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Video Editing Software

10 Best Video Editing Software

Regardless of how you are shooting the video; on your phone or camera, you need video editing software. It allows users to create and edit videos at their convenience, on a budget. You just need the right software. Check out our list of the 10 best video editing software.

Video editing software is used by both novice and pros alike. It makes video creating/editing easy. With it, you don’t need the complete tools to shoot a video. What you need is software with the right features and the expertise on how to use it. However, there are criteria for choosing the best video editing software. These include;
The cost
Ease of use
Editing tools
Plugins and effects
Video format

Top Best Video Editing Software

Software Editor’s Comment Price
Adobe Premiere Pro Best choice video editor for professionals $20.99/month
Cyberlink Power Director 365 Best choice software for beginners with its top editing tools. $4.08/month
Apple Final Cut Pro Suitable for editing videos on Mac OS 90 days free trial
CorelDraw Studio Ultimate Has good stop motion and motion tracking tools $79.99
Apple iMovie Suitable for editing videos on Mac at a beginners’ level Free
Davinci Resolve Editing software with Professional level tools $295
Movavi Best for editing fast and casual videos $59.95
Pinnacle Studio Has good color grading and keyframing features $99.95
Filmora 11 Best choice for simplicity and functionality $ 79.99-lifetime license
$49.99/year
Vegas Movie Studio Best for effects, plugins, and transitions $49.99

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe premiere pro is our top pick for the best video editing software. It edits industry-level videos and appeals to professionals. Don’t be shocked when you discover that most of your favorite movies were edited with it.
The beauty of this software is that, despite its level of professionalism, its interface is simple and easy. Each of its workspaces is divided into sections to improve productivity.

Why we Choose it
It is a powerful tool for pro-level editing
It supports 4k, 8k, and VR formats
Subscribers have their software updated for free

Key Features
Offline speech-to-text function
3D editing
MultiCam editing

CyberLink Power Director 365

CyberLink Power Director is our top pick in the “best for editing tool” category. It features several tools for editing videos without limitation. It works flawlessly with PhotoDirector to add edited pictures and graphics into your video. Overall, I consider it a low-cost premium video editor.

Why we choose it
Limitless editing functions made easy
Plugins and special effects are added monthly
It overs great editing tools at a valued price
It imports pictures from PhotoDirector
Ease to use by non-pros

Key Features
Intuitive motion tracking
Magic movie wizard mode
MultiCam editing
360 editing
Intuitive (AI) tools

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Apple Final Cut Pro X

Apple Final Cut Pro x is a video editor exclusive for Mac users. If adobe premiere pro is the Windows OS winner for best professional editing, Final Cut is the Mac counterpart. Its timeline is magnetic and trackless. It allows an unlimited number of video tracks. It integrates flawlessly with iTunes collections. Its features are competitive with DaVinci Resolve. Recently, it added AI cropping for exporting to social media. On the downside, it has no motion tracking or 3D editing.

Why we choose it
Top-notch pro editing
Payment is one-time
Tutorials to help users, even professionals users.

Key Features
Intuitive color balance
MultiCam editing

CorelDraw Studio Ultimate

CorelDraw Studio Ultimate allows up to 50 video tracks in a timeline. If you want a video editor with good motion tracking or stop motion features, this is it. Its motion tracking is multipoint. Text and effect can be added to the tracked path to follow an object. It also supports 360o editing, 3D editing, and MultiCam.

Why we chose it
Good performance speed
Cool color grading features
It supports 4k formats
It has the best motion tools

Key Features
Motion tracking
Time remapping
Video masking
Auto capturing
GIF creator
Audio ducking
Speech-to-text

Apple iMovie

Apple iMovie is easy-to-use software. I prefer to think of it as the basic version of Final Cut Pro X or the Mac version of Windows video editor. The interface is simple with classy themes and good templates. It allows only two video tracks, no track motion, or Multicam editing. No one can fault it for that. It is after all free and simple.

Why we choose it
Easy to put photos and clips together with
It has several audio tools
Keyword media tag
It has fine chroma key tools
It supports 4k formats

Key Features
Media organization
Color grading and chroma key
Soundtracks and narration in videos

Davinci Resolve

DaVinci is popular among devoted editors. Probably because of its free version. It is a four-in-one tool that combines video editing, motion graphics, audio production, and color-coding. It runs on Mac Linux, and Windows OS with at least 16-32GB RAM.

