Having the right video editing software can make a world of difference in the quality of your videos. Let’s take a look at some of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing a program:
1. Your budget. The amount of money you have to spend on software will largely dictate which programs you can purchase. Decide upfront how much you have to spend. That way you can limit your search to only those programs you can afford rather than wasting time looking at programs that are out of your price range.
2. The file format of your footage. Ideally, the program you choose should be capable of importing footage directly from your camera. Make sure the software you buy supports the file type that is recorded by your camera.
3. The level of control. If you just want to do basic video editing such as cropping footage or adjusting the brightness and contrast, you can probably get by with a basic program. If, on the other hand, you want to do more advanced editing such as adding depth of field, working in slow motion, or working with a green screen, you’ll probably need professional level software.
This video is a little dated but provides great ideas:
Using these simple suggestions, you should be able to find the right video editing program for your needs.