Whether your ambitions tend more toward full-length movies, or documenting your achievements and memories, here at Best Buy you can find the video editing software you need to help you tackle most any project. Edit a film clip, build the soundtrack, produce eye-catching special effects, enhance the color, edit multicam footage, create a format suitable for uploading online — your options for enhancing the videos you shoot with your smartphone, HD camcorder, DSLR camera, 360° VR video camera or other device are limited only by your imagination. The digital video tools and the best video editing software are becoming easier to use and more intuitive all the time, allowing you to create advanced, professional-quality results, even if you're a neophyte movie editor. Finding editing software to bridge the gap between what you know how to do and what your creative vision demands, has never been easier.
How to Choose the Best Video Editing Software
It's a good idea to begin your search for editing software by visualizing the stories you want to tell, and the way you want to tell them. For instance, if your main goal is to preserve and share memories and family milestones by creating professional-looking, entertaining videos of games, school events and vacation experiences, you might want to choose software that offers options like combining both video and still photos, slow motion, fading in or out, adding quotes, and the other special effects you think you'll use. It can be easy to become distracted with "whiz bang" features available in many video editing programs, but keep in mind that those advanced effects can add unnecessary complexity when using the movie editing software, while also increasing the cost.
Movie Editing Software: Equipment Considerations
Utilizing video editing programs doesn't have to be complicated, especially if you have the right supporting equipment. While an expensive computer is not a requirement for editing software, you will need a decent monitor and video card. You'll also need extensive hard drive capacity, either built-in, or in the form of an external hard drive, to ensure you have the media storage you need and the data-transfer speed your projects will require. Nothing will sabotage your projects faster than sluggish computer performance, especially if you're working with 4K video. For some, a flash drive will provide enough capacity to store footage, while also providing the portability, reliability, security and offline access that make an external hard drive appealing to many, just on a smaller scale.
Generally, Apple® computers are preferred by beginners, but PCs are often favored by editors with intermediate and above editing experience, thanks in part to the larger selection of video editing software for Windows, with advanced yet easy-to-use features. You'll also likely want a pair of high-performance over-the-ear headphones that offer day-long comfort, and also accurate representation of the audio. Once you familiarize yourself with the capabilities of your new software, and begin finishing your first projects, you can upload them to a YouTube channel or stream them to your television via your media streaming device of choice, to share with family and friends.