Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness on November 11, 2020.
This is an honest, not sponsored Movavi review, by a video editing guy.
Crafting videos today is becoming an easier task for the majority of our digital world to accomplish, thanks to well thought out video editing tools by exceptional developers.
Understandably, this is an expected outcome, considering the dramatic increase in the use of video over text.
Because almost everyone is able to watch and spontaneously understand a message faster if it is conveyed the visual way.
Now, almost anyone is capable of creating terrific videos thanks to video editors like Movavi.
We also featured Movavi in our recent list of best free stop motion software. So if you’re into stop motion animation maybe check that out as well.
“Since its establishment in 2004, Movavi has grown from a startup run by a small group of enthusiasts to an international business with over 300 employees. Our ever-expanding range of products is sold in more than 150 countries.
Movavi offers a wide variety of multimedia programs that help you have fun with your videos, music, and photos on any platform and any device. We develop easy-to-use and powerful software that inspires people to edit, enhance, and share their content.”
About Movavi’s Video Editor
Summarily, Movavi’s Video Editor enables you to employ your imagination and creative streak to create outstanding videos.
The editor is easy to use, has a fast learning curve (takes about 20 minutes to learn from scratch), quick to install and operates on Windows and Macs computers.
If it’s your first time using Movavi’s video editor, you’ll have the opportunity to experience it for 7 straight days for free.
Within this period, you will have more than enough time and already available resources to get acquainted with the editor which as you’ll learn, is very simple and exciting to use.
Advantages of Using Movavi Video Editor
- It’s not complicated and doesn’t have too many functionalities crammed up in its user interface. Instead, its simple to use has great features that are shown clearly and the interface, in general, is user-friendly.
- With the Movavi Editor, you are absolutely capable of shooting/ recording videos live and dropping them right away into your creative space! Ain’t that something!
- You’re free to upload and edit your own media files in the editor.
- Movavi recently improved the timeline features of its video editor which gives its users more control and exceptional video outcomes.
- The editor comes with a thorough easy to understand instruction manual. With this, you are able to seriously get into the action of creating and editing your own videos.
- For a basic lifetime price of $39.95, you get a great editor with appreciable features.
The Makeup of Movavi’s Video Editor
At first glance, Movavi video editor’s interface has got a calm and collected grey shed to it.
For ease of use, all functionalities on the user interface have been organized into only three sections – the Playback/Preview window, the Timeline, and Features on the left-hand side of the editor. Within these three areas, you’ll find more features that make up this impressive video editor.
The Playback Window
The play-back window is found on the right-hand side of the User Interface. In this section is where you’ll get to watch your video in realtime as you keep crafting it.
This makes it easy for one to adjust sections of their picture until it is as you envisioned in the beginning. With this ability to preview your work, you’ll get to easily tweak parts of your creation until you have satisfied your expectations.
You also get to change the video’s aspect-ratio which includes 16:9(1920 x 1080), 4:3(1280 x 960), 1:1(1080 x1080), 9:16(1080 x 1920), X:Y(You can customize to fit your requirements)
Features on the left-hand side
These appear on the left-hand side of the editor. This area is very rich in features that you are expected to utilize towards the creation of your video.
Briefly, it’s made up of the Import section, Filters, Transitions, Titles, Stickers, Callouts, and more options which allow you to make adjustments to your creation.
This section has options that allow you to add your own media files i.e. videos, pictures, music, etc.
The video editor also has in-built media files like music files, sounds, backgrounds, some sample videos, and animated intros as well. You can apply any of these to your video.
The filters provided in this editor enhance your creations for the better.
There is a variety of them from which you can choose to enrich your video.
These include Artistic filters, Mosaic, Retro, Noise, Adjustments, Vignettes and then some more.
All that needs to be done is select a filter that appeals to you, drag and drop it onto a selected clip in the timeline.
Transitions have a way of transforming a simple video into something to marvel, provided you also chose the right kind of audio files. But even without sound, a good pick in transition makes your video unique and captivating.
Movavi has a variety of transitions from which you can make your selection – these range from the fade, blur, circles, they’ve also got Geometric transitions, Warp, ripple, zoom, wipe, and if you really feel you still need more, you can always purchase from Movavi’s effects store.
Just in case you don’t wish to go through the torture of choosing which transitions to use, there’s this genius known as the transition wizard. It’s just above the timeline – clicking it adds transitions to all your clips and really enriches them.
Mind you, all transitions you manually added before will not be lost, more will simply be added to your clips.
The results are a stunning video you won’t stop watching – mostly because you’ll still be hung up on the transitions.
This option allows you to add high-grade titles to your creation. Just like other features, the Titles spec provides styles such as; artistic, intros, speech bubbles, basic titles and the open option of adding your own crafted titles to your work.
The video editing tool has in store a number of colorful stickers you can use to animate your video even more. Depending on your necessity and basically what your video is all about, the stickers can be used to add liveliness to the work.
Other features present in the video editor include Callouts, Pan and Zoom, Stabilization and the Chroma Key.
Callouts: You’re able to add shapes and arrows to your video.
Pan and Zoom
Chroma Key which allows for green screening.
Stabilization Key: You can apply the stabilization key to remove camera shake from any clip you’re working on.
This section allows you to control the length of your clips and your creation entirely.
The timeline is divided into three major areas – the Title track which allows you to add titles to your creation, the Video track where you’re able to drag, drop and adjust videos of your choice and the Audio track where you get to place whichever audio file you’d love to hear.
Each of these gives you the flexibility to plan out your timeline as to when, where, how, and for how long each clip will appear.
Say for example, you’ve placed a video that came with its audio track but you intend to use a different audio file for your entire video, you can simply mute the audio track that was originally attached to the video in the first place.
You can also easily split clips into parts and crop out segments you don’t need.
Movavi’s video editor is rich in features and yet still easy to navigate. There are weekly updates going on, which has us waiting on experiencing even better moments with the video editor. Whenever you want to know what’s cooking, you can check out the What’s New online section for any updates.
- If you need even more striking video effects, they’re available in Movavi’s Effects Store at reasonable prices!
- You can also check out Movavi’s multimedia partner Videoblocks for a look at more video story blocks you can use in the video editor. You get to try out the multimedia items for 7 days straight for free before making any commitments!
Signing up provides you with 2 libraries;
“Member Library: 115,000+ high-quality stock video clips in multiple categories and genres: landscapes, animals, sporting events, city views, loops, animations, effects and much more. These clips can be downloaded for free.
Marketplace: 5,000,000+ additional stock video clips available for purchase from their community of artists. During the free trial, you get 40% off these clips.”
If you are a user new to video editing, Movavi will take care of you, so there’s no need to worry about getting stuck with any part during the creation of your project.
Their user manual is not only thorough but very friendly and accommodates all skill levels when it comes to video editing.
If you are a pro at video editing, I suggest you try out Movavi because you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the ease with which video editing can be done and at the variety of features available.
Even if you love building everything from scratch, you’ll find that it’s possible to do that. The only difference here is that you’ll not be hunted by frustration.
PS: Movavi has a whole section to help its users create astounding videos by maximizing the use of their video editor. Here’s is where you’ll find ‘How To Guides’.
Cristian Stanciu is a freelance video editor, owner, and post-production coordinator of Veedyou Media – a company offering video editing services to videographers, marketing agencies, video production studios, or brands all over the globe.