Filmora Video Editor Review

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If you’re absolutely new to video editing and are looking for an easy-to-use program to start with, then the Filmora Video Editor by Wondershare is exactly what you need.

Video editing is one of the most in-demand skills of today as the world moves towards online video consumption. Whether you’re an influencer looking to dominate social media or a business looking to create engaging content – video is a necessity. But creating and editing great videos is not an easy task! Not only will you have to master programs like Adobe Premiere and After Effects, but you’ll also have to understand how to shoot a video, add sound or music as well as special effects to make it exciting and enjoyable for the audience.

Having said this, we live in an age of Do-it-yourself programs like Canva and Filmora that enables anyone to create designs and videos for a web audience. With a video editor like Filmora, you don’t really need to have professional video editing skills to create great videos for your audience. All you need is a well-recorded video, a paid version of the editor and a guide like this review to create amazing videos.

What is Filmora and Why Should You Get it?

filmora icon

Filmora is a video editing software built for starters who want to create video content in the least amount of time. Although it’s a software for beginners, the video editor supports 4K videos and has dozens of audio and visual tools users can use to create attractive content – from different text styles to effects, sound options to editing options, the choices are plenty. With an easy-to-use dashboard, Filmora is one of the most preferred video editing software by entrepreneurs, influencers and content creators who use the platform to create quick video content for social media and personal blogs.

Is Filmora Safe to Download and Use

Yep. Completely. As a software reviewer, I am quite picky when it comes to installing programs on my system, but with Filmora, I didn’t have any apprehensions. The software is by Wondershare Technology, a global leader in application software development with over users in over 150 countries. The company has been operational since 2003 and has offices in Europe as well as Canada and has been recognized by Forbes as well as Deloitte for one of Asia’s fastest-growing enterprises. To avoid any unwanted problems, it is recommended that you download only from the official website.

How Much Does Filmora Cost

Filmora has three types of license: Personal, Commercial and Educational. The three differ in terms of pricing, however, in terms of features, they remain mostly the same, except for additional stuff like sales support and multi-user controls for commercial license. If you’re someone who’s just starting out with video editing, then the personal plan would suit you best.

The pricing breakdown is given as:

filmora price

For both the per year and lifetime license, you’ll get all features, free updates, no watermark (trial version has a Filmora watermark) and free tech support. The Unlimited license will give you access to unlimited downloads from the Filmstocks Standard Library as well as new effects every month. The most popular package is the $59.99 which gives you lifetime access to the software. Unless you need new effects or stock downloads every month, the lifetime plan is the best buy.

Filmora Video Editor Feature and Specs

And now is the exciting part of this review! Let me run you through some of Filmora video editor features and specs that you’ll be using to create outstanding videos.

1. Easy-to-use Dashboard

One of the first thing that you will find impressive is the software’s easy-to-use dashboard. As soon as you launch the program, you’re prompted to create a project with a screen ratio of 16:9. Once you select new project, you’re taking to the main workspace where you’ll see an import/record option on the left, a preview window on the right and a video timeline at the bottom. Everything’s pretty much drag and drop so all you need to do is open a video or use the record option to record and begin applying desired effects on your video.

Filmora interface

2. A Wide Collection of Audio Files

A great music clip is essential to the success of a video. If you don’t have your own music to use in the video, you can pick from the 51 audio files provided by Filmora. The files are categorized into multiple categories such as young and bright, folk, electronic etc. You can’t get any preview of the audio files, instead, you’ll have to download them all (or one by one) to check them out. This can take quite some time if you set out to check all 51 audio files. You can download for more files from the website after signing in with your ID. There are free effects you can install and if you’re a new user, Filmora will let you enjoy unlimited downloads for three days!

filmora audio file collection

3. Text Editing & Stylization

Want to give credits to people involved in your project? Or simply want to have a great opener? Filmora has a collection of credit text that you can further edit and customize accordingly. There are a total of 137 styles ranging from simple rolling credits to colorful and animated video openers to creative subtitling and styling. You can change the color, the font size, align, rotate and do a dozen other things with the text. What truly impressed me was the ability to add more text in the form of different shapes and being able to animate it in a different number of ways. If you’re into text stylization, Filmora doesn’t disappoint.

filmora video editor's titles

4. Transitions

Transitions are used to smoothly move from one scene into the next. Unlike PowerPoint’s boring transitions, Filmora has a range of modernistic transition effects. From butterfly scrawling to box flip styles to dissolve styles, there are 178 transitions to choose from! You’ll have to spend quite some time here to explore all the cool transitions you can apply on your video.

filmora video editor's transition

5. Effects

With 254 effects, you get plenty of options to create a unique style for your videos. Again, you’ll have to download the effects to see how they work on your video. There aren’t any editing options with effects apart from increasing or decreasing intensity so if you’re looking to adjust your effects, you won’t be able to do it here. That being said, the effects are pretty well done so you won’t really need to make any adjustments. You can also download additional effects by visiting the official website.