Why we choose it
Pro-level color correction made easy
There are tutorials on how to use the software
Has a well-designed UI
Has high-quality audio features

Key Features
Fairlight for sound editing
Supports HDR formats
Support 3D audio

Movavi Video Editor

Movavi Video Editor accepts an unlimited number of video tracks but lacks some editing features like 3D and Multicam editing. But it allows motion tracking and supports 4k formats. It also exports files in H.265. Choosing between Apple iMovie and Movavi is a bit tricky. iMovie offers features Movavi does not but Movavi makes up for it in unlimited video tracks.

Why we choose it
It has an easy to understand interface

Key Features
PIP (Picture-In-Picture)
Titling
Motion tracking
Chroma key
Keyframing

Pinnacle Studio

If Apple iMovie is beginner-friendly for Mac, Pinnacle Studio is its Windows counterpart. It is an above-basic full-featured software. It allows an unlimited number of video tracks to be added to a timeline. It supports 4k and 8k formats. However, users need to upgrade to the ultimate for the 4k format. It also adds NewBlue, plugin, video masking, and color grading in this plan.

Why we choose it
It is beginner-friendly
It has free templates and effects
It has a clear interface
It has a fast performance

Key Features
MultiCam editing
MultiCam capture
Title editing
Stop motion
Detailed masking
Color grading and control

Filmora

Filmora allows up to 100 video tracks in its timeline. Its interface is intuitive (Drag-and-drop), and it offers standard editing functions like trimming, motion tracking, and transition. It runs on Mac and Windows OS. It has a free version that has watermarks attached to it. The latest release of Filmora is the Filmora 11. It is simple with enough functionality.

Why we choose it
Good interface
Fast performance
It has Good text editing tools
It has several effects and overlays

Key Features
Drag-and-drop interface
FX plugins (Borex FX & NewBlue FX)
Masking
Auto-sync
Auto-beat synch
Speed ramping
Instant mode
Filmora drive

Vegas Movie Studio

Vegas Movie Studio is a high-on-editing software but low on usability. You have to be a pro or close to a pro to use it. It is a top-notch video editor like CyberLink, Adobe Premiere, and CorelDraw Studio, but it lags in comparison. However, it is in a category of its own. It is best for plugins, effects, and transitions.

Why we choose it
The interface can be tailored
It has several effects and transitions

Key Features
Color grading
Slow-motion
Screen capture
360 VR
Keyframe editing

Conclusion
Our overall best picks are Adobe premiere pro and Apple Final Cut X. They offer professional-level editing. What is your take on our 10 best video editing software?

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Parental control software

10 Best Parental Control Software

Keep your kids safe with the best parental control software. Keep track of their activity and get notifications of their real-time location. Block app, filter web content and restrict app usage all from one software.

Two-thirds of American kids are addicted to their phones and the internet. Such that, parents often wonder how to protect their kids from cyber degeneration. According to research, certain factors are responsible for a child’s character; heredity, environment, the child’s decisions, and the internet. The amount of inappropriate web content is alarming and without parental control software, there is no way of knowing what the child is doing online. Below are some of the best parental control software/apps suitable for kids of all ages.

Software Editor’s comment Free version Price
Norton Family Parental control software with antivirus abilities. 30-day free trial $49.99/year
Kaspersky Has the best features for cell phones Yes $14.99/year
KidLogger Keeps perfect logs of phone activity including keystroke Yes $29/year for the standard account
$89/year for the professional account
MSpy Best for instantly monitoring text messages and social media messages No $48.99/month
$27.99/three months
$11.66/year
Famisafe Remotely controls up to 30 devices with a single account 3-day free trial $10.99/month
$20.99/ quarter
$60.99/year
Qustodio Cross-platform software. Runs on windows, mac, iOS, Android, Nook, and kindle Yes Starting from $54.99/year for five devices
Net Nanny Best for web filtering and app blocking. No $39.99/year for a single device
$54.99/year for five devices
$89.99/year for 20 devices
McAfee Best for monitoring multiple PCs and smartphones No $7.99/year
Open DNS Family Shield Blocks domain at the router level Yes $19.95/year for VIP
Spyrix Free Keylogger Category winner for monitoring Yes $59/year single device
$65/year for three devices
$85/year for five devices

Norton Family
Norton allows tracking across several devices. In other words, there is no limit it the number of devices it covers. However, it doesn’t work on Mac and cannot block individual apps. It also does not run in stealth mode. This is so because it combines antivirus and control functions. Overall, it is the best for easy configuration.

