The Best Video Editing Software 2013 (Part Three): The End

wolfcrow by Sareesh Sudakaran In Part One and Part Two we started our journey to discover the best video editing software of 2013. This third and final part will ultimately reveal the winner, but we still have a lot of ground to cover. Export workflow Importing footage and editing with them is just one half the story. A good NLE must be able to export to your delivery format of choice, if that’s all you want to do. Here’s the list (click to enlarge): Comparison of Export NLEs *Edius has Grass Valley HQX and HQ, an intermediary codec, Lightworks has Lightworks Archival

Which NLEs export to the greatest number of deliverables? Here’s the count:

Editshare Lightworks Pro 16
Adobe Premiere Pro 14
Sony Vegas Pro 14
Autodesk Smoke 12
Grass Valley Edius Pro 11
Apple Final Cut Pro X 11
Avid Media Composer 10

Does anybody want to explain how Lightworks Pro can export more codecs than anyone else and still cost only $60 a year? Of course, don’t go only by the numbers. Some codecs are limited by bit depth, resolution, etc. Just because two applications support DPX, for example, it doesn’t mean it’s the same kind of DPX. Also, don’t forget that this list doesn’t represent all the codecs or file formats supported, just the most common ones.

Which codecs are found on every software? Here’s the list:

  • H.264
  • Uncompressed HD, usually via Quicktime
  • TIFF image sequence
  • PNG image sequence


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