Comparison of video editing software

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This is a comparison of non-linear video editing software applications. See also a more complete list of video editing software.

Contents

General information

This table gives basic general information about the different editors:

Program Platform Developer Year of first release Year of latest release Latest version List price (USD) License
Adobe Premiere/Premiere Pro Win/Mac Adobe Systems 1991 2008 CS4 Non-free$799 Template:Proprietary
Adobe Premiere Elements Windows Adobe Systems 2004 2009 8.0 Non-free$100 Template:Proprietary
Free DV Win/Mac Avid  ?  ? 1.8 Dropped Template:Proprietary
Avid Xpress DV Win/Mac Avid 2000  ? 4.8 Dropped Template:Proprietary
Avid Xpress Pro Studio HD Win/Mac Avid 2003  ? 5.8 Non-free$1695 Template:Proprietary
Avid Liquid Win/Mac Avid 2003  ? 7.2 Non-free$999 Template:Proprietary
Avid Media Composer Win/Mac Avid 1989 2009 4.0.5 Non-free$2495 Template:Proprietary
Avidemux Win/Mac/BSD/Lin Mean 2009 2.5.2 Free GPL
AVS Video Editor Windows Online Media Technologies Ltd. 2004 2009 4.2 Non-free$69(Unlimited) Template:Proprietary
Blender (VSE : Video Sequence Editor) Win/Mac/Solaris/Irix/Lin Blender Foundation 2002 2009 2.49 Free GPL
Cinelerra Lin/Mac Heroine Virtual 2002 2009 4.2 Free GPL
Dayang Montage Extreme Windows Dayang 2007 2009 1.2 Non-free$898 Template:Proprietary
EditDV/Cinestream Win/Mac Radius 1997 2002 3.0 Non-free$999 Template:Proprietary
Edius Windows Grass Valley Canopus| 2002 2008 5.0 Non-free$799 Template:Proprietary
Final Cut Express Mac Apple 2003 2007 4.0.1 Non-free$199 Template:Proprietary
Final Cut Pro/Studio Mac Apple 1999 2009 7 Non-free$999 Template:Proprietary
Free DV Win/Mac Avid Technology 2001 2008 7 Non-free$69.95, $119.95 Template:Proprietary
CyberLink PowerDirector [1] Windows Cyberlink 2001 2009 8 Non-free$69.95, $99.95 Template:Proprietary
FORscene Multi (Java) Forbidden Technologies 2004  ? 15 April 2007 Non-free from $2/hour Template:Proprietary
iMovie Mac Apple 1999 2009 8.0.5 $79 (as part of the iLife suite); free on new Macs Template:Proprietary
PiTiVi Linux Open Source Community 2004 2009 0.13 Free LGPL
Kdenlive Linux/BSD/Mac Open Source Community 2002 2009 0.7.6 Free GPL
Kino Lin/BSD Open Source Community 2000 2008 1.3.0 Free GPL
LiVES Lin/BSD/Mac Open Source Community 2002 2009 1.0.0 Free GPL
MainActor Lin/Win MainConcept 2004 2007 5.5 Dropped Template:Proprietary
Media 100 Mac Media 100 (now part of Boris FX) 2006 2009 1.1.1 Non-free$1495.00 Template:Proprietary
Mpeg Video Wizard Windows Womble Multimedia 2004 2009 March 2009 Non-free$34.00 Template:Proprietary
Mpeg Video Wizard DVD Windows Womble Multimedia 2006 2009 4.0.4.113 Non-free$49.00 Template:Proprietary
OpenShot Video Editor Linux Open Source Community 2008 2010 1.0 Free GPL
Open Movie Editor Linux Open Source Community 2008 2009 20090105 Free GPL
Pinnacle Studio Windows Pinnacle Systems 1999 2009 14.0 Non-free$49.99 - $129.99 Template:Proprietary
Pinnacle Videospin Windows Avid 2009 2009 2.0 Free Template:Proprietary
MoviePlus Windows Serif (Europe) Ltd. 2003 2008 X3 (6.0.1) Non-free$79.99 Template:Proprietary
Sony Vegas Windows Sony Media Software 1999 2009 9.0c Non-free$599.95 Template:Proprietary
Ulead MediaStudio Pro Windows Ulead Systems (now part of Corel Corporation)  ?  ? 8.1 Non-free$399.99 Template:Proprietary
Ulead VideoStudio Plus Windows Ulead Systems (now part of Corel Corporation) 2000 2007 11 Non-free$99.99 Template:Proprietary
VideoThang TM Windows VideoThang LLC 2007 2008 2.0.1 Free Template:Proprietary
VideoReDo Plus Windows DRD Systems, Inc. 2003 2009 2.5.6-512 Non-free $50 Template:Proprietary
VirtualDub Windows Avery Lee 2000 2009 1.9.8 Free GPL
VirtualDubMod Windows 2002 2006 1.5.10.2 b2542 Free GPL
Windows Movie Maker Windows Microsoft 2000 2007 6.0.6000.16386 Bundled with Windows Template:Proprietary
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Windows MAGIX 2000 2009 15 Non-free $49.99 - $89.99 Template:Proprietary
VideoLab Windows Mitov Software 2002 2010 4.3.1 Free for non commercial or educational

