Consumer-level video editing that delivers.
A lot of video editing software is available nowadays that ranges from the basic ones to the super-advanced that is made for prosumers. The problem with most video editing software is that they are either too simple or too advanced, leaving some users frustrated.
Enter the Wondershare Filmora9, a video editing suite that easy enough to be learned by beginners. There is still a learning curve to it – but seeing as that I managed to learn the basics of the Filmora9 after only a few hours, there’s a good chance you will learn it fast too.
To make it easier for you to learn Filmora9, a special tutorial is available on the upper right corner of the window. The tutorial is presented as a challenge, telling you to do basic steps like importing media or splitting a clip as a way to learn Filmora9. Of course with each challenge, there is a reward waiting.
Filmora9 supports up to 100 video tracks and 100 audio tracks, a feat for a video editor in this category. This means that I have multiple layers of audio and video that I can easily manipulate into the timeline. That is just the layer – aside from 4K support, Filmora9 also offers a lot of titles, transitions, screen elements, and other effects that you can add to your video. It also supports keyframing and even background noise removal for audio.
The software also doesn’t need high-end hardware – but of course, having newer and faster hardware means rendering time is less. I initially had trouble installing the Filmora9 on my 2-year-old notebook, but after some driver updates, I managed to get it working.
If you have played around other video editing software, then Filmora9 ‘s interface will be familiar. It’s simpler though, which is a welcome change compared to the other cluttered windows of other competing software. When you start a project, you have the option to import media from various sources from the computer or webcam or even online sites like Facebook. Most options are hidden beneath menus, so make sure to look around and dig in to find the right tool that you are looking for.
I did enjoy scene detection on Filmora9 since it managed to automatically split some long videos I’ve imported. Once these clips are available, you can simply add effects and then drag it to the timeline. Picture-in-picture layouts are also supports, available in various options for you to choose from. Various on-screen text and other elements are easy to use, though we wish it had more variety. Not all effects are available on installation though, and Wondershare has provided these effects to be only downloaded once you need them, probably to save some space on your hard drive.
After a couple of hours with Filmora9, I found myself playing around with different videos that I can finally edit with it. Even if I get confused about a certain function, the help tool is readily available to make things clearer. Once you are done with your project, you have the option to export it as a video file, burn it on to a DVD, or directly upload it to YouTube and Vimeo.
While the final video I’ve created won’t win any awards, I was happy that it managed to appear more professional than my previous efforts. I’m already thinking that with more time and effort, I can churn out professional-looking videos with Filmora9.
Filmora9 comes with an Individual or Business license. For individuals, you have the choice between a one-year plan for $39.99 which is actually affordable, or a lifetime $69.99 plan for one PC. There is also a $99.99 unlimited plan where you will get access to another library of effects that you can use for your videos.
Overall, Filmora9 strikes the right balance between basic and prosumer video editing. While it is easy to learn with its simple and minimalist design, its plethora of customizations and effects make it one of the best video editing software available.
+ Plethora of effects and transitions
+ Great variety of customizations
We Didn’t Really Like:
– Some options are hidden
Final Rating: 4/5