23 Best Software Programs for Wedding Video Editing

23 Best Software Programs for Wedding Video Editing

In the U.S. alone, there are 2.5 million weddings every year, and according to Forbes, at least one-third of the couples getting married hires a professional videographer to shoot their wedding. Whether you focus exclusively on filming weddings, or you’re a filmmaker looking to make some extra income on the side, or, you’re just exploring the world of filming weddings, the wedding video market presents lucrative, ongoing opportunities. And there’s never been a better selection of software programs available.

Today, there are wedding video editing tools that will help you be more efficient so you can speed up your production times. Plus, those that let you create wedding films for your clients with cinematic-level special effects. We looked at the best tools available for wedding video editing, from the top of the line professional platforms to free, open source programs. Whether you’re an experienced professional who wants to improve your productivity, or you’re just starting to explore filming wedding videos professionally, it’s worth checking out the variety of software programs available that are designed to help you do your job better.

1. Adobe’s Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is the gold standard when it comes to professional wedding video editing. Its versatility when it comes to working with different plugins makes it one of the most flexible editing softwares available, so the sky’s the limit on your creativity when using this tool.

As an Adobe product, Premiere Pro is similar to and works well with Adobe graphics programs, including Photoshop and After Effects, as well as other programs like Adobe Audition. Professional video editors love it because it has the capability of doing almost any kind of effect they can dream of. Recent updates include 360 virtual reality capabilities. And, it has collaborative tools that make it easy if you work with a team.

What Reviewers Say:

Premiere Pro gets 5-star reviews from the majority of professional reviewers we researched. Though, some reviewers complain of its high price.

Operating Systems: macOS and Windows

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Price: $239.88 per year or $29.99 per month.

2. Apple’s Final Cut Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro Screenshot

Professional wedding video editors who use Mac computers favor Final Cut Pro because it works seamlessly with their Apple hardware. One of this software’s most favored features is its magnetic timeline, which eliminates syncing issues that can occur in the editing process. The software also enables you to sync different sources or audio, which can be especially useful in wedding video editing with music and multiple voices.

In addition, there are a number of third-party plugins that are compatible with Final Cut Pro that can add to its already robust capabilities. The software on its own comes with dozens of video and audio effects, as well as transitions. Described as a “prosumer” software program, Final Cut Pro has an array of capabilities that will please professional wedding video editors, while being user-friendly enough for serious consumers who want more capabilities than iMovie has, and are willing to pay for them.

What Reviewers Say:
Some reviewers say Final Cut Pro is more intuitive and easier to learn than Premiere Pro. However, video editors who are used to using traditional video editing timelines say Final Cut Pro’s magnetic timeline takes some getting used to. Unlike Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro is not sold as subscription, so you won’t be forced to “pay up” again after a year of using it.

Operating Systems: macOS

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Price: $299.99

3. Jump

Jump Video Editing Software

Jump is one of the first artificial intelligence-enabled video editing tools on the market. With it’s AI-powered algorithms, it drastically cuts down on your production labor hours so you can focus on the things you’d rather be doing, like shooting great footage.

Jump is designed to be used before you start editing in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or other video editing tools. The software lets you identify select individuals in your footage, and then, through its proprietary facial recognition algorithms, it will find every instance of that person in your video footage. This is especially useful in videos where you have multiple people, such as weddings and sporting events, where you want to ensure that no one is left out of your final cut, and that you also get the best footage of a given person.

Jump also makes it easy to identify and select specific scenes in your videos. The combination of boosting your productivity and its low price point of $9.99 per month makes Jump a no-brainer when it comes to video editing tools that will make your life easier.

What Reviewers Say:
Professional video editors say Jump cuts their production times down by 30-80%. They also like its ability to capture specific moments in video footage, which works especially well for wedding videos, sporting events, or videos with multiple short scenes. Another features that pro reviewers praised was Jump’s ability to capture select emotions, which cannot be done with editors like Final Cut Pro or iMovie.

Operating Systems: macOS, with Windows coming soon

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Price: $9.99 per month

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4. Lightworks

Lightworks Video Editing Software

Lightworks has been used to edit famous feature length films, including The Wolf of Wall Street and The King’s Speech. But the company boasts that it’s a video editing tool “for everyone” and they now offer a free version for those who are just starting out. Pro wedding video editors like it because it provides a collection of professional-level editing tools, including multicamera editing, high-quality color correction, and 4K support.

