Top 5 BEST VIDEO EDITING Software for YouTube! (2020)

Top 5 BEST VIDEO EDITING Software for YouTube! (2020)

If you want to make videos for YouTube, these are the absolute best video editing software. These will be in 5 categories from best for beginners to best overall finishing things out. In the final category, we’ll have 2 winners. Best overall subscription and for those of you that hate reoccurring fees, best overall lifetime license. All of the video editors mentioned include premium tools and advanced features that will help you to make high-quality videos, especially for those of you creating content for YouTube or working on any other post-production projects.

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“Best Software” Playlist

0:35 Best for Beginners
2:20 Best for Macs or Apple Fanatics
3:19 Best Special Effects
4:14 Best Value
4:56 Best Overall (Subscription & Lifetime License)

Adobe Premiere Elements
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple iMovie
HitFilm Pro
Hitfilm Express
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
DaVinci Resolve Studio



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  1. KandisJoy on September 20, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you! Great video. I loved how structured it was and you let us know exactly what to expect right at the beginning.

  2. Zoroz93 Games on September 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    davinci resolve 16 is trash, I tried to use it but it couldn’t render for some reason

  3. Srikanth Sharma on September 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks mate 👍

  4. Healthy Mind on September 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm


  5. Info History Channel on September 20, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks ..

  6. Joe R on September 20, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    What happened to After Effects? I think that is the best one for effects.

  7. Jerald Brian Relos on September 20, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Hi there! I need to eliminate background noise in my music video. What software can you recommend?
    Thanks in advance!

  8. JJM Productions Team on September 20, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Does corel videostudio work with Mac?

  9. Daxon Strachan on September 20, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks. Needed this cus the current free AVS sucks ass. Always freezing. Infuriating for the flow.

  10. Happy Saini on September 20, 2020 at 8:02 pm


  11. captureastside on September 20, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    I like the way this video is structured!

  12. Jack Jack on September 20, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    hey all i am a beginner learner for video editing but i hate paid software i do know this we can download it for free but i am scared…

    edit: i downloaded premiere pro for free…….

  13. Kaybe - Cryptosphere on September 20, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Sorry but DaVinci crashing or slow as hell. Just to let you know:
    My new laptop with Ryzen 5 4500, 8gb ram, 256gb
    And it can’t handle it… Forget it

  14. Ali Man on September 20, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    What’s a good video editor that doesn’t require too much in resources, I have a pc

  15. Kermit the Slav on September 20, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    What? Corel video studio is a piece of garbage. It works for like 6-7 months and then starts crashing every time you try to edit. Don’t waste your money on an otherwise good software making company

  16. Chris Cruz' Aussie Fishing on September 20, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Very informative…thanks for sharing..

  17. Shelly Carritt on September 20, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I am in the process of converting VHS home movies to digital. What I am finding is a lot of static. In some cases so much static I can’t hear the voices. Do you have a recommendation for a software that would be good for enhancing faded color, motion stabilization and sound editing? Please and thank you.

  18. DG Filming Production on September 20, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Y’all didn’t mention power director I’m upset

  19. DG Filming Production on September 20, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Hate the fact that adobe premiere and Adobe after affects have subscriptions. I wanna pay for the download and be done. Not paying monthly. I do well with Power director 18 ultimate anyway

  20. E3.14C on September 20, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    If giving these companies your personal info isn’t your style, here’s a simple alternative.
    All three of these are available for Mac, Linux, and Windows. Completely free, without anything needed from you in return (no information to provide, or account made).

    OBS: Open Broadcast Software is a free Video Recording + Streaming Tool. It allows you to tinker until you get the encoding results you want from flv or avi recordings (just remux those to mp4, no loss in quality). Can be as simple or advanced as you want it to be.
    Shotcut: You can do everything your native operating system’s editor does, but with more features, and fine tuning to the final output just like how you can fine tune your encoding in OBS. Even if all you do is make simple cuts/edits with your native Video Editor, I highly suggest checking it out as you only need a download (no funny business like how DaVinci requires where you live, your name, phone number, etc.). I’ve personally have been able to achieve 720p_60fps by spending time to find what settings for output works best for me with the video recordings I produce, and while the file size can get into GBs large for a 15 minute cut together, the quality is high even on a 1080p display. If you are trying to figure out why your uploads to YouTube look bad, research what a video’s bitrate is, and how YouTube handles your video when you upload it.
    LosslessCut: It’s what I personally use instead of looking for a better alternative for editing. It basically let’s me copy a chunk out of my remuxed mp4s, by looking for the keyframe intervals of the video and marking a beggining and end. The software then does it’s thing, and I have the pieces I want to edit with. This helps cut down on space, and since I like saving the original recordings (or at least the remux into mp4) with the project file in Shotcut on a seperate drive in case YouTube goes kerput, or I want to see how my skills imrpoved over time. That’s achievable in a more efficient manner than just storing the raw recording in it’s full size, or the output of editing itself (which is not a good idea, but note that you may wish to do this for a time in case the upload to YouTube isn’t very good, or some other matter).

