Top 5 Video Editing Software

So you want to start your own YouTube channel, eh? Well one of the first things you’ll need is an NLE System (non-linear editing system)…or as you all know it: an editing program. If you’re serious about growing with YouTube and doing it right then you will need to find the right software. We’ve compiled this list to direct you to the five best you can find in the industry.

Pinnacle Studio:

Pinnacle Studio was originally developed by Pinnacle Systems, hence the name, that streamlines the ease of use for the amateur video makers of the world. The software allows video makers to create content in Video CD, DVD Video, AVCHD, or Blu-Ray formats. They were acquired by Avid, another developer that’s on our list, and Pinnacle Studio is offered in multiple versions so each editor can find the software that’s right for them. Pinnacle Studio is a good entry level editing platform (and one JT Machinima started with).

Sony Vegas Pro:

Top 5 Video Editing SoftwaresSony Vegas Pro is a very easy to use video editing software with a kick ass name attached to it. Everyone loves Vegas, and Sony’s software makes sure that what happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay there. The company is currently on the 13th iteration of the software, so that should be a testament to the quality of the software itself, meaning that it’s constantly evolving. A highlight of Sony Vegas is the on the fly edits one can make to clips with streamlined transitioning effects and smart keyboard shortcuts. It may be a little pricey for the novice filmmaker, but anyone who has invested the time and effort into making and editing their own videos knows that you can’t put a price tag on quality and usability, and at this price Sony Vegas Pro is a steal.

Final Cut Pro X:

Top 5 Video Editing SoftwaresOh Apple, how I love thee, let me count the ways: Your iPhone revolutionized the cellular phone, your earbuds are the bees knees, and the MacBook Air is the best thing since sliced bread. You can keep your stupid watch though. Apple typically never fails to impress, and they’ve done it yet again with their video editing software, Final Cut Pro X. FCPX is the successor to the original Final Cut Pro, and actually a brand new application that was written from the ground up. Final Cut Pro X is capable of grouping and sorting video upon upload, such as putting all close ups or medium shots together so you can be more organized. If you’re a little disorganized like me and you own a Mac then you understand how important it is to have a feature like this included in the software.


Avid Technologies is a company that specializes in non-linear editing systems. Their products are so great that they are commonly used as a standard in the television and film industries to create TV shows, movies, and commercials. Their best product is a professional video editing software called Media Composer. It may be out of the price range of most, but the good news is that if you are serious about video creation, you can get started for as little as $49.00 per month.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6:

Top 5 Video Editing SoftwaresAdobe Premiere Pro is one cog in the wheel that is the Adobe Creative Cloud, which incorporates graphic design, web development and video editing. Premiere takes what made Final Cut Pro (before it became X) great and implements many improvements in functionality. Two other highlights are that it has the lowest crash rate among NLE’s and is friendly to any file format in the media world. This is another video editing software that is used by television broadcasters, including CNN and the BBC. Most recently in film, Adobe Premiere Pro has been used in the development of the hit movie Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.



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