Best Video Editing Software for Mac: Late 2017 Review!

Best Video Editing Software for Mac: Late 2017 Review!

– What’s the best video editing
software on Mac right now? And which video editor is
the best for your budget or for your level of experience? Here’s our roundup from
the current landscape and my recommendations on
the best options for you. (upbeat music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. We release a ton of content to help you get better results with
your videos faster. If you’re new here, then make sure you click that big subscribe button, and all the links to everything
we mention in this video, you can find linked in
the description box below. Let’s jump into it. Now, choosing the right
video editing software can be incredibly confusing,
no matter what level you’re at. The number of options only
seem to be increasing, which is good for competition, prices, and driving new features, but not so great if you’re trying to widen your options and figure out which one
is the best one for you. We do a video like this
every six to twelve months for both Mac and PC with an overview of the current landscape,
and our recommendations for the best editing software
across multiple budgets, from free software to
200 dollar plus software. As always, there have been some big changes since our last video. Some of my prior recommendations
still make the cut, where as others have fallen behind, and some new options have
stepped in to take their place. Now just like last time, I’m
gonna break this overview down into multiple pricing categories, so that you can see what’s
available at each level, and hear our recommendations, and if you’re starting out with one of the lower price brackets, you can also see what you
might be missing out on, or something that you
can upgrade to later on. And while you’re watching,
make sure you let us know what video editing software
you’re using right now, and what your favorite feature
is down in the comments. It’s always interesting
to hear the experiences that other people are
having with their software, and your suggestions may help others make the call on to which
software is right for them. And once we wrap up looking
at the editing software, I’ll also share my top three
tips for editing faster, no matter what software you’re using. So now, onto the software. Now we’ve broken this down
into three categories. The first category is free software. The second category is sub-$200,
or everything under $200, and the third category is $200+. So, let’s take a look. Free software. Now, the options here
are really going ahead in leaps and bounds, and some of the free
software available these days really beats out a lot of the paid options available not that long ago. So in this category of free,
you’ve got software like iMovie, Shotcut, WeVideo
(the free version), Hitfilm Express, DaVinci
Resolve, Lightworks, and Avid Media Composer First. Now, after testing all of these, my top two picks, or my
top two recommendations, are iMovie and DaVinci Resolve. Now, iMovie, these days, is actually a really solid option for video editing. Now with full 4K support, it’s got reasonable color
correction and color control, the ability to easily add and move around all your elements in your timeline, it is a seamless interface
that’s really easy to use for anyone that’s just starting
out with video editing. So anyone that’s beginner
right through to intermediate. DaVinci Resolve is an amazing
video editing application. It’s really crazy that they’re
giving this away for free. This is full-on professional
grade video editing software with everything, like the latest and greatest
color correction controls, the amount of control that you
have over your video editing, people use these tools to create actual films and documentaries. This isn’t a toy video editing software, this is real professional-grade software. So what you’re getting here for
free is really unbelievable. Now, if you’re just starting
out with video editing, then this could be a little
bit overwhelming for you, the amount of tools and control
and everything in there, it could just be too much. So that’s where something like iMovie could be a really solid option for you. But if you’re looking for
something really professional and something that you can use across the whole range of
video editing projects, from something small
right up to a documentary or even a feature film, then I would definitely consider
looking at DaVinci Resolve. So, narrowing these two down,
if I had to pick a winner, it’s gonna be DaVinci Resolve. I just can’t believe the
amount of control and power that you have in this
for nothing, for free. So, it’s definitely worth checking out. Now, I need to mention here that, with all of these video
editing applications, they are all just tools
to get the job done. So out of all the video
editing applications that we mention in this video, what I would recommend is that
you try as many as you can to find the best one that works
for you, for your work flow, and for the types of videos
that you’re creating, because they are just
tools to get the job done. So take that approach, and try as many different ones as you can, until you find one that works for you. So my pick for best video editing software for Mac in the free
category is DaVinci Resolve. So now let’s take a look at
the video editing software in the sub-$200 category. Now, the reason we picked
$200 for this category is because there is a heap
of video editing applications that are sort-of mid-range applications at around the $150 to $200 price point. The moment you go over
the $200 price point, there’s a bit of a jump. There’s really nothing
between $200 and $300, and then it goes up from there,
and that’s where, typically, you’re introduced to the more
professional applications. So, in this category, sub-$200 category, what you would normally
