Movavi Video Editor can help you create your own movies. The tool may be used in two modes according to your level of expertise and goals. Easy mode is the best choice if you do not have much experience in this kind of task. It lets create simple videos and slideshows by importing footage or photos, adding a soundtrack and applying transitions between the items. Full-featured mode, in turn, requires a lot more of time and knowledge, but the good results compensate for the effort.
The program’s interface is not very different from those of other video editors. It has a timeline with separate tracks for audio, text, transitions, and overlays. There is also a built-in player to preview the results. Some of the operations involved in video editing may be too difficult for the common user, and luckily, every time you intend to use a feature, you get tutorial-style information about the corresponding procedure.
The editor can import a long list of media file types, including several video, audio and picture formats. In addition, it lets you record video directly from a camera or the screen. Likewise, it can capture voiceovers from a microphone. These elements can be arranged in the timeline, where you can also trim the desired segments.
One of the main advantages of the tool is that it lets you use multiple types of effects. This way, you can modify the way the image looks by using filters. Similarly, it is possible to apply transitions between the elements. To make your clip more illustrative, you can also add nice titles, stickers, and callouts. Moreover, when you are creating a slideshow from still images, you can give it some movement with zoom and pan effects. Another useful feature is video stabilization, which helps you fix excessive movement in footage recorded with the camera in hand. One thing I miss about more sophisticated video editors is the possibility of using various video layers and being in total control of the position and size of overlay videos.
Once you have finished the editing, you can proceed to export the results. Luckily, there are numerous output presets to choose from, which include not only standard video and audio formats but some others intended for specific portable devices and smart TVs (even 4K). Last but not least, the editor can upload clips directly to YouTube.
All in all, Movavi Video Editor is definitely not as sophisticated as the leading software of its type; however, it produces rather decent results and it is not as expensive. In this regard, it has everything it takes to become the favorite video editor of most home users. Fortunately, all of its features can be tried at no cost, but I must warn you that the output movies will have a watermark.
- Automatic video creation in an easy mode
- Supports multiple media formats
- Exports to various presets
- Excellent effects
- Uploads clips to YouTube
- Tons of filters
- Video stabilization
- Beat detection
- Webcam and screen captures
- Limited number of video tracks
- Poor control of picture-in-picture elements