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? 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.

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 the number one favorite of professional editors, YouTubers, and filmmakers. The ability to perform almost all the editing tasks and the positive press from many users help to give Adobe an edge in the market. However, with a steeper learning curve for newcomers, it does require watching through tutorials to learn the basic functions.

Adobe Premiere Pro Pros

#1 Unlimited Video Editing

The software doesn’t impose any restriction on the maximum number of videos you can edit.

#2 Edit 3D and VR clips

Premiere Pro allows working with 3D objects, and the ability to edit 180 or 360/VR footage.

#3 Edit 4K and 8K videos

Premiere Pro completely supports 4K and 8K resolution videos.

#4 Built-in social media sharing feature

Exporting videos to a computer or other device is easy, as is the ability to share on different social media channels directly.

#5 Cloud Storage

As part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Plan, you enjoy 100GB-10TB (based on the subscription plan).

#6 Works on Mac and Windows computers

While not available for mobile devices, the software runs on both Windows or Mac.

Keep in mind some users maybe struggle to reach the system requirements.

Adobe Premiere Pro Cons

#1 Poor Customer Support

Premiere Pro is a strong product, weakened by poor customer support sucks. The “Live Chat” support that can take 15-30 minutes just to start the conversation.

#2 Limit of two computers with a single license

For users who own multiple devices, this can prove an issue, as you can’t run the software simultaneously on both the machines.

Adobe Premiere Pro Pricing Plans

Premiere Pro is the only application with monthly subscription plans. This means you spend only a small upfront but must continue to pay over time.

Single app plan starts from $20.99/month (billed annually) for 100GB of cloud storage. All app plan costs $52.99/month (billed annually) for 100GB of cloud space and including all Adobe CC apps.

For students or teachers, Adobe offers an “All Apps” plan for $19.99/month (billed annually).

Do I recommend Adobe Premiere Pro?

For professional video editing, Adobe Premiere Pro makes videos look outstanding.

Using Adobe’s tutorials can make it more accessible for beginners, and there are thousands of free tutorials online.

The overall cost, over time, becomes higher but the robust features and cloud storage make it well worth the cost.

Read the full Adobe Premiere Pro review.

2. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate

VideoStudio homepage

Often considered as an Adobe Premiere Pro alternative, Corel VideoStudio Ultimate offers much the same set of features with singular pricing and easier editing options.

VideoStudio Ultimate Pros

#1 Unlimited Video editing

With no limit on the total number of videos, the only cap is for the total number of audio tracks (max. 8).

#2 Edit 360/VR clips and 3D objects

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

#3 4K Video compatibility

4K video can be easily imported, however, 8K video is not currently available.

#4 Built-in sharing feature

Easily share your videos on Facebook and upload them to platforms like YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo.

#5 Extended trial and refund period

Corel lets you test VideoStudio for a whole month, and if you buy the product and are not satisfied with the performance, you still have 30-days to return for a full refund.

VideoStudio Ultimate Cons

#1 Windows Only

Corel is only available for Windows (7,8 and 10). There’s no Mac compatibility.

#2 One device per license

VideoStudio, you can use it only on a single computer per license.

#3 Slow customer support

Corel are incredibly slow with resolving customer complaints, with some email requests taking over 24 hours for a response. However, their live chat option is quicker, and the customer agents are very polite and helpful.

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate Pricing Plans

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate pricing is very straightforward at $99.99.

For those who have previous versions of VideoStudio Ultimate, the cost to upgrade is just $79.99.

Do I recommend Corel VideoStudio Ultimate?

For Windows users, VideoStudio Ultimate is useful to both novices and professionals.

The broad range of editing options and effects make the cost negligible. However, non-compatibility with Mac is a big disadvantage.

Read the full Corel VideoStudio Ultimate review.

3. Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premiere Elements

Premiere Elements is another Adobe product very similar to Premiere Pro, with some features different.