expect over the free software is complete end-to-end
solution in most cases. So this is where you would expect that there’s no features
that are held back. So, you’re not having to pay
extra for watermark removal, you’re not having to pay
extra for things like 4K or for a full range of export options. These are normally complete
solutions for editing software. Now moving into this price bracket, the free options still apply, and one of them that stacks
up is DaVinci Resolve. It’s super powerful, as
we’ve just covered off when we spoke about it
in the free software, for professional video editing and for someone looking for the most advanced piece of video
editing software that is free. But now I’ll be looking at
the other options here as well that weren’t available in the free space. We’ve got pieces of software like Filmora, WeVideo, Screenflow, Adobe Premiere Elements,
Camtasia and Lightworks Pro. Now, once again, after testing
all of these applications, my top three recommendations would be ScreenFlow, WeVideo, and
Adobe Premiere Elements. WeVideo is a fantastic
video editing solution. You actually run it
through your web browser, so there’s no software
to download and install, which also means that
you don’t need to have a decent computer or a
really powerful computer to be able to use this. So it runs through the cloud,
you upload all your footage, which means that it makes it
easy to work collaboratively with anyone else anywhere
around the world. You can share projects,
you can share files, and it’s all seamless cause it’s all done through the browser. So, an amazing option for video editing. Now there’s currently two
paid plans for WeVideo. There is a $5 per month subscription, which will give you access to 720p video. If you want 1080p or 4K,
there’s other features as well but these are the primary ones, then you’ll be looking at $8 per month. So definitely not gonna
break the bank with that one. ScreenFlow is another really solid video editing option on Mac. It’s recently at a price
rise from $99 to $129, but I really don’t think
that’s a deal-breaker at all because what they’ve released
with the newest version is much better hardware support
and hardware integration. Exporting now, what
used to take 20 minutes, I can now export in less than two minutes. So, it’s insane, the amount of power and performance you
have in ScreenFlow now. But not only is it really
good at video editing, it’s also a really
powerful screen recording or screen capturing program as well. So, it’ll allow you to
do full screen recordings while you’re recording
full screen webcam as well on its own separate video track, and multiple audio sources,
so an external microphone as well as audio from
your built-in webcam, and you can also do
recording of things like your iPhone screen as well, all at once. So an amazing piece of software. And Adobe Premiere Elements,
which is the cut down version, or the baby brother of Adobe Premiere Pro, is, again, another really solid
solution for video editing. The interface is really intuitive. If you’re an absolute beginner
and have never edited before, you’ll have no issues jumping
in and starting to edit, but what’s really cool
about this is it’s got the logical upgrade path to the
big brother Adobe Premiere Pro. So if you learn Adobe Premiere Elements, it’s really easy to step up to
Premiere Pro if you need to, or if you want the more advanced features that are in the professional application. But really, as an end-to-end solution, Adobe Premiere Elements will still do what most people will want out of a video editing application. So if I had to pick a
winner in this category, it’s gonna be pretty difficult because the three are
actually totally separate or totally different offerings. So you’ve got WeVideo which is cloud-based and awesome at that, you’ve got SreenFlow which
is more than just editing, it’s screen recording as well, and you’ve got Adobe Premiere Elements which is an amazing piece of software with the logical progression
up to Adobe Premiere Pro. But my recommendation this year, in this sub-$200 category for right now, is gonna be to ScreenFlow. That new update was an
absolute game changer. So at $129, it’s definitely
worth checking out for a solid video editing
application on Mac in that price range. The fact that it does screen
recording really, really well, as well as being a video
editor, makes it my pick. Now remember, if you can,
get the trial versions and try a couple of these
different applications to see which one is going
to be the best for you and the type of videos you’re creating. So now onto the final
category, the $200+ category. So this is where you’ll
typically see all your high-end or professional video editing software, whether they’re subscription-based, or whether they’re an outright fee, these will all cost you
$200 or more for the year. So in this pricing bracket
we’ve got software like Adobe Premiere Pro, HitFilm
Pro, Final Cut Pro 10, DaVinci Resolve Studio,
and Avid Media Composer. So really the biggest difference with the video editing applications
that you’ll find in this category versus the other two, is that this is normally the
professional grade software. So, here you’ll have the most advanced, most detailed, in-depth
controls and effects and color correction
tools across the board. So these are the pieces of software that are used in the film
and television industry for creating everything
up to feature films, so these are, these are the big players. So, once again, after
testing all of these, narrowing this down to three, my top three in this category would be Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve Studio. Now each one of these, as with
almost every other piece of video editing software that
we’ve mentioned in this video, definitely have some
strengths and weaknesses. Now, Final Cut Pro was one
