After testing six of the most popular free editing suites, our top choice is HitFilm Express 9 for its lavish cinematic capabilities and high-powered interface. For Mac owners, Apple's iMovie is the no-brainer choice, because of its macOS integration, top-notch output, professional themes and trailers, and support for professional shooting and editing techniques. For YouTube and other social media platforms, the free, cross-platform VideoPad is the best option.

I have used Movie Maker mostly for small projects, prototypes and home movies. It is a great and simple tool that meets 75% of most users needs. It is not advanced, so not many professional movie maker options are available (like color correction, white balancing, etc.) However, for basic video that you'll probably want to upload to you tube, this is a pretty good tool. Love the simple and easy to use interface.
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There are tons of in-program effects such as transitions, titles, credits, captions and even included audio scores, meaning you won’t get held up at any step of your editing process. There are panning and shift capabilities, high-quality post-processing zoom, as well as a plethora of color filtering plugins to give you the look you’ll need, even if the raw footage isn’t quite there. You’ll have the ability to export your movies in up to 4K resolution, and the software even supports 360-degree video projects. It’s a great powerhouse for beginners.
4k and gif support are boilerplate features for most video editing products today, but one thing Filmora does particularly well is titles. Title tools are trending in video software, and while Filmora’s doesn’t have the functionality of say, an Apple Final Cut Pro X, which can superimpose 3D titles over your videos and rotate them on three axes, it nonetheless has some snazzy titling features for the money you’re spending.
We include Premiere Elements on the list mostly because it’s been an industry leader in the video editing game for some time. And $79.99 is not egregious, but we’re here to say that at that price, you’re mostly paying for the name. In the time since Premiere Elements’ inception, too many other products have surpassed it in speed and capability for us to place it among the cream of the crop. That’s to take nothing away from Premiere Elements’ usability, though—specifically for beginners.
Every other program has dedicated tracks for each type of media such as video, audio, images, etc. The fact that you can use any media on any track makes this software much more dynamic and provides more control over your project. However, the DVD authoring tools in this program fall short of the best we tested. For example, you don’t get the ability add bonus features or save a disc image to your hard drive. While neither of these things are a deal-breaker, they’re both found in our top pick for this category.
Heyy!! Your Wait is over now here comes the Best and Free Video Editor and Movie maker, slideshow maker or film maker application for your windows devices, create professional looking video stories with few taps and with amazing transitions and themes *Choose from hundreds of user-friendly special effects that range from stickers and filters to animated clips and subtitles to transform everyday moments into works of art. Share within your network and let the world discover you. POWERFUL VIDEO EDITOR - User-friendly professional editing tools to trim and merge clips in storyboard editing mode - Enhance your videos with fun texts, fonts, FX, stickers, music, filters, transitions and live subtitles/dubbing - Total video speed control with slow/fast motion control with playback speeds up to 0.2s in slideshow option to change duration of photo story - Effects such as reverse & blurred background and voice enhancement & audio speed adjustment - All edits can be instantly previewed in our WYSIWYG interface - Share your works to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google+, Vine, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Line, VK, Kik, Vimeo, Wechat, email, etc. EASY-TO-USE SLIDESHOW MAKER - Turn your photos into movie and slideshow masterpieces with just a few clicks - New music library that features even more built-in background music - Import your favorite songs to make the perfect slideshow - Enhance your videos with 200+ special effects including Animated Stickers/Filters/FX/Texts/Fonts/Transitions/Subtitles/Dubbing plus one-tap downloadable filter packets - Tons of themes to choose from including Birthday, Love, Friends, Pets, and Travel - Supported to use the most up-to-date and massive animated stickers/GIFs collection What's New:-*********** *Now You Can Rotate and Flip the Video or Photo in a slideshow or in a traditional movie making *Add Title Slide and End Slides both having custom editing options to your photo slideshow or whether you are merging several videos, create a wonderful intro for your social video for YouTube and etc. with this feature. *Animated Stickers Support Added ,this is the only app in the store to provide support for animated stickers on your videos. *20+ Video/Photo Transitions Added *Support For Crop (Custom,Ratio,FreeHand) *Support For Rotating your video:-much demanding feature by our users ,now you can rotate your video on the fly *Improved the application UI and speed up the application upto 4x *Gif Animated Sticker Added (User can add gif sticker to their video and slideshow) *Create your own Slide with custom design by adding photo, text, stickers and backgrounds or creating a collage. *Add functionality of Trim video or photo duration Setting on one place. * Now User Can Flip Horizontallly or Vertically Photo Just by one click. This is a simple but powerful video editor & slideshow maker, make video edit on windows device so easy. Main features: -Most Exciting feature to apply custom transition any time any where in your video to make more professional. -Most Demanding feature by our user for saving a half baked project to edit after sometime is integrated in this update. - Add music to video, make your music video - Pick photos, create slideshow - Trim your videos - Split your videos into two clips - Merge multiple videos into one file, and you can add music. - Apply effects on your Video Clips and photos - Mute your video - Add Photo between your two or more video Add New feature to make video square Added Feature to add Multiple Background Music Added Feature to Add Text in Video/Slideshow file Add Feature to add Sticker in Video/Slideshow Can Apply 15+ Transition Effect while Making Slideshow and Video Merge **Option to Save video in different frame Sizes(Video Quality) **Added new downloading progress feature while downloading a file of Theme or Effects.
Other great inclusions are the program’s instant auto-save functionality, which works flawlessly in the background, and the ability to select Avid and Final Cut Pro keyboard layouts if you refuse to adopt Lightworks’ default design. Despite its brawny capabilities, it’s quick and on-point, and the full-screen interface is polished and well organized as well. Also, given the open-source nature of the software and steep learning curve associated with the freemium product, the program’s forums are more bustling than most.
Windows Movie Maker has been a cornerstone tool of the amateur video editor for an extremely long time. A lot of video graphers, amateur cinematographers, and simple weekend point-and-shooters have used the free program and have done wonders with it. However, just because something has a history, does not mean that it is necessarily the best product you can be using. After a long time as one of the best free video editors for Windows users, Windows Movie Maker has been discontinued.
We combined a text opener with five clips linked by a cross-fade-type transition into a 2.5-minute video shot at 60 frames per second, and rendered the projects to the MPEG-4 format at 720p. We timed rendering at both 60 fps and 30 fps. We adjusted settings to take advantage of hardware acceleration for all tests whenever possible, setting them in either the preferences or the rendering controls for the best speeds. Apple’s iMovie, the lone Mac-only app, is not included in the timed comparisons.
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