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Best Video Editing Software for Mac 2018

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The Best Video Editing Software for Mac 2018, with recommendations for both FREE and PAID options to suit every Mac video editor, no matter what your budget or video style! -- LINKS -- ► FREE: (Best FREE Video Editing Software for Mac) - iMovie: http://primalvideo.com/go/imovie - DaVinci Resolve: http://primalvideo.com/go/davinci-resolve ► UNDER US$200: (Best Video Editing Software for Mac under $200) - DaVinci Resolve: http://primalvideo.com/go/davinci-resolve - WeVideo: http://primalvideo.com/go/wevideo - ScreenFlow: http://primalvideo.com/go/screenflow - iMovie: http://primalvideo.com/go/imovie - Adobe Premiere Elements: http://primalvideo.com/go/adobe-premiere-elements/ ► US$200+: (Best Video Editing Software for Mac over $200) - Adobe Premiere Pro: http://primalvideo.com/go/premiere - Final Cut Pro X: http://primalvideo.com/go/finalcutpro/ - DaVinci Resolve: http://primalvideo.com/go/davinci-resolve - WeVideo: http://primalvideo.com/go/wevideo - ScreenFlow: http://primalvideo.com/go/screenflow - iMovie: http://primalvideo.com/go/imovie - Adobe Premiere Elements: http://primalvideo.com/go/adobe-premiere-elements/ Affiliate links used where possible! *** GEAR WE USE *** https://primalvideo.com/gear 🚀 Join the Primal Video Accelerator waitlist: https://primalvideo.com/pvaccelerator 🚀 Learn how to build an audience, generate new leads on autopilot and SCALE your business with video step-by-step in our fast-track Primal Video Accelerator program! -- ~ Learn the ULTIMATE Process for Editing Videos Faster (FREE DOWNLOAD): https://primalvideo.com/the-primal-video-method/ ~ Subscribe to Primal Video weekly updates: http://primalvideo.com/subscribe -- Best Video Editing Software for Mac 2018 -- There are a TON of options out there when it comes to Mac video editing software. Whether you’re new to video editing, or are a long-time seasoned PRO Mac video editor, it can be difficult to keep up with all the software available to make sure you’re using the right program for you. Every 6-12 months we do a full review of the video editor landscape on both Mac and Windows, and update our recommendations on the best video editing software for every budget. In this video we do just that, with a full review of the best video editors for mac, and our recommendations for every budget! ********** GEAR WE USE: http://primalvideo.com/gear Check out all the gear we use and recommend at Primal Video! ********** --- Related Content --- - 5 Tips to Edit Faster in Final Cut Pro! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8t75uIcKlQ - Final Cut Pro vs Adobe Premiere Pro: Best Video Editor? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1DcYYWf2Uw - How to Make a Video Intro for YouTube (Full Tutorial!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbF-GI558q8 DISCLOSURE: We often review or link to products & services we regularly use and think you might find helpful. To support the channel, we use referral links wherever possible, which means if you click one of the links in this video or description and make a purchase we may receive a small commission or other compensation. We're big fans of Amazon, and many of our links to products/gear are links to those products on Amazon. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and related sites.
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Clorox Bleach (4 days ago)
I edit on Mac but can’t upload 😔
Kayla Marie Madayag (6 days ago)
Rn I’m using shotcut as my video editor but I want to see what I can do with other applications because there are a couple things I wanna do to my video that I can’t figure out how to in shotcut
Nice! Yeah maybe test out some other options!
James Williams (11 days ago)
Eye opening! Thanks for your help to put me in the right direction with a limited budget...
👍Glad I could help!
Robert Thomas (13 days ago)
Thanks Justin. Once I get comfortable and really good at using IMOVIE, I think I`ll upgrade to Final Cut Pro 10. Great advice.Thanks
No problem Robert!
jim harvey (14 days ago)
What is final cut 10
Ron Mac (18 days ago)
Nice review!
Thanks Ron Mac!
GothLoliOVA (23 days ago)
Ewww camtasia i used camrasia when i was younger its alright for a beginners lol till i found sony vegas lol im thinkinh of trying premiere
Pete's Pans (23 days ago)
Loooong winded intro
Ivor Putnam (23 days ago)
skip the first three minutes of this video because its a lot of unnecessary talk
Mute Falon (23 days ago)
I tried to download iMovie and I typed in my Apple ID and pw and after that it seemed like it was going to download but it’s nowhere to be found
minhlolike studio (24 days ago)
is free
Carsten (25 days ago)
At my iMovie I can not cut videos or sequences !
