Have you ever struggled so much with a free video editing software that you were brought to tears? If you're planning to create any video media for your business or educational course, the helpfulness of a paid program cannot be understated. But knowing what to look for can be tough.
Two of the best video editing software choices today are Corel VideoStudio and Adobe Premiere. Both of these come with multiple pricing options that give you access to different features. The highest-priced choice unlocks every feature in the software, but not everyone will need that level of functionality.
I've taken a look at the different offerings and compared the two programs so you can determine which is a better investment for your video creation needs.
Overview of Corel VideoStudio and Adobe Premiere
Unique Corel VideoStudio Features
Unique Adobe Premiere Features
VideoStudio is available with two different options: Pro and Ultimate. When you purchase the license for either, it's free to use forever. You don't have to keep paying ongoing subscriptions.
The Pro license can be purchased at $79.99, with additional users upgrading at $59.99 each. The Ultimate license costs $99.99 and offers user upgrades at $79.99 per person.
The Pro software includes:
With Ultimate, you get all of this plus:
With an annual subscription, Adobe Premiere Pro at its most basic level costs $19.99 monthly.
If you combine it with another creative cloud application, that price rises to $39.98 monthly.
For an annual subscription to the Full Adobe Creative Cloud, you'll pay $49.99 per month. If you only pay on a monthly basis, that increases to $74.99 per month.
These are pretty exorbitant costs considering they recur.
Winner: Corel VideoStudio
Corel VideoStudio lets you purchase either the Pro or Ultimate software to become a permanent license holder. You don't have to pay ongoing subscriptions. Unless you only intend to use Adobe's service for a month, Corel pays for itself almost immediately.
There are a number of tools in VideoStudio that can take your project from beginning to end.
In addition to the many different video capture and editing formats, the interface itself has streamlined shortcuts and editing tools. There are also smart video and slideshow tools, along with creative resources.
The video creation process is very easy, and there's a highly visual interface for organizing your project.
First, you'll import your recorded video media and other resources. The you'll add each piece of media to the timeline. You can see the clips arranged at the side of the screen, which allows you to drag and drop to get the right arrangement.
Once you have your rough timeline, you can edit every aspect of the video. That includes trimming, clipping, adding transitions, adding effects, and other options.
It's unbelievably easy to add titles, transitions, filters, and music. Once you're done, you can export the video to a file format of your choice or upload it to a video sharing website.
Adobe Premiere is optimized for project management. All videos are referred to as "projects." When you're ready to start work on a new one, you'll click the "Open Project" or "New Project" button.
Import your files, edit, and save as you go.
Some unique Adobe features are the panels and workspaces. Panels have specific purposes for any given project. You can access them in your Windows menu and reposition or resize them based on their priority in your project.
Workspaces have preset layouts with different panel displays that can help with different tasks. There are some presets for working on audio, editing video, or doing other tasks. When you're using a panel, it will be highlighted in blue.
Winner: Adobe Premiere
Adobe's software is better streamlined for project management. There are preset tools that help you work on different tasks more efficiently, and the timelines help you lay out a video's progression even before you have all the footage.
Corel VideoStudio has many different learning resources available:
This means that even though the software doesn't have a "beginner" mode, it's still easy to learn what you're doing.
Premiere is designed with both Beginner and Expert modes. This can make it more user-friendly toward designers who are just starting out and a little overwhelmed by all the features. At the same time, there are still all the professional-level editing options you want in a software.
Multiple community tutorials are available online, but the quality can't be assured since they're made by third party individuals and companies.
VideoStudio has far more comprehensive resources available to help you learn to use the software. Whether you prefer videos, hands-on demonstrations, user manuals, or forum interaction, there's a method that's been made for you.
Pros and Cons of Corel VideoStudio
Pros and Cons of Adobe Premiere
Final Thoughts: Which is Better?
Both of these editing software options are outfitted with enough resources, tools, and exporting options to take you from beginning to end of the video creation process. There are several features optimized for marketing videos and online tutorials, including streamlined template choices.
Adobe Premiere is ideal for people who want a software that has basically every component you could possibly ask for in a video editing program. It comes with a ton of convenience features that make it ideal for any workspace. But it also lacks some camera tools, and you can only use it for as long as you pay the subscription fee.
Meanwhile, Corel VideoStudio only requires one payment to download the software. Once you've purchased a license, you are the owner of the program. That's a rare and valuable thing these days. The upfront purchase price pays for itself in a few months when compared to the competition. And it has most of the same editing features equipped.