Video Editing Software Packages – What do the pros use?
Ever wonder what editing software software Hollywood and independent producers use? The good news is professional video editing programs once exclusively used by major productions studios are now available, at a price, to consumers. These software packages do not come cheap, but do provide an opportunity to produce studio quality content, with a host of third party support. Just be prepared to invest sufficient training time if you want to get the most out of your chosen package. Professional courses are available to help you get the most out of the software.
Professional software packages will demand more of your computer’s processing power so you just need to make sure that you are using a relatively new computer with decent specs. If you want to be 100% sure that your computer can handle the software, just look at the tech specs for each package which tend to change overtime. Also, I would recommend you take advantage of any free software trial periods on offer. The free trials are a great way to check if the video editing software is right for you.
If you have the budget and time and would like to have every imaginable feature available to produce a high quality video, below are four professional packages which may interest you:
Adobe Premier Pro
Adobe’s answer to professional video editing software is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite. Premier Pro’s editing functionality has been used by broadcasters such as the BBC and is capable of supporting very high HD resolution rates required for films and high-end video. One of the great advantages of Adobe Premier Pro is its full integration with other Adobe products such as Illustrator, After Effects, and Photoshop. Graphics for example, created in Adobe Illustrator can be imported directly into Premier Pro. The latest specifications of the software can be found on Adobe’s main websites. The software is available for both PCs and Macs. Full specifications are available at www.adobe.com
Final Cut Pro X
Apple’s powerhouse professional video editing is known for making great professional footage. As with other professional editing packages, Final Cut Pro X can export video footage in a number of formats. It’s a very popular video editing tool that is fast becoming the industry standard. It is only available for Apple Macs. Full specifications are available at www.apple.com
Catalyst Production Suite
Sony’s Catalyst Production Suite video editing software offers a sophisticated feature set of video editing functionality. It has full support for 4K, Sony RAW and HD media. The software has won praise from major broadcasters, and film festival winners have used this software to edit their films. The software is currently available on both PCs and Macs. Full specifications are available at www.sonycreativesoftware.com
Avid Media Composer
First released in 1989 on a Mac, it quickly rose to become one of the most popular professional video editing software for broadcasters and studios. Avid has a great reputation in Hollywood with over 20 years development and use in the industry, and has many of the features you would expect for editing purposes. The video editing software is now available on PC and Mac. Full specifications are available at website www.avid.com
DaVinci Resolve is an incredibly versatile program. It’s known in the industry for having one of the best colour grading engine and workflows. It has also evolved and has a very effective editing engine. The new high performance playback engine, which is up to 10x faster, makes playback instantaneous and trimming more responsive than ever, even for processor intensive formats such as H.264 and RAW. Full specifications are available on their website http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/
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