Joseph Mannetti (20 days ago)
Yes you can. If you select which clip you're trying to cut you right click and select split clip and you can split it into pieces which you can delete! Hope this helps
Carsten (25 days ago)
I have OS X 10.9.5 and I try`d to download Shotcut Free to do video for YT . I downloaded 4 times and I could not open it . So can`t use it !! What is wrong ? What did I not right ?? Thanks
Kurt Digenis (27 days ago)
Awsome work, thank you very much
Thanks Kurt! 😀
Eric York (1 month ago)
I use iMovie but I love premier
Things for you (1 month ago)
i use imovie it sucks h
sarah brown (1 month ago)
Update: Wevideo has a watermark now, dont use it
NOT Jayden (1 month ago)
Melody Man (1 month ago)
Great vid man. Thank you!
No problem! 👍
editinqicons (1 month ago)
I use iMovie, I've been using it for about 2 years now. All I do is edits of like movies or programmes, however I want to upgrade to something more advanced as it is pretty simple. I also am taking Media Studies for GCSE's (exams in the UK) and want to do it as a career so, what do you recommend?
If you're moving up from iMovie it would make sense to transition to Final Cut 👍
i love this video
omg omg omg i love all your video and i have a youtube channel to can you shout me out my youtube is James Phillips
Thanks James! 😀
xPureL (1 month ago)
I'm using FCPX but have the goal of becoming more professional in videoshooting&editing. Meaning that at some point I want to be able to work for bigger production company's in case I would like to go from self-employed to working for those company's. That being said, I wonder what software would be best to start learning. I know my FCPX, but I often have this idea that it's only interesting when working alone on a macbook pro. But when I want to make myself more interesting for bigger production company's, I should learn DaVinci, correct? I have my reasons for not wanting to use adobe (anymore). So my question is, is it a good step to go from FCPX to DaVR15 when having the above described goal? Or can it being said that FCPX will somehow again be 'professional' in the future? Cause since the X version came out, lots of bigger production company's stopped working with FCPX. Don't want to limit myself if FCPX is loosing the battle in bigger productions. My current work is making short (1min) video's with included drone footage. Usually for commercials and website banners.
Sarah and Nate (1 month ago)
I use iMovie and want to upgrade! Why can't I download Final Cut Pro X on my Mac? It says "Final Cut Pro X can’t be installed on “Macintosh HD” because OS X version 10.13.6 or later is required."
Sarah and Nate (1 month ago)
I don’t know how
Lin Wong (1 month ago)
just means you need to update your Mac
Attila Galla (1 month ago)
HI Justin. I want to ask if the LumaFusion works on Mac or just iPhone or iPad? Thanks
Just iPhone & iPad 👈
AoToGo (1 month ago)
So pleased I found this video and your channel, I've subscribed, thanks.
So awesome to hear it! 😀
Fishing victoria (1 month ago)
good work
RizzyRizz (1 month ago)
I tried DaVInci resolve on my Lenovo Thinkpad but editing is rough because they playback is so laggy! I gave up on it due because I don't know how to fix the lag
Miklos Nemeth (1 month ago)
I found Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve is OK for HD, but terribly slow with 4K, pretty unusable for a free software; it was waste of time to download and install it. iMovie and Final Cut Pro both copy and converts MP4 files before using them on the application. Pretty annoying. Premiere Elements and PRO both uses MP4 files directly, no need for conversion. On Mac (but not on Windows) both Premiere Elements/PRO can used MP4 files directly from SD cards, no need to copy them on the hard drive of the computer. This is pretty awesome. I have a 128G fast SD card and I'll do my editing directly from the card. I upload the edited result onto youtube, vimeo, facebook or onto my NAS. Definitely this is not of paramount importance. iMovie is simply brilliant, even with this MP4 conversion hassle.
S Mak (1 month ago)
I have tried using imovie but it crashed whenever I try importing my video, I have tried to reduce the size of my video in quick time but it still happens. Any suggestions??
Not too sure sorry! Hope it works out for you!
Andres Nomanches (1 month ago)
Yeah I just wanna paste other people’s faces onto something or someone... whats good for me?
HyperBiker (1 month ago)
davinci resolve SUCKS. It does not import ANY files anymore, and it crashes soooo often. And yes, I have a macbook pro.
Suburb Fishermen (1 month ago)
I have a Fishing youtube channel, what do you guys think would be best for that type of videos and uploading for my go pro ?? Trying to more shots and better quality in the videos.
