Naturally, if you're a new editor or if you're searching for an editing house to meet your projects needs, you're going to be curious about what programs are qualified to handle the task. There are numbers of programs for every tier of video editing; the beginners tier, the intermediate tier, and the professional tier.
What is industry standard video editing software?
Editing programs that fall under the beginners tier are usually free or sold at a very low cost. They are not considered industry standard because they do not possess the required sequence or output options needed for finishing nor do they offer the same workflow options as other professional programs. Beginner programs are very limited in what they can accomplish, especially when it comes to compression and formats. Programs like imovie or Window's Movie Maker fall under this category. If you're looking for an end result that is pro, stay far away from these cheap options.
When it comes to intermediate programs, there are a handful that will meet the demands for large file size projects and that yield way more options. Typically, these programs are great for people dabbling in the industry or for people who just picked up editing as a hobby. The shortcomings that keep these programs from being used by the professionals are minor. It's a great place to start, although these programs will likely be unavailable in the future. Programs like the old Adobe Premiere Pro (Pre-2011), and Sony Vegas Pro fall under this category.
Professional editing programs possess all of the options needed by editors to accomplish any project of any size. Compression is always state of the art and the layout is always advanced. The main elements that qualify a program to be industry standard video editing software are the timeline setting options and the output compression options. Different programs have different workflows, but now-a-days, everything is becoming more synced and easier to communicate between different software brands. Programs that fall under this category are AVID Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and Final Cut Pro 7. It's debatable whether FCPX falls under this category as many professionals preferred version 7 and were not impressed with the design.
So if you're searching for the right software to buy, first, ask yourself where you stand in these tiers of video editing. Are you a beginner, an intermediate, or a professional. If you're a professional, I highly doubt you would be reading this blog at all. And lastly, if you're looking for someone to hire, inquire about the programs they use to accomplish their work and that should give you insight into their skill level.