What Reviewers Say:
Lightworks offers the most powerful video editing tool available in a free version. Though, there’s a learning curve to using the software; it’s not as intuitive as other programs.

Operating Systems: macOS, Windows, and Linux

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Price: Free version, then $24.99 per month or $174.99 per year subscription; $437.99 to own it outright

5. EDIUS Pro by Grass Valley

EDIUS Pro 8 Video Editing Softare

EDIUS Pro is known for having all of the professional editing tools you’d find with the leading software programs, like Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro, but with a slightly easier learning curve. Capabilities include an enhanced editing timeline, multicamera support, 64-bit processing, and 4K support.

What Reviewers Say:
Users like EDIUS Pro because you can import videos from every kind of device, including your phone or a professional digital movie camera, without having to convert them first.

Operating Systems: Windows

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Price: $179.00 – $999.00

6. Hit Film Express

Hit Film Express Video Editing Software

Hit Film Express is another professional-level editing tool that pro wedding videographers can embrace if they don’t want to invest in the higher price tag that comes with Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro. Hit Film offers a full suite of features, including nearly 200 visual effects and 2D and 3D composition tools.

What Reviewers Say:
There’s a steep learning curve, so you have to invest some time to learn how to optimally use the tool, but Hit Film provides online tutorials to make that process easier.

Operating Systems: macOS and Windows

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Price: Free up to $349.00

7. Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve is known as one of the top color correction video editing tools on the market. Now Resolve offers a host of video editing capabilities that make it a potential substitute for other programs, depending on your budget and editing needs. With recent upgrades, the company claims the software is 10-times faster.

What Reviewers Say:
Reviewers say that while DaVinci Resolve is the best tool for color correction available, though its video editing capabilities are not on par with Premiere Pro of Final Cut Pro. If you need 4K support, you’ll have to go with the paid version.

Operating Systems: macOS and Windows

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Price: Free version, up to $299.00

8. Sony Vegas Pro 15

For professional wedding video editors who put a strong emphasis on audio controls and quality, Sony Vegas Pro is a top pick. Vegas Pro comes with a robust audio editor, that’s arguably even better than Premiere Pro’s or Final Cut Pro’s. It also has multiple video editing tools, including 3D and multicam editing, which make it a great, lower-priced alternative to Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. Vegas Pro also has a number of third-party plugins that enhance its capabilities.

What Reviewers Say:
A robust community of users and plenty of YouTube videos make Vegas Pro relatively easy to learn.

Operating Systems: macOS, Windows

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Price: $299 – $699

9. Cyberlink PowerDirector

Cyberlink PowerDirector

Cyberlink PowerDirector is a lower-priced alternative to Vegas Pro. Like DaVinci Resolve, the software is known for its color correction features. Despite its relatively low price point, PowerDirector offers some robust professional editing tools, including 360-degree view capabilities and multicam and 3D editing. It also supports 4K. However, if you’re an Apple fan, you’ll have to try another program, as PowerDirector doesn’t support MacOS.

What Reviewers Say:
This is a great program for an entry-level video editor who plans to go pro, as it has an easy, intuitive interface.

Operating Systems: Windows

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Price: $79.99 – $129.99

10. Corel VideoStudio

Corel Video Studio

VideoStudio is a great software tool for the video editor hobbyist with its easy-to-use interface and huge assortment of filters and video effects. It does offer pro-level features, including multicam editing, and support for 360-degree, VR, HD, and 3D editing, as well as 4K support.

What Reviewers Say:
VideoStudio is a great option for a hobbyist. However, relatively slow rendering speeds and no search capabilities for media clips or effects, and a limited number of video overlay tracks make it less desirable for pro wedding video editors.

Operating Systems: Windows

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Price: $71.99

11. Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Composer

Traditionally used by professionals, Avid Media Composer recently came out with a free version that presents a great opportunity for less experienced video editors who are contemplating going pro. The premium version is used extensively in Hollywood on both TV shows and feature length films.

While the free version includes a range of tools and features that would appeal to pros, it doesn’t support 4K and has limited import formats.

What Reviewers Say:
The program is difficult to learn, so unless you’re a pro or serious about going pro, you may want to try some other options.

Operating Systems: Windows

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Price: Free and then $74.99 per month or $599.00 annual subscription. Perpetual licenses also available.

