Sub Total
Excluding delivery and voucher code discounts.
Go to basket

Free Delivery on all orders to UK mainland within 3 working days.


Exploring today's technology for tomorrow's possibilities

How to Pick the Best Video Editing Software

Tom Gerencer
Sometimes you want to channel Scorsese, and other times you just need to edit a quick birthday video. Finding the best video editing software takes examining your budget, skill level, and the time you are willing to invest to become adept using it.
For some projects, you’ll want the best free video editing software, while others demand Blender, Adobe, or video tools geared specifically for YouTube or Facebook. Whatever your skill set is behind the camera, use our guide to find the top video editing software on the web.

Best video editing software for beginners

Do you just need to snap together something fast, with music and a few fades or cuts? You don’t need a huge time investment or to spend a lot doing video on your phone or for bits on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll cut, paste, and slo-mo to your heart’s content with these best low-cost and free video editing software options.
Many of these programs start out with budget-boosting beginner versions, then let you grow into them as your skills improve.


For the best of both worlds, HitFilm Express offers a mind-blowingly robust beginner platform for free, then lets you scale up to a full-featured paid version as needed. This is an all-around solid choice if you “just need to slap something together,” but you don’t want to be hamstrung later if your skills go Kubrick-level.
This forever-free video editing software gets sky-high reviews from hundreds of professional reviewers and users alike. It’s stable, professional-grade, and offers 410+ effects, unlimited tracks and transitions, a built-in voice recorder, and full 2D and 3D compositing.
Additional features:
  • Training mode for beginners
  • Personalizable interface
  • Threaded rendering for fast work
  • Masking and matting
  • Professional video formats
  • Animation tools


Adobe Premiere has been the gold standard for video editors for decades. The Adobe Premiere Elements version is its light offering for beginners. It’s easy to learn, simple to use, and manages to pack in most of the special effects and tricks of the full-featured version.
You’ll pay less than $100 for this powerful piece of video editing software for Windows and Mac, but it’s a one-time buyout payment and not a subscription. Its new AI capability with Adobe Sensei technology learns your workflows to zap repetition, and lets you apply effects to selected portions of your videos, see them work in real-time, and clean up graininess or other issues with your masterpieces.
Additional features:
  • Motion titles
  • Automatically remix music to perfectly match movie length
  • Automatic editing that you can adjust to fit your tastes
  • Quick-edit mode for super-fast edits
  • Extract great photos easily
  • Learning mode
  • Dozens of fun, high-tech features
video-editing (2)1618933703560355.jpg


If you want great video editing software with a low-cost subscription that updates to get better as you learn, check out CyberLink PowerDirector 365. Why pay a subscription when you could buy other options outright? Because the development team behind PowerDirector is always working on new, fun, and useful features.
It’s easy to use, gets stratospheric review scores, and comes packed with tools like dynamic keyframes, easy animation, motion tracking, and Hollywood-style green screen editing.
Additional features:
  • Easy to use
  • Image correction
  • 4K preview
  • Instant color matching
  • Customizable motion graphic titles


If you don’t like the free, beginner, and Adobe video editing software options above, Corel VideoStudio Pro is a strong runner-up. Its ratings from users and professional reviewers aren’t quite as high as our other picks, but it’s loaded with features, including 4K and 360-degree video editing, custom split screens, and image stabilization. It costs about the same as Adobe Premiere Elements and has a quick and easy learning curve. Its one drawback is a sometimes-buggy interface.
Additional features:
  • Fast rendering
  • Multicam editing
  • Easy stop-motion animation tool
  • Instant video and color corrections
  • Included sound effects and royalty-free music
  • Easy audio and voiceover editing