Cook Beats (2 months ago)
YouTube not even letting us watch videos at 4K. So why record in 4K
LXRD x.x (1 month ago)
U can it depends on your browser If u search on safari for yt 4k it says no 4k but in chrome you can
Sketchy productions TM (2 months ago)
Great video, keep up the good work
Shantal Byfield (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for this!!! This was so helpful. I have a MacBook Pro and I am interested in downloading DaVinci Resolve on my laptop. Do you think it is a good idea to have his software on my mac along with other basic adobe software I already have? I am really just concern if it will slow things down or put too much load on my computer.
Shantal Byfield (1 month ago)
+Justin Brown - Primal Video I installed it twice and it force close several times. I think it was probably too much for my Macbook. I am sad about that because I have a few projects I want to work on and need something a little more advanced than iMovie.
You can always try it and if it puts too much pressure on your laptop then you can remove it, but definitely try it if you are interested!
PurpleEnforcerx (2 months ago)
*too cheap*
Jay Postman (2 months ago)
Literally iMovie is free and already installed on your mac. So I’m confused why is it under “above $200” section in the description.
JMR Rider (2 months ago)
I am a new video editor. I've been using iMovie.
John Scott (2 months ago)
I'm using Vegas Pro 16 Suite. But it's definitely time for a new machine. I'll either build a PC or invest in a Mac desktop. I just need to be sure I make the best move and not halt workflow any longer. If I get a Mac though, will I be able to use the plug ins that I got with Vegas Pro 16 Suite (like Ignite Pro, NewBlue FX, etc.) with Final Cut Pro X?
Kevin Revallo (2 months ago)
Way TOO much Talk and FaceTime - had to go on to another review
Bikinibxttom (2 months ago)
I use sharefactory for ps4 can I get a f in chat
TT RACER (2 months ago)
i love you so much
Ruca Rebordão (2 months ago)
Thank you Justin, that was a great help. Best
Happy to help!
Muhammed Afsal (2 months ago)
Hi Justin, Adobe Premier Pro & Final Cut Pro X What's best in your experience?
Roberto González (2 months ago)
Can I use Premiere on Mac air 13 inch ?
Yep, but it might be slow
Everything Mac (3 months ago)
Final Cut Pro X on a 2009 iMac
rajaa111 (3 months ago)
Great video, excellent info, thanks!!!
Thanks a lot! :)
Be Yourself World (3 months ago)
so helpful, thank you so so much!
My pleasure!
Dewa (3 months ago)
What a very nice video you got there mate! Thank you for the tips and keep it up!
Glad you liked it!!
Wilhelm Enns (3 months ago)
I use Final Cut PRO x
zhongijboss (3 months ago)
Oreo's Life (3 months ago)
Filmora for Mac. But it's watermark is a trouble.
FADE optix (3 months ago)
if you sub to me and reply then ill sub to you
FADE optix (3 months ago)
this is help full
Nicky Muge (3 months ago)
Thank you, Justin! Very informative video! Has anyone here used Adobe Premiere Elements? Thinking of purchasing this software. Any thoughts?
Nicky Muge (3 months ago)
Justin Brown - Primal Video thank you!
Grab the trial first and see how you like it, also check out Adobe Rush (their new one)
hi it’s me (3 months ago)
this was so useful as I have only just got a Mac!! I also love your accent haha
Thanks and thanks! LOL
Nishchay Kumar (3 months ago)
2019. Make another. HNY btw.
Watch this space :P
Motorhome Journey's (3 months ago)
Once again a fantastic video, well informed. However in MY opinion Adobe is not the answer for beginners. The monthly cost sucks, Premiere Elements on Mac no longer supports DVD writing and the earlier version was full of bugs. I believe for the Mac Final Cut Pro or Davinci is the answer. Keep up the great work, you are a breath of fresh air.
João Ferraz (3 months ago)
About Screenflow now... I have this one, I love it but I suggest people not to buy it because the newer versions are full of bugs and causing damage to videos, there are an entire community complaining about it and it´s bugs.
João Ferraz (3 months ago)
Very good reviews and tips, I think that Resolve is so cool but at the same time so bureaucratic to just simple export a simple video render that I founded several tutorials over 10 minutes on how to do just that task! Mannnn the most basic simple thing in a video editor is a visible and friendly RENDER/EXPORT button to do your job done! Resolve has an unbelievable suffering workflow to just do a video render. Well one more tip for free video editors! Blender 3D, yes, Blender has an internal an complete video editor suite for free and simples to use, more simples than Resolve. I understand the quality and professionalism of resolve, what I not understand where the hell are the idea of the designers and coders os resolve to create such painful system for exporting your video.
