It’s the first law of movie-making: no matter how expensive your camera, or how skilled you are at using it, your raw footage will always be rubbish. And so, if you’re looking to add a little professional polish, then installing a video editor will be essential.
Commercial video editors can be very expensive, of course, but you may not have to go that far. Whether you want to trim your clips down to size, add a soundtrack or captions, apply transitions or special effects, there are some great free tools which can help – and these are the very best around.
Also, if you’re wondering what sort of PC you’ll need to buy (or build) in order to easily crunch through heavier duty video editing tasks (or indeed image editing), then we’ve got you covered.
- Garbage In, Garbage out, the saying goes, so if you want better raw footage, you should probably get a proper, decent camcorder. Check out our best camcorders and video cameras of 2016 shortlist.
- We break down all the dos and don’ts when it comes to concocting the perfect video editing rig in our article: How to buy a PC for editing video and photos.
- And if you’re after a suggested budget build for your DIY rig, then look no further than: Build the best video editing PC possible for £500.
- More than 1200 of you replied to our video editing software survey. Check out the surprising results here and find out what techradar pro readers use to edit their videos.
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