Recording your own video footage is becoming easier and easier. Most cellphones have basic video cameras and with sharing platforms like Vimeo and YouTube and applications like Vine, more and more people are becoming involved in amateur video making. If you’re interesting in making your own videos or films, you don’t have to stay at the amateur level. A good video editing program can turn raw footage into a high quality, professional work.
If you are looking for an easy video editing program, there are several things you will want to keep in mind. First of all, when it comes to choosing an editing program, variety is key. You want a program with a range of different editing tools and options. Editing tools include everything from changing background lighting and color tones to video clipping. A solid editing program will include editing tools for audio enhancement, video stabilization, and text adding capabilities. Remember, the better the editing technologies and tools used, the more professional your video will look and feel.
Versatility is also a key factor— ideally, you will want to choose a program that is compatible with several different file formats so you can work in a range of file types. A good video editing program will let you import files from any camera or video recorder and will let you burn both DVDs and blu-ray discs.
While high-tech editing tools and versatility are essential, an easy to use interface and good user support are also key, especially if you are looking for something that allows for easy use. It’s a tall order to find video editing programs with all of these different components, but there are several programs that rise to the challenge. Let’s take a look some of the top editing programs for easy video editing, ideal for beginners.
iMovie is one of the easiest video editing programs out there. With a couple of clicks and some dropping and dragging you can conduct high-quality edits that seriously enhance the quality of your video. And with One Step effects you can apply a variety of different editing techniques instantaneously to your whole video, with just one click. The audio editing capabilities are also a program highlight, with 19 different unique audio filters that allow you to easily edit sounds and even change voices. iMovie is considered a consumer-level editing tool, so it’s not at all hard to learn.
2. Pinnacle Studio Plus
Like iMovie, Pinnacle is also considered to be a consumer-level editing program. It features an easy, user-friendly interface, with tools divided into three easy categories: capture, edit, and make movie. Unlike many other consumer-level editing programs, Pinnacle Studio Plus allows you to control brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and audio levels both before and during capture. Editing is made easy with two visual modes, storyboard and timeline, so you can easily see your movie and make creative choices.
Overall, Pinnacle simplifies the editing process. The latest version features new PiP controls, which allow you to add new video into an already existing video. Other editing tools include a pan and zoom tool, a color correction tool, and audio capabilities. It also features several editing tools typically only found in more professional grade editing programs, including a chroma key tool.
3. Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe Premiere Elements, also considered a consumer-level editing program, is a great option when it comes to easy video editing programs. Basic editing tools are situated within the Effects Control palette. DVD authoring is also painless with Adobe Premiere Elements. The program provides 33 DVD menu templates and you can also design them manually. Beyond this, however, Adobe Premiere Elements also offers more advanced editing options.
It is worth pointing out here that Adobe Premiere Elements is also well integrated with other Adobe programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe Photoshop Elements. Photoshop is definitely an excellent program (if you’re interested in learning Photoshop, check out this cool course on mastering Adobe Photoshop) and it can actually be used to edit any image on the Adobe Premiere Elements timeline. So if you’re already an Adobe user, Adobe Premiere Elements is definitely a solid option. If you are interested in learning how to use the software, it’s definitely worth taking this Adobe Premiere Elements training course.
4. Muvee Reveal X
Incredibly user friendly, this is definitely considered one of the easiest to learn platforms for new video editors. The user-interface is divided into three distinct components: add photos and video, choose a style, and view your movie. It is worth noting here that Muvee Reveal X isn’t a sophisticated as some of the other programs on our list. Muvee Essentially works by “analyzing” the raw footage you give it, choosing the highest quality pieces and integrating them into a movie using predetermined “styles,” which integrate special effects, transitions, etc. Though there are customization options that do allow you more creative liberty. But, if you are looking for something incredibly simple and easy to use, Muvee is a good option.
With Camtasia, you can record on-screen activities and organize the footage into professional looking videos. You can also import and edit video clips, music, and images and add interactive content, such as in-video quizzing or in-video links. Once completed, projects can easily be exported to Flash or HTML5, and watched on PCs, Macs, iPads, Android tablets, and most Android smartphones. Camtasia is very easy to use and ideal for creating marketing or tutorial videos, which can easily be integrated into powerpoint slideshows or other kinds of presentations. But if you are interested in creating longer movies or films, it might not be the best option. To learn the fundamentals of the program, check out this great Camtasia Studio tutorial or this course on Camtasia essentials.