With the right tools and software, everyone can make professional-looking and good-quality videos. In this Movavi Video Editor Plus review I will go through each aspect of the editor that will help you create professional looking videos easily.
Today, 60% of global businesses use video as an effective marketing tool. Nearly 74% of marketers say video has a much better return on investment than any static imagery. Moreover, in 2020, the video industry was worth $161.37 billion to set the perspective. That's a whopping 55 percent year-on-year increase from its value of $104.11 billion in 2019.
If you have to make the cut and get in front of audiences with video, you have to create good-looking, attention-grabbing, quality videos. You might think that this would require tons of equipment and professional software to make it, right.? Wrong, making good videos now is not only limited to professionals.
Movavi Video Editor Plus Review: Quick Summary
- Supports Windows 7 & above
- Extremely easy to use
- Rapid Improvements
- Lot of Handy Tools
- 4K Rendering
- It does not support H.265
- Free trial limitations
Supported Platforms: Windows, OSX
Movavi Video Editor Plus is one of the best video editing software for beginners. It helps you to create amazing videos with minimum time and effort. In short, the editor has all the features to make your video stand out from the crowd with your creativity.
It has a user-centric approach and a host of video-editing features. These include special effects and Transitions, Keyframe Animations, pre-made Intros, and Chroma Key.
Movavi Video Editor Plus Review: Pricing
It falls under two pricing plans in USD:
The 1-year subscription version of Movavi Video Editor Plus covers 1 PC or 1 Mac and amounts to $44.95. However, if you purchase a lifetime license covering 1 PC, the cost is $64.95. Using our Movavi Discount Coupons, you can buy the subscription of your choice at almost 60% discount.
If you are looking for good video editing program alternatives that provide a lifetime license, you can try Wondershare Filmora & AVS Video Editor which uniquely supports lifetime free upgrades as well.
On the other hand, if you wish to have an all-in-one Video and Audio Editor with Editing, Converting, Screen Recording, and CD/DVD Burning capabilities, I suggest trying Movavi Video Suite.
You can read my Movavi Video Suite Review to know more about the features incase, you decide to go for it.
I recommend you to use the Free Trial version of any video editing program before making your purchase decision. However, I will try my best to help you with the feature and the real feel throughout this Movavi Video Editor Plus review.
Movavi Video Editor Plus: Key Features
Popularly known as the green screen, it lets you change your videos' backgrounds and replace them with other backgrounds or solid colors.
Titles & Transitions
Adding attractive titles to your videos enhances its storytelling power. You can select and choose a wide variety of title styles to insert in your videos. Apart from that, transitioning from one clip to another should feel as natural as possible to the viewer's eye. You can achieve this through a wide choice of transition effects available.
Movavi Video Editor Plus lets you set perfect aspect ratios to share your videos across multiple platforms that also support vertical videos like Youtube, Facebook & more.
You can almost eliminate shaky videos and create a near smooth video with the video stabilization tool. This option is very helpful if you are shooting outdoors with devices that do not support internal video stabilization.
Picture in Picture
It is one of the most popular video formats for bloggers, influencers, or video game players. The picture in picture mode allows you to easily add another frame in your video. Hence, it helps with explanatory or commentary videos where you can overlay your Webcam video while narrating a story on the main video of the storyline.
Voiceovers play a vital role in videos. With Movavi Video Editor Plus, you can easily add voiceovers to your videos with precise control.
Filters & Effects
There are many built-in effects available in Movavi Video Editor Plus. You can use it on your videos to create the right tone and portray the perfect shot to your audience.
Support for LUTs
LUT is short for 'LookUp Table.' This feature helps transform color input values on your video to any other color output values. It gives your final footage a very different look & feel. You can tweak the entire atmosphere in your videos or easily recreate the color schemes from other movies.
You can also create a uniform palette by applying any LUT to your videos from different cameras, so all your clips have the same color palette.
Synchronizing audio levels while working on multiple clips is challenging. The audio synchronization feature in Movavi Video Editor Plus does this in one click with no manual adjustments required.
Blanks on the timeline
There are times you wanted to keep a 1-3 sec blank in between clips, and you can easily now achieve this with Video Editor Plus. These blanks can be used to insert titles, pauses, or transitions to another scene. You can also easily move clips on the timeline without any restriction.
Transitions on Overlay tracks
You get to add transitions to overlay tracks along with the main video track. You can also adjust the transition length right on the timeline. Movavi Video Editor Plus includes 8 Offset Transitions and with sound as well.
When working with moving objects in a video, this feature is very useful. Editing only the moving object can be complex. Adding effects like a face blur or a highlight can be time-consuming. With Movavi Video Editor Plus, you can now easily do this by simply placing a mask on the object to highlight or conceal it in motion. Motion tracking for titles and stickers are also available.
