After filming your vlog, you need to edit your footage into a finished video before uploading to Youtube.
It can be difficult to choose the right vlog editing software with so many choices. Some are free, others are paid. Some are simple and easy-to-use, others are advanced and have a steep learning curve.
To help you find the perfect option for you, we listed the best options for beginners, advanced and professional users.
When you are new to vlogging you shouldn’t go for expensive and complicated video editing software right away.
You probably already have basic video editing software installed on your computer that you can start with. Free programs are limited in advanced features but most starting vloggers don’t use these anyway.
Once you outgrow these basic video editing programs you can always move to more advanced options later.
If you have an Apple computer like, an iMac or Macbook, you should have iMovie pre-installed.
iMovie is a very user-friendly vlog editing program that even supports 4K video.
Just choose and trim the clips you want to use in your vlog. Insert titles, add effects, everything you want to do can be accomplished with a single drag and drop.
Once you’re done, iMovie has a lot of export options including direct upload to Youtube. For more information about iMovie check out Apple’s website.
Windows 10 users can use the Windows Photos App to edit their vlogs. It should be pre-installed on your computer if you have Windows 10. If not, you can download it from the Microsoft website.
This app is very simple to use for everyone, even if you don’t have much experience with video editing.
You can quickly import all your video clips, place them in the timeline, trim them, add music, add transitions and more.
Once you dragged and dropped everything in the right place you can preview the video and save or export it.
Free video editing software is great if you just want to trim or join different clips for your vlogs. But they often lack advanced features like motion tracking or LUTs (look-up tables).
The editing software in this category is more advanced but without the steep learning curve of professional video editing software.
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate is a great video editing program if you want more advanced features. Unfortunately, it’s only available on Windows.
VideoStudio Ultimate has a clear and simple interface, supports 360-degree VR, 4K and 3D Media and has a wide selection of fun video-creation tools.
It also has more advanced features such as multicam editing, multipoint motion tracking, time-remapping, video masking and audio ducking.
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate is loaded with features while still being easy-to-use which makes it perfect for more intermediate users.View Price on Amazon
Platform: Mac and Windows
Another great vlog editing program is Adobe Premiere Elements.
Premiere Elements is the consumer version of Adobe’s more advanced Premiere Pro. Although it has less features than Premiere Pro, it’s also easier to learn and use.
Premiere Elements has a clear and simple user interface, lots of video effects, good text tools, powerful audio editing and 4k videos support.
Premiere Elements helps you quickly go from rough clips to fully edited vlogs and guided edits make this even easier.More Information
Final Cut Pro X has a lot of features but is also focused on speeding up your editing workflow.
To learn more about all the features of Final Cut Pro X or to download the program, visit Apple’s website. Apple also offers a free 30-day trial to try out the software before you decide to purchase.
To get the most out of using Final Cut Pro X and all the different features it has. We highly recommend the book The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X by Rick Young.
This book guides you through all the key concepts and vital knowledge you need to edit your vlogs in easy step-by-step tutorials. The author even provides downloadable video footage you can use to apply all the techniques covered in this book.
Platform: Mac and Windows
The main competitor of Final Cut Pro X is Adobe Premiere Pro.
Premiere Pro supports 4K footage, raw footage and a wide variety of codecs.
The main advantages Premiere Pro has over Final Cut Pro X is that it works extremely well with other Adobe products. All your assets are stored in the cloud so you can access them anywhere, from any device.
If you want to learn more about all the features of Premiere Pro or want to download the free trial, visit Adobe’s website. Adobe offers a $19.99 a month plan instead of the big upfront cost other video editing programs charge.
Since Premiere Pro has a lot of features, we recommend picking up some educational material to get the most out of Premiere Pro.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC Clasroom in a Book contains 19 project-based lessons so you can learn all the key techniques step-by-step. This includes anything from basic things like organizing media, using audio or creating transitions to advanced techniques like mixing sound, compositing footage, adjusting color or compressing and exporting files.
If you want to edit your vlogs on your iPhone we recommend Apple’s own iMovie app. iMovie also allows you to start editing on your iPhone and switch to an Apple computer later.
Although iMovie is free on your Apple computer, you will have to spend $4.99 to download it on your iPhone. However, 5 bucks is not too bad considering you get a mobile video editing app that works very well and is able to export Full HD without watermark.
For Android phones we recommend Adobe Premiere Clips. This video editor brings all the basic editing functionalities to your phone. You can trim clips, add music, add title slides, apply filters or make video adjustments like adjusting exposure or shadow levels.
A noteworthy competitor is PowerDirector however this is a paid app ($5) while Adobe Premiere Clips is completely free.
That concludes our guide! Hopefully you now know exactly what vlog editing software you should use!