that, a few years back, I totally dismissed and didn’t
want anything to do with. I thought it was just a
toy, bit of a gimmick. I thought it was iMovie Pro. But now it’s something
that I use all the time and it is really, really powerful. It’s amazing how fast
and seamless you can edit high-res video footage,
like 4K video files, multiple 4K video files, 6K video files, even on lower spec systems. So, Final Cut is an amazing
video editing application. It’s actually what we’re currently using to edit our YouTube videos. Adobe Premiere Pro is
another really solid option, it’s what we use for
all our corporate work. So, the built-in color grading is amazing, the amount of tools you have, the ability to easily share
and work with a team remotely is really the biggest feature,
as far as I’m concerned. But also the fact that it’s
got really good integration with the rest of the Adobe Suite. So things like Photoshop and After Effects and Speed Grade and Audition. If you’re purchasing
this as the complete set and you’re getting access
to all of those tools, then that’s really where you’ll get the most out of Adobe Premiere Pro. And DaVinci Resolve Studio, as we said with Davinci
Resolve, the free version, is just an amazing piece of software. I can’t believe what they’re
giving away in the free version but the pro version, or the paid version, DaVinci Resolve Studio,
you can pick up for $299. So again, definitely not
gonna break the bank, and what you get there is more advanced settings
for color correction, more advanced GPU rendering,
so your GPU rendering is going to increase the
speed and performance of editing and of exporting
and of the effects. So, you’re gonna get more
power and more performance, there’s a heap of other
stuff in there as well, but it’s definitely worth
considering if you’re looking at the pro end of the
video editing software. So, if I had to pick a winner, or pick a recommendation
out of those three, right now my recommendation
would be for Final Cut Pro 10. Now, I think that may
change in the next video because DaVinci Resolve is
doing some amazing stuff and the power and performance in that is really, really awesome, but right now it’s what we
use, it’s Final Cut Pro 10. We’re using it for all
of our YouTube videos, we are starting to use it for some of the corporate
projects as well, but really the fact of
how fast you can edit and how seamless you can edit 4K
video files and 6K video files, even on lower spec computers, the fact that it’s a one-off $299 fee and not an on-going subscription, it just makes it the
perfect solution right now. Okay, so I know that
that’s a lot to take in but before we wrap up with my top three tips for editing faster, let’s do a really quick recap. So for free video editing software on Mac, I narrowed it down to two. It was iMovie for an absolute
beginner up to intermediate, or DaVinci Resolve, with my recommendation
going to DaVinci Resolve. For the sub-$200 video editing category, I narrowed it down to three, and they were WeVideo, ScreenFlow and
Adobe Premiere Elements, with my recommendation
going to ScreenFlow. It is a really powerful solution. And the final category of $200 plus, I narrowed it down to three. DaVinci Resolve Studio,
Adobe Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro 10, with my recommendation
going to Final Cut Pro 10. So now for my three tips to help you edit your videos faster. Tip number one is to remember
that your video editing actually starts while you’re filming. So, while you’re filming, make sure that you’re not creating a
heap of extra footage that you know that
you’re not going to use. The more footage you have, the longer the editing process will be. But also, if you’re doing videos like this where you’re talking to a camera, then ensuring that the last
take that you do is the best one will also help you speed
up your video editing. So whether it’s your last stop point, last sentence, last paragraph, make sure that the last
one is the best one, and that way you don’t have
to go searching through all the previous takes
to find the best one. Only move on when the
last take is the best one. And that leads us to tip number two. So, if you’ve done what we just
mentioned in tip number one, and only moved on to the next
section or the next paragraph once you’re happy with the last take, so the last take is the best take, then all you need to
do when you’re editing, is to edit backwards. And that way, you’re gonna
hit that best take first. So instead of editing from left to right, which is the standard way to do it, edit from right to left, then you’ll always hit the best take, the one that you know
you want to use, first. So it’s gonna make it so much quicker to cut down a huge amount
of footage to just the bits, just the best bits, really, really fast. And tip number three is to focus on cutting down all your video content first. So, what a lot of people will do is jump straight in and start
applying color correction effects or any sort of effects or transitions to try and make their videos look good before they actually start
editing the content down. So all this does, not
only waste a heap of time because you’re probably gonna
tweak and change those later, but also slows down
the rest of the process because you’re now putting
your editing system under load. Because everything you
do is then gonna have to process and render those
effects or those transitions for everything that you’re doing. So focus on cutting down the
content first and then worry about dressing it up and
making it look good afterwards. And these were just
three tips from our full video editing process guide,
the Primal Video Method. Check out the links on screen now to the Primal Video Method video, taking you through the entire process, and check out the direct link to download the guide as a PDF. I’ll see you soon.

