VSDC has a lot of features you won't find in other free video editors, like picture-in-picture, video stabilization, and the ability to upload multiple YouTube videos at once. If you can deal with its quirks, it's one of the most powerful options available. But its interface isn't very user-friendly, it has some major limitations, and the free version essentially throttles the speed at which you can process your videos.
VideoPad Video Editor is an affordable, entry-level video editing application that's particularly powerful for creators who want to publish their videos to YouTube or Facebook. It's easy to use, and it makes the workflow of social publishing much easier than it is in some other apps. The social publishing features include, for example, the ability to easily fill out all the metadata (description, title, tags, and so on) for your YouTube video and upload it directly from the application, ready to go, without even touching YouTube's web publishing tools. Videopad has all the basic home editing features, though it doesn't have the machine learning, facial recognition, and other cutting-edge technologies you see in some more expensive programs. Speaking of the price there's a free version, but it has some critical limitations.
Corel VideoStudio Pro X10.5 (formerly Ulead VideoStudio) combines an elegant and professional-feeling interface with high-end specialty features like 3D and 4K Ultra HD, making it one of the most satisfying and versatile consumer-level video editors on the market. The user interface is dark and slick, and it looks much more modern than many competing products that still rest on older Windows aesthetics. Better still, VideoStudio is highly customizable, allowing you to move interface elements around at your leisure. It's not as robust in this regard as a professional suite, of course, but it doesn't need to be. Go there for details on competing products and buying advice.
Nero Video Editor may not be as well known as Nero's DVD burning and copying software, but its video editing program walks the same path. It's an affordable and reliable consumer video editor with a heavy emphasis on creating videos that you will export to physical media. That means support for things like the Ultra HD standard for Blu-ray, and robust tools for building out DVD menus and functionality in addition to your standard video editing tools. In terms of features, the editing process is quite standard. Nero Video 2017 has plenty of effects and transitions, and we were pleased to find that many of them support 4K.
However, a new algorithm from researchers at Stanford and Adobe has shown it's pretty damn good at video dialogue editing, something that requires artistry, skill and considerable time. For instance, many scenes start with a wide "establishing" shot so that the viewer knows where they are. You can also use leisurely or fast pacing, emphasize a certain character, intensify emotions or keep shot types (like wide or closeup) consistent. In an example shown (below), the team selected "start wide" to establish the scene, "avoid jump cuts" for a cinematic (non-YouTube) style, "emphasize character" ("Stacey") and use a faster-paced performance.