Filmora's effects

6. Elements

Want to add emojis and other cute graphical elements to your videos? Filmora has 191 elements that you can use (solo or a combination of effects) in one video. You can edit the elements by giving it different motion effects and even adjust colors to your liking.

filmora's elements

7. Chroma Key

Recorded a green screen video and need to add an overlay to it? Filmora actually has a Chroma Key feature that you can use to replace the green screen with your choice of background. To do so, all you need to do is use the chroma key option and choose the color that covers your screen (it doesn’t have to be green!).

8. Split-Screen

If you’ve got multiple video clips and want to create a cool video with each of the clip having its own effects/transition then the Split-Screen feature by Filmora allows you to create one amazing video in multiple split screens! All you need to do is drop your videos into the different screen slots and edit each one according to your preference.

Filmora video editor -split screen

9. Voice Over

If you want to record your voice while editing your video, you can do that with the audio recording option provided on the dashboard. You can go ahead and adjust the audio level of your voice over by adjusting the levels given in the audio mixer.

10. Social Media Import

Filmora also allows you to directly import your media files from Facebook, Flickr and Instagram. It imports your feed into the dashboard when you sign in letting you choose your files and saving it to a folder on your desktop. This feature is quite helpful for people who make videos or take images directly from Facebook or Instagram.

Filmora Export option

Whew! Filmora has an extensive list of features. Here’s a quick summary of all its features and specs:

  • 4K resolution support
  • Video stabilization
  • Lens correction
  • Blurring and opacity control
  • 3D Lut
  • GIF support
  • Noise removal
  • Frame by Frame preview
  • Video trimming and cropping

How to Use Filmora Video Editor

There are plenty of things you can do with Filmora. To learn more, I highly recommend you visit the Video Editing Academy of Filmora where you’ll learn to do wonders!

In the meanwhile, here’s a quick 1,2,3 guide to using Filmora video editor.

Step 1: 

Once you’re done installing the software, launch it and start a new project. To start a new project, simply select the New Project.

filmora video editor start interface

Step 2: 

When you click on New Project, you’ll be taken to the main interface. Here you’ll have all the effects, transitions, split-screen etc on the top menu. The main screen will have a project panel where your videos will appear. On the right you’ll have the preview screen which will preview your video.

Step 3: 

The story timeline is the most important part of the interface. It is here that you’ll be spending most of your time. To start, add a video by clicking on the import option in the project panel.

Step 4: 

To add effects, audio, transitions, and other elements, drag them onto your video track. Keep previewing your video by hitting the space bar of your keyboard. It will help you know how your video looks and where you need to do necessary edits.

Step 5: 

Once you’re satisfied with the video, click on Export option followed by Create Video. You can choose the format in which you want to export your video. You can even choose to upload to YouTube directly. If you don’t want to pause on the project to rework later, you can use the Save As option in the file section.

The Good and The Bad of Filmora Video Editor

Filmora video editor is surely a power-packed video editing software for both beginners and professionals alike. Although it doesn’t offer granular controls like Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro, it has enough capabilities and functionalities to let you create outstanding videos. During the use of this software, I was quite satisfied with the output, considering the fact that I am an average video editor with experience using Premiere. I remember when I first started with Premiere Pro, I was overwhelmed with the technicalities, but with Filmora, it took me just an hour to make a stellar video.

The Good:

  1. Easy to use
  2. Plenty of effects, styles, audio files and visual tools to use
  3. Easy video trimming
  4. Multiple importing and exporting options
  5. Ability to stabilize video (especially if you’re making a mobile video)
  6. Futuristic and modernistic look for videos
  7. Ability to record PC screen
  8. A store with additional effects to use and download
  9. Direct upload to YouTube
  10. High-quality output

The Bad:

  1. No preview option for audio files or video effects. You have to download them all.
  2. Effects store not available with lifetime purchase.
  3. Limited storyline/tracks.

Conclusion

Filmora video editor is one of the most efficient video editors out there that is affordable and has a plethora of features. Unlike its other competitors, Filmora doesn’t require you to have any technical or basic video editing knowledge at all. In fact, you’ll pass off as an expert video editor by just using the options provided by the software. For $59.99 Filmora is just what you need if you’re planning to do some exciting video content this year!

Filmora Video Editor

$59.99 Lifetime license
8.5

Easy of use

9.0/10

Editing Options

9.0/10

Effects and Element

8.5/10

Price

8.0/10

Customer service

8.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Plenty of effects, styles, audio files and visual tools to use
  • Futuristic and modernistic look for videos
  • Ability to stabilize video (especially if you’re making a mobile video)
  • Multiple importing and exporting options

Cons

  • No preview option for audio files or video effects. You have to download them all.
  • Effects store not available with lifetime purchase.
  • Limited storyline/tracks.
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