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  2. Lol…. more than 70-80% of the film industry uses avid media composer and it’s not even in the top 3 … they have more experience than you and I feel u must consider and find out why they use it and then come up with the pros and cons and make a video about it

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  4. For people whose needs go beyond the capability of iMovie, I agree that Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve is the best option for free software. Although perhaps not entirely free – if going the Resolve route, I would consider it essential to purchase the tutorials that Aexis van Hurkman, author of the Resolve manual, has made for Ripple Training. That said, I would like to see more clarity about Blackmagic Design's future pricing intentions before investing a lot of time in Resolve. Blackmagic Design appears to be hemorrhaging money with this product. Free is great, but is unlikely to continue.

    I've tried Telestream's new Screenflow 7. The continued use of a proprietary file format that cannot be read by any other application, the apparent purpose of which is to lock one into Telestream's software, is a complete deal breaker for me. Also, Apple Motion ($50), including the many first rate Apple Motion templates that can be purchased by those who don't want to learn Motion, makes Screenflow annotations and callouts look amateurish by comparison. For screen capture, QuickTime (free) works very well, except that on a fast computer it records at 60fps, which results in very large files. This can be easily and quickly fixed by processing the screen capture through HandBrake (open source and extremely capable), or indeed Apple Compressor, at a lower frame rate. For audio recording, Garageband and iMovie, which also records audio, come with a Mac computer. If you own Final Cut, you already have advanced voice over recording and editing capability.

    Final Cut works fine for me. I like its magnetic timeline, speed and stability, as well as its integration with Motion, Compressor and Logic.

  5. I started my professional work with non linear editing with Avid in 1995. Back then, it cost 120,000 plus dollars on a 100mhz nu-bus mac. Storage cost a premium and 27 gigas was like three hours of video. The resolutuon was composite NTSC. Now, for free or under 200 you can do just about anything with nearly unlimited storage.