12. ApowerEdit

APowerEdit

ApowerEdit doesn’t require any previous editing experience to get started, which makes it great for the hobbyist. The tool lets you manage your media files and libraries from different tabs, giving it an intuitive interface that’s easy to learn. And you can do almost everything by either clicking or dragging.

What Reviewers Say:
It’s a great editing tools for new video editors but lacks features that a professional or even serious hobbyist would want.

Operating Systems: Windows

Supported Formats and Other Technical Specs:
Video: avi, mpeg, wmv, mp4, mov and others
Audio: wav, mp3, m4a, mid, flac, aac, wma, au, aiff, ogg, and others.
Image formats: bmp, jpg, png, and tif
Devices: Apple, Samsung, HTC, SanDisk, Sony, LG, Huawei, BlackBerry, and Amazon mobile devices.
Players: Windows Media Player 11, or higher for WMV video playback; Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later

Price: $47.94 per year for hobbyists. Business licenses run from $71.94 – $95.94.

13. Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio Screenshot

Pinnacle Studio is a near-pro-level video editing tool that wedding videographers who aren’t ready to spring for more expensive tools may want to check out. It’s one of the least expensive video editing tools available that offers a comprehensive suite of professional-level video editing tools. These include 350-degree and VR content, as well as multicam editing, 4K support, and powerful audio-editing. The software also comes with a selection of royalty-free music and voice over effects.

What Reviewers Say:
Some reviewers complained of the system crashing every now and then, and that there are some motion tracking issues.

Operating Systems: Windows

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Price: $59.95 – $129.95

14. Magix Movie Edit Pro

Magix Movie Edit Pro

Magix Movie Edit Pro is another program for wedding video editors who are looking for some bells and whistles in their editing tool, but don’t want to break the bank. The software comes with trailer-style movie templates, over 1,500 effects and transitions, and quality audio editing tools. It also supports 360-degree video content, multicam editing and 4K. Upgrades provide additional features.

What Reviewers Say:
The software comes with a variety of template and storyboard options, but it’s a little more challenging to use and not quite as fast as other editing tools in its class.

Operating Systems: Windows

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Price: $79.99

15. Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premiere Elements

If you’re not sure if you want to take the plunge and license Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements is a great way to dip your toe in. Premiere Elements can be a great option for wedding video editors who are just starting out, but are considering going pro in the future. With its easy-to-use and well-organized interface, which is a hallmark of Adobe products, Premiere Elements is a great option for serious editing hobbyists. While it lacks some features, like 3D and multicam editing, it does support 4K.

What Reviewers Say:
Premiere Elements lacks the 3D and multicam editing that other programs in its price class offer, so if you’re looking for those features in this price range, there are other options available.

Operating Systems: macOS and Windows

Supported Formats and Other Technical Specs:
AVCHD (import only), DV-AVI (import/export on Windows, import only on mac OS), DVD, H.264, HDV, MPEG-1 (import only), MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MP3, QuickTime, Windows Media (Windows only), and others. Import/export of some formats may require activation via an Internet connection.

Price: $99.99

16. Movavi Video Editor

Movavi Video Editor

Movavi Video Editor is known as a super easy-to-use program that doesn’t require any previous video editing experience to use. Popular among YouTubers, it doesn’t have the learning curve that programs like Sony Vegas Pro and others in that class require, yet it does have more robust features than programs like iMovie and Movie Maker.

What Reviewers Say:
Reviewers like the easy interface and cool editing features, including text overlays, provided audio files, and sound effects.

Operating Systems: macOS and Windows

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Price: Free and then $39.95 – $79.95

17. VideoPad Video Editor

NCH VideoPad Video Edito

VideoPad Video Editor is a great video editing tool for beginner video editors. The software lets you add an unlimited number of tracks to your project, plus it lets you edit and export super high-resolution videos as well as 3D and 4K footage.

What Reviewers Say:
It’s a great video editing tool for its price, but it’s lacks important features like an audio mixer and surround sound configurator.

Operating Systems: macOS, Windows, Android, and Amazon Kindle

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Price: Free and then $29.99 – $49.99

18. Apple’s iMovie

Apple iMovie

iMovie has one of the easiest interfaces of any video editor available, making it a great program for anyone who’s just starting to explore the world of video editing. And while it’s a simple-to-use tool, it’s considered a great introductory tool to Final Cut Pro. So, if you’re an Apple fan and convinced that you’ll stay on the Apple path once you plan to upgrade, iMovie is a great first step. An added bonus is that iMovie now supports 4K videos.