Movavi Video Editor Plus 2022: New Features
For my Movavi Video Editor Plus review the latest version is 2022. Compared to the 2021 version, I found the following improvements in the Audio editing category.
New Audio Editing tools & Audio Effects
- You will find new Audio Editing Tools.
- Now there is a separate Audio effects section.
- Combine audio effects.
Sound level visualizer
This new tab at the right hand of the timeline shows the volume scale of the videos and lets you control it.
Movavi Video Editor Plus Review: User Interface
Movavi always believes in making complex tasks easy for its users through its simplified software. Hence, the same applies to the Video Editor Plus as well.
The video editor has a simple interface and is easy to use. All the tools are pretty much based on 'What You See is What You get' or the WYSIWYG principle. Upon opening the editor, you can locate all the main tools on the left side panel.
The Timeline is placed on the bottom of the screen & a live preview player on the right. You can scrub the video for minute changes as you edit them.
The learning curve should be a pretty minimum for all users, even those with minimal knowledge or no background in video editing techniques. The background of the Video Editor Plus is thoughtfully kept black. It reduces eye strain when working with videos for long hours.
Movavi Video Editor Plus: Functionality Review
Quick Start & Quick Video Mode
The Quick Start video mode allows you to quickly add files and create a video within no time. You can also select the Quick Video Mode on similar lines, which uses a Montage Wizard to help you quickly create video from all your video files.
When you select the Quick Video Mode, you must add all your input files to the Wizard. Once all the files load up, you then proceed towards creating a seamless video from them. You can also easily drag the files to change order or delete the non-required files.
Once you've finalized the files, you can select the theme you wanted for your video from the presets on the next step. The presets include a choice of transitions, titles, and music tracks for several themes. Once you select all, you can then go for a preview.
Adding Media Files
You can easily add media files to Movavi Video Editor Plus by going to File import or simply by dragging and dropping the files into the File import window. Besides using your files, you can also use in-built media files like sample video clips, audio tracks, background copyright-free music, sound effects, and background images.
You also get the option to Record Video through the front-facing camera. For audio recording, you can use the Record Audio option.
There are numerous Intro videos built into Movavi Video Editor Plus. You can edit these videos to create your versions by going to the Titles section and selecting the Intro videos.
When you start working in Movavi Video Editor Plus, all the changes you make are saved under a 'Project.' All the video projects are saved in the .mepx format on your device. You can open it any time for processing in the Movavi Video Editor Plus.
Saving your projects is simple and can be done by simply going to the file and clicking the Save option. At certain times you might want to combine some of your projects into a single project. You can easily do this by 'appending' a project. To do this, go to the 'File' menu and then select 'Append Project.' A window will open, find and select the project to append into the current project. However, note that the appended project files always get added to the end of the current project files.
One fantastic option when working with multiple devices is the option of saving a Portable Project. Since saving a project will work only on that device as this program refers to the included files' path and not the actual files.
When you save a Portable Project, Movavi Video Editor Plus helps you save automatically all media files that the project contains into a folder that you can carry to another device.
A portable project is specifically helpful if you have the Video Editor on more than one PC / Mac and wish to edit on them when you have them with you. For example you can start your edit on your home laptop and resume the editing when you are at office.
Project Preview & Timeline
You can preview your project in the in-built player located on the right side of the window. This player has all the options you need to play, pause, forward, or back the video you are working on.
There is a unique control with the Preview Window to detach the window from the editor. I love this feature as I have a multi-monitor setup that allows me to edit on one monitor and preview the timeline in full screen on the other monitor.
Please note that there is also an option to increase the preview quality. I do not recommend it unless you have a powerful computer as you might notice lags with the preview.
Organizing all your clips on the timeline is also very easy. You can drag and drop the clips on the timeline as you wish. By default, all the clips are arranged in line with the sequence you want to add.
Edit and Enhance Clips
If you want to edit or enhance your media files, including videos or audio, you can easily do it inside the Movavi Video Editor Plus itself using various tools. All tools required for editing & enhancing media are located on the toolbar or the left-hand sidebar.
Some of the basic functions that you can perform are Undo/Redo, Cut, Delete, Crop & Rotate, add Transitions, Freeze Frame etc.
Depending upon the selected media, you can access Clip Properties like volume, normalize audio, increase or decrease playback speed, reverse playback, play with opacity, apply fade-in or fade-out.
The Detach Audio tool helps separate the audio from a video for precise control on both the assets.
It includes pre-made Effect packages for various occasions. You can visit the store from the side panel and browse for all available packages. You can purchase the package that you like and install it.
