Movavi Review 2020 : Kickass Video Editor for Beginners

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Quick Summary :

Movavi Video Editor offers a nice balance of video editing features and ease of use, making it perfect for casual users who want to create their own videos to share online or with their friends and family.

After putting it to the test by creating my own short video, I found it quite easy to use, despite a few areas of the user interface that could be improved in future versions. Youtube integration made it easy to get my video online, and the entire process was remarkably problem-free (despite one issue that was actually my own fault for not being familiar enough with Youtube.)

TL;DR : Movavi's video editor offers a good balance of ease of use and features, making it good for anyone who's just starting in video editing.

What Is Movavi Video Editor

Movavi is a simple video editing tool specifically built for casual and enthusiast video editors. Although, it's more than capable of content creation for youtube and similar things. It's currently in 12th version ( windows) and 4th Version (macOS) and has a long list of impressive features that include support for 14 languages which makes it a global hit. 


Movavi offers a free limited trial for 7 days. During these 7 days, any videos you make are going to have a "Trial" watermark on them, and audio-only projects are saved only at half-length. 

To get rid of all of these restrictions, you can purchase Movavi. Movavi costs USD 39.95 for personal usage and USD 79.95 for business usage.

Movavi Video Editor In-depth Review

Once you install and open the software, you are presented with a series of options. I'll talk about their Slideshow wizard later, right now I'll stick to their full feature mode to better test their video editing functionality.

Before starting, you need to make sure that the default settings are acceptable. I usually work in 1280p rather than 1080p. You can hike up the program settings to up to 4096x1260, which technically is higher than 4k. 

When you run the software for the first time, you'll be presented with a dialogue box that gives you a slight push in the right direction. The design and scheme are a tiny bit all over the place compared to the rest of the software. But, despite the design, it's super helpful if you haven't handled a video editing software before.

If you go the other route and follow the step-by-step guide, you'll find one walkthrough page that'll guide you in initial steps of making your first video is very simple and easy to follow steps. 

From this point, you can visit the rest of How to which has helped and guide for everything from making slow-motion animations to 4k video creation.

Once you're done with all this, you'll be presented with the main interface of the software. If you've used any software like Camtasia or Filmora, it'll be pretty familiar. Even if you have never used any other video editing software in the past, you'd be very quick to pick up and find your way around the software. 

Ths software can be broken down into 3 main sections : 

The Control section in the top left, the preview section in the top right, and the timeline that is running in the bottom. Your timeline is further broken down into 4 tracks: text effects, overlay, audio, and the main video. This will allow you to easily separate elements that you'd like to use or are using in your project. 

Since the software isn't mean for heavy end video editing, these options will be more than enough for most people. 

Importing Media

The very first step in any video editing work is importing your raw footage or media. Movavi Video Editor makes it very easy to do as well. The only problem I have with the method they use, is that it doesn't have an internal library. Every time you want to use a file, you'll have to drop them on your project timeline. Although, it isn't a very big concern.

If you don't work with a large number of files, this won't be a noticeable issue as well. But, if you are planning to make a very complex video, you'll have to add them one by one or, put all the stuff you need in a folder, then import it into your timeline and solve the mess.

This has one advantage. When I dropped HD video videos onto the timeline, there was no lag, so, in this aspect, the process is simple and smooth. 

Movavi also makes it easy to record videos directly into the program. If you've got a webcam, or camcorder connected directly to your computer, you can record directly from them. Although I prefer to record on DSLR and then import the footage into the program. If you're someone who makes how-to and tutorial videos, this might come handy. 

Editing Videos

Editing the videos that you've imported is quite an easy task, but their choice of interface is quite odd ( might be my personal preference here ). It's not a deal-breaker, but I had to spend a couple of minutes to get familiar and understand the software completely. The video editing tools appear right above the video timeline. Although, the way various panels are separated, they look like their part of the Effects panel rather than a part of the timeline. 

This choice might come from Movavi's need to fit a large variety of screen resolutions, but I think it could have been managed better than this. 

If you put this aside, the video editing tools are straightforward and nice. I was able to cut out parts of my video where I made mistakes or burst out in laughter and had to add jumpcut it out. 

Applying Effects

The range of transitions that Movavi comes up with is amazing. From filters to other effects, the range is superb. The only downside? You can't add more effects to the program. You're bound to the use of the ones already in your program.

Adding effect onto the timeline is extremely simple. All you have to do is hold and drop them onto the clip you'd want the effect on. You can also apply the same effect to all clips by right-clicking and selecting "Apply to All Clips".

Do this with caution since some clips can get over-edited, but Movavi lets you see which effect or every effect that you've applied on a specific clip. When you click on the Star Icon in the top left shows a list of all applied effects, this includes speed changes, crops, rotations, and much more.

Movavi also has a standard set of callout and title overlays ( bubbles, circles, and arrows, etc ). Again, the range is limited. I am hoping that they open their effects store soon with a large variety of options to choose from.

Additional Editing Tools

Movavi also has some additional video editing tools like color adjustments, image stabilization, slow-motion, and chroma-key (green screen).

You also have an impressive range of tools that can assist you in editing audio of your project. This includes beat detection, equalizer, normalization, noise cancellation, and a lot more audio distortion effects. You'll also have the ability to record voiceovers inside the program itself. Again, if you are someone who does how-to videos or tutorials, this feature will be very useful. 

Their noise cancellation feature also works pretty well and was able to damp out the sound of my fan running in the background. The only issue was, it took half a second for the effect to start at the start of the clip. I figured out maybe it happens in the live rendering version, but no, it's in the final version as well.

Exporting and Sharing

Once you're done editing your video, you'll be ready to export it. Movavi offers you a feature to directly export your video to youtube. The signing process is pretty simple and hassle-free. Compared to other similar programs, this was better and is a lifesaver for YouTubers.

Although, once you do click on the Export button, it'll remind you of trial limits before you continue exporting. Once you are indeed on the export screen, you'll get a ton of options for preparing your videos. 

Movavi doesn't provide you a lot of control over the export settings, in some situations it's helpful to be able to change bitrate and other technical aspects. But for the majority of casual users, this will make exporting easier and smoother. 

Slideshow Wizard

As mentioned in the blog post earlier, Movavi also has a slideshow editor. This one is aimed at making simple and quick animated slideshow videos. If all you are looking at is combining photos and making a slideshow video with minimal effort, this is the feature you need.

Whatever the Slideshow mode does, it is possible to get done in Full Feature Mode as well, but if you need slideshows very often, the Slideshow can get it done fast with the least amount of effort. 

With a few clicks, you can import as many photos as you want. You can choose what transition you want to be applied between slides and then add some music for the vibe. The Wizard will then allow exporting the result after pre-configuring it as a project laid out on the timeline.

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