Kaspersky Safe Kids
Kaspersky comes with a black list like the Open DNSFamily shield. It restricts the kind of content kids see online. It also manages apps on the device. It set usage limits and restrictions on the apps. It also set screen usage limits. So, no chatting while doing home or on a school night. The battery tracker, location tracker, and social media control features are all available in the paid version.
Kaspersky’s major disadvantage is that it runs slowly on Windows 10 Its performance on Windows 11 remains to be seen.

KidLogger
KidLogger is also a cross-platform parental control software, but Qustodio beats it in the category. However, it is the best for activity logging. It keeps tabs on their keystrokes, web activity, app usage, and screenshots.
On the downside, it is one account for one device. That is, it covers only one device, unlike Family Shield. Plus, you need to pay to remotely record audios and monitor chats.

MSpy
Mspy is best for monitoring messages. It also records location history, supports geofencing, and views browsing history, all in stealth mode. It monitors calls and views deleted messages. Its weak point is it covers one device per account and cannot block apps or domains. Think of it as surveillance software.

FamiSafe
FamiSafe covers up to 30 devices with a single account and controls each device effectively. Its top features include; geofencing, GPS tracking, content filtering, app blocking, and text monitoring. However, I wouldn’t recommend using it if your kids are smart enough to recognize apps they didn’t install themselves. It doesn’t run in stealth mode. If you are not worried about your kids knowing, then, you can consider using it.

Qustodio
Qustodio is available as software and an application. As a software, it runs on both Windows and Mac. As an app, it has versions for Android and iOS. You can set usage limits and filter website content with it. It also has other features for parents to remotely control their kids’ phones. One downside is that payment needs to be made to fully access its features. For instance, text message monitoring, app control, and social media monitoring are offered in the paid version. Plus it gives false location alerts. Apart from that, it is one of the best parental control software available.

Net Nanny
Net nanny does what a real nanny does, only at a software level. It has custom content filters, app blocking, and screen time limit features. On the downside, it has no geofencing or social media monitoring considering the cost. However, it runs in stealth mode and supports Windows, Mac, iOS, and android. It also allows you to set different control options per device.

McAfee
McAfee is one of those parental control software that covers multiple devices. FamiSafe is the next after it, but it is limited to just 30 devices. Each device covered by McAfee has separate settings from the others. It runs remotely (stealth mode) on Windows, iOS, and Android. On the downside, it does not support Mac OS or social network monitoring.

Open DNS Family Shield
Family Shield works by obstructing domains flagged by OpenDNS (the developers) In other words, it comes with its tailored domain blocklists. It runs on PCs and smartphones. It also runs on a home network router to filter traffic. The filter is not restricted to only one device, but every device connected to the network.

Spyrix Free Logger
What spyrix does is just monitor. So if you are worried about your kids but don’t want to encroach on their privacy too much, this is the software to consider. The only thing I see wrong with Spyrix is that it runs only on Windows. Others may also see the “just monitoring” as a problem. In the sense that, it does not block or filter content but it lets you see what they are up to.

Parental control software no doubt allows you to get involved in your children’s lives. You can monitor their activity from the parent option of the app or the web (for software). But despite the form of control, it gives you over them, do you consider it intruding on their privacy?

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Filmora 11 New Features Complete Review

Wondershare Filmora 11 Review

Filmora 11 is the newest updated version of the software, released in February. It has most of the features from the previous version. But the fx plugin, speed ramping, auto-sync, and auto beat-sync were added to this latest version.

Ever since video editing software had a market breakthrough, developers have been racing to outdo each other. This discovery is like a good news-bad news event.
On the good news side, new features are added to the video editor to meet consumers’ needs. On the bad news side, for each new feature added, there is a software update. Plus, new access and control are added to the UI.
In the long run, the interface ends up looking intimidating. As the consequence; users switch to a simpler video editor. Hence, Filmora 11.

How Is Wondershare Filmora 11 Different?

