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Best Video Editing Software for Mac – 2019!

October 13, 2019


– With a ton of video editors out there and the landscape constantly changing. Here’s our latest roundup of
the best video editing software for Mac right now, including
free, paid and professional to help you decide which
is the one for you. Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video where we help you amplify your business and brand with video. If you’re new here, make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything we mentioned in this video, you can find the link in
the description box below. So let’s jump into it. video editing software updates so fast. So we do a round up like
this every six to 12 months for both Windows and Mac. And every time we go back
to the drawing board, we restart all that research
and we retest a ton of options to eventually narrow the list down to our top recommendations for
best video editing software across every budget. And as always, there have
been some big changes since our last video. Some of my prior recommendations
do still make the cut whereas others have fallen
behind and some new options have stepped in to take their place. And just Like last time,
I’m gonna break this down into multiple pricing categories, including free paid and
more professional software. So you can see what’s
available at each level, you can hear out our recommendations. And if you’re starting one of
the lower pricing brackets, then you can know exactly
what you’ll be unlocking if you do jump to a higher bracket. And once we’re done
with my recommendations for every price bracket,
we’re gonna wrap up with three quick tips that
you can use to level up your editing and edit faster
in any editing software. And while you’re watching,
make sure to drop a comment down below and let us know what video editing software
you’re using right now and your number one pick for
best video editing software on Mac in 2019. Okay, so here are the pricing categories that we’ll be breaking this down into. The first one is free software. The second category is sub $200. So $200 and under. And the third category is for
editing software above $200. And just one last thing to
be aware of, is that each one of these three categories
includes all the software that is available it in that price range. The free one, obviously,
that’s just the free stuff. But the sub $200 category
includes the Free Software as well because they are available to you if your budget is under $200. Likewise with the above $200 category, the best software recommendations in there will actually be across the
board including the sub $200 and free, so that you can really
see what is the best value for money and which is the best editor for you moving forward. Alright, so jumping straight
into the first category of free, there are some
really solid options now in this space. It wasn’t that long ago, that all the decent free
video editing software had watermarks or big limitations on what you could actually do with it being free. But I do wanna say that
no video editing software we are mentioning in
this video, especially in the free category include watermarks. So these are all fully
featured video editing programs that you can use with
little or no restrictions that I will cover those
off if there are any, but none of them here have watermarks. And in this category there’s
even some really professional really top line video editing software that you can now access for free and get amazing results with them. So in this pricing bracket
of free, we’ve got software like iMovie, Shotcut, HitFilm
Express, DaVinci Resolve, Lightworks and Avid Media Composer First. Now from trying and testing
all of those my top picks in this category come
down to Imovie, Shotcud, Hitfilm Express and Davinci Resolve. Imovie is a solid choice
for someone whether you’re an absolute beginner up to
sort of an intermediate level, you can get some great
stuff done in there. It’s really intuitive,
it’s really easy to get up to speed editing fast, whether you’ve got any experience or not. I also think it’s a
good option for someone who is starting out, who
is looking to potentially in the future move into the
big brother of that software final Cut because the
interfaces are really similar and if you can master one, the transition to the more professional
version is going to be much much simpler. Shotcut is a another solid option. This one is available on
both Mac, PC and Linux. And it is totally open source. There are some really
powerful features in here and some good hardware
integration as well. But I think the overall
complexity and the interface and really getting up
to speed with it fast, you’re gonna need to invest some time to be able to really master this. But once you do, then
you will be able to get some really amazing results
with a lot of professional tools that are in there as well. HitFilm Express is
something that will work on both Mac and PC. And this isn’t just
video editing software. It’s also got a heap of
advanced special effects and motion graphics tools
built into it as well. So if you’re someone
who’s looking for all of that advanced functionality
and having it all in one program, then it is
a solid solution for that. Now while it is free, there is
a more professional version, which we will cover a little later on, that unlocks a heap of extra functionality and the more advanced
controls and features, but know also that you do have the option just to pay and unlock
certain features depending on what it is that you’re after. So they have an awesome library of add ons that you can unlock just paying
for the ones that you need for the videos that you’re creating. And DaVinci Resolve is
hands down in this category, the most professional
video editing software. what they give you in here
for free is just insane. Like people literally use this
to edit and color great films and documentaries, and it’s free. Now as an absolute beginner, the interface and all the features
and everything in this definitely would be overwhelming. You’re also gonna need
a fairly decent computer to be able to run this,
