A laptop showing a video timeline being edited and a clapperboard.

Get tooled up: Video editing software

In the cut!

In April our digital theme will be VIDEO EDITING. We’ll be bringing you beautifully formed explainer videos using the software applications below in case you want to install them in advance and try them out šŸ™‚Ā 

Adobe Premiere Pro

Part of Adobe Creative Cloud and paid for by yearly or monthly subscription, Premiere Pro is targeted at enthusiasts and professional creatives and includes all the necessary tools for importing, sequencing and exporting a video masterpiece. This software is a proven choice in a range of professional environments, though for dedicated editing roles in TV and film you may also like to take a look at AVID Media Composer, which is geared towards dedicated production environments.

A 30 day free trial of Premiere Pro is availableĀ – Long enough to play along with us in April!

Vegas Pro

Now distributed by Magix, Vegas Pro was previously a Sony product. It can be bought outright or on a subscription basis. The subscription version includes access to thousands of stock video clips and audio files along with additional functionality including high quality text to speech and mobile-to-timeline support. Vegas Pro runs well on mid-range laptops and is a popular option for YouTubers who require more than the basics but don’t need a full Adobe subscription. You can get a 30 day trial so if you’d like to wait until April before installing it you can follow along!

The free option: Shotcut

A completely free video editor just for you! If you’re taking first steps this year there’s no need to pay a penny. Feel free to get downloading right now! Note we won’t be covering Shotcut in our explainers.

ShotCut screenshot

The AI option

As part of its suite of online generative AI tools, runway.ml incorporates a simple timeline video editor. If you’ll be editing video for the purposes of ideation and storyboarding, this could be the perfect modern option for you! We’ll be using runway.ml in February to generate short video clips, but we won’t use it as a dedicated video editor. You can start for free, while a paid runway account includes credits towards a range of generative AI features including image and video generation.

Honourable mention: Davinci Resolve

Offering a generous FREE version and full-length official tutorials, Resolve sits alongside Premiere Pro in the ‘enthusiast to pro’ category of video editors and continues to gain popularity…

There you go! Get downloading and see you in April for video editing month!