Movavi Video Editor Plus has been around for over a decade and has a reputation for being a good video editor that’s suitable for beginners. In this review and FAQ, I’ll try using it myself on my desktop computer (using it to edit a simple video we’ve published on our YouTube channel) and share my thoughts on how I like it. For context, I am not an expert on video editing and my main experience with video editing has been with OpenShot, a very simple open-source video editor. This review will therefore hopefully be helpful for video editing beginners looking to see if Movavi Video Editor Plus will be suitable for you, as your experience with it should be similar to mine.
Continue reading for a walkthrough of Movavi Video Editor and answers to the main questions people are asking about it, or click here to skip to my verdict on Movavi Video Editor Plus.
Installing Movavi Video Editor
Go to the Movavi Video Editor Plus webpage here and click the blue “Download for Free” button:
This will download the file MovaviVideoEditorPlusSetupC.exe, around 70MB at the time of writing. This is the only file that will be downloaded and it installs everything — during the install process, no further files are downloaded. There’s a perfectly normal install process:
Using Movavi Video Editor
Open Movavi Video Editor Plus for the first time and you’ll see this dashboard:
This layout seems to be standard among video editors — you import files, move them to a timeline, and have a preview of the resulting video in the top right. For example:
Here, I’ve just imported a previously recorded video, which is of course what you’ll have to start with and then it’s Movavi Video Editor’s job to edit it. You can also import any other file type (images, audio and so on) that you’ll be using to create a new video, and in addition there are loads of sounds, music, sample videos and backgrounds that you can download from within the software if you need some:
These are all fairly small (the sample videos are only a few seconds in length, for example) and quick to download, and are super helpful if you need to add some nice audio or effects to your video. Without these, you’d be searching Google and going through all kinds of rubbish (and probably paid) websites looking for effects and audio for videos. And this is how Movavi Video Editor works: it’s designed so that you should be able to make a nice video by easily downloading all the effects, audio, filters, graphics and everything else you need from within the software, which I definitely prefer over having to rely on external services.
Let’s look through the features and editing you can do in Movavi Video Editor.
Filters are visual effects you can apply to your videos, such as broken lens, camera shake, motion blur, color dilation, lens flare and much more. There are a lot of these in Movavi Video Editor Plus, all neatly categorized. Here’s me messing around with one of the filters and applying it to my video:
To apply a filter, you simply right-click it and select “Add to Selected Clips” or “Add to All Clips.” As you can see, filters and other effects you add don’t appear in the timeline, so it took me a minute or so to figure out how to remove applied filters. You have to click the star icon on the top left of a clip in the timeline () to edit the properties of a clip (such as volume, speed and applied effects). Then you can edit or remove applied effects like filters:
I definitely like this clean interface, as it makes it very easy to see and manage the properties you’ve applied to each clip.
Transitions are ways to join 2 clips in a neat animation. For example, you can do a blur in, crossfade, page turn effect, zoom in, warps, fade in or more. To add a transition, right-click one and you’ll have the option to add it before or after the selected clip, or to all clips.
Here’s an example of me using a blur in transition to blur into a new video:
You can see the transition appears on the timeline, and you can of course see how it works by moving the red line to the point of the transition on the timeline, then playing the preview video in the top right.
Basically just text you can add to a video. You can add ordinary text, but there are all kinds of fancy text you can also add:
Here’s me adding some simple text:
This works fine, but there are a couple of minor annoyances I had with it, such as that it wasn’t obvious that you could resize the text window since the mouse cursor doesn’t change when you move over the corners of it, or that you can’t enter an exact font size (only choose the font size from a dropdown with a list of options). But this works nicely once you’ve spent a couple of minutes using it and understand how it works.
Clip-art style graphics you can add to your video. Overall, I thought the stickers included in Movavi Video Editor are of very high quality:
It’s very easy to add these graphics, as you’d expect. Right-click one, click “Add to Current Position,” and you can then move or resize it and choose how long it should appear in its position:
All kinds of other tools and effects for video editing:
Are there any torrents, activation keys or cracks for Movavi Video Editor?
No, and as always, we don’t condone stealing software.
Is Movavi Video Editor available for Mac?
Yes. I haven’t tested it as I don’t have a Mac, but from looking at the screenshots, it looks like it has all the functionality of the Windows version.
Is Movavi Video Editor safe?
Yes. Movavi Video Editor Plus is 100% safe and doesn’t contain any spyware or malware.
Movavi Video Editor vs Movavi Video Editor Plus
The basic version of Movavi Video Editor and Movavi Video Editor Plus are basically the same software, except the Plus version also has the following:
- More sample videos, music tracks and stickers included
- Animation options
- Timeline markers
- Faster processing of 4K videos
How much does Movavi Video Editor cost?
Movavi Video Editor costs $39.95 for a lifetime license. If you’re getting Movavi Video Editor Plus, its pricing is as follows:
- $39.95 for a 1 year license for 1 PC
- $59.95 for a lifetime license for 1 PC
I definitely recommend getting the lifetime license, as there’s a good chance you’d still be using the software after 1 year. But even the Plus version won’t quite get you everything. In addition to the cost of the software, you can also buy additional effects on the Movavi store if the free ones included in Movavi Video Editor Plus are insufficient for you. This shouldn’t be necessary for most users though.
Are there any coupon codes or discounts for Movavi Video Editor?
Yes. Purchase Movavi Video Editor Plus through this link and use the coupon code BFA0D8E4 to get 20% off:
How does Movavi Video Editor compare to its alternatives and competitors?
There is, of course, plenty of video editing software. I would mainly compare Movavi Video Editor to the following:
- Windows Movie Maker
- VSDC Video Editor
- Adobe Premiere
Movavi Video Editor vs Windows Movie Maker: Windows Movie Maker is free, but has nowhere near the editing options of Movavi Video Editor Plus or all of the inbuilt effects, text, audio and graphics. It also doesn’t support 4K video or is able to output videos in as many different formats as Movavi Video Editor Plus.
Movavi Video Editor vs Filmora: Filmora may be the closest competitor to Movavi Video Editor Plus, as it has a similar kind of layout and a lot of inbuilt effects, text, audio and graphics. It is marginally more expensive than Movavi Video Editor Plus at the time of writing ($69.95 vs $59.95), and also has a reputation for being slightly more difficult to use. I hope to review it in the future.
Movavi Video Editor vs VSDC Video Editor: VSDC Video Editor has the benefit of price, as it only costs $19.99. Worth checking out. However, its interface is clearly much more confusing than Movavi Video Editor and it isn’t aimed towards beginners at all. It also doesn’t have the wide range of inbuilt effects, text, audio and graphics that Movavi Video Editor has.
Movavi Video Editor vs Videopad: Videopad is a simple and good video editor, and is free to use for non-commercial use. But as with other video editors, It doesn’t have anything all the inbuilt effects, text, audio and graphics that Movavi Video Editor has. A one-off fee of $39.95 if you’re using it for commercial use.
Movavi Video Editor vs Adobe Premiere: Adobe Premiere is vastly more expensive than Movavi Video Editor, and you don’t need it unless you’re a professional editor.
Can I recommend Movavi Video Editor?
I am highly impressed with Movavi Video Editor Plus, and will definitely be using it for any video editing I have to do in the future. While I used to use OpenShot, I won’t be anymore, as Movavi Video Editor Plus makes it vastly easier to add all kinds of new effects, text, audio and graphics to a video with their inbuilt library, and has a highly intuitive and very easy GUI. That’s worth paying for in my opinion, so I can recommend it for newbies to video editing like myself.