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Movies and video is an incredible medium. At it’s most basic level, it’s just thousands of images playing one after the other to fake motion, like the colors of a slot machine in an online casino. At the level we, the viewers, experience them at, they’re an art form.

And the number of people putting their heart and soul into a single video or movie can range from just a dude in his living room with a GoPro, to an entire Hollywood studio of actors, directors, cameramen, sound specialists, and so on and so forth.

Once upon a time, everything you saw on screen was just whatever the camera could record — practical effects, the actors, and whatever artists could paint onto the film itself. Nowadays, using computers, we can create entire worlds that don’t exist anywhere in real life.

Do you remember that awesome scene from The Matrix where Neo dodges all the agent’s bullets? Well, in real life, it was just Keanu Reeves standing by himself, alone, in a big green room with a giant fan.

Heck, for a lot of movies, post-processing can be used all the time for even the small things. Color correction, animation, video filters, the credits sequence – and if you’re at all interested in starting to learn how do any of this yourself, either as a hobby or professionally, here is some of the best video editing software on the market!

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker, in all honesty, is a piece of garbage. However, there are two really huge advantages to it.

One, it’s completely free.

Two, it’s super easy to use.

Yes, it’s missing every important feature you could ask for, but as I said, it’s free. It can slice and trim video, adjust and add in sound, overlay text, and has some fun remade transitions to play around with. It’s lightweight, and if you’re looking for the bare minimum for your videos, this is the software for you.

This is not professional software, which is a double-edged sword. All of its features are easy to use, but it also means that any kind of advanced editing is simply impossible. You can have any kind of overlays, and if you’re even trying to imitate a YouTube vlogger, you’re gonna need something a little more powerful. However, sometimes more complexity isn’t necessary, so having a cheap and easy option is never bad.

Sony Vegas

This is certainly a step up in just about every category. More features, more power, and more money required. Unlike Windows Movie Maker, there’s gonna be a bit of a steep learning curve.

If you want to use this software to it’s fullest potential, you’re gonna need to understand nested timelines, key-frames, color correction, and on and on. Even if you understand a lot about filming concepts, understanding video editing software is a whole different challenge.

If you’re up for it though, Sony Vegas has a lot to offer you, and gives you plenty of bang for your buck, even by professional standards.

DaVinci Resolve

Davinci Resolve. I have so many good things to say about it. This is easily THE best bang for your buck on this list.

In fact, you get almost all of its features for FREE, with only a few exceptions locked away in the Pro version. Its interface is sleek and intuitive; it’s got professional level tools, it runs well – basically, everything you could want in a good piece of software.

Seriously, it has everything, including facial recognition software that I have, admittedly, never used. It’s cool, though!

Adobe Premiere Pro

This is it. The Big Bertha of Video Editing software. This is easily the single most powerful piece of software on this list, rivaled maybe by DaVinci Resolve. However, all that power comes at an incredibly steep price.

Seriously, this thing is expensive, but it does give you access to some of the best software available on the market. If you really want to go pro, and you have the money to fork out, the Adobe Premiere Pro is gold-digger for you.