Apple computers — MacBook and iMac — are arguably some of the best available on the market. They’re often the top choice for artistic types, designers, illustrators, and other creatives. Macs have also become a preference for professional video editors because of their price-performance ratio, retina display, and powerful RAM that’s up to the task of video editing. In fact, there’s very little room for debate that Mac computers are the number one computer choice for video editing.
What should I look for in video editing software for my Mac?
When choosing video editing software for your Mac, there are a few things to look out for, the first being price. If you’re just starting out, it’s wise to choose a more affordable option while you learn the ropes. Plus, those options are typically easy to use and just include the basics. You’re really just looking for some stepping stones, here. As you advance your skills and start to need more sophisticated video editing options, you can begin to invest more in your software and include more editing tool options in your interface. Read more…
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BEST NATIVE APP
Final Cut Pro X
This Apple-developed software is one of the good ones, just ask the pros. But it will cost you.
- Price : $299.99
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro is quite possibly the best video editing software on the market right now, but its yearly price is steep.
- Price: $239.88 per year
BEST FREE OPTION
iMovie may be basic, but hey, it’s free.
- Price: Free
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MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Wondershare Filmora 9
Filmora is easy to use, trendy, well-reviewed, and will help you with powerful storytelling.
- Price: $79.99 for lifetime access to Filmora X or $54.99 per year for upgrades as they are released
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BEST FOR EDITING-SAVVY USERS
DaVinci Resolve 17
DaVinci Resolve has tons of features, but will probably take a while to learn how to use the software efficiently. This program is best for people who already know how to edit videos.
- Price: $295
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BEST FOR A STRAIGHTFORWARD EDITING WORKSPACE
If you want to make professional-quality video with a simple, straightforward interface, Lightworks does the job. The free version lacks export options, but the paid versions solves that problem.
- Price: 24.99 per month, $174.99 per year, $437.99 lifetime, or get the lower export quality version for free
BEST FOR SCREEN RECORDING AND VIDEO EDITING
With the screen recording function, Camtasia makes creating and editing explainers, how-to videos, and demos a breeze.
- Price: $249.99