Top 12 iMovie Alternatives to Edit Videos

Top 12 iMovie Alternatives to Edit Videos

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By Brian Fisher | Jan 16,2018 14:02 pm

Want an iMovie similar tool to edit videos on Mac or Windows PC? Here is the right lace for you. iMovie is great in editing a simple video for Mac users. However, iMovie not working problems occur frequently. Actually, there are many iMovie alternatives you can choose from. Compared with iMovie, they offer the same editing features, even more easy-to-use and powerful. You can even get some free iMovie alternatives. Below are the top 12 alternatives to iMovie you can try. They are iMovie similar tool for Windows PC and iMovie Alternative for Mac (macOS 10.13 High Sierra included) users.

Part 1. Top 12 Best iMovie Alternatives

#1. Filmora Video Editor (for Windows and Mac)

iMovie Alternatives

Filmora Video Editor for Mac (Filmora Video Editor for Windows) is the best iMovie alternative for Window PC and Mac (macOS 10.13). It allows users to edit videos and audio tracks with simple clicks and drag-n-drops. It's interface is far more clean than that of iMovie. It offers users almost anything that you need for making a great video: basic editing tools, special effects, and songs.

Key Features of Filmora Video Editor

  • It is famous for its hand-picked effects: filters, overlays, motion graphics, animated text and titles.
  • And new elements to reflect different occasion, like wedding, Halloween, Christmas, are added continuously.
  • Filmora Video Editor helps you to enhance your video editing: stablizing the video, using green screen to making things floating, change the face of a person off (face-off), Mosaic, tilt-shift, adjusting the brightness and saturation, and so on.
  • The Easy Mode will allow users to export a good video quickly and efficiently. It streams the process of editing a video with basic editing features. This mode is especially helpful for individual users who do not know much about video editing and also professionals who want to edit a video quickly.
  • The Full Featured Mode comes with multiple advanced editing features are included: overlay, filters, dynamic text, transitions, background music, filters, Intro/Credit, picture in picture, and more. Professionals will find the feature he or she needs in this mode.

#2. VirtualDub (for Windows)

VirtualDub

If you are looking for a basic yet complete free iMovie alternative for Windows PC in video capturing and editing, VirtualDub might come at handy. While it may not have fancy exporting options or many utilities for editing your videos, VirtualDub is everything you can ask for when it comes to making a quick fix.

You can trim your video, delete scenes, reorder it and get it all ready to look just as you need it. Then you can export the video to continue working on any other software, if you still need to. Since it is made to work exclusively on Windows machines, you can rely on VirtualDub's performance, and the best part is it does not cost anything.


#3. Adobe Premiere Pro (for Mac and Windows)

Adobe Premiere Pro

Hardcore users must know about Adobe's multimedia tools, which in the case of video edition features Premiere Pro as part of their suite. If you are looking for the most complete option iMovie alternative on the market to work with various types of multimedia files, it should be a no-brainer to choose Adobe's solutions for you at a professional level. However, with the departure of Creative Suite, now you have to subscribe to the Creative Cloud program to enjoy the goodies of their software.

Keep in mind that part of the whole productivity point is that their solutions compliment and work flawlessly within themselves, so if what you are looking for is a standalone application that you can use at a personal or even professional level, you should give it some thought before acquiring any of their products. Remember you can also try Adobe Premiere Elements in case you are looking for a much simpler tool.


#4. VideoLAN Movie Creator (for Mac, Windows and Linux)

VideoLAN Movie Creator

You may have heard already about the VideoLAN projects for their most known product, the VLC Player which is a cross platform application that was first intended to play video files over local area network connections. Their hard work on this project and others have led to one of the most stable and complete media players to use anywhere, even on mobile devices, and now they are on to create a video editing tool as open and complete, under the name of VideoLAN Movie Creator, or VLMC for short.

Despite it is still on the works, VLMC is expected to support as many multimedia formats as the VLC Player does, in a similar and lightweight application. If you are curious already and want to give it a try, there are some early versions available.


