The best beginner video editing software – Movavi Video Suite 2022 Review
When it comes to editing videos for TikTok, YouTube, or a music video – one thing is real. We are living in a world of content.
Even as a music producer, there is no running away from creating videos. Because of improving internet speeds and the adoption of smart devices, video consumption is now higher than ever. Your audience expects to see you churning video content.
If you want success with your art, promoting it as a video medium will make a good bet.
When we think about video editing software, we often think about using professional video software like Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro. But what if you don’t need all the features of a professional video editing software like Premiere? What if you need to just create videos – fast?
Movavi Video Suite – An easy-to-use video editing software for beginners.
This was where my curiosity got the best of me, where I wondered if using a video editing software like Movavi, would change my workflow and life.
Movavi has been around since 2004, for a good 17 years now. The company builds multimedia programs with the aim of making them easy to use and powerful. You might in fact have come across Movavi’s software suite for video, screencasting, and photo editing if you’ve searched for video editing software online.
While Movavi offered many softwares, I was interested in taking Movavi Video Suite for a run.
Movavi Video Suite is an all-in-one video maker – which includes a video editor, video converter, screen recorder, and more. Aimed at content creators, I could see it fits into my workflow – as someone without a video editing background, who wants to easily create content videos.
Watch my video review and walkthrough:
How much is Movavi Video Suite?
Compared to Adobe Premiere which costs $239.88 per year, Movavi Video Suite is more affordable at $84.95 per year (or a ‘no-brainer’ $104.95 for a lifetime license with Picverse Editor).
Disclaimer: Pricing might differ, depending on season and ongoing promotions.
Instead of buying the whole suite – you could also buy the software as separate tools. Here’s how much they cost at this time of writing:
Having Movavi Video Suite simply means you have all these three software bundled into one convenient interface, a powerhouse to create and edit videos.
Keep in mind though, that buying a lifetime license means buying a license to the current version, for instance, Movavi Video Suite 2022. You’ll receive minor updates for free, however, major version upgrades (e.g. version 2023 in future) won’t be free.
Installing Movavi Video Suite
The download was small, at 229MB for the Mac version. The trial download you find on the site is in fact the full software – with some limitations. You can use the software free, for 7 days before having to put in an activation key. However, in trial mode, a ‘trial’ watermark will be added to your video exports (bummer).
I installed Movavi Video Studio on an Apple Silicon Macbook Pro and it ran using Rosetta 2. Though I read that there may be some issues, I’ve not encountered any crashes throughout the whole time of editing a video.
Movavi has separate installations if you are on a Windows computer. Although I’ve not used it on a Windows computer, I could see that it’s probably better made for Windows.
First-look at Movavi Video Suite.
Movavi Video Suite’s launch screen reminded me a lot of Adobe Premiere. You are presented with quick access to tutorials, launch shortcuts – including extra effects and graphic packs, which appear to be upsells.
Movavi Video Studio launch screen.
But don’t frown at the upsells, yet.
On the surface, it seems like Movavi is trying to push upsells to you. But if you dig in, you’ll find that out of the box – the software does provide enough effects, text styles, filters, and graphical stickers for you to create good videos. You don’t actually need to buy the extra effect packs – unless you want to.
I like that the software interface is easy to understand.
Movavi Video Suite feels like a little like Apple iMovie, only that it’s a lot more ‘beefed up’. Simple to understand and yet, not lacking advanced editing capabilities. You can tell that Movavi designed it for content creators, where the video ratio settings under the preview window are labeled with the platform it’s intended for.
Video aspect ratio settings on Movavi.
What is included in Movavi Video Studio?
Out of the box, you’ll get hundreds of filter effects, transition effects, titles, stickers, video, and audio effects – to use with your videos.
To use any of them, just drag and drop them on your video or audio clips. You can fine-tune the effects, and you’ll usually just find a single slider to control the intensity or at most, some basic tuning. You won’t find sophisticated effects fine-tuning controls like the ones in Premiere Pro.
Editing videos on Movavi Video Suite
That all aside, the fun begins when you actually get into editing a video on Movavi Video Suite. Unlike most professional video editing software, Movavi is not overloaded with highly technical options. It however still provides advanced capabilities most creators want like chroma key and motion tracking.
Here’s my experience using it.
Adding video clips.
First, I dropped 3 video clips into Movavi Video Suite. The editor was quick and I was able to play the videos almost instantly. There’s an option to change to a high-resolution preview at the expense of performance. However, on my M1 Pro Macbook, I did not experience any performance drawbacks even when editing and previewing on high-resolution. That said, if you’re using an older processor, the low-resolution preview feature might come useful to you.
As I start slicing video clips, I noticed a small annoyance. Clicking on a video clip brings the playback head to that point. This made it hard for me to accurately slice a separate video and audio clip at the same timeline because anytime I click between the video or audio clip, the playhead jumps.
Otherwise, slicing and moving clips around worked as intended and I could quickly add videos from the browser into the timeline.
Applying video filters.