Before going into the Filmora 11 review proper, I’ll have you know that this software managed to find a balance between simplicity and functionality. Such that, both beginners and pros can use it without a hitch.
The UI (user interface) is well-organized unlike the versions before it. It also comes in editions for Windows and Mac operating systems.
This post is a complete Filmora 11 review and how to use some of its features. Read on to find out more!

Getting Started On Filmora 11 Review

Filmora 11 Interface
The software’s welcome screen contains three windows; new project, open project, and template mode.
The Template Mode has a 16:9 (default) aspect ratio. But there are others for cinema (21:9), Instagram (1:1), and Facebook (9:16).
You can access it on the right side, along with the filmstock library, auto reframe, AR stickers, audio effect, and AI portrait. Auto Reframe smart feature automatically converts one aspect ratio to another.
You can skip the welcome screen and go straight to the editing. The editing interface has no confusing options. It is sectioned into three;
The library area where photos and footage are added
The timeline under the library area
The preview window on the right to playback edited videos before exporting it
The timeline is magnetic. The different footage added to it sticks together seamlessly and plays continuously. Up to 100 tracks can also be added to it. Overall, the interface is intuitive, that is, effect and footage are added to the video on the timeline by drag-and-drop.

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Filmora 11 Key Features

Speed Ramping
Speed ramping allows a seamless increase or decrease of the video speed without any noticeable change. In other words, it switches between super-fast and super-slow clips. If you’ve seen The matrix or 300 Spartan, a similar effect was used in it. It gives the footage a smooth cinematic effect.

How To Use Speed Ramping
Drag and drop the video on the timeline
Right-click on the video on the timeline
Click on the “speed and duration” option from the pop-up options
Choose 2× to increase the speed by two or 3× to increase it by two
Choose the duration to a less than the original
Click “ok” to preview
To make the clip super slow;
Right-click on the clip in the timeline
Select “speed & duration”
Change the speed to less than the original
Enter the duration more than once to alter the video’s duration

Instant Mode
The instant mode is a collection of custom templates that can be tailored to your video need. When media files are added to the mode, the software intuitively adds a timeline to it to make a video. However, it is restricted to only the Windows version of the software.

How To Use The Instant Mode
Choose the instant mode from the startup screen
Select the kind of templates you want. There is the family, vlog, cinematic, slideshow, and upbeat template.
Click on the template to preview it
Under the template, click on the “use this template” to use the template
Import the media files you want in the video from the “add video” option
Click on “auto-create” to make the video

Auto Synchronization
Auto synchronization arranges audio and video files from different clips into the same scene.
How to use it;
Add your video to the timeline
Hold down the Ctrl/Cmd key to add the audio files
Right-click the video to view the options
Click on “Merge Audio/Video” option
Both files will automatically be synched
The synchronized file is saved as new

Auto Beat Sync
Auto beat synch synchronizes the video with any music of choice. It detects beats within a song and fits the clip within that beat.
How to use it;
Import the video
Right-click on the video and choose “best sync”
Add the audio file
Set the playtime and adjust the frequency of the video
Click on “ok” to apply it to the video

Filmora Drive
The Filmora drive is a new storage feature in the new Filmora 11. You can upload your project to the drive to save space on your device. With this feature, you can access your project from the drive on any device.

FX Plugins
Borex FX and NewBlue FX are the two FX plugins added to Filmora 11. Borex FX gives visual effect while the NewBlue FX gives the video effect and transition
How to use it;
Click on “effect” from the menu
Click on “borex FX or NewBlue FX “
Choose the kind of effect you want
Drag and drop it in the video in the timeline
Right-click the video to open the settings
Make the necessary adjustments
Click “ok” to automatically apply it to the video

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Filmora 11 Pros & Cons

Pros
It is easy to use
The interface is uncluttered
Video is exported in several formats
The filmstock has several effects and royalty-free audio tracks
The new masking option allows users to animate the shape mask
30 days money-back guarantee

Cons
The free version has a watermark attached to exported videos
It requires RAM of up to 8GB and up to 10GB of free storage space to run smoothly
The lifetime license does not cover the plugins. You need separate subscriptions for that
PC license cannot be used for Mac

Pricing
Filmora 11 has a lifetime license of $79.99 and an annual plan of $49.99.

Conclusion
Overall, Filmora 11 is a decent video editing software. Its latest features and flexible subscription pits it against other video editors like adobe premiere pro and final cut pro. But do you think the software can do better?

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