Having a great footage is only the first step in creating a great film. When it comes to movie and video editing, choosing the right software might be a crucial decision that will determine the quality of your end product. Editing software may differ in their target audience – professionals or amateurs; the number of options, editing tools and effects they offer the user; their ease of use, and of course, their price. Find out which software best meets your needs before purchase.

Filmmaking.com presents the top 5 most popular editing software in the market today.

Adobe Premiere Pro 

This professional movie maker, which was used to create some well-known movies and TV shows, was developed by Adobe Systems. Thanks to that, it’s easy to use other Adobe movie making platforms when editing a movie and to export the final product to other Abode software. The first Abode Premiere was released on 1991, and the latest version of the movie maker came out on May 2012; it supports a large number of file formats and allows the video editor to use more visual effects than ever, including a new chroma key effect. http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html

Avid Media Composer

 The Avid Media Composer is said to be the most common movie maker in the TV and movie industry today. First released in 1989, this nonlinear editor allows the integration of other companies’ hardware into its workflow. The boxed version includes third party software such as compression software Sorenson Squeeze and music creation software SonicFire Pro 5. The last Media Composer version, Media Composer 6.5, was released on September 2012.http://www.avid.com/US/products/media-composer

Final Cut Pro 

 First released in 1999, this movie maker from Apple puts up a fight against the popular Media Composer. Final Cut Pro allows the editing of any QuickTime-compatible format and can be integrated with other Apple products. It supports working with multiple video and audio tracks and enables the combination of videos from more than one camera. Final Cut Pro also offers many filters and video transitions. http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/

Sony Vegas Pro

 Operating on Microsoft Windows, Sony’s movie maker allows the editing of unlimited audio and video tracks, as well as stereoscopic 3D editing and multi-camera editing. The software supports numerous file formats and offers the services of Titler Pro, which enables users to add special effects and animations to their titles. The new version, Vegas Pro 11, is claimed to have a faster workflow than ever before. http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro

Windows Movie Maker 

 This Microsoft Movie Maker offers basic editing services for Windows users, and its obvious advantage is that it’s completely free of charge. Although not a professional movie maker, the Windows Movie Maker allows amateur filmmakers to easily edit footage, add transitions and a soundtrack, and once the video is done – share it online on Facebook and YouTube. The software also enables users to create slide shows out of still photos. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/movie-maker-get-started