Filmora Review: Wondershare Filmora is simply elegant video editing software geared toward beginner, novice and casual users. Anyone can learn to use this software, regardless of their skill level, and the end results look and sound fantastic. It has everything you need to make high-quality videos, but leaves out some of the advanced features we look for in this category.
When you launch the program, Filmora gives you two main options: Easy Mode and Full Feature Mode. The former is a great way to get a finished video in just a few minutes. All you have to do is import the clips you want in your video and select a preprogrammed theme and music for your project. Filmora then analyzes your clips and creates a video automatically. Granted, you don’t have a lot of control in this mode, but it’s great for projects that you can make in mere minutes.
What Is Filmora
Filmora is a simple yet powerful video editor available for Mac and PC, aimed at the enthusiast and prosumer markets. It’s perfect for a range of basic uses, from creating tutorial videos to editing action camera footage to making viral videos for social media sites. You probably wouldn’t want to use it to edit a feature-length movie, but for short video work it’s surprisingly effective for its price point, with a good blend of features that are easy to use.
The program has been around for quite a while, reaching version 8.3.0 in the latest release (you can learn more from the official site here). It was originally released as Wondershare Video Editor, but after version 5.1.1 it was rebranded as Filmora. This extensive history has allowed Wondershare to iron out almost all bugs and user experience issues, although some of the newer features need a bit more work before they’re fully reliable.
Is Filmora Safe to Use?
The program is absolutely safe to use, and both the installer file and the program’s executable file pass virus and malware scans from Microsoft Security Essentials and MalwareBytes AntiMalware. The Mac version also passed scans from Drive Genius.
Effects, transitions, PIP: Wondershare Video Editor features a wide array of effects that become beautifully visible in the timeline. The results we achieved were tasteful, and we would be hard pressed to distinguish them from those of editing software that costs many times more.
Everything in view: You will like the fresh-looking black and purple interface with its well-indicated functions and discreet buttons and graphics. Although there is no dramatic departure from common NLE designs, we found our way around it incredibly quickly, because the playback and timeline panels are always kept fixed — only the top left panel is taking the form of each function or effect.
Wealth of import and export options: Imported files from four different SD/HD sources were handled with ease. Export options are rich and geared for novice users with easy-to-understand decisions of device, format, social network, or DVD — each with its own sub-options.
No effect or transition editor: This is the only feature that we feel is missing; with it, this app would be even better.
Verdict / It’s a good choice for casual and novice users, but video editing veterans may want more control over their projects than this software can give.