$450.00 - $1800.00

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Program Platform Developer Year of first release Year of latest release Latest version List price (USD) License

System requirements

This table lists the operating systems that different editors can run on without emulation, as well as other system requirements. Note that minimum system requirements are listed; some features (like High Definition support) may be unavailable with these specifications.

Windows Mac OS X *nix Processor RAM HDD
Adobe Premiere Pro Yes Yes (as of CS3) No 1.4 GHz, SSE2 compatible processor 1 GB / 2 GB when editing HD 4 GB
Adobe Premiere Elements Yes No No SSE2 compatible processor 512 MB 4.5 GB
Avid Free DV Yes Yes No 933 MHz Pentium, 667 MHz PPC 1 GB  ?
Avid Xpress DV Yes Yes No 933 MHz Pentium, 667 MHz PPC 1 GB 20 GB
Avid Xpress Pro HD Yes Yes No Pentium 4, PowerMac G5 1 GB 20 GB
Avid Liquid Yes No No Pentium 4 or higher 1 GB 20 GB
Avid Media Composer Yes Yes No Pentium 4 or higher 2 GB 20 GB
Avidemux Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
AVS Video Editor Yes No No Intel / AMD compatible at 2500 MHz or higher 1 GB 1 GB
Blender (VSE : Video Sequence Editor) Yes Yes Yes 300 MHz 128 MB 20 MB free space
Cinelerra No Yes Yes 500 MHz 256 MB  ?
CyberLink PowerDirector [2] Yes No No SSE2 compatible processor 512 MB 2 GB
Dayang Montage Extreme Yes No No Pentium 4 or higher 1 GB 20 GB
EDIUS Yes No No Pentium 4 3.0 GHz+ 1 GB 800 MB
Final Cut Express No Yes No 500 MHz 384 MB 1 GB
Final Cut Studio No Yes No 1.25 GHz G4, Intel Core Duo or Xeon 1 GB 4 GB Apps
FORscene Yes Yes Yes N/A 256 MB Any
iMovie HD No Yes No PPC G4 or faster, Intel based Macs 256 MB 10 GB
LiVES No Yes Yes 800 MHz 128 MB 10 GB
Kdenlive No Yes Yes 600 MHz 256 MB 1 GB
OpenShot Video Editor No Yes Yes 600 MHz 256 MB 1 GB
PiTiVi No No Yes  ?  ? 2 MB
Kino GTK No No Yes ? ? ?
MainActor Yes No Yes 700 MHz 128 MB  ?
MPEG Video Wizard Yes No No 233 MHz 32 MB 20 MB
MPEG Video Wizard DVD Yes No No 233 MHz 32 MB 20 MB
Pinnacle Studio MediaSuite Yes No No 1.4 GHz 512 MB 1.7 GB
Pinnacle VideoSpin Yes No No 1.4 GHz 512 MB 150 MB
Serif MoviePlus Yes No No Pentium II or AMD Athlon XP 128 MB 149 MB
Sony Vegas Yes No No 1.0 GHz 1.0 GB 200 MB
Ulead MediaStudio Pro Yes No No 800 MHz 256 MB 800 MB
Ulead VideoStudio Plus Yes No No Pentium 4 or higher, SSE2 when editing HD 256 MB 1 GB
Merging Technologies VCube Yes No No Pentium 4 or higher 512 MB 800 MB
VideoThang TM Yes No No Pentium 4 or higher 512 MB 300 MB
Video Edit Magic / Express Yes No No 500 MHz or higher 256 MB 200 MB
VirtualDub Yes No No ? ? 3 Mb
Windows Movie Maker Yes No No 1 GHz for best performance 128 MB 10 Mb
VideoLab Yes No No 500 MHz 256 MB 100 Mb
Windows Mac OS X Unix Processor RAM HDD

"Unix" includes the similar Linux, BSD and Unix-like operating systems.

