To help you out, here are the top five video editing software you might want to check out for your next big project:
Cyberlink PowerDirector is all about workflow. Its intuitive workflow features and powerful tools are extremely good and really useful for most video editors who give it a try. CyberLink PowerDirector is designed as a miniature post-production studio that handles all phases of filmmaking. Its excellent design and user interface promises satisfaction to any casual or professional video editor.
This software is incredibly easy to use, and each step flows logically. Upon launching the program, you can choose Easy Editor, Express Project, Slideshow Creator, Theme Designer, or Full Feature Editor. The interface is highly adjustable, enabling you to resize the clip bin and timeline frames, and even float the preview window. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to move elements around the timeline.
CyberLink PowerDirector also mixes an abundance of features into an enticing interface that novice videographers seek. Other features such as Action Camera Center, Motion Tracking and High-Frame-Rate Video Editing are masterfully made.
Overall, it’s quite a well-balanced suite that isn’t a headache for casual users, or too simple for experts. PowerDirector is easy to use without sacrificing the precision and functionality of its tools. However, the big downfall of PowerDirector is that the software isn’t accessible to Apple’s interface.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Of course, there wouldn’t be a list of top video editing software without Adobe Premiere Pro. Adobe is always improvin. Throughout the years, Adobe is adding a lot of features that can help video editors, while still developing its programming so that memory usage can still be optimized. Adobe Premiere Pro CC still remains to be a one size fits all type of video editing program, mixing almost all the tools that you need in one big editing software.
Adobe Premiere is notable for its cool perks. It has clean interface, flexible trimming tools, tons of organization helps, custom markers, ultimate power in video editing, unlimited multi-cam angles, excellent stabilization, and much more. A full, professional-level digital video editing program, Premiere Pro CS6 gets more speed, a simplified UI, and new trimming and color tools.
There are still many additional tools that can be found with Adobe Premiere Pro that are not available with other video editing software. An example would be the Morph Cut. The Morph Cut transition is designed for those times when you’ve shot a talking head but only have one usable camera angle, and not much B-roll for cutaways. So when it’s necessary to reduce the interview length, you either end up with a jump cut or have to use a cross dissolve that is almost as bad.
Another significant adjustment that can be easily done with Adobe Premiere Pro is color management. Adobe acquired IRIDAS’s excellent SpeedGrade four years ago, and it has been part of the Creative Cloud offering since CS6. However, for most basic projects, SpeedGrade is overkill, especially for a quick bit of grading. As such, Adobe has brought technologies from SpeedGrade and Lightroom into Premiere Pro. This is provided via a new Lumetricolour workspace.
Adobe Premiere Pro still packs up a lot of tools – including all the necessary tools that you need for linear and nonlinear editing, as well as additional tools like coloring and special effects tools – while maintaining the ease of usability.
In relation to Adobe Premiere Pro: Adobe Premiere Elements
It’s hard to talk about Adobe Premiere Pro and not talk about Adobe Premiere Elements because this is another video editing software that can mesh well with Adobe Premiere Pro (much like Adobe After Effects).
Premiere Elements differs from other video software because, although it is not a suite, it’s designed to work with companion photo editor Photoshop Elements and an organizer that assembles all media elements in one place for accessing, viewing, and searching.
Launching the video editor lets you import, and then drop clips into a timeline. You can create a quick, template-based movie with Video Story or Instant Movie, or choose from the Guided or Expert tabs that offer a variety of custom features. At the end of the day, Premiere Elements makes newcomers to video editing feel at home.
Sony Vegas Pro
Sony Vegas Pro is quite the gateway to advanced video editing, as it offers almost everything you need, but for a lower price with smaller computer memory usage.
Think about it this way: Sony Vegas Pro dominates the space between basic video-editing software like Windows Movie Maker and professional applications like Adobe Premiere. Sony wins this niche by offering professional tools and functions at a fraction of the competitors’ prices. Plus, the latest version of Vegas Pro 14 adds a good deal of improvements to an already great video editor.
With Vegas Pro, you can edit SD, HD, 2K, and 4K footage in either 2D or stereoscopic 3D. You can sync material from multiple cameras using the multicam feature to add a little perspective to your movies. The celebrated masking abilities of Vegas Pro’s previous version have also been upgraded in Vegas Pro 14, enabling you to refine your editing.