What Reviewers Say:
iMovie doesn’t have multicam capabilities, but for a free, easy-to-use tool, you have nothing to lose in trying it out.

Operating Systems: macOS

Supported Formats and Other Technical Specs:
Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel Core processor (512 MB of RAM required for HDV support). 256MB of RAM; 512MB recommended. Mac OS X v10.3.9 or v10.4.3 or later; Mac OS X v10.4.4 recommended. QuickTime v7.0.4 or later (v7.0.4 included with iLife ’06).

Price: Free with Apple computers

19. Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is arguably the easiest video editor on the market, making it a great tool for a novice (who isn’t on a Mac.) The tool lets you easily combine different clips into digital movies with text overlay, transitions, and background music.

What Reviewers Say:
Movie Maker does lack some of the features that iMovie has, but for an entry-level video editing program if you’re on a PC, it’s a great free tool to try out.

Operating Systems: Windows

Supported Formats and Other Technical Specs:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional. 600 megahertz (MHz) processor, such as an Intel Pentium III, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon, or equivalent processor. 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM. 2 gigabytes (GB) of free hard disk space. Audio capture device and DV or analog video capture device.

Price: Free

20. Wondershare Filmora Video Editor

Wondershare Filmora Video Editor

Filmora is another video editing program that novice wedding videographers can learn quickly. The software comes with dozens of visual effects, including fun, split screen capabilities. You can easily add text overlays and background music from the program’s built-in library. The company has a pro version in the works, which is an added incentive to get familiar with Filmora’s free version.

What Reviewers Say:
The interface is super easy to use, but the tools lacks key editing features, such as search features and motion tracking. But it’s the best alternative to Windows Movie Maker on the market.

Operating Systems: macOS and Windows

Supported Formats and Other Technical Specs:
Supports all key standard HD videos including MP4, AVI, H261, H264, FLV, MKV, M4V, 3GP, MOV, MPEG, VOB, RMVB, TS, M2TS, WMV, ASF, and others. Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG, and others. Images: JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, JPE, GIF, DIB, JFIF, TIF, and TIFF.

Price: Free, with a pro version coming soon

21. Shotcut

Shotcut Video Editing

Shotcut is another entry-level editing tool that is super popular with YouTubers. An open-source platform, Shotcut is free and is compatible with not only Mac and Windows, but Linux too.

What Reviewers Say:
It’s a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker, but has a steeper learning curve than Movie Maker or iMovie.

Operating Systems: macOS, Windows, and Linux

Supported Formats and Other Technical Specs:
64-bit Windows 7 – 10, Apple OS X 10.8 – 10.10, or 64-bit Linux with at least glibc 2.13.
CPU: x86-64 Intel or AMD; at least one 2 GHz core for SD, 2 cores for HD, and 4 cores for 4K. GPU: OpenGL 2.0 that works correctly and is compatible. On Windows, you can also use a card with good, compatible DirectX 9 or 11 drivers. RAM: At least 4 GB for SD, 8 GB for HD, and 16 GB for 4K.

Price: Free

22. VirtualDub

Virtual Dub Video Editing Software

VirtualDub is another free, open source video editing tool that can make your job of editing wedding video footage faster. It’s designed to trim and clean up your video files before exporting them to another program. It’s great for processing AVI files but it can also can read (though not write) MPEG-1 files and process BMP image sets. It comes with added features like split-screen videos and batching capabilities that make it easy when working with a large number of files.

What Reviewers Say:
VirtualDub does not have the power that other video editing tools posses, but it’s great for streamlining your production process, and at a free price point, it’s a no brainer to try it out.

Operating Systems: Windows

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Price: Free

23. OpenShot

Open Shot Video Editing Software

Open Shot is known for its easy-to-use interface and great selection of pro-level video editing tools. Another free, open source program, it’s definitely worth checking out. Features include 3D-rendering and a host of special effects and animations.

What Reviewers Say:
As a free and open source software, it can have some buggy, lagging issues, but it has a responsive community of users, and the software is updated on a regular basis.

Operating Systems: macOS, Windows, and Linux

Supported Formats and Other Technical Specs:
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Price: Free

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