  6. I only ever used Moviestudio and Vegas on the PC. Not planning to change but I was wondering, how hard is it for you to jump between the programs? I would be really interested in that.

  7. I have a new channel and very new at this. What editing software could I get for Windows that would be "easy" to learn? Thanks for your help!

  8. Important to also mention that Apple is offering a Pro Apps bundle at educational discounts if you are a student or teacher. For $200 you can get Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor, 4 and Main Stage 3 … this deal can't be beat.

  9. Great timing for me to find this video. I am new to video editing and was ready to spend $400 for FCPX. I think I will give the free Davinci version a shot first. Thanks!

  10. Hey Justin. I just checked out your vid & have a question. What's the minimum hardware requirements so that your apple can run the more professional editors, like premier pro, Divinci resolve & Final Cut Pro? Cheers!

  11. Hi Justin. I’ve been using Adobe Premiere Pro for a few years now on my Mac and always been tempted to move over to FCPX.

    The thing I love about Premiere (and even Avid / FCExpress) is the ability to define an in/out point and drop this clip onto the timeline. Is this something that can be done with FCPX ? I really can’t seem to make that transition into rubber band timelines…

    Any help / advice really appreciate. Cheers, Paul.

  12. Thanks for another great video Justin! I still maiinly use iMovie although I do have Camtasia too. Often I want to keep it as simple and quick as possible so will just use iMovie on my phone.

  13. thanks for the info, can you do a video regarding the amount of "Power" needed to run FCPX or Adobe such as memory, RAM and processing speed, minimum to be acceptably "fast" or ideal power for those looking for new equiptment to upgrade to…Thanks Justin, great information as usual…

  14. Thanks, this video answered a lot of questions that I had about what video editing software I should use for my new MacBook Pro.

  15. Another fantastic video Justin! I found you from Nick Nimmin's channel. Because of people like Nick Nimmin and you I've been able to get 5k subscribers and i've been gaining 50+ subs a day with 5k+ views a day mainly because of a video of mine that has been doing very well. I wanted to ask you if you could create a lower third for me? It would be extremely useful for my channel. Don't worry if you can't. Thanks 🙂

  16. I'm just editing on my iphone 6. with imovie. I find it easier than editing on the computer. Even though I had a video on YouTube since 2010 I only just started really getting in to YouTube. I'm still trying to find my way around, and trying how to really make it work for me.

  17. Hi, just come over from Nick Nimmin channel after seeing our three editing tips. Love what you are doing. Getting to grips with iMovie trying to switch over from Windows movie maker on PC to Mac.

  18. LOVE your work, Justin. THANK YOU! I subscribed. Please provide links to previous tutorial on creating the intro and title inserts using keynote. I understand the green screen concept, it’s the roll in and movement of the slide that stumps me. Thanks.

  19. Would Davinci Resolve 14 work well on a Macbook Air? I had troubles with Final Cut Express due to long rendering times. Then, in Shotcut, the play was slow and shaky, not as smooth as in iMovie. Would Davinci be so taxing on my little laptop?

  20. Great video as always. Very comprehensive. To answer the Q, I'm using Final Cut Pro. I love the drag and drop aspect of lots of the transitions, effects, titles, etc. I switched from Adobe Premiere Pro to FCP because it is easier and more intuitive for me as a person with very little editing experience until 18 months ago.

  21. Great video, Justin! We’ve always used Final Cut, then did a test on Adobe Premiere Pro (because we use the adobe suite) and after 2 weeks of using Adobe we tossed it and went back to Final Cut Pro. With the recent updates in Final Cut, and how clean it is to work in this application, it makes it a winner for us. What we learned is that Final Cut requires you to be patient and learn the color grading built in coupled with Color Finale – the results are beyond amazing. See this video as a recent example:

  22. Thanks for all the helpful advice! Can you recommend an editor that has a storybook page turn transition – one that folds from the middle of the screen (right page folds over to the left side)? I look forward to your recommendations.

