Software Comparison: Video Editing

Video editing can be an intimidating topic at first but, with a little practice, it becomes a fun part of the creative process.

The beauty of filming content using a lightboard is that you have the flexibility to do as much or as little post-production work as you'd like. Things such as slide overlays, introduction clips or other enhancements are beneficial in some circumstances, but they're certainly not necessary in order to create engaging content.

Below is a brief overview of some common video editing programs employed by lightboard users. We'll begin with the more robust programs and move on to simpler, easier to learn options.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a professional-level video editing software that provides some familiar tools to users of other Adobe Create Cloud Users. It is available as part of a full Creative Cloud subscription ($52.99 per month) or as a standalone subscription ($20.99 per month), which allows you to receive ongoing updates as new versions of the software are released. Its features are quite powerful and may be a bit too much for less technical users. It is available for both Mac and Windows users.

From Adobe: "Premiere Pro is used by Hollywood filmmakers, TV editors, YouTubers, videographers — anyone with a story to tell, including you."

Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is a professional-level video editing software from Apple that offers high performance and a variety of powerful features. This is an industry-standard program that can handle all of your editing needs but could be overkill if you're only looking to make simple edits. A free 30-day trial is available if you'd like to try before purchasing. The cost of a single license is $299.99. Final Cut Pro is only available to Mac users.

From Apple: "With great new features and an intuitive design, Final Cut Pro accelerates post-production. So editors can create and deliver at the speed of thought.

Camtasia

The Camtasia software from TechSmith started as a screen recording software and has grown to include intuitive editing features and drag-and-drop effects. This is a great solution for users who are looking for more than basic editing features but don't need something quite as powerful as more professional software. It does also include the ability to perform some color adjustment. This is a popular choice for users who are just getting started editing videos. A free 30-day trial is available. The cost of a single license is $249 with the option to add on a one-year maintenance package for $49.75 (which includes at least one version update). A discounted price of $169 is available for education users. Additional discount pricing can be found on their website. Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows users.

From TechSmith: "Tutorials, demos, training videos, and more. Made by you! Whether you have experience or this is your first time making a video, we’ll give you everything you need to make a high-quality video."

Quicktime

Quicktime is a free piece of software from Apple that is often only thought of as a video player. While it does primarily serve this purpose, it does also offer the ability to do some very light video editing. If you're just looking to trim a clip or change the file format, this might be the perfect solution. It's very lightweight and easy to use but does not have the robust features of other software. Quicktime comes pre-installed on Mac computers and, while it is also available for download for Windows users, that version is no longer supported.