Few people have an editing style as recognizable as Casey Neistat. With over 10 million subscribers and 2 billion views, Casey is a creative genius that has been pumping out consistent content for almost 10 years. At one point he even posted daily vlogs for almost 2 years straight. There’s no doubt that whatever Casey is using to edit his videos is working really well for him. So what editing software does Casey Neistat use?
We did all the research to find out what editing software he uses, why, and who edits his videos! Let’s dive right into it.
What Editing Software Does Casey Neistat Use?
According to our research, Casey Neistat edits his videos with Final Cut Pro X. This is the software he has always used due to familiarity, despite often admitting the Adobe Premiere Pro is a superior software (that’s the one we use).
Final Cut X actually is criticized frequently by Casey for issues like constant crashing, but the amount of time it would require to learn a new program would be massive, especially for someone as busy as Casey.
It should also be noted that Casey is probably a very fast editor in Final Cut by this point, and he would lose a lot of that speed transitioning into a software he is not familiar with.
my New Year’s resolution is to learn any video editing software that’s NOT Final Cut X. Until then I vent. pic.twitter.com/CCktv7VCvn
— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) December 13, 2014
The funny thing is, he tweeted that in frustration back towards the end of 2014, and as of September 2018, he has still yet to make the transition to a different software. His about section on YouTube says the following.
Q. what do i edit with
A. final cut x. i don’t love it. too crashy and clitchy but i hate learning new software
Final cut X is far from the most popular, but is still a very solid editing software used by huge YouTubers like MKBHD and Zoella. It can do everything Adobe Premiere can (except for run on PCs) . Those YouTubers praise it for its quick render and playback speeds, as well as being a more efficient, native software.
Casey is notorious for being an Apple fanboy. He edited his first video on iMovie, maxing out his credit card to afford the very first iMac to ship with it. Because of this legacy, he feels he owes his career to the Apple line of products, and will buy anything with an Apple logo on it.
He recounts the story at the 4:40 mark of the video below.
Here at FilmToolKit we are not very big fans of Apple products or softwares – we think they’re a bit overpriced and dislike the user experience. However, there is no denying that they’ve played a big part in Casey’s success.
Who Edits Casey Neistat’s Videos?
Surely, with over ten million subscribers, 2 billion views, and an 8 figure net worth, Casey’s time is too valuable to be spent editing his own videos, right?
While it’s definitely possible that his entire channel is a lie and he is supported by a team of dozens of editors, all evidence points to the fact that Casey still edits his own videos.
- He loves the craft of film. In our opinion, Casey is one of the few great vloggers that have never “sold out” and resorted to fake drama or blatant clickbait. He truly loves the artistic process of shooting and editing movies. Even though he would make a lot more money with a team of editors and videographers, he chooses to do everything himself because that’s the fun part of what he does.
- It’s simply easier for him to do it himself. Casey is usually by himself when he shoots most of his daily vlogs, and he shoots for the edit. He knows what footage he has, so he can cut down on a ton of time an editor would have to spend sifting through his footage.
- His edits aren’t all the complex. While his videos are always very creative and complex, the edits are usually fairly simple. He rarely goes further than grabbing some clips from the internet and overlaying some text over the words he’s emphasizing. Cutting to the beat of a song doesn’t take a whole lot of time. Most of the creativity in his videos comes from the shots he gets and his commitment to “getting the shot”.
While we still think that Adobe Premiere is the best editing software for YouTube production, Casey makes a clear argument that the best tools in life are the ones that you are good at using. Final Cut Pro X is inferior – even Casey thinks so, but he’s really good at it, and he’d rather spend his time creating new content than relearning everything from scratch.
If you’re wondering what editing software or vlogging equipment is used by your other favorite YouTubers, we’ve put together an entire section of guides devoted to that!