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Earn an Emmy with the Best Mac Video-Editing Apps

With the best Mac video editors, you can take your raw video clips and create something amusing, entertaining, and perhaps even cinematic.

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Whether you want to show highlights of your kid's soccer season or make the next indie-film hit, the best video editors for Mac can help you organize, edit, and share your work.

Whether you want to show highlights of your kid's soccer season or make the next indie-film hit, the best video editors for Mac can help you organize, edit, and share your work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I find a free Mac video editor?
Apple’s free iMovie is a surprisingly powerful and easy-to-use editor, chock-full of attractive themes and useful transitions. It kind of wants you to make cinematic-looking movies, which is not always the best choice for, say, a video on how to make brownies. And Avid has a stripped-down version of its powerhouse Media Composer video editor available for free. Avid’s video tool is often dinged for having a challenging learn curve, but that’s because it’s packed with features and works a bit differently from other editors.
Why do I want a video editor?
Because even basic video editors can turn raw footage into something interesting. String together a handful of clips, trim away the uninteresting bits, and add a title card and soundtrack to tell a story anyone would want to watch.

Best Mac video editor apps

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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For $19.99 a month, you can get Adobe's chief video editor, Premiere Pro CC. Along with professional-level tools, Premiere Pro CC offers powerful graphics and audio tools.

Apple iMovie

Apple iMovie

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Apple's free Mac video editor can take on the heavy lifting of creating videos. To give your movies a polished look, it comes stocked with Apple-designed themes, titles, transitions, and backgrounds. And iMovie includes color-correction, stabilization, and cropping tools to fix flaws in your clips as well as filters to give clips a stylized look. Before you pay for a video editor for Mac, see if the free iMovie is up for the task.

Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premiere Elements

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A $99.99 consumer version of its professional video editor, Adobe Premiere Elements tries to make organizing, editing, and enhancing your videos as simple as possible, so you can spend less time working on your movies and more time showing them off.

Apple Final Cut Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro

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If you need professional-level tools, check out the $299.99 Final Cut Pro. It offers powerful video editing or organization tools, an intuitive timeline, and support for multicam editing.