AVS Video Editor is a full-featured tool with everything you need to add a little professional polish to your home movies.

The program can import just about any video type, including many HD formats. It's able to grab media directly from your camcorder. And there's even a Capture Screen option that allows you to record what's happening on your desktop.

Once it's imported your movies, you're able to use AVS Video Editor's scene detection to break videos down into their component scenes. The Trim and Multi-Trim options will help you remove unwanted footage, then you can drag and drop the remaining clips onto a timeline and arrange them however you like.

If your footage doesn't always look great, then you can call upon a range of technical tools to try and improve the situation. A stabilisation filter will compensate for shaky camerawork, for instance. Automatic Colour Correction will optimise brightness, contrast and colours (or you can tweak your clip manually, if you prefer), and the Sharpen filter can give movies a crisper look.

You're able to further customise the finished results by adding professional video and transition effects, text captions, a narrated soundtrack and more. There's an option to create a custom DVD or Blu-ray movie for your work. And when you're done, the Produce option can export your finished film as a regular video file, one optimised for a particular device (iPod, PSP, smartphone or more) or the web (including SWF or WebM), upload it to the web, or burn it to a video disc: CD, DVD or Blu-ray.

Please note, this trial version of the program will add a watermark to its video output. You can remove this by purchasing a licence for AVS4You ($59), a suite of tools that includes AVS Video Converter and many other powerful media tools. Find out more at the AVS4You site.

Verdict

AVS Video Editor has a few limitations when compared to the best of the competition: you don't get as much control, there aren't as many effects, for instance. It delivers far more features and functionality than we'd expect for a tool in this price range, though, so if you're looking for a bargain video editor then there are few better choices around