Video Editing – What’s the best platform – on desktop, a smartphone, or in the cloud?

Video Editing –  That’s the question we discussed on our Video Tech Talk with the Blab community.

Video editing has come a long way, and there are all types of new technologies which have arrived on the scene in recent years  –  technologies that have changed the way people edit video.  (Check out our blog post on top free video editing tools !).

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We explored 3 main platforms people use to edit video–their desktop, smartphone, and the new addition of cloud-based applications. We covered a few well-known examples for each category and talked about their pros and cons.  

Here’s what we covered in our discussion:


Professional level:

  • Final Cut Pro 7 is still preferred by some, due to it’s more technical interface.
  • Final Cut Pro X is more iMovie-like than other platforms, but we love it here at Your Local Studio. It’s easy to learn, and super efficient!
  • Adobe Premiere has become the new industry standard for video editing. It’s more technical, but is seen as many as the best software out there.
  • Avid is another technical option still seen by some as a viable alternative for editing.

Consumer level:

  • Sony Vegas is their consumer level video editor option. Not as robust as other options, but still useful.
  • iMovie comes standard with every Mac. It’s ideal for someone who enjoys editing videos, but doesn’t intend to do anything professional.
  • Windows Movie Maker comes with every PC, and is Microsoft’s version of iMovie. Very scaled-down and simple.

Takeaway: Professional editing platforms for desktop are worth it, if you’ve got the budget and don’t plan to be on the go much.


iPhone Apps:

  • Adobe Clip–like a simplified Premiere. Best app Evan’s used so far! Its ability to fine tune things like exposure level of clips is great!
  • The mobile version of iMovie is very similar to desktop version, great for mobile editing

 Android Apps:

  • PowerDirector-Android’s version of iMovie, basically.
  • Kinemaster is super easy to use. Downside is, you’ll need to pay a subscription payment in order to use certain features.

Takeaway: Mobile apps for video editing are great for on the go, but not as robust as desktop. Still have some way to go.


  • YouTube’s Editors–decent, but very limited.
  • WeVideo is a great for collaboration, and even incorporates your Google Drive for storage. Publishing is super easy!
  • Weavly boasts the ability to import files from a variety of sources, like Vine, YouTube, Tumblr, SoundCloud, etc.

Takeaway: Great idea, though seems like the technology isn’t quite up to par with desktop yet.

So which one is the best?

Ideally, desktop is your best choice if you’re looking to edit professionally or casually.

We’re really excited about the newer cloud-based applications, but it seems like the technology has some catching up to do.

Who knows what we’ll see over the next couple years?  — Reach out on social media, if you have an opinion!

Be sure to join us on Blab for Video Tech Talk every week!

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