While it is not what it was designed for, I have been using Adobe Photoshop for my video editing for quite a while now. It did enough for my purposes so I couldn’t see the point in investing in new software purely for video. However, I was talking to someone hat was starting to play with video creation and they wanted something to work with, so I looked around at what was available. I saw that DaVinci Resolve, while available as a full feature video editor commercially, came also with a free version that seemed to have a lot of the features that the basic user could want.
Since I was potentially going to recommend this, I figured I ought to try it out myself first to see how it worked. I have to say I have been very pleased with it. There are clearly plenty of features in even the free version that I am unlikely to take advantage of. It is also a lot more user friendly than Photoshop when editing video (which is hardly surprising given that is what it is designed to do). I have played with a few edits now and I am starting to get the hang of it. One lesson I have learned so far is to choose the continuous save option. I spent a lot of time on an edit and the software locked up after lots of work. The whole thing was lost. Now it keeps a running save going (although I haven’t tested that properly as it hasn’t crashed since). This looks like it is my new go to for video work.