12 Dec FAQ – RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DESKTOP VIDEO EDITING
“I’m determined to edit the footage I’ve been collecting all year into a film to show my boys on Christmas day. All the editing apps you recommended on the Handmade Film Making course are for on the phone. I wondered which app (free or paid) you would recommend for me to use on the desktop.”
It’s a great idea to set a deadline to complete a film. End of year compilations are always worth the effort. I wrote about creating-an-end-of-year-compilation-film – here, that you might find helpful or inspiring.
As for editing on desktop, the basic programs for beginners I would recommend are – iMovie if you have a Mac. It’s a pretty intuitive app and you should be able to find your way around it quite easily, especially if you’re familiar with the phone apps. Or Adobe Rush is a good option for both Mac and PC. They offer a 30 day trial, with a limited amount of completed video downloads. I think Adobe Rush is a great editor, it’s really simple to use (you might have tried the phone version), with all the main the functions you need. If you’re a full Creative Cloud subscriber, you will have access to Rush as well or you can pay for a single subscription just for Rush.
If you’re serious about video editing, the two main programs to choose from are – Final Cut Pro X which is only available if you’re on macOS and is a one-fee to buy. Or Premiere Pro which is for both Mac and PC and is subscription based. Both programs offer full editing and choosing between them is a personal preference, in terms of your workflow and the types of projects you’re making. Fortunately, both offer free 30 day trials, so you can figure out which editor is the best for you, before you buy.
Hope that helps, all the best with finishing your project. Just go for it!
If you’d like more guidance to start shooting & editing videos – check out my online courses where I share everything you need to get started and inspiration to take you through the whole process and find the love of shooting video and making films!