Learn to Edit Video in 15 Minutes

If you want to get serious about video editing, I highly suggest learning to use Adobe Premiere, but if you want to edit a video as cheaply and as quickly as possible, this is the video for you. I'm going to teach you how to edit a video in 15 minutes. 

ACDSee recently asked me to produce a quick tutorial on how to use their video-editing software, Video Studio 4. I had never used the software before, but it was incredibly intuitive to learn. Obviously, Video Studio 4 can't do everything that Premiere can, but for the average video editor, it may have everything you need. 

All of ACDSee's software is 100% free to try, so go ahead and download it and see if you like it. If you decide to buy it, Video Studio 4 costs a flat $59. If you want access to all of ACDSee's software, it only costs $8.90/month. 

If you're interested in learning Adobe Premiere, check out our full tutorial here

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Lee Morris is a professional photographer based in Charleston SC, and is the co-owner of Fstoppers.com

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Lee, thanks for this quick demonstration on using ACDsee's Video editor. Very useful indeed for wanting to just get in to make quick videos without having to spend hours and days. Actually, I am trying to ween myself on Blackmagic's Davinci Resolve 16. It is a very powerful program, completely free, but also has a considerably higher learning curve to master. Their latest version 16 adds a new 'cut page' or module, if you will, which has sort of the same objective for those that want to get in and do a quick turn video without having to master all the dials, buttons, and switches of the full-fledge program. Thanks again. Very informative, easy to understand and to the point on the basics. Cheers...

In DaVinci Resolve, when you have understood how to use nodes you enter in an extremely powerful world that no other editor can offer you.

If you want to get serious about video editing, I highly suggest learning to use DaVinci Resolve
(Oh, and the base version is totally free!!)

I am learning Davinci Resolve bit by bit and the latest version 16 is great with the addition of the Cut Page module. This ACDsee Video Studio 4 is good for someone who just wants to do a quick production, say a short travel or family event video having a few short clips that one might can mash up quickly and easy... titles, text, transitions, trims and deliver. Not for motion picture production or documentary type of work, although even the latter is doable.

Gosh. That was heartening (terrified of video editing! 😅) Thank you!

Lee, fgs, please update your profile picture ;)

Looks really good, I might give it a go. After reading a pile of reviews I bought Cyberlink PowerDirector which is pretty good and mostly easy to use.

I reckon most people over-spec stuff they buy and basic mixing jobs like this is 99% of what you need.

BTW I use an old version of PShop Elements which does just about everything bar a few frustrating omissions of things I see in tutorials.

The quality of the rendered video is terrible. I tried the software on 2 clips from iphone, rendered to 720 using 7MB/s rate and got a terrible, very soft result. Did the same on Premiere and got much better result

It basically comes down to what the user prefers. I decided to go with an all-in-one software which is also not complicated. Makes video editing a no-brainer. Not Costly Either. Simple is great for me.

It's still too complicated for Mister everyone. So if you want to get serious about easy video editing, I suggest you have a look on https://011.video

It's a web app made for dummies and it's free.