Best Adobe Premiere alternatives for Windows PCs

Adobe Premiere Pro is an excellent piece of kit, allowing anyone to become quite the experienced video editor on Windows 10. A major drawback to the Adobe software is the price, which requires a monthly subscription. Luckily, there are a number of alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro for Windows 10, including Premiere Elements 2018, which is a great alternative, especially if you're only just starting out.


CyberLink PowerDirector

Powerful editor

If Adobe Premiere Pro is simply too much for what you require from a video editor, then PowerDirector from CyberLink is likely going to be a better fit. It's also substantially cheaper, not requiring a subscription, and makes it easy to get accustomed to the well-designed UI.


Movie Edit Pro Plus

User friendly

When you're running Windows 10 S or only wish to download software from the Microsoft Store, Movie Edit Pro Plus is an option worth considering. Available through the Windows app store, it's easy to keep it updated, download across multiple PCs you may use, and offers a number of tools to get the job done.


Adobe Premiere Elements 2018

Cheaper sibling

Adobe Premiere Elements is the less-powerful sibling to Premiere Pro, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider it as a capable video editor on Windows 10. This software has more than enough to do basic and intermediate edits. The best part is you only need to pay out once.


DaVinci Resolve


DaVinci Resolve is an all-in-one video editor that doesn't require you to leave the application to do things like Fusion effects, motion graphics, and advanced color correction. If you only want to do lighter editing, there is a free version as well.


Avid's Media Composer

Professional grade

Avid's Media Composer is a powerful video editing software that's used in the television and movie industries. There are three different versions of Media Composer to meet different editing demands including a free version. Avid has a useful chart to choose between the different version. The versions vary quite a bit, but each is competitive within their own price category.


Photos app


The Photos app that's built into Windows 10 isn't intended to compete with professional video editors, but you can use it to make basic edits.

These are the best video editor alternatives we've come across on Windows 10 that will cater to those who want to cut together a few clips or make a short movie. If you want a taste of Adobe Premiere Pro without the expensive monthly subsciption, be sure to try Premiere Elements 2018, my personal favorite when wanting to do some editing.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.