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Filmora vs Movavi: Which One Is Right For You? 

 January 13, 2021

By  Lightworks Team

Video technology has advanced so much and becomes so common that practically everyone is a filmmaker. Whether we’re capturing precious family moments, funny stumbles, or creating informative content, video technology has so many possibilities and can impact people in many different ways.

As crucial as shooting a video is editing it. The raw footage isn’t all going to be used. Pieces need to be trimmed or disposed of, and some need to be put in different places. A video editing software lets you edit your content straight from your computer.

This software is a non-linear editing or NLE system. You’ll see your video as clips you can edit to your liking. Once everything is finished, you can pick your preferred file format and platform for exporting.

If you’ve never edited a video before, you need to be careful about choosing software. The wrong kind could spoil your image of this software. You could be led to believe that every sort of video-editing software is bound to be a pain to learn.

We want to lead you to the right video-editing software, which is why we’re going to bring up two great ones today: Filmora and Movavi. These programs are both real assets for anyone new to video editing.

Instead of focusing on which software is better, we’re going to talk about them in direct comparison to each other. You’ll see how each one fares in different fields, from the ease of use to cost. Then, you’ll hopefully know whether Filmora or Movavi is better for you.

Movavi and Filmora: An Overview


1. Ease of Use

Using Movavi is more comfortable compared to Filmora. Movavi just has a really laidback design, and adding things like titles and effects is so simple. This is a great tool for beginners because it helps you get through your video editing efficiently.

2. Preset Effects

Filmora wins when it comes to preset effects. For inexperienced editors, Filmora is the top software for preset effects. There are ready-made video, audio, and animation effects, which can all be customized. A few of these effects can go a long way towards making your videos look better.

3. Titles

Filmora has better text functions. You can give your titles specific designs thanks to the font, size, color, thickness, and more adjustments. There are also lots of preset titles to select from. You can also import titles from other sources.

4. Experience Levels

Both of these are for users with little video editing experience. However, it’s hard to compare the two because users of each of them have different needs. Movavi is ideal for quick editing without as much concern for the finer details of the process. Filmora is better for people interested in editing but needs to start with a fairly basic platform.

5. Work Flow

The Filmora work process is a lot better overall. The instruction is more precise. Plus, they have more online help available, including video guidance. New editors can feel a lot more comfortable thanks to all this.

6. Cost

Movavi is better in terms of cost. The standard edition costs $39.99, while the standard edition of Filmora costs $59.99. There are other prices for these products.

Ease of Use


Neither is hard to learn, as they both have simple designs and intuitive functions. Overall, though, we’d say Movavi is the easier software to learn. Filmora’s purpose is more to provide a gateway for people getting into editing. 

With Movavi, you’re more likely to be throwing together a quick clip. The specific terminology isn’t going to be as necessary, and you’re likely not thinking of putting an editing portfolio together.

Movavi still has some cool qualities. There’s an excellent supply of preset effects and a straightforward and easily navigated design. This can help you see how your edits are working. For instance, prominent timeline markers can show where you’ve placed transitions.

Just looking at Movavi and scrolling through it for a minute or two can bring you up to speed on how it works. There’s a display of different interfaces you can choose from, such as ones for trimming clips, adding text, and ones for introducing effects.

Then, another display helps you be more specific about the type of interface you’re using. Finally, you’ll see the effects. Near this is the playback section, so you can see how your edited footage is turning out.

Learning Filmora takes a while longer. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s hard, especially not if you’re interested in becoming an editor. It takes effort, but it can be a delightful effort.

The two software look pretty alike. It’s when you start using Filmora that you see how it really differs. There’s the project panel, which displays the media on the timeline, as well as the various effects and titles that you’ve placed on the clips.

Then, you’ll see the playback panel. There’s a toolbar on top, which you can retrieve through keyboard shortcuts. At the base of the screen is the timeline. This timeline is more complicated than Movavi’s. However, complexity can be challenging advantageously. The longer you use Filmora, the easier it becomes, and it’s not too challenging to begin with.

Winner: Movavi

Preset Effects


By and large, people say Filmora handily wins regarding preset effects. Still, we think it’s worth it to bring up Movavi’s effects.

There are a lot of Movavi effects. There are atmospheric backgrounds, such as cities and beaches. These can be layered with text and edited according to your taste.

There are also videos included with Movavi that can be layered on your own video. These are transparent, which prevents the need for things like rotoscoping. They can add a lot of fun to your video by adding stuff like balloons breezing by. You could even back a video out of Movavi presets, layering these transparent videos atop the backgrounds. The result is a high-quality video that could be used for business presentations or for educational purposes.

Movavi can improve your video through “light leaks.” This is a trend to help videos stand out through a quality editing process.

One of Movavi’s best presets is stickers. You put these animated effects around certain parts of your video that you might want to highlight. They don’t require any animation experience. You need to know how to move a mouse.

While Movavi is decent with animations, Filmora is even better. There are more than 245 animation effects included.

If you want more effects, FIlmora is very understanding. They’re very receptive to impact of other platforms. You can give these effects a chance to receive the royal treatment.