Filters are similar to any other photo or video editing app. You can apply numerous visual effects available to your videos or photos to set the right color tone as you wish. The available filters are Adjustments, Blur, Color filters, Flying objects, and Vignette, to name a few.
Most of the video clips are made of multiple scenes composed into one. However, if the transitions from one scene to the other aren't very smooth & natural, it might disconnect the users.
Movavi Video Editor Plus offers many types of transitions. You have to add the transition type that you like in between two clips to enable smooth transitions.
There are many types of title styles to choose from in the 'title section.' Adding titles is very easy, and you can add them by simply dragging and dropping them on the uppermost area of the timeline.
There is a huge library of ready-to-use stickers in the sticker section on the side panel. Add them to your videos for the time you want them to appear.
Movavi Effects Store
Apart from all the pre-installed effects and stickers in the app, you can add some more. There is a huge collection of amazing effects, transitions & stickers on the Movavi Effects Store. You can browse the collection online and purchase the ones you like for your project.
Movavi Video Editor Plus Review: More Tools Section
Video Editing Tools
This tool gives precise color adjustment options for your video clips. There are two modes.
The 'Easy' mode offers Auto Contrast, Auto Saturation, Auto White Balance, and Magic Enhance, to name a few. If you want granular control over your videos, you can use the 'Advanced' option.
With the Overlay tool, you get options to place objects like logos on your screen. It also can let you split up the screen into two screens.
With the overlay option, you can get a 'picture-in-picture' mode for your videos. This model can split the video in half or one-third of the screen & more.
With this tool, Movavi Video Editor Plus works on your video and looks for a camera shake if any. Upon detecting, the AI will automatically enhance the clip to reduce or remove the camera shakes present in the clip.
Highlight and Conceal
This tool allows you to specifically mask or highlight any moving object in the video. There are various options to choose from, like Black rectangle, Black ellipse, Blurred objects, or highlighting options.
The Animation tool lets you add animation effects to your project. There are basic animation presets you can use directly. If you want further control over them, you can achieve it through the Keyframe animation option under 'Advanced.'
Chroma Key is a video editor's favorite tool. You can easily select the background color that you want to remove with the color picker. Once selected, Movavi Video Editor Plus will rest and convert that color to a transparent background. You can adjust the background's tolerance, noise, edges, and opacity to make it look more natural.
Apart from these main tools, there are additional features to add Slow Motion effects into your videos, a Pan & Zoom tool to control camera movements, Scene Detection, and a Logo tool to add a logo to your entire video.
The above mentioned features in Movavi Video Editor Plus 2022 are sufficient for creating great vacation videos or stylish explainer videos.
Audio Editing Tools
You can add numerous preset effects to your audio files here. The latest version has a separate Audio effects section with three new audio effect tools: Overload, Oscillation & Vibrato.
With the Sound autocorrect tool, enhance your voice recording projects. Here you can remove unwanted noise from your audios with the given presets.
Block unnecessary sounds and noise from audio.
This sound compression feature will reduce the volume of loud sounds and increase the volume of quiet sounds.
With audio Synchronization, you can simultaneously play any number of audio clips in the main clip. It is done simply by placing the clips one below the other on the timeline and selecting the mixing effects like cross-fading. This tool also lets you synchronize audio levels from multiple sources so that they all sound alike.
The Equalizer lets you adjust the audio clips' properties and set them as you require.
The Noise Removal option helps remove the background noise present in your clip. However, using too much of this can distort the audio clip.
The Beat Detection feature detects the beats in your audio and represents them on your timeline in the form of waves. This feature is good for visualizing your video's audio profile and setting the right mood and rhythm for the project.
I am impressed with the improvements Movavi has achieved over its past versions in the audio editing section. When you are editing videos that were recorded outdoor, the vast range of audio editing tools will be extremely useful.
Movavi Video Editor Plus Review: Exporting
Once you've finished editing your videos, you can export them using the Export Option. You can export the video file in a wide variety of formats. Also, you can export videos specific to devices like Android devices, iOS devices, or even TVs.
Apart from videos, you can also export audio files in most of the commonly used audio codecs. You can also upload your videos directly to social networks like YouTube, Vimeo, or Google Drive.
There is no support for H.265 encoding. Hence, you have to stick to other popular encodings like H.264.
You can further control and customize your app as per your requirement in the preferences menu of Movavi Video Editor Plus. It has 4 tabs through which you can fine-tune the app further.
In the general tab, you can select the language of the app, check for automatic updates, and give your consent to send anonymous usage data back to the server for feedback. You can also allow using software OpenGL implementation from here. It is the specification that described the behavior of a rasterization-based rendering system.