    If you have a question, use a search engine to see if anyone else had a relate issue. If that is super unhelpful (which happens), rethink what it is you are trying to do, or where the problem may be. You will need to take time to slowly figure things out by testing how the outcome is effected in different ways. The documentation that each of these provides for itself is invaluable, including the forums that also have information you can access. For instance, it took me days of research through search engines finding information that was flatout wrong, outdated, correct but only for different reasons not applicable to me, or not the answer I was looking for, just to find a film maker thread that discussed lightly the effects of bit-rate control. I went from having the grossest looking 720p video I ever saw in my life, to a quality I only really saw from partnered channels. I found out many things, here is a simple example…
    Encoder in OBS: I found that x264 uses your processor, while H.264 (and variations thereof) use your gpu/software encoding. For 60fps footage of BFV, the x264 encoder worked wonders at retaining detail in motion, and capturing the depth of the game. While the gpu/softare encoding would (upon closely applying my face to my lcd screen) reveal why that one spot looked blurry, or why that explosion looked like lasagna, and I quickly realized that for my personal computer it wasn’t the best option. You will likely end up doing this for every setting, and mix of settings until you can understand how your computer can best be utilized for the target result (wether or not you reach that target, is dependant on how much time you are willing to spend finding out if you can achieve it).

    If you stumbled to this comment looking for that kind of information, good luck!

    PS: A one and forty minute 720p recording in flv format with my OBS settings outputs to about 3.4GB~. This with my setup can change based on the motion, colors, audio or lack thereof, etc. If your 2 minute video at a "Lossless" preset records to >= that size, chances are it may be worth it to your hard drive to look into reducing that, while minimizing the quality reduction. Remember that other people’s recording, editing goals will be different from yours, and you will need to find what works best through trial and error most of the time.

  21. Archons on September 20, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Adobe are just scamming people, you’re not really buying the product, more like renting it.

  22. trump 2020 on September 20, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    hey I’ve had this software for a while and it makes editing pretty simple for novices, ill leave this link if y’all don’t mind checking it out.

  23. Gianluca Badejo on September 20, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Adobe products shouldn’t be included here. They are for corporations. Plus they shouldn’t be commended because of their cancerous subscription model which has infected the entire industry.

  24. Positive Academy on September 20, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    what about filmora video editor is it best to buy the lifetime license?
    I am a content creator

  25. Kamal Yadav on September 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    i use studio 19 but this time 23

  26. Evan Erickson on September 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    That intro is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

  27. Cooking and Tourism Blog on September 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    I subscribe to your channel. Please subscribe to my channel

  28. Devil Dog on September 20, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    How about Vegas pro

  29. FuseCx on September 20, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    they all cost money

  30. RJ De Fusco on September 20, 2020 at 8:27 pm


  31. Sally Isabel Boyer on September 20, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Premiere Elements is awful though.

  32. EmporerAaron on September 20, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Does any of these allow one to upload more then 23 minutes? Arcsoft ShowBiz is what I use. Though its good, at high quality its only able to uplosmad to a max of 23 minutes. Something free or pay once to use, maybe adding sound effects as well for Windows.

  33. PsychicSploob on September 20, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Don’t use hitfilm if you want to import videos that are 2 hours long. It will crash :/

  34. tbraskey on September 20, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    I am looking specifically for a video editor that lets me go frame to frame for paranormal research, do you know of any software that would enable me to search video, find a specific frame and make/download/save a jpeg image of the video frame.

  35. E Y on September 20, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to do this. Great video!

  36. Kyle on September 20, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Ive been using resolve for a few years now, and I love it for its color grading tools, and that its generally snappier in its playback than anything else I’ve used. BUT, I hate how buggy fusion seems to be on my end. Its basically unusable. All I want to do is set up/use some nice transitions with motion blur, but a lot of times playback will simply stop working until I restart the program. Previously I used sony/magix vegas as I loved their interface the most. But they fell behind on running on modern machines with full GPU support, so I had to stop using them. But maybe I’ll try them again since they’ve revamped things.

  37. Gaming,tech,travel But mostly gaming on September 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    What about Cyberlink director?

  38. caron ara on September 20, 2020 at 8:39 pm


  39. MrSnaggle on September 20, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    What did you use to edit this video

  40. RelaxxingTimeMusic on September 20, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Hey TechGumbo, l need your help.

  41. John Patrick Lazaro on September 20, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you! I will try the DaVinci Resolve.

  42. Patrick Horckmans on September 20, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Premiere Pro CC just keeps crashing all the time. Waste of time and money!

  43. Andreas Fischbacher on September 20, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Premiere Elements is crap – even for beginners

  44. phillip archuleta on September 20, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    TechGumbo, what video editing software did you use for this vide. I think it looks great!

  45. TechGumbo on September 20, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    As usual, we were not paid or sponsored to produce this video and the links provided are not affiliate links… Thanks for watching 🙂 If you’re looking for a free video editor, here’s a link to our roundup of the best FREE video editing software:

  46. OriginalZakopane2 on September 20, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    What is your editor, i’ll pay anything!

  47. MrDill on September 20, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Don’t bother with hitfilm express the amount of crashing is not worth it.

  48. Michael Butler on September 20, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Have you considered doing a video on software that assists synchronization of audio and video files especially automatically?

  49. ODMANG on September 20, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Hey everyone I’m looking to make a mini series on dayz which is a pc game I was gunna use streamlabs to record the gameplay and audio what is a good software to use i see all these suggestions but alot of negative and positives but there all conflicted

  50. Quinn Steddom on September 20, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I use filmora

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