#5. Final Cut Pro X (for Mac)

Final Cut Pro X

Another well known alternative to iMovie for professional users is Final Cut Pro X, which has been completely rewired to become Final Cut Pro X, now developed by Apple itself, ensuring an optimal performance on Mac machines, specially their Mac Pro. After its release, some of the changes in the application may have not thrilled all of its fans, but Apple continues working on its flaws and making it the ultimate video management and edition software on the market.

That being said, you should not be surprised when checking at its price tag. As one of the best applications available even at an enterprise level, and considering it is a standalone application, this solution will be at your disposal staring at $299.99. Yes, an expensive option, but probably the most advanced on the list, so remember you can always give it a try first.


#6. Pinnacle Studio (for Windows and iPad)

Pinnacle Studio

In most of the cases, you may only need some basic features for video edition and a couple special tools. If that is the case, one of the best options around is Pinnacle Studio, in which you will find anything a home-user may need with even some professional features. Depending on what you need, you can choose from options that range between $59.95 and $129.95, making Pinnacle Studio in which you may find your ideal match.

One of the most outstanding achievements of Pinnacle Studio is that it has also a mobile version on iOS for iPad and now also for iPhone at $9.99. Of course the mobile version differs greatly from the desktop applications available for Windows, but it is important to remark on how the mobile version is very complete, even outperforming the mobile versions of iMovie.

So there you have, a great tool from which you can select the version that better suits you on your PC, or an app for your iPad/iPhone that is fairly complete, above the competition.


#7. Jahshaka (for Mac, Windows and Linux)

Jahshaka

On almost every situation where you need applications for a specific task, you can be sure you will find great free iMovie alternative. Video edition and management is not the exception, and for this, we have Jahshaka. Using open libraries, Jahshaka comes as one of the few applications that is available on every desktop OS: Mac, Windows and the Linux family.

Mostly aimed at post-production, you can create animations, add or edit audio and tweak your video, among other utilities. Like its proprietary counterparts, Jahshaka includes support for a non-linear editing environment, allowing you to share your work and resources with your teamwork in real-time.


#8. Corel VideoStudio (for Windows)

Corel VideoStudio

Another great video editing software alternative to iMovie by Corel is their VideoStudio. Raising the bet a little higher than Pinnacle Studio, Corel VideoStudio offers a few options that will make it much useful, just do not expect it to be at the level of other professional tools we have reviewed so far. You can consider VideoStudio a great personal video editor with some professional features, while Pinnacle may be considered an entry-level application.

VideoStudio is an iMovie alternative for Windows PCs, and it will prove being more than sufficient for most users, in two different versions: Ultimate for $99,99 and Pro for $79,99. Before choosing, remember you can always have a free trial first.


#9. VideoPad Video Editor (for Mac, Windows, iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets)

VideoPad Video Editor

Now, if you are looking for a iMovie alternative that you can use across devices no matter what OS you use, VideoPad Video Editor is your best shot. It has versions for both Mac and PC and also for all three major tablets: the iPad, Android tablets and the Amazon Kindle Fire. One may argue the unavailability of an app for phones is a drag, but do you really get to do much of video editing on a small phone screen? In most cases you will find yourself working on video edition on your computer or even a tablet, so this makes VideoPad Video Editor a great basic option.

About VideoPad Video Editor price, you also get several options: the desktop versions of the software include 'free' versions for personal use only and also paid versions; on the tablet applications you will find free and paid versions as well. Well, nothing in life really comes for free, does it? While the free versions of the software is freeware, it offers in-app purchases along with advertisement through its interface.


#10. CyberLink PowerDirector (for Windows)

CyberLink PowerDirector

PowerDirector is one of the solutions that has also stood for a long time in the video edition game. The CyberLink software hangs somewhere between regular and professional users, with great tools that may come at handy. Several options for the software are available, range from $99,99 up to $299,99. However, like other developers, CyberLink has also adopted a cloud-based model for you to enjoy their software starting at a $49,99 subscription for three months that will also allow you to enjoy several goodies that are not available in the classic versions.


