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Best alternatives to windows movie maker

Windows' built-in Movie Maker application has seen great improvements over the years and would probably suffice for some simple movie-making and video editing needs. For everyone else that needs a bit more functionality, here are some of the best alternatives to Windows Movie Maker.

1.VSDC Free Video Editor

Free download

VSDC is a non-linear free video editor. This software helps you visualize your creativity. VSDC supports all the most popular codecs, filters and video formats.

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  • by George Arnold

    Video editor software is everywhere now, and a program really needs to stand out if it's going to catch the hearts and minds of potential users. With  More

  • Fide Bona

    by Fide Bona

    This is not free. I have to upgrade to pro version for exporting the file. B***sh*t

  • sung khai null

    by sung khai null

    Lame, please dont waste your time!

  • Susan Barrett

    by Susan Barrett

    This is a neat way to edit all your videos. Best of all it's free!

  • Александр Галкин null

    by Александр Галкин null

    Has a lot more features than Win Movie Maker and is really free without any watermarks

  • Carmine Branco

    by Carmine Branco

    doesn't open my files. actually can't find them for editing, but it will for converting. for me it's just as bad as wmm.

2.OpenShot

Free download
OpenShot is easy to use, quick to learn, and powerful free video editor. It supports various audio, photo, and video formats, and it features unlimited tracks and layers. It is available for platforms including Linux, Windows, and Mac.

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  • Zhang Li

    by Zhang Li

    This one's very far from windows movie maker, but in a good way. The features are unique, I mean by unique, I wasn't able to get those features in Win More

  • Linda Mills

    by Linda Mills

    I found OpenShot to be a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker. It is very user friendly and has great features.

  • