The 5 Best Video Editing Software in 2019

Videos are everywhere.

From dominating total internet traffic to YouTube being the second most popular website.

Videos are quite addictive too (no doubt, I find it so tough to come out of the YouTube black hole).

But what makes a video standout apart from engaging content?

It’s overall quality. And how can you elevate the quality of your video from rock-bottom to sky-high?

Answer: using video editing software.

As the name suggests, a video editing software helps you improve your videos by adding effects, improving lighting, trimming unnecessary content, enhancing sound quality, etc.

In short, it’s an indispensable tool if you’re a serious video maker.

Now the trickiest part for most of the people is to choose the right video editing tool for themselves, and more often they end up buying the wrong one.

And this is where I or say this blog post comes in.

I used the five most prominent video editing applications and organized them from best to worst according to their capabilities.

By the time you end up reading this post, you’ll have a clear idea of which tool you should put your money on.

So without any further ado, let’s get started.

THE TOP 3

1. ADOBE PREMIERE PRO

2. COREL VIDEOSTUDIO ULTIMATE

3. ADOBE PREMIERE ELEMENTS

OVERALL

★★★★★

★★★★

★★★★

BEST FOR

All-Around

Beginners and Semi-pros

Beginners

NUMBER OF VIDEO TRACKS

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

3D AND VR EDITING?

Available

Available

Not Available

4K COMPATIBILITY?

Yes

Yes

Yes

COMPATIBILITY AND SHARING?

Yes

Yes

Yes

DEVICE COMPATIBILITY

Mac and Windows

Windows

Mac and Windows

NUMBER OF DEVICES PER LICENSE

2

1

2

FREE TRIAL?

Yes

Yes

Yes

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

Available

Available

Available

PRICING

Starts from $20.99/mo

$99.99

$99.99

USABILITY

A bit difficult for novice

Easy to use

Easy to use

RESPONSE TIME

Only live chat and it sucks

Around 24-30 Hours

Only live chat and it sucks

Best Video Editing Software Review

Since I’m an entry-level user, I wanted a tool which is easy to learn and use or at least has an adequate amount of learning materials.

And luckily, most of the tools have a user-friendly interface and consist of numerous built-in tutorials.

Next, I wanted to see the number of editing option each program has and if there’s any limitation on the total number of video tracks you can edit.

Then I dug a little deeper for some advanced aspects like 3D and VR video editing, 4K video compatibility and ability to share videos on social media straight from the app without leaving or minimizing it.

The entire review is based on these metrics (plus a few more). So let’s see how each tool performed.

1. Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Homepage

Adobe Premiere Pro is without any doubt is one of the best video editing tool out there that most of the professional editors, YouTubers, and even Hollywood filmmakers use.

What makes this tool a cut above the rest is (1) its ability to perform almost all the editing tricks you have in the bag, (2) the trustworthiness and positive experience of users.

Now, this tool is not exactly for the newcomers, but once you go through the tutorials and know the basic functions of each editing tool, it becomes easy to operate this software.

Let’s go through the pros and cons of this software to find out more.

Adobe Premiere Pro Pros

#1 Unlimited Video Editing

Once you’ve installed the Premiere Pro software in your computer, feel free to edit as many videos as you can. It doesn’t impose any restriction on the maximum number of videos you can edit.

#2 Edit 3D and VR clips

Premiere Pro is capable of working with 3D objects, and it also has excellent features for editing 180 or 360/VR footages. Very handy for making video games, movies or an eye-catching YouTube video.

#3 Edit 4K and 8K videos

When it comes to editing very high-quality videos, Premiere Pro exceeds all the expectations. It supports 4K as well as 8K resolution videos.

#4 Built-in social media sharing feature

Once you’ve done editing your videos, it’s a breeze to share it on different social media channels directly from the software using the “Publish” function.

Besides this, Premiere Pro also enables users to export videos to their computer or other devices.

Premiere Pro share image

You’ll also enjoy watching this step-by-step, walkthrough video by Kelsey Brannan aka Premiere Gal.

#5 Cloud Storage

Since Premiere Pro is a part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Plan, you get cloud storage of 100GB-10TB or more depending on the subscription plan you choose.

#6 Works on Mac and Windows computers

While it’s a bit disappointing that you can’t use Premiere Pro on mobile devices, it’s still better than many software that support either Windows or Mac, not both (I’ve talked about them later in this post).

Premiere Pro is compatible with both, Windows and Mac computers, but it might be tough for some users to fulfill its system requirements.

Works on Windows computer:

Premiere Pro system requirements

Works on Mac computer:

Premiere Pro system Requirements 1

Adobe Premiere Pro Cons

#1 Pathetic Customer Support

I know that sounds a little harsh, but that’s the reality. Product wise Adobe gets full marks for Premiere Pro, but its customer support sucks.

First of all, there’s no email support for new or potential users. It relies mostly on its so-called “Live Chat” that makes you wait anywhere from 15-30 minutes just to start the conversation.

For example, when I used their live chat to gather some info about the software, I didn’t get any response for the first 20 minutes. And that was enough for me to close the tab. Horrible experience.

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#2 Works only on two computers with a single license

While this is not a significant minus point for this tool, but it may upset users who own multiple devices and want to use the software on all of them.

You should also keep in mind that even though you can install the program on two computers, you can’t run it simultaneously on both the machines.

Adobe Premiere Pro Pricing Plans

Premiere Pro is the only application in this test that comes with monthly subscription plans.

While it’s beneficial for those who want to spend a small amount every month and also want to enjoy some free cloud space; it’s definitely not ideal for users who are looking for a one-off purchase.

The single app plan starts from $20.99/month (billed annually) for 100GB of cloud storage. The all app plan costs $52.99/month (billed annually) for 100GB of cloud space and includes all the Adobe CC apps.

Premiere Pro plans

If you’re a student or teacher, I’ll highly recommend you to take the special offer of Adobe where you’ll get access to the “All Apps” plan in just $19.99/month (billed annually).

Premiere Pro student pricing

Do I recommend Adobe Premiere Pro?

Yes, I’ll surely recommend Adobe Premiere Pro, especially if you are a professional video editor or desires to make your videos look outstanding.

Beginners too can opt for this application but make sure you first make yourself fully familiar with the app. Use Adobe’s tutorials or ask a knowledgeable user to show you how to use it. Also, there are tons of material on the internet to learn Premiere Pro.

The overall cost is, no doubt, higher when we compare it to other products in our test, but its robust features and cloud storage pays for it tenfold.

2. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate

VideoStudio homepage

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate has always been considered as an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro. It offers more or less the same set of features but with the benefit of singular pricing and easy-to-use editing options.

However, I found a few glitches in this software that might hamper your experience.

VideoStudio Ultimate Pros

#1 Unlimited Video editing

Although there is an upper cap for the total number of audio tracks (max. 8) you can edit on VideoStudio, there is no limit on the total number of videos you can edit using this software.

#2 Edit 360/VR clips and 3D objects

VideoStudio renders the ability to work with 3D objects and edit VR/360 clips.

#3 4K video compatibility

If you have lots of 4K videos stored on your computer, you can easily import and edit them on VideoStudio. However, you can’t do the same with 8K videos.

#4 Built-in sharing feature

There’s a separate ‘Share’ tab on VideoStudio where you can share your videos on Facebook as well as upload them on popular video platforms like YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo.

videostudio facebook sharing

#5 Extended trial and refund period

This is one of the most impressive attributes of Corel. While Adobe allows you a modest 7-day trial and 14-day refund policy (for Premiere Pro and most of its other flagship products), Corel lets you test VideoStudio for a whole month.

videstudio trial period

And apart from that if you buy the product and not satisfied with the performance, you still have 30-days to return it and get a full refund.

So technically, you get 60-days to try the software with zero financial risks involved with it.

VideoStudio Ultimate Cons

#1 Runs only on Windows computer

I was quite impressed with the overall editing capabilities of VideoStudio, but it fails to repeat that performance when it comes to device compatibility.

The only operating system it is compatible with is Windows (7,8 and 10). There’s no Mac support, neither any mobile app.

videostudio system requirements

#2 One device per license

Corel is one step ahead of Adobe when it comes to inelastic license policy. Adobe, at least, lets you use the software on two computers, but with VideoStudio, you can use it only on a single computer.

#3 Slow customer support

Another issue I have with VideoStudio or say Corel (because they handle the customer support) is they are slow as a tortoise in resolving customer complaints.

I sent them a support ticket to collect some info about VideoStudio, but it took them more than 24 hours to revert to me.

I would suggest using their live chat option instead of email support because it is quick, and the customer agents are very polite and helpful (at least in my case).

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Corel VideoStudio Ultimate Pricing Plans

Corel presents very straightforward pricing for VideoStudio Ultimate – it’s $99.99.

videstudio full version pricing

And the best thing is, there’s a cheaper option for those who are already using the previous versions of VideoStudio Ultimate, but would like to upgrade to the new version. It’s just $79.99.

videostudio upgrade pricing

Do I recommend Corel VideoStudio Ultimate?

Yes but only to Windows users. VideoStudio Ultimate is one of those rare tools that anyone- from a novice to a professional, can use with ease and find something for themselves out of it.

On top of that, the supply of a broad range of editing options and effects in a negligible cost makes it a tough deal to turn down.

However, this application is a big no-no for Mac users or someone who works with multiple devices.

3. Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premiere Elements

Premiere Elements is another Adobe product which is more like a younger sibling of Premiere Pro. But does it offer the same set of features?

Let’s find out.

Adobe Premiere Elements Pros

#1 Unlimited Video Editing

Similar to Premiere Pro, you can edit unlimited videos on Adobe Premiere Elements. And the best thing is, unlike its buffed up version (Premiere Pro), it comes with a one-off payment. So, pay once and enjoy editing videos forever.

#2 Supports 4K videos

A 4K recording has become standard in almost every video shooting device, be it DSLRs or phones. And Adobe Premiere Elements is well capable of editing 4K videos. But unlike Premiere Pro, it is yet to support 8K videos.

#3 Share videos directly from the software

Premiere Elements has the function of sharing videos on your favorite social media app without leaving or minimizing the software.

#4 Compatible with Mac and Windows

Even though there’s no mobile app available for Premiere Elements, it’s still a relief to know it can work on both the platforms- Mac and Windows.

For Mac users, your computer must be running on version 10.12 to 10.14 and 64-bit multicore Intel processor.

For Windows user, you must have Windows 7 (with service pack 1), Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 64-bit version.

Adobe Premiere Elements system requirements

#5 Extended trial period

I really liked the fact that you can try Premiere Elements for 30 days for free to decide if it’s the right software for you. Whereas, with Premiere Pro, you can use that software only for a week.

Adobe Premiere Elements Cons

#1 3D & VR editing is absent

It’s one of the most notable setbacks of Premiere Elements. You can’t work with 3D objects on this application, neither it allows users to edit 360/VR videos.

#2 Works only on two devices with a single license

Adobe is quite rigid with its licensing policy. And just like Premiere Pro, you can use Premiere Elements only on two devices with a single user license.

And it comes with the same condition of not using the software on both the computers simultaneously.

#3 Customer Support sucks

What can you expect? Adobe handles the customer service of both the products. And my experience was the same. Not good.

Adobe Premiere Elements Pricing Plans

As I mentioned earlier, you can buy Premiere Elements by paying a one-time payment of $99.99. Though you won’t get any cloud storage.

Adobe Premiere elements pricing

Do I recommend Adobe Premiere Elements?

Yes. Premiere Elements is a perfect fit for casual users or hobbyists. It is quite easy to learn, and the availability of extensive learning materials make it even easier — no need to ask for help from experienced video editors to master the tool.

And since it is a one-off buy, there’s no major risk associated with investing in this product.

I highly recommend Premiere Elements to those who’re just starting in the field of video editing. However, you may want to look somewhere else if you’re a professional user.

4. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate

Pinnacle studio ultimate

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is another Corel product in this test apart from its sister product VideoStudio Ultimate. But Corel position Pinnacle as a higher-end product targeting professional video editors while VideoStudio is aimed for both amateurs as well as pros.

Pinnacle also boasts more features than VideoStudio, but if we ignore the number of features, both the tools are more or less the same.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Pros

#1 Unlimited Video editing

While the Studio and Studio Plus version of Pinnacle allows users to edit a total of 6 and 24 video/audio tracks, the Ultimate version eliminates any such limitation.

#2 3D and VR/360° editing

While 3D editing is a new feature in Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, Corel enhanced the VR/360° video editing experience in the latest version (22) of the software.

You can now add 3D titles to your videos and trim, merge, and add titles to your 360 videos. It also lets you convert your VR videos into standard videos and become the director of your own videos (in the words of Pinnacle).

#3 Compatible with 4K videos

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate supports ultra HD and 4K videos, but it fails to work with 8K videos.

#4 Upload videos directly on social sites

Using the “Export” option, you can upload videos straight on Facebook or video platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Just click on “Export” tab…

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate share

Click on “Format” and choose “Web” from the drop-down menu. And then select the site where you want to share your videos.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate share 2

#5 30-day trial and return policy

Since Pinnacle is also a Corel product, it follows the same trial and refund policy as VideoStudio.

You get a 30-day trial paired up with a 30-day return policy that guarantees a 100% refund.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Cons

#1 Only for Windows computers

Similar to VideoStudio Ultimate, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is also a Windows-only software. And it requires 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8 or 10 to run smoothly.

Pinnacle studio ultimate system requirements

#2 Can’t use the software on more than one computer

You can’t install the Pinnacle Studio Ultimate program on more than one PC with a single user license.

#3 Sluggish customer service

Since Corel is the parent company of Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, I had the same experience that I had with VideoStudio.

The customer service of Corel is not very sensitive, and it took them more than 24 hours to answer my email.

