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5 Video Editing Softwares to Nail Your Training Videos

Isidora Markovic
Isidora Markovic

So now you know why video is so effective as a content format, and what kind of videos to make to reduce churn and improve new hire productivity. 

And if you don’t, read these and we’ll see you in 10 minutes!

But there’s a learning curve between having knowledge and being empowered to put it into practice. You’ve bought your inexpensive tripod online, and you’ve shot your new hire welcome video using your smartphone, now what? 

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Opening up video software and starting from scratch is daunting, especially if you have no prior experience. But with a little guidance, anyone can edit videos.

We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite video editing tools. Read on and you’ll be making showstopping training videos in no time 💥  

Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic is an online tool that provides fast, free and instant recording of anything on your screen.

Useful for beginners and pros alike, all you need to do to get started is visit their website and click ‘Start Recording’

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While recording your screen, you can also record yourself - through your webcam - at the same time. The icing on the cake is the option to include your audio input and add voiceover to really showcase how to use an app or product. 

These features are great for adding an essential human touch to instructional training videos being sent to remote team members.

Pros

  • Free version available

  • No account required

  • Available on Mac and Windows

  • Straightforward mechanics and intuitive interface

  • Direct publishing or download option

Cons

  • Need to have Java installed and up-to-date 

  • Need an internet connection

  • Some features limited to PRO ($15/year)

  • In the free version, you can’t record for more than 15 minutes

  • Limited editing tools 

Using Screencast-o-matic

 

What kind of training videos is it best for?

  • Screen recordings. Ideal for tutorials and demonstrations of how to use software or app. 

iMovie 

A software that will cover the needs of a professional editor might not be the best option for an amateur. 

If you are just starting out exploring video editing, you’ll find yourself in search of an editing software with a simple and user-friendly interface and with logical progression. Enter: Apple’s iMovie. 

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Pros

  • Free 

  • Provides an intuitive interface for beginners

  • Built-in effects and themes

  • Custom elements

  • Easy sharing

Cons

  • Available only for Mac users

Using iMovie

As you get familiar with iMovie, you’ll start selecting the best clips from your footage, and removing any unwanted bits for the final editing, so that your new video tells the right story. 

iMovie combines professional features and an easy to learn interface. This combination makes the tool the best option for enthusiastic amateurs that want to produce simple videos quickly and easily.

Watch this short video to learn more about iMovie.

What kind of training videos is it best for?

  • Live action videos. Ideal for welcome messages, team training, employee testimonials, customer testimonials, ‘top tips’ from top performers, soft skills like customer interactions, demonstrating physical features of a product  

  • Screen recordings. Ideal for tutorials and demonstrations of how to use software or app

  • Slideshow animations. Ideal for highlighting key benefits of a system or key benefits of a product

  • Basic animations. Ideal for quick tips, short information pieces and simple topics

Lumen 5

Lumen5 is an ‘instant video maker’. It’s ideal for beginner video editors testing the waters who are unwilling to dedicate time getting to grips with iMovie. If you're after a quick, easy answer to video creation - look no further. 

You can create videos based on the following four sources: a ‘script’ (that you paste the text of), uploading media, using a blog (for which you input a link) or from scratch using one of Lumen5’s pre-existing templates from their library.

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Say you have a handover or welcome document, but it’s long, old or unengaging. All you need to do to make it relevant, eye-catching and memorable is upload that document, or input that link into Lumen5. Lumen5 takes the text and does the rest itself.  

Using Machine Learning, it automates the editing and fine tuning process, allowing you to turn a great looking video around quickly. The duration of each slide in the video is algorithmically determined dependent on how much text has been pulled in for that slide.

A.I. finds the right visuals and audio to accompany the text you’ve input. Text positioning is intelligent so that human faces are not obscured and important keywords are automatically highlighted.

Add your branding and a call to action, et voila - your downloadable, shareable video is ready.

Pros

  • Free version available 

  • Minimal effort

  • Available on Mac and Windows

  • Templates 

  • Music library

  • Landscape, square and portrait formats available 

Cons

  • In the free version, all videos are watermarked and conclude with a Lumen5 branded slide

  • In the free version, the number of videos you can make is capped

  • Limited styling and customisation 

  • Limited control over timing and delay of captions and scenes

  • Limited capabilities and features

  • Desktop only 

Using Lumen 5

 

What kind of training videos is it best for?

