Samuel AxonContributor, PCWorld

Samuel Axon is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who’s spent the past 10 years covering culture, personal technology and video games. He is also a marketing and communications consultant for indie game developers.

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The best video editing software: Reviews, buying advice, and more

Find the right video editing program for your needs, for $80 or less.

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Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra review: Ahead of the pack, especially in 360 video

Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra aims to bring every feature under the sun to a video editor that is accessible and affordable, and it largely succeeds.

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Magix Vegas Pro 15 review: Major overhaul makes it one of the best

Vegas Pro 15 adds numerous modern features that serious video editors expect. The result is one of the best semi-pro video editing applications for the price.

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Final Cut Pro X review: A great prosumer video editor that some pros will like, too

Final Cut Pro X is an innovative, elegant, and unusual video editing program that's evolved to be more prosumer than professional, but it still offers a lot to independent creators of all types.

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Avid Media Composer First review: Get all the pro features with just a few limitations

Avid Media Composer First is the free version of one of Hollywood’s most popular film and TV editing programs.If you have the patience to grapple with its complexity, Avid Media Composer First is excellent software for learning professional video editing skills.

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The best free video editing software: Great tools for YouTube stardom and more

The best free video editing software could be a scaled-down trial version, an open-source alternative, or a simple applications aimed at home video creators.

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VSDC review: This free video editor holds back too much

VSDC has a lot of features you won’t find in other free video editors, like picture-in-picture, video stabilization, and the ability to upload multiple YouTube videos at once. If you can deal with its quirks, it’s one of the most powerful options available. But its interface isn’t very user-friendly, it has some major limitations, and the free version essentially throttles the speed at which you can process your videos.

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Hitfilm Express 2017 review: Powerful features lie behind a quirky interface

Hitfilm Express is a free video editor with great tutorials and powerful features. However, its unconventional interface and annoying download procedure could turn off some users.

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Lightworks for Windows review: The free version falls short in export options

Lightworks' free version is strikingly powerful in terms of features, but its export options are very limited.

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Shotcut review: This open-source video editor is impressive

Shotcut is an open-source, free video editing program that has been around for more than a decade. It’s not the most intuitive or professionally presented, but beneath its rough presentation lies a remarkably powerful program.

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iMovie 10 review: Free video editing that's elegant and easy

Apple’s iMovie is a delight to use, if sometimes minimalist to a fault. It lacks some of the formats and features supported in other programs, but what’s there is implemented beautifully.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 18 review: The best video editor does it all for you

Adobe Premiere Elements stands out with tutorials and automatic curation and content creation features that very nearly do all the work for you.

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Nero Video 2017 review: As good as it gets for ripping, copying, and repackaging video

Nero’s as good as it gets for ripping, copying, and repackaging existing works. But if you’re more concerned with original content creation, there may be better fits out there.

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VideoPad Video Editor review: A great starter kit for up-and-coming social media stars

VideoPad Video Editor is an affordable, entry-level video editing application that’s particularly powerful for creators who want to publish their videos to YouTube or Facebook.

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Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate review: Plenty of features and one problem

Pinnacle Studio 21 could be a great fit for any amateur video editor who wants some semi-pro tools at an accessible price. It's too bad that bugs and crashes still arise in this release.