Again, the workaround is same — ditch email support and use their live chat option. It’s quick and the agents are quite straightforward in answering queries (they don’t slap several links on your face and ask you to find the answers there).

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Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Pricing Plans

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is a one-time payment product. If you’re new, then the full version will cost you $99.95.

Pinnacle studio ultimate full version pricing

However, if you are already using the software and wish to upgrade to the latest version, then you’ll have to pay only $74.95.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate upgrade pricing

Do I recommend Pinnacle Studio Ultimate?

Yes. I do recommend Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, especially to Windows users who wish to have a professional level tool with an affordable price and user-friendly interface.

When you compare the minor one-off price of this application with the array of editing tools and tutorials it provides, it seems like a steal of a deal.

But the only flaw is it doesn’t have anything for Mac users, and cloud space is omitted. So, if you’re Mac user or looking for lots of cloud storage, then you better switch to Adobe Premiere Pro.

5. Apple Final Cut Pro X

Apple Final Cut Pro X

While VideoStudio was a pro-Windows product, Final Cut Pro X, a pro app from Apple, is a hardcore Mac OS software.

Final Cut Pro X looks solid on paper, but it misses many key features that you expect from a genuine video editing tool.

Let’s find out where it missed the mark and where it hit the bullseye.

Final Cut Pro X pros

#1 Unlimited video editing

Final Cut Pro X follows the same trend as all the other tools in this test, and there’s no cutback on the number of videos you can edit in the software.

#2 3D and VR editing enabled

Final Cut Pro X includes a complete toolset to work with 3D objects and edit 360° video clips. You can also add 2D and 3D titles and advanced motion effects to your VR videos.

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#3 Compatible with 4K videos

You can edit 4K videos using Final Cut Pro X, but I couldn’t find any resource that says, it’s also compatible with 8K videos.

#4 Generous user license policy

Apple is the only company (in this test) that is generous enough to let you run Final Cut Pro X on as many devices as you want as long as you are the end user.

Final Cut Pro X cons

#1 No built-in sharing feature

It’s not like there is no sharing option in Final Cut Pro X or you can’t share videos. It lets you upload your videos directly on YouTube and Vimeo, but you can’t share it on social media sites directly within the app.

You’ll have to, first, save it in your local storage, and then open a browser like Safari or Chrome to share it on your preferred social media platform.

#2 Compatible only with Mac

Final Cut Pro X is the exact opposite of VideoStudio Ultimate. Where the later one is just for Windows computers, Final Cut Pro X is an Apple product and works only on Mac PCs.

#3 Vague refund policy

While all the tools in this test clearly state their refund policy on the website, I couldn’t find any such thing about Final Cut Pro X.

After doing some research, it seems like you need to contact the Mac App Store for any issues related to billing and refund. But it’s still not clear whether Apple returns all your money and what is the time period of applying for a refund.

#4 Slow and tiring customer support

Okay, I saved the best for the last.

First of all, Apple doesn’t provide dedicated customer support for Final Cut Pro X.

Yes, there’s an online community and a help page, but there’s no specific email support form or email address listed on their website (as you can see in the following image).

Final Cut Pro X support

When I clicked on the “Contact Support” option on the top right corner, I had to go through 7 different pages (yes 7!) to access the contact form that asks the users to describe their problem in just 400 characters.

So, if you come across a serious problem where you need to explain the matter in detail to the support agent, it won’t be possible at all.

Apple email form

At last, the only silver lining is the response time. It says, it’ll reply to your email within 48 hours, but they took half the time (around 30 hours to be precise) to respond to my queries.

Final Cut Pro X pricing plans

Final Cut Pro X is yet another tool with a one-off price tag, and it costs $299.99.

Final Cut Pro X price

Do I recommend Final Cut Pro X?

Yes if you’re a Mac user, otherwise Final Cut Pro X is of no use for you.

Conclusion

One of the most vital assets of making a professional looking video is video editing software. And I’m sure, by now you will have made your mind about which editing tool is perfect for you.

But if you’re still not sure, here’s a quick recap for you.

The best all-around option for professional or semi-professional users is Adobe Premiere Pro or Pinnacle Studio Ultimate. Both these applications have boatloads of editing options enabling you to add any effect to your videos (whether basic or advanced) under the sun.

If you’re a beginner or primary level user who is in quest of a tool that takes only a few days to learn and renders the same tool-set as a pro editing software, then look no further than Adobe Premiere Elements or Corel VideoStudio Ultimate.

And finally, for Mac users, Final Cut Pro X is tailor-made for you guys.

Now I want to turn it over to you:

Let me know what kind of user you are (entry level, semi-professional, or professional) and which tool you think will serve your needs best.