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March 27, 2017

Best Video Editing Software for Mac

Want to start making films? Check out this list of CBR's favourite video editing software for Mac,

By Joe Clark

Apple Macs have always been an incredible tool for creative projects, their portability and streamlined interface have ensured that the production of home video, movies and music is a real treat. Advances in connectivity and streaming have made sharing your projects even easier than before, but sometimes it can be tricky to know where to start.

There are a multitude of different options available today for the budding filmmaker, whether you’re a hardened professional looking to make your magnum opus, or a new beginner just looking to get vlogging. Either way, to create something smooth you’ll need some software.

If you fancy yourself as the next Stanley Kubrick, or even the next YouTube sensation, check out this list of the best video editing software available today!


Apple iMovie

Apple iMovie is the home video editing software that comes bundled in with every Mac, but unlike with most pre-installed software, iMovie has helped to set the bar for video editing for at least the last decade.

iMovie’s wonderfully simplistic style is probably the biggest selling point that puts ahead of the pack, with drag and drop controls and easily applied after-effects it’s a truly intuitive system. Also, as with many Apple products, the interoperability is something to behold, it’s never been easier to share your projects across different iOS devices with iMovie’s theatre mode.

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iMovie does have its problems however, for a start it’s not the most complex software on the market and a seasoned veteran might find it lacking in some departments. There are plenty of PC based video editing programmes that can far outpace iMovie also available, but with that said, if you want simplicity and convenience you can’t do much better than iMovie.

Apple iMovie is available for £15 on the iOS app store.


Adobe Premiere Elements


Adobe Premiere Elements is an excellent middle ground and a strong starting point for anyone looking to getting in to creating and editing videos. Adobe’s video editing software has long been the market leader, largely in part due to its versatility when producing videos for a range of different purposes and standards.

Premier Elements is another piece of software in which simplicity is the name of the game, at least at a skin deep level. The programme comes with an exceptionally high number of editing tools designed for both simple creations and complex edits, enabling users to go as shallow or as deep as they need to during their edits.

However, if you’re looking for crystal clear picture or 3D rendering you might need something a bit more complex as the programme does not support 4K or 3D. Premier elements may also take some getting used to it at first, as the interface is not quite as intuitive as some of the alternatives, but given a few hours of experimentation you’ll be exporting your projects in no time

Adobe Premiere Elements is available from £69.00.


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