#11. Shotcut (for Mac, Windows and Linux)

Jahshaka

Time for another open source software, now we have to talk about Shotcut. With a great support for formats and codecs, and frequent releases, you can be sure you will find a stable and bold application to perform your video editing. As Shotcut is a free iMovie alternative, you will find a large community of users and developers that makes Shotcut one of the most reliable and free solutions you can get.


#12. WeVideo (for Mac, PC, Linux, Chrome OS, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets)

WeVideo

While other developers decide to simply make their products available through the internet with some online storage features, charge a monthly fee, brand them 'cloud services' and call it a day, WeVideo is an actual online video editing service that can be the best free online iMovie alternative. It is no wonder why Google has partnered with them to add their service in YouTube and Google Drive and make it easier for users to create and modify their videos without downloading any additional software. Their service allows you to have quick access to most features traditional basic software has to offer on your desktop.

All you need to enjoy WeVideo is your web browser and an internet connection. But it does not stop there, they have also stepped in the mobile market with apps for iOS and Android, so you can easily work on your phone or tablet.

While other developers decide to simply make their products available through the internet with some online storage features, charge a monthly fee, brand them 'cloud services' and call it a day, WeVideo is an actual online video editing service. It is no wonder why Google has partnered with them to add their service in YouTube and Google Drive and make it easier for users to create and modify their videos without downloading any additional software. Their service allows you to have quick access to most features traditional basic software has to offer on your desktop.

All you need to enjoy WeVideo is your web browser and an internet connection. But it does not stop there, they have also stepped in the mobile market with apps for iOS and Android, so you can easily work on your phone or tablet.

It is important that you keep in mind that a cloud service for video editing sounds great, but you should also estimate upload and download times along with the limitations that the service itself imposes. You can start using WeVideo for free with these limitations and from there they also offer several subscription options for personal use going up to $199 per month for a small team of users. In the end, WeVideo might be just the right solution for the guy that is always on-the-go, switching devices and working online.


Part 2. Comparison of these alternatives to iMovie

Have checked out the top 12 alternatives to iMovie, still don't know which one to choose? Choose the one that's right for you. Take a look at the comparison below.

Software

Platform

Video capture/edition

Video formats supported

Price

Filmora Video Editor

Mac and Windows Yes/Yes AVI, MP4, MPG, 3GP, WMV, MOV, FLV, M4V, MKV, MOD, MTS. $59.99

VirtualDub

Windows Yes/Yes AVI, FireWire Free

Adobe Premiere Pro

Mac and Windows Yes/Yes 3GP, ASF, AVI, DV, F4V, GIF, M2TS, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPG, MTS, VOB, WMV. Starting $19.99 per month as part of Creative Cloud

VideoLAN Movie Creator

Mac, Windows and Linux ---/Yes

Expected 3GP, ASF, AVI, DV, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPG, VOB, WMV.

Free

Final Cut Pro X

Mac Yes/Yes

3GP, AVCHD, AVI, DV, MP4, MPEG, MOV MTS.

Starting $299.99

Pinnacle Studio

Windows and iPad No/Yes

MVC, AVCHD, DV, AVI, WMV, 3GP, MPG, FLV, MKV, MOV.

Starting $59.99

Jahshaka

Mac, Windows and Linux No/Yes WMV, AVI, FLV, MPG, MOV. Free

Corel VideoStudio

Windows No/Yes AVI, MPG, AVCHD, DV, MOV, WMV, MOD, 3GP. Starting $79.99

VideoPad Video Editor

Mac, Windows, iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets Yes/Yes AVI, MPG, WMV, MP4, MOV, 3GP, FLV. Starting $39.95

CyberLink Power

Windows No/Yes

3GP, AVI, FLV, MPG, MOD, MOV, MP4, MTS, WMV.

Starting $99.99

Shotcut

Mac, Windows and Linux Yes(Linux only)/Yes

3GP, AVI, DV, FLV, MOV, MPG, MKV.

Free

WeVideo

Mac, PC, Linux, Chrome OS, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets No/Yes

3GP, AVI, DV, FLV, MP4, MPG, MTS, WEBM, WMV.

Starting for free up to $199 monthly subscription.


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