  • Slideshow animations. Ideal for highlighting key benefits of a system or key benefits of a product

  • Basic animations. Ideal for quick tips, short information pieces and simple topics

Final Cut Pro 

If you have a budget, are more experienced with video, or are able to devote time to learning a new skill, Final Cut Pro could be your answer.

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While creating a video with a nice flow is important, sometimes you need a more advanced software to give your videos that extra pizzazz. Final Cut Pro is a professional-level video editing software that makes editing efficient. 

Pros

  • Professional video maker

  • Non-linear trackless video editing

  • Seamless video editing

  • 360-degree VR Handling

  • Organised assets

  • 2D & 3D Titles

  • Impeccable sound

  • Advanced colour grading

  • Fast delivery

Cons

Final Cut Pro has a wide range of functionality that can cover your editing needs and help you create high-quality videos. 

If you’ve worked with iMovie to the point of mastery, then Final Cut Pro is your next step.

Using Final Cut Pro

Watch this short video to learn more about Final Cut Pro.

What kind of training videos is it best for?

  • Live action videos. Ideal for welcome messages, team training, employee testimonials, customer testimonials, ‘top tips’ from top performers, soft skills like customer interactions, demonstrating physical features of a product  

  • Screen recordings. Ideal for tutorials and demonstrations of how to use software or app

  • Slideshow animations. Ideal for highlighting key benefits of a system or key benefits of a product

  • Basic animations. Ideal for quick tips, short information pieces and simple topics

  • Advanced animations. Ideal for courses on regulation, sensitive topics or complex system processes

Adobe Premiere Pro 

Another leading editing software in the market is Adobe Premiere Pro. The interface of the tool gives you the flexibility to work on your videos with effectiveness. This non-linear video editing solution comes with a wide variety of benefits.

Pros

  • Professional video maker

  • Built-in, non-linear video editing

  • Responsive interface

  • Immersive VR support

  • Integrated work process

  • Adaptive design

  • Simultaneous and Hassle-free editing

  • Support multiple file formats

  • Can be used on both PC & Mac platforms

Cons

This tool can empower you to edit and customise your videos in depth. Adobe Premiere Pro can quickly transform your videos and enable you to deliver high-quality results. 

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If you already have a full subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, then you can access Premiere Pro too. 

Using Adobe Premiere Pro

Watch this short video to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro.

What kind of training videos is it best for?

  • Live action videos. Ideal for welcome messages, team training, employee testimonials, customer testimonials, ‘top tips’ from top performers, soft skills like customer interactions, demonstrating physical features of a product  

  • Screen recordings. Ideal for tutorials and demonstrations of how to use software or app

  • Slideshow animations. Ideal for highlighting key benefits of a system or key benefits of a product

  • Basic animations. Ideal for quick tips, short information pieces and simple topics

  • Advanced animations. Ideal for courses on regulation, sensitive topics or complex system processes

Get your edit on

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Opening a video editing software can be scary. Lumen5 may be rudimentary in its capabilities, but often, the simpler, the better. Especially if you're starting out.

Screencast-o-matic is a highly valuable novice-friendly tool for demonstrating how to use your product step-by-step, in a way that is easily replicable for remote team members. 

iMovie lacks Final Cut and Adobe Premiere Pro’s more advanced features, but is a perfect middle-ground - it’s more advanced than Lumen5, and free. 

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If you are a veteran video editor (or looking to level up) and looking for professional videos that pack a punch - be those advanced animations or live action videos - we recommend Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. Both dominate the video editing market and are constantly vying for top spot among professional editors. 

Can’t choose? Download a free trial of both and see which you find more intuitive to use.

If you'd like to see just how video creation and eduMe go hand in hand to supercharge your workforce, book in a personal demo

Our mobile-first solution delivers point-of-need training, communication and engagement to your people. Anytime, anywhere. And training is just one of a multitude of things we can help with. 

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