What is the best editing software for gamers?

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Hi guys, I wanted to know what is the best editing software for gaming videos?
I currently Lightworks, and its ok but it doesn't have many features to help editing. I want to do awesome montages, funny collaboration video with funny images and things, but Lightworks makes it difficult to do those things. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated :)
 
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There is Adobe After effects, Adobe Premier Pro and Sony Vegas. Those are probably the top three as being the best/most popular one with YouTubers from the top of my head. I use Sony Vegas but they all have their pros and cons. They are quite expensive though especially Sony Vegas.
 

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I use all Adobe products so I'll suggest them since they've never let me know, plus you get 60% off if you're a student.
 
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I am also an Adobe man and use the full Suite but there are LOADS of options! Have a look at less mainstream video editors; they're cheaper but still provide some great editing tools. Google will turn up a bunch of results.

An expensive editing suite is a quite a financial commitment!

Best of luck,
James.
 

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I use Sony Vegas.

I have a friend who makes Music Videos for MTV so I was lucky they gave me a copy of theirs. I like easy it is to learn.
 
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Sony Vegas I use... I Know alot of people who use Final Cut Pro too
 

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This is a tough question because often times this all depends on a few factors:
  • What format is your raw footage recorded in? (.mov, .wav. .mpeg, etc. )
  • How frequently do you release videos?
  • How experienced are you in video editing.
While the pro apps are definitely nice to have and can be really useful to those of us with experience. But for some people that can be like going from training wheels to a car. Most often it's not a smart investment for some youtubers who just simply need to make cuts and add additional sound and etc. Some of the more powerful basic features are already included for free with iMovie, and I cannot speak for Windows products since I edit video exclusively on a Mac.

For most beginners, I would highly recommend that you consider investing in an iMac if you truly want to be serious about YouTubing.

Your workflow often must boil down to your post production needs!

I swear by Macs simply because they have so much powerful software ready to use for anyone. iMovie is usually a very good editing software to work on gaming videos for most of your basic needs.

Some of these needs could involve:

  • Titles and additional audio
  • Basic trimming
  • Exporting directly to YouTube
  • Basic audio editing
  • Misc vfx options
For most YouTubers that's really all you need. Especially if the focus should be more on the content within the video as opposed to the technical aspects behind making one.

A step up from iMovie would be naturally Final Cut Pro X, which is also a great program. But packed with way more additional features that channels with more production value may want to invest in one. Though in the past I have exclusively used FCP X for editing Let's Play videos because of the speed and accessibility I have on making these videos. Which are often edited, exported, and uploaded all within the same day. Though FCP is no longer on the same level as Premiere Pro, and that has even more advanced features available. But I really don't recommend Premiere Pro unless you have a moderately advanced knowledge of editing video.

FCP X and iMovie are highly recommended by me because they have way more flexibility than some of the more professional programs which can be picky with certain video codecs and may require tinkering from more experienced hands. Not to mention the connectivity with YouTube itself, and that you can relatively make videos faster with these programs.
On PCs

Sadly, the extent of my knowledge of the most basic video editing program on Windows was Movie Maker from Windows XP. And that was NOT a great program. However, HitFilm 3 Express just became available to everyone for free and it's a very powerful video editor for Mac & PC. It handles very similarly to Premiere Pro so it may be tough to jump into, but once you get the hang of it you can mess around with more of the advanced features it offers!

Hope this helps!
 

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There is Adobe After effects, Adobe Premier Pro and Sony Vegas. Those are probably the top three as being the best/most popular one with YouTubers from the top of my head. I use Sony Vegas but they all have their pros and cons. They are quite expensive though especially Sony Vegas.
Do not confuse After Effects and Premiere Pro though. These are two very different things.

Premiere Pro is your goto editing software. You can do funny images inserts and some text stuff but it's really limited and it's not what is there for.

After you are done editing and you want some more elaborate special effects in your video THEN you should use After Effects. You can also do some minor editing in here, but once again, that's not what it's for. After Effects in just for special effects. It's really easy to make some spinning images, texts and whatnot in here.

Anyway, it's a tricky thing to do if you are only looking to add some spinning texts or images. And Premiere does (kinda) do that. I would recommend using that one.
 
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I use all Adobe products so I'll suggest them since they've never let me know, plus you get 60% off if you're a student.
I miss getting my student discounts but they are actually really
Do not confuse After Effects and Premiere Pro though. These are two very different things.

Premiere Pro is your goto editing software. You can do funny images inserts and some text stuff but it's really limited and it's not what is there for.

After you are done editing and you want some more elaborate special effects in your video THEN you should use After Effects. You can also do some minor editing in here, but once again, that's not what it's for. After Effects in just for special effects. It's really easy to make some spinning images, texts and whatnot in here.

Anyway, it's a tricky thing to do if you are only looking to add some spinning texts or images. And Premiere does (kinda) do that. I would recommend using that one.
Yh am not confused a lot of YouTubers use After effects to add all the effects into their videos then import into Sony Vegas or vice versa, I was just stating the programs from memory. I should do this sometimes since I see Frankie do this. After effects is the most advanced for effects and Vegas is the most advanced for rendering formats so you can use the best of both worlds but I ain't got that much money to dish out yet and neither do any of us, these are just options ><. However stating that After Effects still has some basic rendering formats so you can still make use of them.
 
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If I'm using After Effects and Premiere together (most of the time I only use Premiere) I use the Dynamic Link option between the two programs. I can live update my Premiere edit with an After Effects effect :p

Great stuff! :D
 
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