Top Video Editing Software

Expert Tools for Professional Video Editing

Professional video editing software can be a pricey purchase, so it is wise to compare your options before committing. The programs listed here are the best on the market for professional video editing. All are focused on the professional market, although editors with intermediate skills can use some of them successfully. Compare the features, tools and price points to find which one is right for you.

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Apple Inc.

Final Cut is the professional video editing program from Apple and the software of choice for most professional Mac users. It is fast and powerful, with a wide array of video transitions, templates, and effects for enhancing your videos. The software's Magnetic Timeline 2 eliminates syncing problems and unwanted gaps in the timeline. 

This Mac-only software has advanced chroma keying and can generate 3D titles. It is compatible with a ecosystem of third-party products and is tightly integrated with Apple's Compressor software.

A free trial of Final Cut Pro is available from the Apple website.  More »

Avid Media Composer is a powerful SD, HD and 8K professional video editor for Mac and Windows. Media Composer is Avid's top video editing program, and it offers integrated DVD authoring, surround sound audio processing and many powerful real-time effects. Advanced features include audio dupe detection, audio ducking, groups and nested AudioSuite clip effects. Because of the software's resolution independence, you can combine footage from an iPhone, an old SD archive and a 4K camera all in the same project.

A free trial of Avid Media Composer is available from the Avid website.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC software offers a start-to-finish professional video production solution. Using Adobe Premiere Pro you can work with virtually any video format thanks to the native editing support for all common formats. Adobe Premiere Pro is compatible with PCs and Macs, making it a flexible editing solution for professionals.

Premiere Pro works with anything from virtual reality to 8K footage in native format. Its Lumetri Color panel makes advanced color adjustments easy and accurate. Premiere Pro is closely integrated with After Effects and other Adobe video and audio tools. 

A free trial of Adobe Premiere Pro CC is available at the Adobe website.

EDIUS Pro 8 nonlinear editing software delivers a superior 4K workflow in a relatively affordable package.The software is reliably stable and not prone to crashes. EDIUS Pro can handle media files with different resolutions, so you can combine a cell phone MP4, a 4K video file, a .mov file and a WAV audio file with no problem.

EDIUS Pro is available for the Windows operating system.

HitFilm Pro 2017 from FXhome Ltd. is all-in-one video editing and special effects software, which now has GoPro and 360-degree video tools. This software isn't for beginners. HitFilm is powerful and complex—with a complex learning curve—but if you are experienced, you can use it to handle image editing and add spectacular special effects to your work.

Although not a household name like some of the better known video editing software, Lightworks has been around for 25 years and has a history of use by Oscar nominated editors. It supports 4K, SD and HD formats. The software has advanced color correction with keyframes and visual effect routing. Its intuitive workflow and project management controls provide a powerful, productive workflow.

Lightworks Pro is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS systems.

A free seven-day renewable license is available to users who want to try out Lightworks. The free version doesn't offer every feature contained in the paid version. More »

VEGAS Pro 14 from Majix uses a drag-and-drop workflow for fast video editing. This Windows-compatible software works with video up to 4K, and it can upscale footage to 4K and UHD. It provides intelligent workflows and industry-leading audio editing tools. An internet connection is necessary for some program functions.

The image stabilization makes shaky footage a thing of the past meaning you can rescue material you thought was unusable.  VEGAS Pro supports OpenFX architecture.