The video filters were a joy to use. Almost Instagram-like, I applied a filter to a video by dropping it in and then adjusting the intensity to find a style that I like.
Again, this wasn’t intimidating at all, because there were no crazy adjustment options.
Using video transitions.
Following the same manner, to add a video transition, just drag a transition and drop it in between video clips. You can then change the transition duration and choose options to fill the transition.
I wouldn’t say I’m too impressed with the transition effects, where they feel seemingly standard with most video editors. That said, with the over 100s of transition effects you can choose from, you probably going to be able to find one that works with your video edit.
Adding titles to videos.
If you plan on using lots of title effects, you’re going to like using Movavi Video Suite. There are around 48 title text effects included, all of which are customizable – from changing the text styles, animation speed, and position.
If none of the text effects suits what you want, you can create your own text presets by modifying an existing effect, including changing its motion animation and saving it as a preset. However, if you’re like me – I would suggest just saving the time and buy the additional text effect packs offered at the Movavi effects store. The store also offers a subscription to all its pack, so that might be worth if you’re a heavy user.
Using stickers and motion tracking.
Next up, I experimented with ‘stickers’ in Movavi, which are graphic elements you add on top of videos. Like the rest of the effects, adding stickers is easy. Drag and drop it into the text track, make some quick color edits and you’re done!
I found this exceptionally useful for my case, as I tend to make annotations such as arrows and circles, in my videos. Compared to adding graphic annotations in Premiere Pro, I would have to look for the graphic online or draw the graphic and even animate it myself.
Sure, some of the stickers are not exactly in the styles of what I’m looking for, but they are sure usable.
Another neat feature in Movavi is the motion tracking for stickers. This allows you to set a sticker to track a moving object in your video. From my test, I found that it worked pretty well and the software was able to analyze the motion rather quickly – under just a few seconds.
Video editing and audio tools.
Additionally, you’ll find a list of video and audio editing tools available under the last menu tab on the left.
These tools range from basic color adjustments, stabilization to advanced video editing effects like Chroma key (if you have a green screen). The audio editing tools include effects such as noise removal, equalization, compression, and sound effects to help you get a cleaner sound.
Using the effects is straightforward. Click on a video or audio clip, and then click on an effect to activate it. Most of the effects feature an ‘easy’ mode where all you have to do is set the effect and forget. Though, if you like more control, you can switch to the ‘advanced’ mode which will give you more control over a given effect.
In my case, instead of editing white balance, contrast, and color separately – I chose to add ‘Magic Enhance’, an effect under the color adjustment that automatically enhances my videos. The end results look pretty good, as you can see in my video review above.
Exporting videos with Movavi Video Suite
Exporting videos following the right video format is usually something many beginners get wrong, especially when they have no experience working with video and audio formats.
Luckily, Movavi makes this really easy, by providing you with options to export videos to usual commercial formats. You could see, unlike many professional video editing software, the export window is easy to understand, even for an unassuming beginner.
If you are a semi-power user who wants more control over the export format, bitrates, and more, you could still change some settings by clicking on the advanced button.
You can also choose to export your video project as an audi0-only file, as an MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, OGG, or WMA.
Otherwise, if you’re unsure about video formats – you can choose the easier options, to export to devices with varying screen resolutions, to export by TV models & dimensions, or directly sharing the video export into YouTube, Google Drive, or Vimeo. It’s probably worth noting that export features like this are made for the consumer/beginner market, and not for the professional market.
Exporting time was quite fast for me, at below 9 minutes for an 11:54 minutes video at 6.69GB, loaded with lots of effects, transitions, and cuts (the review video above). Although this will vary depending on your computer’s processing speed.
Should you get Movavi Video Suite?
Movavi Video Suite makes it really easy to create videos. I found it to be pleasing to use, especially with lots of things figured out for you, like the effects.
I found myself not having to manually edit many things – such as processing noise removal, coloring the video, and animating texts. This saved me a lot of time.
That said, the software is not perfect. As I was editing my video, there were some things I wish I could do, such as
- Zooming down into frames to precisely align audio tracks.
- Ability to move video/audio clips around, create spaces in the timeline, and have a few edits in a single project.
- Being able to add 3rd party audio plugins.
- Having an audio level bar (so I can monitor the audio level)
I would say Movavi Video Suite serves as a nice beginner’s video editing software. The software is literally ‘idiot-proof’, making it appealing for students, teachers, and content creators.
It is not for you if you are looking for a video editing software for more professional uses, like in broadcast and TV. To sum it up, I’ll leave you with the pros and cons of Movavi Video Suite.
Pros & cons of Movavi Video Suite
- Good for beginners.
- Easy to understand interface.
- Enough effects and editing tools to great seriously good content videos.
- Fast and made for efficiency in mind.
- Lightweight. Takes up less than 300MB on your computer.
- Cross-platform compatibility.
- Lacks professional video editing features.
- Not made for the professional video world.
- Do not accept 3rd party video or audio plugins.
- Have to purchase extra text, transition, and graphic effects.