If you’re a beginner and you plan to stay that way, but you still want great, full-featured video editing software you can use today, look no further than Wondershare Filmora9. This is built for the first-time video editor who wants an easy, out-of-the-box solution that compares to professional tools.
Filmora9 sells at the same price point as the other beginner tools on our list. And even though it’s not as comprehensive as our other picks, it has plenty of power for your needs if you don’t plan to go pro. It also comes with motion tracking, automation to cut out repetition, color-match, green screen, and tons of other goodies.
Additional features:
  • Split screen
  • Creative transitions and motion elements
  • Color grading
  • Social media import/export
  • Image stabilization
  • Screen recording

Best video editing software for professionals

Already know your way around a keyframe? Want to unleash your inner Alfonso Cuarón? You need robust, full-featured video editing software on the order of Adobe Premiere Pro. Serious filmmakers require a comprehensive platform that can handle 8K video, integrate with other tools, and update frequently as media formats and techniques change and grow. Check out the best video editing software below for serious pros or those who will be soon.


Serious professionals have trusted Adobe Premiere Pro for over 20 years. This software takes the guesswork out of making great video content. It lets beginners make simple videos fast, and it gives pros an ever-evolving playground of new tools to discover.
It’s got a clear, flexible, and fast interface with unlimited multicam angles and support for 360 VR content. You can pick it up for around $20 per month, or get it bundled with Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and the 20+ apps of the powerful Adobe Creative Cloud for around $50 per month.
Additional features:
  • Motion graphics templates
  • VR editing
  • Work on multiple projects at once
  • Easy collaboration
  • Simple workflow automation
  • Hardware-accelerated encoding
  • Automatically reformat videos for different screens
video-editing (1)1618933813653223.jpg


Both users and professional reviewers find a lot to geek out about in HitFilm Pro and give this powerful video editing software tool an aggregated 92% rating. It’s not quite as comprehensive as Adobe Premiere Pro, but it offers a shocking amount of functionality for a single (low) buyout price. Its free version is feature-rich and fun to learn on, too, so if you’re a one-day pro who wants to get in hassle-free, this is your huckleberry.
Additional features:
  • Combined timelines for easy workflow
  • 8K support
  • Real-time preview
  • Personalizable editing
  • Fast visual effects and features search
  • Speedy, threaded rendering


There’s not much of a reason to look beyond Adobe Premiere and HitFilm Pro when it comes to powering your next video project. However, Corel VideoStudio Ultimate takes the already-sound tools of the company’s “Pro” version and doubles-down with powerful features, premium video effects packs, and other add-ons. You’ll get up to 2,000 pro-level filters and effects, plus a multicam editing module that lets you work with 6 clips at a time vs the 4 video files in the Pro version.
Additional features:
  • Video mask creator
  • Full-color grading
  • 3D titling editor
  • Advanced image stabilization


If you’re a pro on the go, you’ll love KineMaster mobile video editing software. When you can’t lug your Premiere workstation with you, KineMaster’s iPhone, Android, and Chromebook versions will stun you with their powerful features, 4K support, layers, blending, and chroma key tools. This is a fantastic editor for all stripes of mobile platforms.
Additional features:
  • 8 blending modes for artistic effects
  • Reverse tool for easy in-camera transitions
  • Simple compositing
  • Up to 60 fps
  • Easy social media sharing interface


Sometimes you just need a good, simple video for presentations, and that’s where VSDC shines. To be fair, this is an excellent piece of software for any video editor, but if you’re a pro, you’re better off choosing the aforementioned Adobe Premiere or HitFilm Pro. Where VSDC wins is in its low price point and streamlined workflow. This tool makes it super-simple to add charts and annotations to your video clips, so conferences and collaboration are clear and visual.
Additional features:
  • Free updates add features regularly
  • Image stabilization
  • Masking and blending
  • Suite of video and audio effects


For free, stunningly feature-rich video editing for professional filmmakers, DaVinci Resolve 17 can’t be beat. Even the pro version is a buyout $299, making it the least expensive pro-level tool on our list. A favorite of Hollywood pros, this Emmy-winning tool cuts, edits, color-corrects, and adds effects on par with the best software on the market.
Additional features:
  • Pro-grade audio editor
  • Wide-format support
  • GPU/CPU accelerated effects
  • AI-powered face recognition, object detection, and smart reframing
Note: This guide ranks the top video editing software for Windows. Mac and Linux users will benefit from more research. If you’re an Apple devotee, your best options are iMovie for the casual user and Final Cut Pro for the more serious pro, though many Apple fans spring for Adobe Premiere.


