Top Video Tools

Auto Movie Creator Auto Movie Creator

Interface: Auto Movie Creator’s “Editing Wizard” feature ensures that you won’t be caught making an editing move you didn’t intend to make. With the help of this Wizard, it’s hard not to grasp how this program works right away. Usability: While you don’t have to activate the Editing Wizard feature, this is a great way to understand how the program works from the start. With the help of the Editing Wizard, you will be able to go through all of editing steps with ease. As far as user-friendliness and overall usability goes, Auto Movie Creator ears a top ranking. Main Function: Most people who have dabbled in video editing have come across Adobe’s popular products. While Adobe does make some great editing tools, these tools are often too complex to use effectively. Auto Movie Creator is the opposite of Adobe as far as usefulness and ease goes. In addition, Auto Movie Creator really does get the job done quickly and without a lot of fuss. While this program may not be for those who are experienced video editors, it is an ideal tool for amateur editors or those who are just getting started. Extra Features: The great thing about Auto Movie Creator is that it does most of the editing work for you. For example, this tool will tell you which scenes you should consider cutting, and you’ll learn how to effectively piece together a movie using the Editing Wizard. However, Auto Movie Creator does lack when it comes to highly advanced editing options. Value: Not only is Auto Movie Creator ideal for users of all levels (mostly beginner to intermediate levels), it’s also a great value. This video editor can be purchased for under $40, which is an excellent deal for a first-time editing tool.

Xilisoft Video Cutter Xilisoft Video Cutter

Interface: Xilisoft is a well-known brand within the editing world. This company makes all kinds of great editing tools, and the Xilisoft Video Converter is no exception to this rule. Xilisoft’s interfaces are always user-friendly and filled with lots of helpful tips and icons. Usability: Cutting film can be tough, and this isn’t a job that many people willing do. If you happen to be one of the few who enjoy cutting film or creating films, Xilisoft’s Video Cutter offering is definitely a worthwhile option to explore. Film cutting with this tool was simple and effective, but, at the same time, you won’t be overwhelmed with too many features and details. Main Function: Xilisoft’s Video Cutter supports almost all video formats available, which means that you won’t have to struggle to convert that unusual recording you have. With this tool, it is possible to cut and reserve certain sections of a video with ease. Built for use with Windows systems, this video cutter is one of the best (and most highly reviewed) on the market. Extra Features: Xilisoft’s Video Cutter comes with a few different features, but the one feature I’m most excited to tell you about is the preview feature. A video cutter or editor that doesn’t come with a preview feature can be a gamble. After all, being able to preview what you’ve cut from a video without actually losing that cut if you don’t like it is a huge deal. Value: Amazingly, Xilisoft’s Video Cutter is only $30 – a steal. If you’re looking to get into the video cutting business or you have a video that you want to chop, there really isn’t any reason to look elsewhere.

CyberLink PowerCinema CyberLink PowerCinema

Interface: A highly visual interface is often better than one that relies solely on text. This is a concept that the developers of CyberLink PowerDirector understand well. Lots of eye-catching icons and simple to understand thumbnails make this editor one of the best mapped out editors on the market. Usability: Getting through CyberLink PowerDirectors's interface is s cinch. As a result, using this program is also simple. Really, all you have to do is figure out what you want to edit, how you want to edit it, and then play around with the many options available. It’s hard to go wrong with this editor thanks to a great interface. Main Function: As you might have expected, the main purpose of CyberLink PowerDirector is to provide users with a complete editing tool. As such, this is a great tool to have in your repertoire if you are a serious video editor. Not only can you edit videos of almost any type, but you can also edit videos in 3D with the built-in 3D feature. Needless to say, this is one of the most complete video editors available. Extra Features: CyberLink PowerDirector has lots of extra features unlike many of its competitors. Users can edit video in almost any fashion while also adding subtitles, effects, and alter audio. Burning a video is also an easy possibility with this video editor. If you’re looking for an all-in-one editor, this is it. Value: Test out CyberLink PowerDirector for free for 30-days. Once your trial has expired, you will have to purchase this tool for around $100. This may seem like a high price to pay, but this is a tool that’s been designed for serious video editors, and, as such, it’s definitely worth the price.

AVS Video ReMaker AVS Video ReMaker

Interface: AVS makes quite a few video editing tools, so this developer is no stranger to user-friendly interfaces. AVS Video ReMaker comes with an intuitive interface that doesn’t require users to read through many manual pages or ask for help. Icons and simple explanations litter the interface, and this makes video editing with ReMaker easy for all. Usability: The best thing about AVS Video ReMaker is that it provides users with a great deal of flexibility. Users have complete control over every aspect of video editing from language to sound. This is one of the few editing tools that can boast so much user control, and control over a video that you’re editing is always a positive thing. Main Function: Sometimes, it takes AVS Video ReMaker awhile to convert and edit films (especially high definition films). However, this is a solid editing tool that is hard to beat. You can expect high quality editing, complete editorial control, and many different personalization options. You can also expect AVS Video ReMaker to work right the first time, which is something that many other editors of this type can’t claim. Extra Features: This suite includes a burner, editor, and converter in one package. Often, video editors are lacking when it comes to features, but this isn’t the case with AVS Video ReMaker. Value: For $39.95, AVS Video ReMaker is a great editing tool that’s not too expensive. Considering that other editing tools are in the $100 range, this is an ideal option for users of all levels.

AVS Video Editor AVS Video Editor

Interface: Video editors don’t usually come with friendly interfaces, that’s just the nature of the beast. That said, AVS Video Editor is one of the easiest video editors to use. If you are new to video editing, this is easily one of the best (if not the best) video editor option based on usability alone. Usability: As mentioned, AVS Video Editor is a simple tool to use. You will have to play with this video editor a few times in order to get the hang of it, but editing videos with this program is a cinch. If ease of use is what you’re after, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better video editor on the market. Main Function: Now that I’ve mentioned how easy this editor is to use, I’ll also point out that ease of use is this editors downfall as well. Since the developers behind AVS Video Editor have made this tool simple to use, they haven’t packed it with many different options and features. Again, this is best served as a basic tool suitable for those who are new to video editing. If you are a professional video editor or videographer, this might not be the best choice for you based on a lack of great features. Extra Features: Instead of adding a list of extra features (there aren’t a lot of mind-blowing features here), I’ll tell you what this editing tool lacks. You can’t edit a video backwards or in slow motion with this editor. If this doesn’t concern you, you can burn a video directly through the editor and perform many other basic functions. Value: At $40 (sometimes you can find a hefty discount on AVS website), this editor is a bit on the pricey side. Try it for free for a limited time (watermarked version) before you decide to make a purchase.

Conclusion

Out of the five video tools reviewed here, Xilisoft Video Cutter earned the highest interface points. Since video editing is already a complex task, an interface that doesn't cause a lot of confusion is really vital. If you've never used a video editing tool before, Xilisoft's offering is your best option.

If you're more familiar with video editing tools, Auto Movie Creator does offer a few features that you will find handy. In addition, this program performs all editing tasks as you would expect it to, and it comes with a reasonable price tag.

When searching for a video editing tool, look for one that comes with simple drop down menus, a clean design, and plenty of help options -- any program that makes the video editing process harder is not a program worth purchasing. For these reasons, Xilisoft Video Cutter is at the head of the pack.
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