First, What Do I Look For in a Video Editing Program?
Let's go ahead and learn the most common video editing programs...
3 Basic Types of Video Editing Programs
1. Basic Editors (You Already Own But May Not Know It)
You probably already have either iMovie (for Macs) or Windows Movie Maker (for Windows). On most computers, these should come preloaded for you. Do a search on your computer for either of these and you'll find these basic editing tools will give you a simple editing experience.
2. Online Editors
There are several online video editors that I’m sure are sufficient, but I’m going to recommend the YouTube Editor for a few reasons.
The upside is you can work on your projects on any computer in any browser. The downside is you always need an internet connection since it is an online based editor.
3. Consumer / Advanced Video Editors
Don’t be intimidated by the word “advanced”. They import, edit and export just like any other basic editing program, just with more functionality. The question is do you need any of the extra bells and whistles they have to offer? You may not use any of the features now, but it couldn’t hurt to have them.
Lastly, I'd recommend just playing around with the program you might already have on your computer or just downloading a free trial of any of the software listed above and seeing if you like it or not.
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