Every editor needs software. I started with Dazzle studio way back in the day. Today, I use a combination of Final Cut Studio at home and Quantel at work. As a beginner, it can be difficult to justify hundreds of dollars on an editing platform like Final Cut or even thousands on an Avid. (And that’s not including a decent system to run the software.) Some people just want to do basic things with family videos, slideshows etc… On the other hand, you may be looking to upgrade to a more feature rich software package. Take Blender for example, I didn’t even know it existed until a few years ago and when I found out it was free it blew my mind!
It can be overwhelming but if you need a place to start try this sortable list of editing applications.
Here is a description from James Resetco, the page’s creator:
“FindTheBest is a powerful comparison website that facilitates quick and informed decisions. All comparisons are objective and human-curated to ensure relevance and accuracy while disregarding marketing hype as well as affiliate bias. Choosing the right post-production software can be an important decision for any independent filmmaker and FindTheBest has made it easy to choose the best editing software. This comparison allows you to filter and compare video editing software by category, platform, and features all within your desired price range.”
It really is a great place to start before diving into specific research on the product you have your eye on.