The best video editing software for you depends on your workflow. HitFilm Express is an excellent free-forever video editor, while Adobe Premiere Pro is the tool of choice for those who make their living from the silver screen. The other options on our list above cover free, amateur, and presentation video editing tools for home and business use.

About the Author

Tom Gerencer is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Tom is an ASJA journalist, career expert at, and a regular contributor to Boys' Life and Scouting magazines. His work is featured in Costco Connection, FastCompany, and many more.

Disclosure: Our site may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.


Prices, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice. Price protection, price matching or price guarantees do not apply to Intra-day, Daily Deals or limited-time promotions. Quantity limits may apply to orders, including orders for discounted and promotional items. Despite our best efforts, a small number of items may contain pricing, typography, or photography errors. Correct prices and promotions are validated at the time your order is placed. These terms apply only to products sold by; reseller offers may vary. Items sold by are not for immediate resale. Orders that do not comply with terms, conditions, and limitations may be cancelled. Contract and volume customers not eligible.

HP’s MSRP is subject to discount. HP’s MSRP price is shown as either a stand-alone price or as a strike-through price with a discounted or promotional price also listed. Discounted or promotional pricing is indicated by the presence of an additional higher MSRP strike-through price

The following applies to HP systems with Intel 6th Gen and other future-generation processors on systems shipping with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Pro systems downgraded to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1: This version of Windows running with the processor or chipsets used in this system has limited support from Microsoft. For more information about Microsoft’s support, please see Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle FAQ at

Ultrabook, Celeron, Celeron Inside, Core Inside, Intel, Intel Logo, Intel Atom, Intel Atom Inside, Intel Core, Intel Inside, Intel Inside Logo, Intel vPro, Itanium, Itanium Inside, Pentium, Pentium Inside, vPro Inside, Xeon, Xeon Phi, Xeon Inside, and Intel Optane are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

In-home warranty is available only on select customizable HP desktop PCs. Need for in-home service is determined by HP support representative. Customer may be required to run system self-test programs or correct reported faults by following advice given over phone. On-site services provided only if issue can't be corrected remotely. Service not available holidays and weekends.

HP will transfer your name and address information, IP address, products ordered and associated costs and other personal information related to processing your application to Bill Me Later®. Bill Me Later will use that data under its privacy policy.

Microsoft Windows 10: Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows 10. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers, software or BIOS update to take full advantage of Windows 10 functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See

“Best All In One Printer” and “the easiest printer you’ve ever had to set up” from Wirecutter. ©2020 The Wirecutter, Inc.. All rights reserved. Used under license.

Get Marvel’s Avengers when you purchase HP gaming PCs with qualifying 9th gen or 10th gen Intel® Core™ i5, i7 and i9 processors. Redemption code will be sent out by email within 60 days of purchase. Limited quantities and while supply lasts. Offer valid thru 12/31/2020 only while supplies last. We reserve the right to replace titles in the offer for ones of equal or greater value. Certain titles may not be available to all consumers because of age restrictions. The Offer may be changed, cancelled, or suspended at any time, for any reason, without notice, at Intel’s reasonable discretion if its fairness or integrity affected whether due to human or technical error. The Offer sponsor is Intel Corporation, 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA. To participate you must create an Intel Digital Hub Account, purchase a qualifying product during the redemption period, enter a valid Master Key, and respond to a brief survey. Information you submit is collected, stored, processed, and used on servers in the USA. For more information on offer details, eligibility, restrictions, and our privacy policy, visit

© 2020 MARVEL. © Intel Corporation. Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

The personal information you provide will be used according to the HP Privacy Statement (