited with it.

3. Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing program that is gaining respect amongst professionals. While it is number 3 in the market, the program is just as good as the other two in terms of the creative options it offers. What sets Premiere apart from the other editing software is that it is easily compatible with other Adobe programs thanks to a relatively new program called Adobe Bridge. For example, if you wanted to add special effects to a clip in your sequence, you would click on it and use Bridge to open the clip in Adobe After Effects. Any changes you make to the video in After Effects is automatically applied to the clip in Premiere.