because it’s got so much power and performance that it would
draw from your computer. But again, this is professional
video editing software and it’s just insane that it’s free. Now from all of these on the
shortlist, if I had to pick a winner in this category,
it is gonna go hands down to DaVinci Resolve. It’s just amazing what you
get access to for free, and again the power and the performance and what you can do in
there is just insane. I’d say the close runner
up though would have to go to iMovie especially if
you’re on the entry level or on the beginner end of things, but even if you are on that
intermediate level as well, you can still get great
results using iMovie. Next up, we’re jumping
to the sub $200 category. So this is all software both free and paid up to the value of $200. So generally, what you’ll
typically find with paid software versus the Free Software,
is that you’re unlocking more features, more control, more advanced professional
level tools to help you have more control over your edit. And I just say generally,
because there’s counter examples like DaVinci Resolve,
which gives you access to all of that stuff
entirely free software. But for the most part,
when you pay for software, you’re gonna unlock a heap
of extra functionality and a lot of extra features. So in this category then of
sub $200 video editing software on Mac, we’re adding
in things like Filmora, Adobe Premiere Rush,
Movavi, WeVideo, ScreenFlow, Adobe Premiere Elements 2019,
FilmoraPro and Lightworks Pro. So now once again after
testing all of those out, put together a shortlist,
and this shortlist is quite a bit different
to the previous times we’ve created this video,
there are two main programs that are no longer on the shortlist. And they are ScreenFlow and
Adobe Premiere Elements 2019. Now while these two are still
decent video editing programs and get great results with them,
they haven’t updated enough or much especially now given some of the other options that are there. So the shortlist then for this
category and opening it up to the free options as well. The shortlist is WeVideo, iMovie, Filmora, Adobe Rush, FilmoraPro and
once again DaVinci Resolve. So in regards to the new
options in this category, WeVideo is an amazing video editing tool that is actually run in the cloud, meaning that you just log into
it through your web browser and all the processing
and all the calculations and stuff are 6actually done on their end. So you just access it all
through your web browser, which means that you can use
a really low powered computer like a Chromebook, or an
absolute beast of a machine and still get great results. It works really well even if
you’re gonna be editing things like 4K or really high quality videos with multiple layers of 4K footage. And because it’s all
run through the cloud, it means that it is so
powerful for working with teams and collaborating with
people anywhere in the world. In regards to pricing,
they have plans starting at $4.99 per month, which will limit you to 720 p videos. Up from that they have
a $7.99 per month plan, which unlocks up to 4K resolutions. And they’ve also got plans
for 17.99 and 29.99 per month, they’ll give you things
like unlimited storage, multiple users or team members and access to their stock library of
images, video and music. Filmora is another really awesome solution for video editing on Mac. But there’s also a PC
version of this one as well. This is one of the standouts
that has come a long way in a short amount of
time, not that long ago, we would never consider
mentioning Filmora as a solution or as an option for
someone for video editing. It was more of a toy or
a gimmick, whereas now it is a decent option, and
yes, it’s on our shortlist. Filmora is a great solution for someone whether you’re an absolute
beginner right through to intermediate, because of the
amount of features in there. But it’s not something
that’s overwhelming. It’s actually pretty
intuitive to get up to speed and to learn where everything is. And you do have more features
and control of everything than you do in something like iMovie. Now, if you ask someone who is looking for some of those more
advanced features and control, then they’ve also got the
pro version FilmoraPro, which I’ll get to in just a second. But you can purchase
Filmora for just 59.99 and that gives you lifetime access. So there’s no monthly subscription,
that’s a one time fee. Adobe Premiere Rush is the
next one on our shortlist, which again, is one of the new
additions in this category. This option is one of
my personal favorites. And I do think this is an app to watch or program to watch moving forward because what they’re doing
is really changing the game when it comes to video editing. Now where this sits in Adobe as well. They’ve already got Adobe Premiere Pro which is their top
professional level software. They’ve also got Adobe Premiere Elements, which is the one that didn’t
quite make the shortlist. And then they’ve got Adobe Premiere Rush. So this one is missing some
of the features from Elements, but at the same time, it brings in a whole new set of features as well. The standout feature with Rush is that this is the first video
editing application or program that works cross device
and cross platform, meaning that you can
install this on anything on your Android device, on
your iPhone, on your iPad, on your Mac or PC. You can use it on all of them
and you can literally start a project on your phone and
you can continue editing and working on your edit from there and you can jump over then
to your Mac or your PC. And you can seamlessly
continue the Edit from there. And if you are someone who’s
looking for that upgrade path to Adobe Premiere Pro,
the professional one, you can actually open up your
Adobe Premiere Rush files inside of Adobe Premiere Pro
and finish them on there, if you want all the advanced
tools down the track. But if you are interested in
a full editing walkthrough, using Adobe Premiere
Rush, I’ll put a link up in the cards to our video now. Now Adobe Premiere Rush is
gonna cost you $9.99 per month, it is a subscription
service or if you’ve already got a license to Adobe Premiere