The File tab allows you to choose the output locations for your project files - video, audio, and stabilized video files after processing.
Through the Sharing tab, you can sign in to your YouTube, Google Drive, or Vimeo channels so that you can directly share your videos on them.
The Acceleration tab has options to enable or disable available hardware acceleration options like Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware acceleration. Another option suggests optimizing HD clips for a better editing experience. When enabled, it will create small copies of the original HD files and use them for less resource-intensive & smoother editing.
Movavi Video Editor Plus Performance
The experience with any video editor majorly depends on your system specifications. However, even if you have good system specification it also depends on the application's capability to use the resources efficiently.
For my Movavi Video Editor Plus review, I opted to work only with 4k sample files in order to test stability of the application. My System specifications are given below:
Processor - Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz 2.59 GHz
Installed RAM - 32.0 GB
Edition - Windows 11 Home Single Language
Dedicated Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
For the test I added about 20 small 4k clips. As soon as the clips were added, Movavi Video Editor started optimizing the clips. While the clip optimization is ongoing, the application might lag. So it's best to leave it until the process is complete.
In overall, I added more audio files to the videos, added transitions and annotations. The editing process was smooth and easy. Hence, at the end, it was time to check the export time and speed.
While the video took approx 4.5 Minutes to export, below are the measurements for the CPU and GPU resources it consumed during the export process.
CPU & Memory Usage
Dedicated GPU Usage
With the above statistics you can see the resource usage before, during and after the video export process. It is good to see that Movavi is fully utilizing the dedicated Graphics card. Hence, it takes the load off the CPU and accelerates the process.
Movavi Video Editor Vs Editor Plus
Note: The latest version for regular Movavi Video Editor is 15.4.1. We contacted their support, and here is what they have to say:
No further functionality development will be released for this version. However, if any critical issue arises, for example rendering the program completely unusable due to a Windows update - we will be releasing an update to address such issue. That has happened in the past and can happen in the future.
Movavi Video Editor 15
Video Editor Plus 2021
Video Editor Plus 2022
Filters, Transitions, Effects, Stickers
New Audio Effects Section
Sound level visualizer
Combine Audio Effects
How good is the Software Support?
Movavi Video Editor Plus, like all other Movavi products, offers good software support. You can find the User Manual through the 'Help' tab on the main menu. This manual has a detailed description of every tool and function available for Movavi Video Editor Plus.
Moreover, you can also access the Live Chat window for additional support if required. You can also email the support team with your queries. The support team usually responds within three days.
There's a whole dedicated resource section at the Support Center. It includes FAQs, Lost Key Recovery, Software Upgrades, How-Tos, Video Guides, and more.
Compared with other Video Editing Programs
In this Movavi Video Editor Plus review, I have now reached a point where I can do a quick comparison with other popular and stable video editors. So let's dig in.
Is Movavi Video Editor Better than Filmora?
Both the video editors are easy to use and support faster processing of large HD Videos. Movavi Video Editor Plus is much more beginner-friendly and has advanced features. Moreover, it is affordable than Wondershare Filmora.
Compared to Movavi Video Editor, Filmora offers the Screen capture feature missing in Movavi Video Editor Plus. For screen capturing, Movavi has a separate program named Movavi Screen Recorder. Also, Filmora offers multiple presets for the split-screen effect as compared to Movavi. Last but not the least, Filmora supports HEVC(H.265) format, whereas Movavi doesn't.
Is Movavi Video Editor Better than AVS Video Editor?
Both have many features in common, like Chroma key, Video stabilization, and support for 4K video editing. AVS Video Editor includes all the basic video editing functions. Movavi Video Editor has much more advanced tools and a short learning curve.
Also, AVS Video Editor is available for Windows PCs only, and Movavi Video Editor is available for Windows and Mac.
Movavi Video Editor should not be compared to high budget professional tools like Adobe Premiere Pro, HitFilm Pro etc. They are not easy to learn and are not suited for general home or budget conscious users.
Movavi Video Editor Plus Review: Is it Worth Your Money?
To sum up, this video editor app is definitely worth your money. It is super easy to use. The advanced options for a perfect video and prompt support make it a top choice amongst other video editing software.
Movavi Video Editor Plus: Frequently Asked Questions
Is Movavi Video Editor Safe?
Yes. Movavi Video Editor Plus is completely safe to use.
As per the official Movavi website, Movavi software doesn't have any potentially harmful malware in its files. Also, they claim that they do not compromise your privacy or collect any associated personal details other than those required for licensing.
Is Movavi Video Editor Plus free to use?
No. You can try the free version of Movavi Video Editor Plus for 7 days with restrictions. After the trial ends, you will have to activate the subscription.
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