Additionally, it can import and export projects from other video editors, such as Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Vegas Pro can also read many file types, whether you get it from raw footage or collected through any video downloader out there.
Incredibly functional but a little too straightforward, Sony Vegas Pro 14 is designed for no-nonsense editors who want to get the job done right – without all those additional shenanigans. Newcomers can expect an easier learning curve. Sony has found a nice balance between function and price, coming in well ahead of main competitors in value.
Corel VideoStudio Pro
Corel is still in on the competition of multimedia editing software, and their Corel VideoStudio Pro is definitely not a pushover. The software offers a wide selection of fun video-creation tools. With this tool, they sit well enough with the competition of multi-camera editing. VideoStudio’s new multi-camera editing feature lets you load clips shot at the same time from different angles and sync them on an independent time line that also supports picture-in-picture.
If you want a clear and simple interface, you can and should choose this video editing software. VideoStudio is among the most user-friendly video tools available. The drag-and-drop interface and basic edits in the timeline make the app intuitive. You can trim clips within a visual layout and even trim and split clips based on the scrubber position. Also, its easy-to-use motion tracking feature lets you add text, effects, and objects that follow a moving element. Corel VideoStudio also offers support for 4K Ultra HD and 3D media.
As for their multi-cam editor, it has six cameras instead of four. The Ultimate version of VideoStudio also offers some special effects packages that are not available in the basic version, and additional import support for the MXF (XAVC) format.
Despite its many sophisticated features, Corel VideoStudio X9 is dead-simple to use and surely an enjoyable experience. Features like multi-cam editing and motion tracking are great for people who want to advance and refine their projects. VideoStudio works with Windows 7 or higher, but it doesn’t work with Mac.
The best designers are lifelong students. While nothing beats experience in the field, the amount of helpful online resources certainly helps keep our knowledge sharp.
In this post, I’ve rounded up some useful e-books that provide excellent UX advice and insights.
This is a free e-book by usability consultancy firm Userfocus. The best part of this book is its casual tone. Acronyms like “the CRAP way to usability” and The Beatles analogies make remembering the book’s lessons a lot easier, and makes for an interesting read. That’s why this book is one of my favorites.
As the book’s title implies, 50 User Experience Best Practices delivers UX tips and best practices. It delves into subjects such as user research and content strategy. One of the secrets to this book’s success is its creative and easy-to-comprehend visuals. This e-book was written and published by the now-defunct UX design agency, Above the Fold.
Over at UXPin, my team and I have written and published a lot of free e-books. For this post, I’d like to specifically highlight our UX Design Trends Bundle. It’s a compilation of three of our e-books: Web Design Trends 2016, UX Design Trends 2015 & 2016, and Mobile UI Design Trends 2015 & 2016. Totaling 350+ pages, this bundle examines over 300 excellent designs.
Published in 2009, UX Storytellers: Connecting the Dots, continues to be a very insightful read. This classic e-book stays relevant because of its unique format: It collects stand-alone stories and advice from 42 UX professionals. At 586 pages, there’s a ton of content in this book. Download it now to learn about the struggles — and solutions — UX professionals can expect to face.
This e-book covers all the important components of the UX design process. It’s full of valuable insights, making it appealing to both beginners and veterans alike. The book is divided into five categories: Collaboration, Research, Design, Development, and Refinement. Each category contains a series of articles written by different members of MailChimp’s UX team.
Only a portion of this book, 57 pages, is free.
In this e-book, web designer Tom Kenny does in-depth analyses of great web designs, pointing out what they’re doing right, and also what they could do better. For those that learn best by looking at real-world examples, this book is a great read.
The full version of this e-book contains 20 case studies; the free sample only has 3 of those case studies.
I’ll end this list with another UXPin selection. This bundle contains three of our IxD e-books: Interaction Design Best Practices Volume 1 and Volume 2, as well as Consistency in UI Design.
Altogether, the bundle includes 250 pages of best practices and 60 design examples.
Did I leave out your favorite UX e-book? Let me know in the comments.
This was published on Mar 21, 2016