Pro, then you get access to Adobe Premiere Rush for free. And that brings us to Filmora Pro. Now this is just like Filmora,
one that I didn’t think that I will be adding into top
video editing software video, but FilmoraPro is actually amazing. In the pro version they
have added in so many tools and features and things from professional level
video editing software. Yes, the pro name gives it away. But how Pro is pro? No, no, this thing kind of
looks like Adobe Premiere Pro. It handles really, really well. And it is a fraction of the cost. Now I have to admit that
while I was downloading it, I really didn’t have high hopes for it. My expectations were pretty low. But I was totally blown
away when I opened it with all the professional feature set things like all the waveforms,
things like the color grading and the color tools, amazing. But what really blew me away was the power and the performance in the timeline when you’re editing 4K footage and multiple layers of 4K footage. This thing was up there with Final Cut in regards to smoothness of playback and smoothness of scrubbing
through the timeline. This was better timeline performance than even what we were
getting in DaVinci Resolve. So I really think that
FilmoraPro is a solid contender and a solid option for someone looking for professional level
video editing software, whether you are even a
beginner, you can easily jump into here and get up to
speed, but also knowing that you’ve got a lot of
those professional tools and a whole heap of advanced
controls and everything at your fingertips,
this is a solid option. So in regards to pricing,
you can get FilmoraPro on a subscription for 89.99 per year or you can buy lifetime
access for $149 and 99 cents. Okay, so rounding out the category of best video editing software
on Mac 2019 under $200. This is what it looks like. When it comes to cloud or an
online video editing solution. It goes hands down to WeVideo. If you’re an absolute beginner through to an intermediate level, you
should be looking at iMovie, Filmora or Adobe Premiere Rush. Or if you’re someone who
is on the intermediate to advanced side of things,
where you wanna get up to speed and learn a lot
of the pro level tools, you’re gonna be looking at
FilmoraPro or DaVinci Resolve. But as for the winner
on my top recommendation that I would pick in this category, it once again goes hands
down to DaVinci Resolve, the amount of features,
the amount of control and everything in there, it’s just insane. The power and the
performance that you have is next level and the price tag of free is pretty hard to beat. But definitely doesn’t have
that level of ease of use or a super simple interface
that you will find with the pro level tools
like in FilmoraPro. Okay, so moving now to
the final category $200 plus video editing
software, and as we’ve said to help you make your decision as to which is the best video editing
software in that pricing bracket if you’re looking to
spend money on software. We’ve also included the sub $200 and the free options
as well so you can see how they stack up. But generally once again,
what you would find in this higher tier pricing bracket is, access to the most
professional applications. The most amount of features
and the most amount of control you have over your editing projects. And really, these are the tools
that the professionals use. So in this pricing bracket,
we’ve got software options like Avid Media Composer,
Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve Studio, Final Cut Pro, Camtasia and HitFilm Pro. And from once again, testing
and using all of these my top picks on my shortlist
goes to Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve Studio. So Adobe Premiere Pro these days is almost like a household name. When you’re thinking of
video editing software, most people have probably heard
of Premier or Premiere Pro and that’s because it
really is a solid option. It’s got amazing integration with the rest of the Adobe apps or the Adobe Suite. So if you’re gonna be using
things like After Effects or Audition or even
Photoshop and integrating those elements into your videos, the integration is second to none. It’s got a great range of hardware support and it works on both Mac and PC. And it’s actually really easy
to transfer your projects into work between both, which we’ve had to do on a few projects. One of the biggest features I
like about Adobe Premiere Pro is how you can easily
work with external editors and team members and
collaborate on your projects. Yes, a lot of the other
options out there too have collaboration tools and features and those sorts of things. But my personal favorite
for that kind of workflow definitely goes to Adobe Premiere Pro. And really that is one
of the deciding factors that we look at when we’re
starting an editing project. Are we gonna be working with
extra editors or extra team and will they need access to this project? And if so, pretty much goes
straight away to Premiere and we’ll be working on the
entire project in Premiere because of that. Now in regards to pricing. It is a subscription based model, it will cost you $20.99 per month for a license to Adobe Premiere Pro where you can also pick
it up in the master bundle for 52.99 which will give you access to all of the other
Adobe programs as well. So next up is Final Cut
which is an amazing option for video editing software on Mac. It is my current go to from
most video editing projects, purely based on how fast it is, the way that Apple is
got the software optimize so well to work with the hardware just makes everything so fast. For a lot of the videos that we work on the render times are almost zero. Literally we’ll hit export, and the upload will just start because the rendering process
has already taken place. But not only just on the rendering side, the actual timeline
performance and scrubbing through 4K footage and
multiple layers of 4K footage with effects and everything
applied is pretty much second to none, given how fast and
how smooth everything is. Now why there are great
add-ons and plugins and things that you can get for Final Cut. There’s probably a lot
