Free video-editing software is now more popular than ever. We have run Apple iMovie, Microsoft Live Movie Maker 2011 and others through our tests and compared them with big name paid-for video-editing software. There are some surprising results.
Our lab tests show that whilst in some cases free software can rival efforts from specialist software houses, there are shortfalls and limitations to be wary of.
We ran each software package through extensive tests to reveal which are the easiest to use – and the most powerful. See our video-editing software reviews reviews for more.
We examined 10 software packages in total, including Adobe Premiere Elements, Pinnacle Studio HD15, Sony Vegas and others. 5 software packages are free, including JayCut, a web-based editor where all your editing is done online.
How we test video-editing software
Video editing has moved on from the days when we were happy if a program even worked on our computer. We still examine stability by testing the software on various machines of different specifications, but the main parts of our testing cover versatility and ease of use. Two testers rate each software package, one is a video-editing novice, the other has lots of experience.
For more information, read about how we test video-editing software.
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