Choosing your software
The editing techniques we'll cover in this guide can be applied within any editing software you choose, so pick the editor that best fits your situation.
Adobe Premiere (Mac or PC)
At Wistia, our editor of choice is Adobe Premiere. If you're ready to make a long-term investment in video, we highly recommend jumping right into using Premiere, even as a beginner.
Premiere has a more traditional video editing interface and is relatively easy to learn from scratch. Under the hood, there are a ton of great features to help make your post-production process more efficient. As a bonus, it's built for either Mac or PC!
iMovie (Mac) or Windows Movie Maker (PC)
If you're just getting started, consider using the options that come preloaded on your computer. If you're on a Mac, you can start with iMovie. Our designer, Danielle, made a video a while back about her favorite iMovie tips and tricks to help get you up to speed on the controls. PC users can get started on the cheap using Windows Movie Maker.
If you're planning on making video consistently in the future, you'll likely outgrow these editors down the road, so consider either of these options temporary.
Final Cut Pro X (Mac)
Another professional option comparable to Adobe Premiere is Apple's Final Cut Pro X. It looks and behaves similarly to iMovie, making it an easy step up, and it has a lot more customizations for things like titling, speed controls, and exporting your final video.
Telestream Screenflow (Mac) and Camtasia Studio (Mac or PC)
If you're working primarily with screencasts and just a touch of live-action video footage, consider using ScreenFlow or Camtasia Studio. Both of these applications come packed with easy-to-use tools to edit your screencasts and add some live video and music.
iMovie for iOS (iPhone)
If you're on the road and can't get to a computer, Apple's iMovie app for the iPhone and iPad has basic tools that well help you edit a simple video. Although this app isn't necessarily professional-grade, it does let you trim clips and add music and titles to your video.