There are lots of good video editing software programs on the market, and sometimes it can be difficult for a consumer to choose the right app. We’ve compared some popular movie-making programs for PC using different criteria like ease of use, editing functions, price, etc. Our aim has been to find the optimal solution for the everyday user: a high-quality app that is powerful, yet easy to grasp and budget friendly. We chose 7 programs for our review:
- CyberLink PowerDirector 15
- MAGIX Movie Edit Pro
- Movavi Video Editor 12
- NCH VideoPad
- VEGAS Pro 14
- Windows Movie Maker 2012
- Wondershare Filmora 8
Check out the comparison results in the table below and read our short reviews for each of the programs. Let’s see which program is the best!
|Comparison criteria||Movavi Video Editor 12||MAGIX Movie Edit Pro||Wondershare Filmora 8||CyberLink PowerDirector 15||VEGAS Pro 14||NCH VideoPad ||Windows Movie Maker 2012|
|Support for most input media formats
|Support for most output media formats
video: only MPEG‑4, WMV
audio: only MPEG‑4/AAC
|Support for 4K video
|Intel® Media acceleration
|Special effects and transitions
|Trim and split
|Zoom and pan
|Editing on two monitors
|360° video editing
|Music beat detection
|Video capture from digital HD camcorders
|Video capture from VHS and TV tuners
|FAQs and how-to
This program is the optimal choice for beginners and intermediate users. It encompasses all the standard features needed for video production plus some cool options like chroma key, slideshow wizard and audio editing tools. It’s relatively cheap, efficient and probably the easiest to master. If you don’t need pro-level features like 360° editing, Movavi Video Editor could be your ideal ticket into the world of video creation!
- User-friendly interface
- Wide selection of special effects, titles, and transitions
- Advanced features like chroma key
- Best price on our list
- Lack of some cutting-edge features
A very powerful program that offers a wide range of video and audio editing tools, innovative features like object tracking, and much more. However, the biggest advantage of Movie Edit Pro is also its biggest problem: the sheer number of advanced options may confuse the everyday user. The workflow also isn’t always smooth because of some issues with the interface.
- Large number of tools and options from basic to semi-pro
- Time- and effort-consuming learning process
- Non-intuitive access to some features
An easy-to-use, slick-looking program with an intuitive interface. Great for both novice and intermediate users thanks to a short learning curve, a large number of functions, and the ability to choose between Easy and Full Feature modes. However, more ambitious video creators, might miss some advanced features, like the ability to edit video on two monitors.
- Easy-to-master interface
- All the essential tools for beginners
- Lack of advanced features
- Relatively high price
PowerDirector is a top-rated app that seems to do almost everything. Besides all the essentials, the program also includes state-of-the-art features like content-aware editing, motion tracking, and the ability to work with 360° footage. It’s an excellent choice for semi-professionals, but may overwhelm beginners and casual users with functions they may never need.
- Loads of functions
- Revolutionary functions like a 360° video editor
- Complex interface due to the number of options
- High price
VEGAS Pro is a heavyweight in the field, with tons of editing possibilities. But being “heavy” has its drawbacks – in this case, a rather clumsy interface and workflow. This program is hard to get your head around in a short period of time, so it can’t really be recommended for beginners. Another disadvantage is the very high price.
- Vast collection of powerful features
- Confusing interface
- Very high price
A decent piece of software for basic editing. Nothing too fancy, but all the options you’ll need to make a simple film are included. In addition to the paid version, there’s also a free version (for personal use only), which is another big plus. The developers could have added more filters, transitions, title styles, and audio editing tools, though.
- Set of basic functions for the simplest editing tasks
- Free version available
- Few special effects, no title presets
- Few audio editing tools
- Old-fashioned interface
Movie Maker is one of the most used apps, thanks to its free availability and minimal interface – it helps even totally inexperienced users easily make home movies. However, if you’re looking for more extensive editing capabilities, you’ll be disappointed: only the basic functions are provided, and very few formats are supported. Still, this program can be a good starting point for beginners.
- Simple interface with basic functions
- Limited number of editing features
If you need simple yet powerful software that will provide the fastest way to make cool-looking videos and won’t crush your budget, try Movavi Video Editor. This program allows you to:
- Edit videos on the timeline, improve image quality
- Join clips with transitions, add titles, filters and special effects
- Use chroma key, stabilize and reverse video
- Equalize sound, remove noise, and much more
Download Movavi Video Editor and start making movies right now!