Movavi Video Editor 14
You’re looking for a cheap video editing program for beginners? The Movavi Video Editor is such a program. You are able to edit your videos easily and to add effects and titles. In the end you export your own movie and save it on your computer. That’s all.
It’s the easiest software I have ever seen in the video editing market. It’s great for all beginners, especially because of the price of 30€.
But now to my test…
There are three versions of the Movavi Video Editor. The normal one for 30€, which is in my opinion sufficient for beginners. Then there is a plus version for 40€ and the Video Suite with extra features for 50€. So, as I already said, it is a software for beginners. Well, Adobe Premiere Elements is also great for beginners, however it costs twice as much. Why? Let’s have a look at the surface.
The surface is according to the target group very easy and clear designed. On the right side there is a screen where you can see your video files in real time. At the left you find the clear menu with all elements you need for the video editing. Here you find all effects which can be pulled onto the timeline by drag and drop. The timeline takes the biggest part of the screen and it’s probably the most important part of a video editing software, because here you are able to edit video files, organize them and create a new awesome movie. You need the timeline for the basic video editing progress.
However the Movavi Video Editor offers you some more professional possibilities, for example a video stabilization or Chroma Key. What’s Chroma Key? With this function you can make a color disappear. When there is a green background behind you, make it disappear and paste another background, for example a picture of a beautiful beach. So you can easily change the background in your videos.
Furthermore you can edit sound files while you are changing the speed or removing disturbing noises.
With the latest Video Editor 2020, the timeline/timebar has been revised and significantly improved. So you now have the option to add new editing tracks if you need more and it is possible to customize their order.
What I like best
The main reason why I think this is the best video editing software for beignners is that the program tells you what to do. If you don’t know how to edit videos you don’t have to search for turorials on YouTube. There is a guide integrated into the program which shows you all the important steps to edit your first movie. If you click on the instructions, Movavis website opens, where all the functions are well described. In combination with the surface which is also super easy to use you are able to learn video editing within a few minutes and your results are much better than if you use a software which has more functions but comes without such a guide or surface.
Differences between the three versions
As I already mentioned there are three versions of the Movavi Video Editor which are different in their features.
Video Editor (Basic)
This is the standard package with the normal range of functions for simple video editing. I think it’s a good alternative to the Windows Movie Maker with much more functions. The basic version of the Movavi Video Editor offers all the usual video editing functions, as well as many filters, transitions, titles and effects. However, the maximum number of tracks in the timeline is limited to six. For complex projects, this can become scarce. For a “normal” holiday video this is absolutely sufficient. Functions of the normal video editor are for example video stabilization, the image in the image function, the character recognition or the integrated audio recording.
Video Editor Plus
The plus version offers a few more things than the basic one. Here you have more stickers, video clips and music tracks available and you have the opportunity to animate objects. In addition, according to Movavi, it is possible to process Full HD and 4K videos faster.
This video editing program is a package of various individual programs. Here you get the Video Editor Plus and in addition to that the program Video Converter and a screen recorder. The screen recorder is great if you want to record gameplays. Otherwise I would rather recommend the other programs, because the suite version normally costs over 100€ according to the manufacturer. If you need the complete package and the Suite version is on sale, this can of course be a great saving.
Best function for beginners
If the video editing process takes to much time for your opinion you can turn on the montage assistent. This bot edits your video automaticly with a chosen music file.
Comparison to other video editing programs
The price already shows differences between the Movavi Editor 2020 and other beginner programs. Premiere elements, for example, cost more than twice as much. The Video Editor is great as a beginner or if you don’t want to spend much time learning and prefer using the prefabricated functions of the video editor. In contrast, other, more expensive video editing programs offer the possibility to change each parameter, for example in colour processing. This is fun, but it takes a lot of time.
|+ Movavi Video Editor||+ other software|
|- low price|
- clear surface
- easy to use
- sufficient range of functions
|- more individual parameters to create more unique videos (for example colour grading)|
|range of functions||65%|
|clarity of the surface||100%|