Winner: Filmora

Titles

Both software come with a lot of pre-made titles. However, Filmora wins out when it comes to better titling abilities.

You can customize your titles so much more with Filmora. This includes fixing the color, font type and size, spacing, and leading. Furthermore, you can add some animation to your text. It helps you put as much thought into your title as you would for the rest of your video.

The Filmora pre-made titles are also great for their diversity. You should be able to find one that matches your general project tone, whether it’s something silly, more serious, or in-between. Remember not to feel committed to the first title style you like. There will always be many good ones, and sometimes, it’s a toss-up.

You can also customize premade titles with Movavi, but it’s definitely more limited compared to Filmora. You may recall some titles from other videos you’ve watched. This means your video could look less exciting or less original. You might not care about this and want to make a video in a short time frame.

Movavi does an excellent job with titles and is easy to understand and operate. However, Filmora is better because it lets you do more. It needs to add font and text size adjustments at least. It would be a reasonably simple adjustment and could lead to a lot more satisfied customers.

Winner: Filmora

Experience Levels

Movavi is an excellent platform for beginners. It might remind you of the basic graphics and illustration software you used as a kid. Just glide your cursor along with the screen and see all the effects offered on the platform, such as stabilization, cropping, and slow motion.

Stabilization is a really good tool to use when you’re recording with a smartphone. Since you likely weren’t recording with a tripod, stabilization help get rid of the shakiness that might make your video challenging to watch.

I also really love Movavi’s animation tool, which uses stickers and keyframes for animation purposes. Your video can look a lot more unique with these additions.

If you’re using Movavi, your video editing experience level is likely quite limited. However, that may or may not be the case for Filmora. Expert editors have graduated past the need to use it, generally speaking. However, many users have some editing experience, while others are entirely new to it. FIlmora could be called an “advanced beginner” platform.

Filmora takes everything Movavi has and improves upon it. For instance, its stabilization tool is a lot more advanced, and it has a strong chroma-key, great if you’re making a green screen video.

There’s also a really cool split-screen effect. Let’s say you want to fit multiple screens into one frame. This effect makes doing so very easy, and the outcome looks great.

Try the freeze-frame effect if you need to add a visual pause for emphasis. Some parts of your videos can stop while others can continue playing when you use this effect. For more information about the various Filmora effects, look at some guides and videos online.

Their effects help it stand out among beginner editing software. By using and trying its effects, you can become a lot more confident as an editor. If you feel a little unsure of yourself, get yourself comfortable with Movavi first, and then move onto Filmora.

Winner: Tie

Work Flow

There are three main functions with Movavi. First, there’s the video converter, which lets you bring in videos from 180 file types. You’re also able to cut down, rotate, crop, and stabilize clips before fully importing them to Movavi. The video editing interface is for editing your clips and includes the effects, tools, and playback panels. This interface also allows you to export your projects.

If you need to record your screen for a lesson or help someone with something, use Movavi’s screen recorder function. The resolution is 60 frames per second and 1080p. Anyone making videos for educational purposes needs to have a good screen recording platform available.

You can make your work process with Filmora, but their website has its own great system. Wondershare, the company behind the software, provides tutorials that give the lowdown on editing. You’ll avoid possible confusion when you use these tutorials. It’s okay to ask for help, and their tutorials do a great job of offering help clearly and helpfully.

Winner: Filmora

Pricing

Movavi and Filmora both have a variety of plans to choose from.

The standard Movavi package costs $39.95. However, this caps audio and video layers at 6. The $59.95 version comes with 99 layers, which you’d be very unlikely to use all of.

The priciest and also more extravagant Movari package is their business one. This costs $99.95 and allows two people simultaneous access to the program. This can be an excellent investment if you have a colleague or business partner who also needs to edit videos. There’s also a massive library of presets to browse through with this package.

There’s also the Movavi Video Suite. This costs $79.96 and has the video-editor, video-converter, and screen recorder interfaces.

Filmora’s standard version costs $59.99. You can pay for this in an installment plan of $7.99 per month. They also have a business plan, which can also be used by more than one user. This costs $79.99 annually or $12.99 a month.

Since Movavi’s standard edition is cheaper than Filmora’s standard edition, it wins in this round.

Winner: Movavi

Conclusion


You’ll be in good hands whether you choose Filmora or Movavi. It’s better to go for Filmora if you know anything about editing and are trying to advance your career. Movavi tends to favor complete novices, who might not have any burning desire to become an editing expert.

Don’t think that Filmora is going to turn you into an overnight expert, either. It’s just another part of your journey, a significant one, but you still have a lot to learn.

Movavi’s general purpose is to give novice editors a chance to make a great-looking video when time is a factor. The results aren’t going to be mind-blowing, but they’re going to get the job done. With consistent usage, you can repeatedly beat your previous records for editing videos.

Being in a rush when using Filmora is not advised. This is software for tinkering, creating videos that are more distinctly “you.” Give yourself more time with your projects, and take advantage of their great tutorials to help you along the way.

If you care about becoming an editor and want to use software that challenges you, purchase FIlmora. However, Movavi is excellent if you’re entirely new to video editing or don’t have as many needs for a advanced tool.

Lightworks Team


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Lightworks Team

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