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Five factors to consider when choosing the video editing software perfect for you

If there's just one thing you can be sure of about video editing, it's that there are so many various types of software out there that choosing which is good enough for you might give you a hard time. And the sadder fact is that most brands have similar features, so choosing by features might not really cut it.
How then do you choose video editing software that’s perfect for you?

Here are five factors you should consider when choosing video editing software perfect for you:

1. Needs

The first question you should answer is: what exactly do you need a video editor for?

Giving the right answer to this question will definitely not only guide you in your hunt for a video editing software, but will also help you land the perfect software. One you’ll be happy with.

Video editing needs vary – from person to person, from project to project.

Are you trying to record your first daughter’s birthday, or are you a professional filmmaker?

While the former can choose software in the likes of Apple’s iMovie or an iMovie for Windows alternative, the latter would have to get more professional video editing software with a budget upwards of $500.

Note however that it will be complete waste of money to buy software with functionalities you’ll never use, or even understand.

2. Pricing

One good thing about video editors is that there’s something for every budget. You’ll find free video editing software, just as you’ll get advanced ones as much as $3,000. You’ll even find ones that require a monthly fee.

In other words, look at your pocket and plan out a budget that suits your video editing needs. Then go to the market with that budget and get something in that price range but still great for you. You’ll still be faced with options at every price point.

3. Video input format

This is a very important point to consider when choosing a video editing software.

Because of the overwhelming variety of different types of devices that can record video, we now have several types of video formats. Some unimaginable ones too.

In order to get the value you want in a video editor, or in order to not get video editing software that’ll end up being useless, you need to confirm the video file format of the video sources you’ll be using, and check it against the video formats compatible with the video editing software you’re looking at.

Just make sure your chosen video editor supports the video format you’ll be using.

4. Software requirements

There are countless different computers in the world, each with its own individual hardware and software specs. Before you choose a video editor, you want to make sure your computer is compatible with the software in terms of software requirements.

Video editing as an activity has a reputation for high consumption of resources and computer specs – especially RAM. There are two ways to go about this:

a. Ensure the specs of your computer doubles the requirements of the software. (E.g., if the software requires 8gb RAM, give it 16gb!)

b. Don’t settle for a video editing software until you’ve tested it and confirmed that it works for your computer. Don’t trust what’s on the software box.

And this leads to the final point:

5. Free trials

Ensure there’s a free trial for the software you intend to choose, if you’d have to purchase it.

Any company that has faith in its software would definitely risk a free trial. If a particular brand doesn’t offer free trial of their video editing software, simply move to the next one.

This is just to ensure you choose the perfect software for you, especially where money has to trade hands.

As you’ve now seen, your choice of video editing software boils down to your need and few other factors as stated above. Ensure you consider these factors in choosing your video editing software, and you wouldn’t go amiss.

11 Jul 2016 11:17