  23. Hey Justin @ everyone else. I'm an intermediate video editor currently using iMovie, Looking for super fancy special eefects and after effect! My device is Mac Book Pro. No bugdet restriction. Any sugections??

  24. im using imovie right now but i feel like i can do more so i want to upgrade to final cut pro. or something else but aint nobody got final cut pro money. Thank you for the tips i will look into the other options

  25. the editing software that i use is iMovie its great for beginners, i still love it but want to avenger out into different software but don't have the money right now for top editing software.

  26. Thanks for this video, wanted just to say there is a free version of Hitfilms, a sort af After Effect, offering a great amount of tools for free, even if it is not a video editing, but a compositing software with video editing features. Bye!

  27. Hi Justin ….. Thanks so much for your great videos as they have helped me understand the world of video in a very short space of time. Reading other people's reviews on SCREENFLOW from 3 different review sourcing had a common complaint that SCREENFLOW constantly crushes during recording especially if your videos are over 10 minutes. What are other people's experience using SCREENFLOW?

  28. I'm currently using only iMovie. Looking for an option that is a bit more robust, but not as expensive as Final Cut Pro. Thank you for this video!

  29. So I’m a beginner, use editing strictly for gaming, and i use iMovie, but I’ve stumbled upon a wall. The videos render at 30 FPS, even though I import 60 FPS video. After a little bit of research, it seems like over time iMovie slowly removed continent features. Other than that iMovie is great for casual content creators.

    If anyone has a good answer to my problem that doesn’t involve me dropping $200 for software. The help would be appreciated.

  30. Thanks so much for this! I'm outgrowing imovie, and not sure if I should try DaVinci Resolve free first? As much as I want Premiere Pro, I don't want to pay for a subscription based plan now. I'm looking for features such as cool transitions, ability to do animated intros or make creative montages with cool visual effects, that look professional. (My YT channel is small, but I want my new videos to be more creative/professional looking this time around.) OR, should I jump into AP Elements with the options to move to PPro? As for Final Cut Pro, I feel I may outgrow it – unless FCPx is just as good as Premiere Pro? Thanks so much for all your insight!

  31. Hello everyone, I want to buy a very user-friendly but powerful video-editing software. So far I've been using IMovie, but I need more advance applications for my upcoming projects. Specially with multiple videos overlay and different titles design and animations. After watching this, Im not sure if moving to FCP, is it too hard to learn having only Imovie background?

  32. my mac book cant download imovie for no reason :CCCC

    send cash to me so then i can get a new macbook i give u shoutout if u gimme cash

  33. mp4 files are not compatible with davinci's codecs , a lot of people are having frustrating issues importing mp4 media . I know its free but its kinds restricted to some type of media not the other

  34. It would have been nice to share the best FREE video software. Maybe you could do a video on the best FREE and PAID software.

  35. I use I movie for video editing and recently downloaded davinci resolve, but the software crashes whenever i try to drag and drop the second video clip to the time line. I was wondering maybe this problem is in the free version only but i am not sure.

  36. Thank you for this video, I just bought a MacBook Pro last week so I'm new to video editing on a laptop (all of my videos have been recorded and edited on my iPhone) I'm hoping to be a filmmaker so DaVinci Resolve 14 looks like the perfect software for me right now!

  37. i am using old mac, but FCPX outputs 4k fast enough. this is truly crazy good software. thanks for your compare vedeos. i really like them.

  38. i try to download iMovie it says it needs a later version
    i try davinci resolve it says you need a graphics card but how can a graphics card be installed on a laptop

  39. Good info Justin. I currently use IMovie, and ScreenFlow. About to make the move to Final Cut Pro 10. Have you done instructional videos on FCPX ?

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