Best Drone Video Editing Software

As a professional filmmaker, Adobe Premiere is the best editing software out there – the full Adobe Creative Suite, that is. I’ve also used Final Cut Pro for many years, and it is also a solid editing platform. The primary difference is that Adobe Premiere Pro is available for both Mac and PC users, unlike Final Cut Pro which is for Mac only. Most professional editing software platforms are sufficient for basic editing needs for almost any project (even Avid).

There are also basic (and even free) software programs available for simple, cookie-cutter editing projects, such as iMovie (for Mac) and Windows Movie Maker (for PC). However, in the last two years, Adobe has opened up the doors to professional video editing, advanced text and motion-graphics, and high-level special FX software to pretty much everyone. With the launch of Adobe Creative Cloud, anyone with a $20 monthly budget can have access to some of the most powerful video and photo editing software in the world.

Here is a screenshot of an editing timeline for a drone marketing video in Adobe Premiere. If you look close on the left, you can see some of the settings for "Luma Color", one of the color correcting tools in Premiere offers.

The beauty of Adobe products is that they integrate seamlessly with one another. For example, you can use Adobe Photoshop to create the text for your video credits and then import the finished Photoshop file into Adobe After Effects. From here, you can create some seriously top-of-the-line 3D text sequences with an endless array of special effects plug-in options and finally import the finished After Effects sequence into Adobe Premiere to lay it over your video for a Hollywood-level opening title sequence.

Catering very specifically to the needs of a drone pilot (recreational and commercial), Adobe Premiere Pro (and After Effects) offers some very helpful tools (plug-ins) to help with common issues, such as the “jello effect” and unstable video. By using powerful effects like the Rolling Shutter and Warp Stabilizer, you can salvage even some of the sketchiest drone footage. More advanced options in Adobe After Effects allow users to significantly increase production value by adding 3D text that will track with the ground (or to any plane or object), creating some truly spectacular video effects.

Here is a screen shot from a video we created for a commercial real estate company, using Adobe After Effects to implement 3D text into a drone video. The 3D letters track with the motion of the video and interact with the real world environmental elements in the video (such as light, shadows and reflections) to create a convincing, realistic final product.

I’ve had a very good experience working with the Adobe Creative Cloud products and highly recommend them to anyone who aspires to create professional video content of any kind. If you’re interested and would like to check it out for yourself, follow the link below to download the Adobe Creative Cloud.

https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html

Remember that when it comes to editing software, the options are endless. The reality is that most programs are going to meet your basic editing needs. Whether you chose to go with Adobe products, Final Cut Pro, or a free starter program, the most important part is taking the plunge and getting started. As you become more proficient with your editing skills, you can start to explore more advanced software options to find what works best for your project goals.

I hope everyone has found this post beneficial! Please let me know how you feel by leaving a comment below. If you have any questions regarding video editing software, please feel free to contact me directly at jonmpetro@gmail.com. I also offer one-on-one coaching for drone startups around the world. Lastly, if there are any topics in the world of drones you would like me to write about, let me know and I will get on it! Thanks again, and I look forward to posting my next blog!

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