Pros / This video editing software offers multiple learning videos that show you how to use it to its fullest potential.
Cons / The quality of the exported videos can be spotty and pixelated, potentially requiring you to make multiple versions before you get the results you want.
Verdict / If you can get past the lower-quality output, this program should fit the needs of most beginner, novice and casual video editors.
AVS Video Editor is consumer-level video editing software that allows you to transform your raw footage into a finished video that you can show friends and family or upload to the internet for the world to see. It’s easy enough to learn to use, but setbacks in our testing process and the quality of the exported video leave much to be desired.
When you first launch AVS Video Editor, the program walks you through a series of prompts that show you exactly how to use each module of the software. These prompts link you to video guides on the AVS website that show you how to use the video editing software most effectively.
The interface of the program is designed to walk you through each step of the video creation process, from importing your media to adding transitions, effects, text and audio. Each module is accessible from any screen so you can shift between aspects of your projects easily. This is useful for beginner or novice users who are still learning the ins and outs of editing video.
The editing space itself offers both timeline and storyboard workflows. The timeline shows each element of your project by length and allows you to make granular changes. The storyboard is more simplified, giving you an overview of each object, regardless of length. You can switch from one to the other with a single click, with all your changes and modifications intact.
You only get one video editing track, which limits the program's versatility. You can, however, add as many video effects, overlays, and music and voice tracks as you need. While these extra tracks are useful for enhancing your video, it’s unfortunate you can’t add more video editing tracks, since that would allow you to work with more video clips simultaneously rather than trying to fit all your main videos onto a single track.
During our testing phase, we used AVS Video Editor to construct a 40-second test video. The program imported our test files just fine and we were able to make the video in about 75 minutes. However, when it came time to export the finished project, AVS was unable to create a playable video file. It was only after we converted our source files into the MP4 format and rebuilt our project that this video editor could make a video that worked.
A healthy library of transitions and video effects is important for any video editing program. AVS Video Editor offers more than 650 transitions and effects that allow you to craft the look and feel of your project with precision. You also get a healthy selection of text templates that includes titles, scrolling credits, lower-third text or simple plain text to add anywhere you want on the screen.
When you’ve finished your video project, AVS Video Editor gives you four options to export it so you can get it in front of an audience. You can create a stand-alone video file in the 10 most popular file formats like AVI, MOV and MP4. You can also create a DVD or Blu-ray disc of your video, complete with menus. Additionally, you have 72 options to optimize your video for devices like smartphones, tablets and gaming systems, which is the most optimization choices in any video editing software we reviewed.
Unfortunately, when our experts examined the exported video, they noted major pixelation that would distract viewers from the video's content. Make sure you review all your exported videos to ensure they’re up to the quality standards you want before you share them. You may have to export the same project several times before you get a crisp, clear picture.
AVS Video Editor ranked in the bottom tier of our side-by-side comparison chart of the best video editing software. It has most of the editing and enhancement tools we look for in this category, as well as a healthy library of transitions, effects and titles. You should be able to learn this software quite easily. But it falls short when it comes to the quality of the exported video.