High definition import

The table below indicates the ability of each program to import various High Definition video formats for editing.

720p HDV 1080i HDV DVCPRO HD Uncompressed HD IMX AVCHD XDCAM HD HDV AVC-1 DNxHD REDCODE
Adobe Premiere Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (3rd party) Yes (As of CS4, third party in CS3) Yes (As of CS3) Yes  ?  ? Yes (3rd party)
Adobe Premiere Elements Yes Yes No No No Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?
Avid Media Composer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Avid Xpress DV No No No No No  ?  ?  ?  ? No No
Avid Xpress Pro Yes Yes Yes No No Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ?
Avid Liquid Yes Yes No Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? No No
Avidemux ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AVS Video Editor Yes Yes  ? Yes No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Cinelerra Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
CyberLink PowerDirector Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes  ?  ?
Dayang Montage Extreme Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
EDIUS Neo Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No
EDIUS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?
Final Cut Express Yes Yes No No No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Final Cut Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes
FORscene Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
iMovie HD Yes Yes Yes (3rd party) No No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
LiVES Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
PiTiVi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?
Kdenlive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Kino GTK ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MainActor  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
MPEG Video Wizard Yes Yes  ?  ?  ? No  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?
MPEG Video Wizard DVD Yes Yes  ?  ?  ? No  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?
OpenShot Video Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Open Movie Editor  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Pinnacle Studio Yes Yes No No No Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?
Serif MoviePlus Yes Yes ? ? No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Sony Vegas Yes Yes Yes (3rd party) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes (as of Pro 9)
Ulead MediaStudio Pro Yes Yes  ? Yes No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ulead VideoStudio Plus Yes Yes  ? Yes No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Merging Technologies VCube Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Video Edit Magic  ?  ? No  ? No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
VirtualDub ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Windows Movie Maker Yes Yes No No No No  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?
720p HDV 1080i HDV DVCPRO HD Uncompressed IMX AVCHD XDCAM HD HDV AVC-1 DNxHD REDCODE

Feature set

High Definition support Non-destructive editing Full-screen playback Storyboard mode Video tracks Audio tracks / max channels Linear timecode display
Adobe Premiere Pro Yes Yes Yes, on separate monitor Yes 99 99 Yes
Adobe Premiere Elements Yes Yes Yes Yes 99 99 Yes
Avid Xpress DV  ? Yes Yes Yes 8 tracks, unlimited layers 8 tracks, unlimited layers Yes
Avid Xpress Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes 24 tracks, unlimited layers 24 tracks, unlimited layers Yes
Avidemux ? ? ? ? 1 2 / ? ?
AVS Video Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 1 Yes
Blender (VSE : Video Sequence Editor) Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes
Cinelerra Yes
(any resolution)
Yes Yes No Unlimited Unlimited / 16 Yes
CyberLink PowerDirector Yes Yes Yes Yes 10 4 Yes
Dayang Montage Extreme Yes Yes Yes Yes 99 per sequence 99 per sequence Yes
EDIUS Neo Yes Yes Yes No unlimited realtime layers unlimited realtime layers Yes
EDIUS Yes Yes Yes, on both PC & TV monitors in realtime No unlimited realtime layers unlimited realtime layers Yes
Final Cut Express Yes Yes Yes, with "external video" Yes, in the Media Browser 99 per sequence 99 / 2 per sequence No
Final Cut Studio Yes Yes Yes, Yes, in the Media Browser 99 per sequence 99 / 24 per sequence Yes
FORscene Input only Yes Yes (podcasts) Beta test 2 4 Yes
iMovie HD Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 2 Yes
PiTiVi Yes Yes Yes No Unlimited Unlimited  ?
Kdenlive Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Unlimited Yes
Kino GTK ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
LiVES Yes
(any resolution)
Yes
(multitrack mode)
Yes
(on first, second or all monitors, configurable)
No Unlimited audio per video track + backing audio / 2 channels Yes
MainActor  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
MPEG Video Wizard Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 3 Yes
MPEG Video Wizard DVD Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 3 Yes
OpenShot Video Editor Yes Yes No No Unlimited Unlimited Yes
Open Movie Editor  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Serif MoviePlus Yes Yes Yes, & on separate monitor or TV Yes, partial Unlimited Unlimited No
Sony Vegas Yes

