Nowadays, anyone can record a video instantly to share their experience or story.
But when it comes to editing that video, your regular smartphone is unlikely to deliver a good result.
Recently I tried creating a short clip for YouTube using the footage I recorded at a book fair. As you might guess, the limited editing options on my phone didn’t serve me well.
So I started looking for a video editing tool and found one suitable for casual users like myself.
Its name? Movavi Video Editor
Movavi Video Editor has all the goodness of those high-end video editing programs. Yet it’s quick and simple to use.
I used the software on my MacBook, and it worked fine without lagging or anything.
And in this Movavi Video Editor review, I’ll share my personal experience with this great video editing tool.
Some Background of Movavi
Movavi is a multimedia company that offers a variety of software programs.
Its offerings include a video editor, a slideshow maker, a game recorder, and more.
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The company has been around since 2004, and it has helped millions of people create videos for digital sharing.
That’s quite an achievement for a firm that started out with just a few employees.
To date, Movavi has stayed true to its mission of creating powerful and easy-to-use multimedia tools.
And the Movavi Video Editor is testament to that.
Movavi Video Editor Overview
Movavi Video Editor runs on Mac and Windows PCs. It boasts an impressive range of features and is available in 13 languages.
You can download the 2023 version from Movavi’s official website.
Once done, open the download file and accept Movavi’s terms and conditions. Then, click ‘Install’ to get Movavi Video Editor on your computer.
Movavi has several great features, including:
- Editing tools like rotate, crop, split, and trim
- Titles, filters, stickers, and transitions
- Video stabilization and background noise removal
- Special effects like freeze frame and chroma-keying
- Audio beat detection
- Video import and export in various formats
Hands-on With Movavi Video Editor
So what’s it like to use Movavi Video Editor? Let me share my experience of using the program to create video clips.
Before I start, let me give you a quick overview of its interface. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also quick and simple to navigate.
Hovering over any function brings up a tooltip that explains how to use it. And on the right is a player that lets you preview samples of titles, transitions, etc.
Overall, it’s quite simple to get the hang of things in Movavi—even first-time creators should be able to edit videos in a matter of hours.
To edit a video, you first need to import it into Movavi. And that’s straightforward to do—go to the navigation panel and add the video file through the import option.
You can import files from your computer, record footage from a webcam, or capture microphone output to edit in the app.
Any file you import shows up in Movavi within a few seconds. Even for my 4K (60fps) clips, the import didn’t take long. After completion, the videos appeared as thumbnails on the top left. Then I dragged my imports to Movavi’s Timeline to kickstart the editing process.
Many video editing programs don’t sit well with people having limited experience. But Movavi Video Editor is different—its vast yet simple to use editing features make you feel at home.
I used the following features:
First, I used one of the basic editing functions to get the video into my desired state. I split the video to only keep the part I wanted to share with the world.
Apparently, it’s remarkably easy to use the split, zoom, and other basic functions.
Plus, you can add stock content to your clip to expand it further. (FYI, Movie integrates with Storyblocks video library).
Movavi has some great transitions that make it easy to connect different clips. You can choose from warps, fade in, blur in, and many other options. To add a transition effect, include it between two clips in the timeline.
Filters come in handy when you want to change the feel of a video.
For instance, you may want a specific clip to look more vintage. With Movavi’s retro filters, you can easily achieve your desired result.
The editor has a whole library of filters for different categories, including retro, mosaic, noise, flying objects, and overlay.
Another thing I like about Movavi is the moving titles. You can apply these to your videos without the need for keyframing.
Choose any basic title, or go with an artistic option like 3D Placards based on your needs.
P.S. You can also insert special graphics like stickers, objects, and emojis into your clips. Movavi lets you animate these graphics, change their colors, scale them, and more.
Does your clip have shaky footage? Movavi has a solution for this too.
With Movavi’s video stabilization feature, you can adjust your video’s shaking and accuracy levels as desired.
However, you don’t want to be too aggressive with this one because taking the slider too high will distort the clip.
Movavi Video Editor comes with AI-powered motion tracking. This lets you link the objects in your clip to elements like stickers and masks.
Want to hide someone’s face in the video? Link a mask to the object and voila!
Pan and Zoom
This feature lets you control the camera movement with two frames.
Once you set the initial and end zoom with the available frames, the camera will move from one frame to another.
Pan and zoom also work for touch-screen laptops—you can use your fingers to zoom on the things you want quickly.
One of Movavi’s new features is the color adjustment. This lets you apply Saturation, White Balance, Auto Contrast, or Magic Enhance.
You can also change the mood of your scene using LUTs (Lookup table), which include options like Thriller, Mystery, Vintage, and more.
Movavi Video Editor also presents many tools for tinkering with a clip within the timeline.
You can change the speed and volume, add fade effects, and even reverse your actions with easy-to-use tools.
Once you’re done editing your video, you can save them in any supported format, including MOV, AVI, GIF, MP4/MP3, and more.
You can also optimize output for the device you’re exporting to or upload the clip directly to YouTube, Vimeo, TikTok, or Google Drive.
Rendering takes a while, but it’s not entirely a slow game. For instance, the Movavi editor only took 6 minutes to render my 5-minute video clip.
FYI, when you export a clip, you can export a selection or the whole project. This makes things very easy for both independent creators and video agencies.
Movavi Video Editor costs $49.95 for the annual subscription. And $69.95 if you choose the lifetime license.
Considering the tools and flexibility it offers, these prices are an absolute bargain.
Plus, Movavi offers a 7-day free trial, which you can use to test the editor before you invest in it.
Movavi Video Editor is a simple yet impressive tool that makes video creation easy. Both novice and professional editors can use it to showcase their creative side. And the best part is the learning curve isn’t steep like in the case of other video editors.
Also, there’s a ton more to Movavi than what I touched upon in this article. I’ll leave that for you to explore, but I can say that whatever I tested worked smoothly and made for a fluid editing experience.
Why not try it out for yourself?