Shawn (3 months ago)
so final cut pro is the best then? Thats what I basically heard in the beginning.
Jade Zhang (3 months ago)
Im using iMovie. iMovie is ok it is good to edit but it is kind of annoying for audio and texts. I don't like how you have to do a specific place for text when other editors makes you out the text any where you want. iMovie is also a little confusing. I really want to upgrade but I don't know what to use. Im not allowed to buy any thing on my MacBook Air so I need something that is free but also affective.
TechPimp (3 months ago)
You should look into the New Filmora Pro 1.0 it's pro software
Mikhail Lambuson (4 months ago)
great presentation, exactly what I have been looking for. GoPro Studio does not work anymore and I am searching for an editing video that includes speed meter to show how fast I am riding and terrain condition. Thank you for your help and please continue what you are doing!!!
Mikhail Lambuson (3 months ago)
+Justin Brown - Primal Video Can the Adobe Premiere Pro capture GPS data - to show speed tracker, speedometer, GPS track and G-force taken from GoPro 7 black?
Thanks and glad to know you find this helpful. 😇
Dr. Alan Weinstein (4 months ago)
What software do you recommending to desqueeze video shot with anamorphic lens?
Dr. Alan Weinstein (4 months ago)
Justin Brown - Primal Video can I do it in Screenflow? I use that all the time
Any of the pro ones should have no issue doing that.. might be worth a quick google search to see the different workflows and options you have with the software you're most interested in
小青SmallGreen (4 months ago)
im using imovie..you can see my edit for vlog 1..is funny haha.. i wanted to make it more creative but...haha
Andalalin Bim (4 months ago)
SmallGreen nice :)
the best video i sew
Thank you :)
lui6link (4 months ago)
3:10 Starts
Akash Rao (8 days ago)
@lui6link thank you😁
MaggieGetsAnimated (2 months ago)
Ty also 5Ub 4 5UB
Cups (3 months ago)
thank you for you sacrafice
Andalalin Bim (4 months ago)
Yes haha
A N G E L G A C H A (4 months ago)
Who’s stuck with windows? 🙋🏽‍♀️
WenSaiPanther (4 months ago)
I love your reviews of video editing software, but I also need photo editing software that clears up hazy pictures. Any recommendations?
I don't do much with photos but SnapSeed and Lightroom are good options
Annaelle Anfisa (4 months ago)
Great video! Thank you 🙏🏻
You're welcome :)
Charles Wandero (4 months ago)
Am learning how to editor what do you recommend
Sas Kan (4 months ago)
Should I get the 2018 Macbook air or 2018 Macbook Pro??? Will the base model 2018 macbook air be sufficient?
will really come down to your budget and what else you need the laptop for
Pavlo Kozelo (4 months ago)
What camera do you using to capture yourself on this video? I like the image a lot!!!
Thanks! Panasonic GH5 with a Sigma 18-35mm lens (needs an adaptor called a speedbooster to make it work with this camera)
bonzology (4 months ago)
I use pro tools and resolve, I ditched final cut, premier is a money pit! Resolve and black magic designs are gonna take over the world with how great their products are! The fusion addition is gonna crush premier in the not so long run.
Nice, yeah will be interesting to see what happens with where each are moving
DVN Clan (4 months ago)
When you ask for a gaming pc and your mom gives you a Mac so you end up using sharefactory on your ps4
Hahaha 👍
HELLO I PLAY LEAGUE (4 months ago)
guys if you're like me (mac user) I want to use I movie but it requires the latest update, I personally hate then new os updates and cant use I movie. so I found this editor called Movavi basically an alternative to I movie
Younghomiezoee (4 months ago)
I’ve been using iMovie but I think it’s time to graduate 🎓 Final Cut Pro 🎬 here I come !!
Omnizoa (4 months ago)
I imported 10 images into Lightworks and it showed I imported 3. I imported 10 audio tracks into Lightworks and it showed I imported 8. Instantly uninstalled.
PiCkle BroThers (5 months ago)
Starting a channel with my cousin, I need some help on how to edit intros thumb nails and all that other stuff.
Try this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp3dFF-Bts0
The Urbex Person (5 months ago)
I'm using I movie but I nee to upgrade
MIGEL- NOREEN Valadez (5 months ago)
Wow!, Well done sir. Awesome presentation. I'm about to buy an iMac but your review certainly sprung me forward to video editing in earnest. Thank you very much.