(any resolution)

Yes Yes No Unlimited Unlimited/Max Channel 16 Yes
Pinnacle Studio Yes No Yes Yes 2 4 Yes
Ulead MediaStudio Pro Yes Yes Yes, on separate monitor  ? 99  ? Yes
Ulead VideoStudio Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes 7 9 Yes
Merging Technologies VCube Yes Yes Yes, on both PC & TV monitors in realtime No Unlimited Tracks and Layers Unlimited / 16 Yes
Video Edit Magic / Express  ? Yes Yes No 2 / 1 (Express) 2 / 1 (Express) No
VirtualDub ? Yes No No 1 1 Yes
Windows Movie Maker Yes No Yes Yes 1 2 Yes
VideoLab Yes Yes Yes No Unlimited Unlimited Yes
HD Non-destructive Full-screen Storyboard Video tracks Audio tracks Timecode display

Output options

DVD High Definition Smart phone Java phone QuickTime Windows Media MPEG-4 XML/EDL Print to tape Web, not hosted Web, hosted Podcasting
Adobe Premiere Pro Yes Yes (Blu-Ray) Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?
Adobe Premiere Elements Yes Yes (Blu-Ray) Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Avid Xpress DV Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ?
Avid Xpress Pro Yes Yes (Blu-Ray) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ?
Avidemux ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AVS Video Editor Yes Yes(Blu-Ray) Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No
Blender (VSE : Video Sequence Editor) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Cinelerra Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
CyberLink PowerDirector Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Dayang Montage Extreme Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No
EDIUS Yes Yes  ? No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ?
Final Cut Express Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes (3rd party) Yes No (as of 2.5) Yes Yes  ? Yes
Final Cut Studio Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes (3rd party) Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes
FORscene No No Yes Yes Yes (MPEG 2) Yes (MPEG 2) ? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMovie HD Yes No Yes No Yes Yes (3rd party) Yes No Yes Yes Yes (with .Mac) Yes
PiTiVi Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? No No  ?
Kdenlive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?
Kino GTK No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
LiVES Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No  ?
MPEG Video Wizard No Yes  ?  ? No No Yes No No No No Yes
MPEG Video Wizard DVD Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
OpenShot Video Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Open Movie Editor  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Serif MoviePlus Yes ? No No Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes  ?
Sony Vegas Yes Yes (Blu-Ray) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ?
Pinnacle Studio Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ulead MediaStudio Pro Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No  ?
Ulead VideoStudio Plus Yes Yes Yes (via plug-in) Yes (via plug-in) Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes (with DropShot)  ?
Merging Technologies VCube Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? No  ?
Video Edit Magic Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
VirtualDub No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Windows Movie Maker Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes (WMV only) No No
VideoLab Yes Yes No No Yes With 3rd part codecs Yes Yes With 3rd part codecs No Yes Yes Yes In Windows Servers Yes
DVD High Definition Smart phone Java phone QuickTime Windows Media MPEG-4 XML/EDL Print to tape Web, not hosted Web, hosted Podcasting

Target market

Consumer Prosumer Professional High-End Movie Production
Least
expensive




Most
expensive

Kino
Avidemux
PiTiVi
LiVES
Pinnacle VideoSpin
Adobe Premiere Elements
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro
CyberLink PowerDirector
Avid Free DV
Windows Movie Maker
AVS Video Editor
MPEG Video Wizard
MPEG Video Wizard DVD
Ulead VideoStudio
Grass Valley EDIUS Neo
iMovie
Pinnacle Studio
Sony Vegas Movie Studio

OpenShot Video Editor

PiTiVi
Final Cut Express
Avid Xpress DV
MAGIX Video Pro X
Cinelerra
Ulead MediaStudio Pro
Sony Vegas Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro

Kdenlive

Dayang Montage Extreme
FORscene
Grass Valley EDIUS
Avid Xpress Pro
Merging Technologies VCube

Final Cut Studio

Avid Media Composer
Adobe Premiere Pro

See also

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