When deciding which Adobe® Premiere Pro® alternative will get the job done, there are a few things you ought to consider.
What’s the scale and scope of your project?
Is this a film, a YouTube video, or a podcast? Where are you uploading this video, and for what purpose? Each editor has unique strengths and weaknesses, so it’s imperative that you align your goals with which software you choose. For example, a simple vlog would only require some simple editing tools, whereas a feature film or animation demands so much more.
What’s your experience level?
Some editors are beginner-friendly, whereas others have a steep learning curve before you fully utilize their strengths. iMovie is perfect for beginners but has limited features. By contrast, DaVinci Resolve would be tough for newbies but excellent for pros who have editing experience. Assess your skill level and choose which software compliments you best.
What’s your budget?
Every software on this list has a free version, although some are only trials. Because of this, you need to consider your budget before pulling the trigger on a program. If you have some money to spend, consider investing in a paid version to get the most out of your program. But if you don’t, focus only on programs that have robust free versions.
Do you use Mac, Windows, or Linux?
Most of the programs on this list are cross-compatible, but some are only available on one or two of those three operating systems. So before you download your program, confirm that the software you chose is compatible with your operating system. If you picked one that’s cross-compatible, then you won’t have to worry about this step! Just remember that each program has its own strengths depending on which OS it works on.
Are you a “do it yourself” person, or would you rather let the software do most of the work for you?
Some of the editors on this list boast powerful AI editing features that can do most of the work for you, whereas other editors put you in the driver’s seat. If you’d rather let the software do the work and you take a backseat, choose a program with robust AI features (like InVideo.) However, if you’d rather be in full control, pick one that gives you more control so that you can make the edit just right (like DaVinci Resolve.) Side note: If you’d prefer a bit of both, we highly recommend Movavi Video Editor!