Glad to hear Migel!! 🙏
Vibrans b (5 months ago)
Free :) 05:58 <200$ :) 11:33 >200$ :) 19:44 👇I appreciate it 👇
Pls_No_Kill (5 months ago)
Any one here to start a channel?
Lil Riggs (5 months ago)
Great insight! Thank you for posting.
Cheers Lil Riggs!
_kontact (5 months ago)
I want to use my video editing software to edit together everytime you say "video editing software""
HAHA I know. Any suggestion on what to say instead?? 😜
_kontact (5 months ago)
great video though ;) lol really helpful
BlondieNextDoor (5 months ago)
Great video, as always! This is the video I needed now. I am looking in getting a new laptop, not sure yet which one but probably Mac book pro. I am not too knowledgeable about technology, but I'm learning. It's scary to decide to spend 1K or more on a peace of equipment you don't know much about.
BlondieNextDoor (5 months ago)
Perfect, no need to upgrade to FCP! use whatever the easiest / fastest one is for you to get the videos out :)
BlondieNextDoor (5 months ago)
Thanx for the reply! That’s what’s I’m heading toward in the future, to use FCP, but for now I will be staying with iMovie even after purchasing Macbook pro.
Thanks! Yeah it's a tough one, I use both mac and pc almost every day.. love my macbook pro though and will be purchasing another one soon. Having the ability to use both FCP and Premiere a huge + for me..
Andres Hurtado (5 months ago)
Hey bro, nice video I would like to be able to have 2 individual screens for my videos doing song covers, is it possible to get this and Multicam editing in a not so expensive <$100 video editing software?
I'd look at Davinci Resolve
Magical Moments (5 months ago)
Where is the Lightroom and Avid? These are also top tools. And davinci resolve is amazing but hardware hungry.
Both got mentions in this video..
Koalarsky (5 months ago)
if you have a bad mac DONT GET PREMIERE PRO it made my computer so laggy and i had to click the export button like a million times to get the menu to come up
/ ZachCDY \ (5 months ago)
Thank you for this amazing information, it’s super organized with a no bs attitude👌
Thanks! That's our goal 👍
OmegaMan X (5 months ago)
I use iMovie app but I need something excellent for uploading and editing videos for YouTube purposes
iMovie should work fine.. but lots of other options covered in this video too :)
• Mystic Updates • (5 months ago)
I've watched every mac pc video of yours because i might be getting one soon and i don't know how to use it so i am watching these video's so i can be good and you've helped me alot!!
Awesome! Glad they helped 😊
SilentStuff (5 months ago)
my Davinci Resolve crashes.
Milena ELZINGA (6 months ago)
Hi, I have downloaded DaVinci Resolve on my laptop, however, it lags a lot. It's a new MacBook Pro. My old laptop had the same issue. Is this issue frequent with laptops or is just mine? I wanted to download Final Cut Pro but I am worried that it will be laggy as well. Do you have any advice?
Co-Shaun TV (4 months ago)
Milena ELZINGA use the free trial before you purchase.
Gayle Jann (6 months ago)
Hi, I am shooting my videos with my iPad mini 4 and recording with a Tascam DR 10L lavelier mic and recorder. I was having a problem with audio drift and then I did a test and it seems like if I film at 25 fps it will solve the audio drift problem. (It appears the iPad shoots with a variable frame rate per second and the Tascam records with a constant fps but that may not really be the problem or even true.) Is there any problem shooting with 25 fps? The default with the apple camera app is 30 fps but that does not work with the Tascam recorder because there is audio drift after less than 3 minutes. I would really appreciate some help with this!
Montaguesh (6 months ago)
Starts at 2:35
Yasmeen Kayyali (6 months ago)
i have downloaded after effects however i don’t know which editing app is the one i seek. my aim here is to edits videos of series i watch and add dialogues here and there while enhancing the resolution and colours. i want to have all of the tools to do that however i don’t know which app to depend on for now as im still a beginner. i used iMovie for the past 2 years or so and thought it was such a great app, yet now that i know there are many better ones. i wanna know which one i should start using. so my question here is that what app should i use for my aim, and where could i learn more about it? does after effects serve my aim or should i go for something like premier pro for better portrayal of the serials’ scenes. if you have any tips on which app should i use and where to learn about it i would really appreciate it. thank you!
Tjitze Kranzo (6 months ago)
Honestly this is a great help in showing all the options that are out there. More research than I can say I've done!!
Mike Brancatelli (6 months ago)
great video. which software would you recommend for creating Instagram and snapchat videos? videos that are long, vertical and can have text without cropping it out.

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