More ad­vanced video ed­i­tors

Up­grade your movies by go­ing beyond iMovie and cut­ting clips on some­thing more pro­fes­sional

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While iMovie is great for cut­ting to­gether a hol­i­day video, party mem­o­ries or sim­i­lar small projects, it doesn't take long to hit its lim­its and start crav­ing some­thing else. More pre­ci­sion! More ef­fects! More tran­si­tions that you should prob­a­bly never use! Ti­tling! Green screens! Ev­ery­thing that you need to make home videos look their best, a great YouTube show, or any­thing else that in­volves slic­ing and dic­ing your clips.

It doesn’t even have to cost that much to jump up to pro­fes­sional level soft­ware. Adobe Premiere Pro CC might be ex­pen­sive and only avail­able on a pricey sub­scrip­tion th­ese days (£18 a month for one app, £47 for the whole Cre­ative Cloud suite), but Ap­ple’s Fi­nal Cut Pro X is avail­able for a one-off £200, and you might be sur­prised by how much even con­sumer prod­ucts like Adobe Premiere El­e­ments can do th­ese days. There are even some to­tally free ed­i­tors out there, such as Jahshaka. Ev­ery app we’re look­ing at this month also has a free demo at least, and plenty of ad­vice on­line to help you get the most out of its new abil­i­ties. Almost all of them are also rel­a­tively easy to use, if, of course, not to master.

While iMovie is great for cut­ting to­gether a hol­i­day or party video, it doesn’t take long to hit its lim­its

We’re not go­ing to be look­ing at ad­vanced com­posit­ing and other fea­tures here, but it’s worth keep­ing those in mind. In par­tic­u­lar, Premiere Pro gets on well with After Ef­fects, which you also get in its full sub­scrip­tion, while Fi­nal Cut Pro X works best in com­bi­na­tion with Mo­tion 5 (£50) for ti­tling, an­i­ma­tion and more com­plex ef­fects, and the other pro­grams have their own helpers. It’s of­ten pos­si­ble to mix and match here, but tools in a suite are de­signed to work to­gether and will of­ten al­low for more ad­vanced fea­tures. Mo­tion for in­stance has ‘drop zones’ in its tem­plates, so you can im­port an ef­fect into Fi­nal Cut and up­date it just by drag­ging an im­age into it, rather than hav­ing to open Mo­tion and re-ren­der ev­ery time it’s needed. It’s worth check­ing the op­tions be­fore you make your choice. Richard Cobbett

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