more for Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve,
but I wouldn’t say that that’s a deal breaker either. Now in regards to process, this one is a one time purchase, it is not a subscription or a monthly fee. Is a one time purchase of $299. And that gives you updates for life. Like literally I bought
this thing years ago, there’s still updates coming through and haven’t had to pay any more. And then there’s DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is the top version
of DaVinci Resolve. So this is where you’ve got
access to higher frame rates, higher video resolutions above 4k, a whole heap of extra
professional grade effects and control and functionality
that gets unlocked with this version. One of the standout features
with DaVinci Resolve is the color grading capabilities
and tools that you have over color correcting and
color grading your videos. This is industry standard software. This is what they use on
professional grade films and documentaries and
things to color grade, but even more so than that,
it’s grown a lot from that and now it is a complete
studio of not just color tools but also editing tools and
now also sound production and sound tools in there as well. And the studio version, the paid version unlocks all of that. So in regards to pricing,
then DaVinci Resolve Studio sells for $299. Again, not a subscription,
this is a one time purchase. So to round all of this out
of best video editing software on Mac 2019 at essentially
any price point, whether it’s free right up
to the most expensive level, this is what it looks like. If you’re looking for
video editing software to edit in the cloud to easily
work remotely with teams or to edit on a really
low powered computer in your web browser, then that
hands down goes to WeVideo. If you’re someone who is an
absolute beginner right up to say an intermediate level, this is where you wanna check out iMovie, Filmoraa or Adobe Premiere Rush. Now for someone who is on the
intermediate to advanced level or someone who’s looking for
the most amount of control, the most amount of features and really the professional tools, then
that’s where you’ve really got four options, you’ve got
DaVinci Resolve the free one, you’ve got DaVinci Resolve
studio, the paid one that unlocks all of those extra features. You’ve got Adobe Premiere
Pro and you’ve got Final Cut. Now really, at this point,
if you’re comparing these, what I would strongly recommend
is that you’re grabbing the trial versions of each of them, and that you’re giving them ago and seeing which ones resonate with
you, which ones you can get up to speed, easiest, which
one is the most logical for you to be able to
edit your videos down. I really want you to think
of these as just a tool to get the job done. These are all just tools to
help you edit your videos, some of them are going to
be much easier for you, depending on your skill
set and your requirements, and also the types of videos that you’re going to be creating. But if I personally had to pick one winner out of this category, right now it’s gonna go to Final Cut Pro. That is my current go to
for any video editing, as I said, where I’m not working with team or external editors. To me the power and the
performance that you have not just in the rendering,
but also in the timeline and how fast and how smooth
everything is, is just amazing. And that to me is important
without necessarily having access to all of
the color grading tools and things that you have
in things like DaVinci. Alright, so I know
that’s a lot to take in. But earlier in this video, I did say that I would also share my top three tips to help you edit faster in any software. So here they are. Tip number one is to always focus on editing down your content first. I see so many people jump
into the editing applications and stop color grading and adding effects and all of these sorts of things, without cutting down their content first. That’s gonna add more strength
to your editing software into your computer,
because it’s got a process all of those effects while
you’re doing the simple task of just cutting and removing pieces that you’re not ever
going to use in your edit. The other reason that you wanna
focus on your content first is to make sure that you’ve
actually got everything you need there to be
able to tell that story or to be able to make that video. There’s no point color grading
and adding all these effects and everything on if
there’s something wrong with your footage or you
don’t even have enough there to tell the story. So focus on the content first. Tip number two is to learn
the keyboard shortcuts. These are gonna be different depending on which editing software you’re using. But in cases, you can either find a list of the keyboard shortcuts
inside the help area on your application, or you can just do a quick Google search for
video editing application name and keyboard shortcuts, and
you’ll be able to find them. Now, there’s two standout
keyboard shortcuts that you should look for no matter what software you’re using. And they are ripple edit
left and ripple edit right. Or it might also be called
trim top and trim tail. You’ll thank me later. And tip number three is to go
through all of your options and settings inside
your editing application to make sure that you’ve
got everything set up for Best Performance to
get all of that extra power and performance out of your computer. Because by default, there is
a lot of programs out there that don’t have things like GPU or video card rendering enabled. And some of them even limit
the amount of CPU cores or the amount of RAM that
that video editing software has access to. So it’s a great idea to
run through the options of the settings that are available to you. But also while you’re in that
you might be able to customize or personalize some of
the settings in there to tailor them up for you. Now, those were just three tips from our full video editing process guide, The Primal Video Method,
you can grab your free copy on screen now and also linked
below in the description. And I’ll see you in the next one.

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