Adobe Premiere Elements Pros

#1 Unlimited Video Editing

You can edit unlimited videos on Adobe Premiere Elements, all for a one-off payment.

#2 Supports 4K videos

4K recording is becoming standard for both DSLR and phone recorded footage. Adobe Premiere Elements is able to edit 4K videos, however it does not 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 without mobile app availability for Premiere Elements, it does work on both Mac and Windows.

#5 Extended trial period

You can try Premiere Elements for 30 days for free (compared with Premiere Pro which only has a week trial).

Adobe Premiere Elements Cons

#1 3D & VR editing is absent

One clear setback of Premiere Elements is the inability to work with 3D objects or to edit 360/VR videos.

#2 Works only on two devices with a single license

Just like Premiere Pro, you can use Premiere Elements only on two devices on a single license.

#3 Weak Customer Support sucks

As with Adobe Premiere Pro the customer service and support leaves a lot to be desired.

Adobe Premiere Elements Pricing Plans

Adobe Premiere Elements is available for a one-time payment of $99.99 (note that is does not include any cloud storage.)

Do I recommend Adobe Premiere Elements?

Premiere Elements is a perfect fit for beginners or casual video hobbyists. It is easy to learn, and extensive learning materials found online make it even easier.

The fast that is a one-off buy, means no ongoing costs associated with this product.

Read the full Adobe Premiere Elements review.

4. Pinnacle Studio Ultimate

Pinnacle studio ultimate

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is another Corel product and is positioned as a higher-end product targeting professional video editors.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Pros

#1 Unlimited Video editing

Pinncale Studio Ultimate version eliminates any limitations on the amount of videos you can edit.

#2 3D and VR/360° editing

You can add 3D titles to your videos and trim, merge, and add titles to your 360 videos. The software also allows you to convert VR videos into standard videos.

#3 Compatible with 4K videos

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate supports both Ultra HD and 4K videos but does not work with 8K videos.

#4 Upload videos directly on social sites

The software lets you upload videos straight to Facebook or video platforms like YouTube and Vimeo.

#5 30-day trial and return policy

Like all Corel products, you get a 30-day trial paired up with a 30-day return policy guaranteeing a 100% refund.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Cons

#1 Only for Windows computers

Just like VideoStudio Ultimate, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is also a Windows-only software, and it requires 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8 or 10.

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

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate program cannot be used on more than one PC with a single user license.

#3 Sluggish customer service

The customer service of Corel is not very responsive, and it took them more than 24 hours to answer my email. But, using their live chat option can be much more helpful.

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Pricing Plans

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is a one-time payment product of $99.95. For customers upgrading to the latest version, you’ll pay only $74.95.

Do I recommend Pinnacle Studio Ultimate?

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate, exclusively for Windows, offers a professional level tool with an affordable price and user-friendly interface.

Read the full Pinnacle Studio Ultimate review.

5. Apple Final Cut Pro X

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X, a pro app from Apple, is an exclusive Mac OS software.

Despite Apple’s focus on quality, Final Cut Pro X misses many key features that you expect from a full-fledged video editing tool.

Final Cut Pro X pros

#1 Unlimited video editing

Final Cut Pro X does not limit 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.

#3 Compatible with 4K videos

4K video editing is available with Final Cut Pro X, however it currently does not seem to support 8K videos.

#4 Generous user license policy

Apple lets you run Final Cut Pro X on as many devices as you want as long as you are the account user.

Final Cut Pro X cons

#1 No built-in sharing feature

While you can upload your videos directly on YouTube and Vimeo, you can’t share on social media sites directly within the app.

#2 Compatible only with Mac

Final Cut Pro X is an Apple exclusive product and works only on Mac.

#3 Vague refund policy

For a refund,  you need to contact the Mac App Store, and it’s not clear whether Apple returns all your money and if there is a time period of applying for a refund.

#4 Slow and tiring customer support

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.

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, which is at the more expensive end for editing software.

Do I recommend Final Cut Pro X?

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

Read the full Apple Final Cut Pro X review.

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.