Best Video Editing Software for Mac (on every budget!)

Video editing software on Mac.

Now, there’s a ton of options out there, and some awesome new players that have entered the market over the past few years.

For anyone who’s considering options, it can be pretty overwhelming to know where to start, whether you’re already using the best software, and what your upgrade options are.

So after the testing heap of options, in this video, we are going to cover my recommendations across every price bracket.

No matter what your budget, whether you are just getting started with video, you don’t know where to begin, you’re considering an upgrade from your current software, or if you’ve been editing for years and you just wantto know that you’re using the best software out there for you, then stay tuned.

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So now on to the software.

We’re going to break this down into three categories, so you know exactly where to look, no matter what your budget.

And first stop is free software.

So the free software options are just going ahead in leaps and bounds.

Some of the free software that’s available these days totally beats out a lot of the paid options that were available just a few years ago.

In this pricing bracket, you would expect to see things like iMovie.

But as it turns out, iMovieis not free anymore.

So we’ll cover that in the next category.

So in this category, we’ve got some new options.

And they’re really good.

We’ve got things likeDaVinci Resolve, HitFilm, and Lightworks.

Now, all three of these are cut-down or live, versions of the full parent software, the full professional package of that software.

But that doesn’t necessarily make that a bad thing.

All three of these options are really good options for free video editing software.

And they all then have the upgrade path to the full professional version, if and when you need it.

All there are quite comprehensive packages and they offer a high degree of flexibility for all new and intermediate editors.

I personally really like the interface and the workflow of DaVinci Resolve, not to mention its insanely awesome color correction capabilities.

I like HitFilmfor its simplicity when it comes to video editing, but also its special effects capabilities.

Lightworks is also the areally solid solution, and it’s also really powerful.

It also works on Linux as well.

So for all of you, Linux users out there, then check it out.

Now, it’s a tough choice, but if I had to pick one, my pick would beDaVinci Resolve.

I like the way that it almost mimics Adobe Premiere.

It’s got an awesome workflow.

It’s easy to use.

And it’s got incredibly awesome color correction capabilities.

If you are going to be editing videos that were created by cheap consumer cameras and not professional cameras, then it’s highly likely that you’ll have to convert or transcode your video files before you can edit them in DaVinci Resolve.

If that’s going to be a problem for you, then check outHitFilm or Lightworks, because they both seem to support a larger range of file types straight out of the box.

Next up, we’re jumping to the sub $199 price point.

We are talking US dollars here.

Now, here, the difference between the free software and what you’ll find in this category in most cases is that your software packages are a complete end-to-end solution.

So for example, Lightworks Free, which we spoke about in the free software category, has a limitation on the files that you can export.

In Lightworks you actually can’t export a full master file, or full completed video, of your video.

All you can do is export toVimeo at 1080p or to YouTube; you can only export at a maximum resolution of 720p.

So back in this pricing bracket of sub $199, you can expect that your video editing software is an end-to-end solution.

There aren’t many restrictions, if any, placed on the video editing software.

So what that means is in most cases, you won’t have to convert or transcode your footage to a different format to be able to edit it.

You shouldn’t have any limitations on the video files that you can export.

So in this category, you’ve got software like iMovie, which they now sell for $14.

99, you’ve got Wonder share Filmora, you’ve got ScreenFlow, and you’ve got AdobePremiere Elements, which is the cut-down version of Adobe Premiere Pro.

And these pieces of software are also bringing in things like 4K video editing, 360-degree VR footage that you’re able to edit as well, things like GPU rendering, which is where you’re using your video card, or yourGPU, taking most of the load off your processor,so your rendering times are a lot faster.

The standouts for me in this category are ScreenFlow andAdobe Premier Elements.

ScreenFlow is awesome for screen capturing, but also for video editing.

Editing in ScreenFlow is easy, but still really powerful.

I like the interface and the workflow, and the power that you have over your editing in Adobe Premier Elements just makes it really easy to get your content in and out quick.

And also with there being a sort of cut-down down version of the full AdobePremiere Pro, then it’s great to have that as an upgrade path.

If you get used one, and you’re looking for more features, then it’s an easy, logical step to jump to Premiere Pro.

And the other one the need to mention is Wondershare Filmora.

Really, for under the $50 price point, it is a great video editing software, and it’s powerful as well.

So if I had to pick one of those, my choice would beAdobe Premier Elements.

Again, I like the upgrade path to Adobe Premier Pro, but I also really like the interface and the workflow of Premiere Elements.

So now we’re going to look at the $199 and above pricing category, which also includes subscription options as well.

So really the biggest difference with this category is that this is your full professional video editing software.

These programs are all insanely powerful; they’ll all allow you to get right down to frame-by-frame based editing, so much control over your actual storytelling.

You’ll have great audio controls.

You’ll be able to mix your frame rights, mix the file types that you bring in, and you won’t need to convert your files to be able to edit them.

So all the latest and greatest technology when it comes to video editing, it’s in these packages.

So the software in this category includes things like Lightworks Pro, FinalCut Pro X, HitFilm Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinciResolve, an AVID Media Composer.

Now, one thing to note that Adobe Premiere Pro in this category subscription only.

You can’t go and just pay the one-off fee, and then you own the software.

The only way that you can get Adobe Premiere Pro, or get the licensed version of it anyway, is to sign on for the monthly or annual fee.

Lightworks and AVID also have subscription options, but at the time of recording this video, you can still buy them outright as well.

Now, before we jump into my recommendation, it’s importantto note here that it is personal preference.

There’s that many options out there, and what works best for me, may not work best for you.

The best editors out there can jump from platform to platform, program to a program, because they are just tools to getting the job done.

So when you look at them that way, probably the best thing you could do is to try as many different programs as you can see which one does everything that you’re after, to see which one is the easiest for you to use, has the most power and performance for what you’re looking to achieve, but at the end of the day, it’s which one is going to allow you to tell the stories that you want to tell.

So after testing and using all of these, the standouts for me are Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.

I like the way thatFinal Cut Pro X just renders everything in the background.

And it’s easy to get great results and gets your videos in and get them out quick.

I like the power of the performance in Adobe Premiere.

I like the integration that it has with AfterEffects and Photoshop, so the whole Adobe Suite just works so well together.

Now, if I had to pick between the two, my personal preference would be Final Cut X.

Now, I never would have thought that I would have said that and not that long ago, I definitely wouldn’t have said that.

But purely based on the background rendering and how powerful that is, and how much time that that saves, for me, that’s a game-changer, and it’s totally changed my editing workflow.

I still use Adobe Premier Proa lot, but right now my go to is Final Cut X.

So before we do a quick recap of my top recommendations, wherever you can, download either as many of the free versions as you can or get as many30-day trial versions of the different programs as you can and try them, and see which one works best for you.

So in the free category, my recommendation is DaVinci Resolve.

In the sub $199 price category, my recommendation is Adobe Premiere Elements.

And in the $199 and above pricing category, my recommendation is Final Cut Pro X.

So as you can see, there’s a ton of options out there, and they all have different workflows.

The best way to figure out what’s right for you is to trial a few and see what works.

Starting with these recommendations, you really can’t go wrong.

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