6 Questions for Choosing Video Editing Software for Your Microscopy Videos
Don't get wrapped up in features, most editors can do the same basic things.
If editing software can't cut video, add audio, titles, transitions, etc. it won't survive. First ask yourself 6 questions...
1. What are your editing goals?
Start at the end. Why do you want to edit?
First, establish what you want to do, and the other details will fall into place.
2. Do you already have a video editor on your computer?
No need to buy a program if you already have one. Some computers come preloaded with video editing software.
For example, iMovie has come preloaded on Mac computers for years now. Microsoft replaced Windows Movie Maker (officially discontinued) with Microsoft Story Remix, a video editor built into the Microsoft Photos app.
Check to see what you already have (and if you like it) before buying anything.
4. Is my computer fast enough to handle 4K & HD videos?
Nothing will make you want to quit faster than a slow computer and editing software that keeps crashing. Playback and editing of 4K & HD microscopy video files make your computer work super hard, so make sure your system can handle the load.
Look at the Minimum System Requirements the software says your computer needs. Reminder, this is the minimum so you'll probably want to make sure your computer has even higher specs that what is listed.
5. Is it compatible with my Operating System (OS)?
Some programs only come on Mac OS, like iMovie. Some only work on Windows.
Today, most major applications realize people use both systems, like Adobe Premiere or Premiere Elements. Therefore, they offer a version for both Mac, Windows and sometimes even Linux.
6. Is there good customer support if something goes wrong?
When something goes wrong or you have a question about how to do something - who can you talk to? Online customer question forums, where you can post questions and other users will answer, are also helpful.
Being able to live chat, email or call support is very beneficial. See what the companies offer before buying.
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