Best Video Editing Software for Beginners

It’s the year of video content and there’s no denying that. If you want a piece of the action, it would be a good idea to start learning how to edit videos on your own.

You never know how acquiring such skills may pay off in the long run.

In this post, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best video editing software for beginners so you can start experimenting with the exciting medium that is video content.


For Windows and Mac

Some software is OS-specific, but these are some of the best video editing software for beginners and veterans alike that will work on both Windows and Mac.


Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro CC - video editing software for beginners

Adobe Premiere Pro is the go-to software for most industry professionals. The fact that it has a user-friendly interface also makes it a great choice for novices.

At a price of $20.99 per month, it offers a lot of features and makes it possible for you to really experiment and explore all the options.

The newer version of the Adobe Premiere Pro CC is compatible with tablets and touchscreen computers as well. With a touch of your finger, you’ll easily be able to move clips and elements.

Using the Adobe Premiere at a per month rate will allow you to avoid legal snafus and you won’t go broke either.


Lumen5 (online video editor)

As a business, you’re probably looking for ways to easily create videos or even repurpose other forms of content, such as blog posts and articles. Lumen5 is an online video editor that makes this objective easy to accomplish.

This is one of the easiest video editing software for beginners to master. Lumen5 uses artificial intelligence to swiftly turn text posts into simple, fun videos in a very short amount of time.

All you have to do is select a theme, colors, video dimensions, and then copy-paste the text onto the video frame. Within a few easy steps, your video will be complete. You can then share it on social media etc.

The software offers features, such as watermark and logo, fonts, and free audio tracks. Their plans start from $29 per month.


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HitFilm 4 Express

It’s understandable that as a beginner, you may not be willing to spend a lot of money on video editing software, especially if you’re just testing the waters at this point.

HitFilm is a great option because you get several cool features for the low-low price of free.

The software has over 410 effects (including 2D and 3D). It has composition and tracking options, a range of audio tools, and precise speed control. You’ll also find plenty of tutorials online to get you started.



Blender is a free and open-source video editing software for beginners. It’s a great option for those of you who’d like to get started with video editing but are limited by a tight budget.

The software includes modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, along with 3D creations. With the tools available, you’ll be able to get really creative with your work.


For Windows only


Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio is a professional software and the basic package comes at an affordable price of $49.95.

You get precision editing and a load of features including keyframe control, time remapping, a range of filters, templates, royalty-free music, and lots more.

It’s worth pointing out that the software has a negligible learning curve and you also have the freedom to share your video in any format.


Nero Video

Nero Video - video editing software for beginners

Credits: Nero Video

Nero is a decent video-editing software for beginners. The software costs $39.95 and has more than a thousand effects you can experiment with. You also get access to a library of audio tracks that you can incorporate in your videos.

It’s important to note that the software’s interface isn’t the most intuitive and can take a bit of time to master


MAGIX Video Easy

MAGIX Video Easy costs $49.99 and has the basics you’d need for simple video editing. The program is compatible with digital cameras, smartphones, and standard camcorders. It also supports 4K ultra HD.

The software is ideal for users who just want to edit home videos and share them with family and friends.

Video Easy’s features include intro and outro animations, video effects and transitions along with export capability to Blu-ray, DVD, and YouTube.

The interface is simple enough to use but it’s important to note that you’ll soon outgrow the software, as it is limited in terms of what you can accomplish with it.


CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector is a power-packed software that allows you to edit video like a seasoned pro. If you’re serious about learning video-editing and want to get the most out of your purchase, this software won’t disappoint.

You may find it a bit difficult to get the hang of it at first, but with a bit of practice and tutorials, you’ll be just fine.

The program offers unlimited plug-ins, effects, motion tracking, clip segmentation, customizable design tools and more.

A lifetime license for the PowerDirector 18 Ultra will cost you $99.99. There are some more options at different price points you can explore here.


Corel VideoStudio

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to learn video editing and get really good at it.

It has one of the shortest learning curves and comes packed with an array of exciting features that’ll allow you to edit your videos in a professional way.

For 60 bucks, you get features that include mask creator, color grading, a variety of templates, transitions and a library of royalty-free tracks.

The package also gives you the opportunity to experiment with pan and zoom, stop motion animation, etc. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate is also equipped to handle 360-degree video editing.

Exploring the variety of features the program offers will help you master video editing in no time.


For Mac only


Apple iMovie

iMovie - video editing software for beginners

Credits: iMovie

Apple iMovie is free to download and install on Mac and iOS devices. If you own an Apple product, take advantage of this great video-editing software.

The software is pretty intuitive and comes packed with a load of useful features, such as effects, voice-over recording capability, a library of sound effects, etc.

iMovie also allows you to post videos to YouTube and share a still from the video as an image.

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Honorable mention (for iOS and Mac only)


Write-on Video

This app has appeared on our radar recently. Write-on Video is free with in-app purchases and gets the job done.
It’s great for collaboration.

Team members can pin comments on a video timeline and create storyboards to express their ideas better.

The software comes with features, such as auto-captions, animation effects, and transitions.
If you try it out, be sure to share your experience in the comments.


How to choose the best video editing software for beginners

Now that you have reasonable options to choose from, you might be wondering which software you should go with.

It wouldn’t hurt to try out the free programs first. After that, you can opt for the trial versions of some of the paid software. Once you’ve tested a few, you can make a decision based on your needs, budget, and goals.

So, what’re you waiting for? A world of video editing is out there for you to discover. Go forth and edit!

Posted by Maria Saif

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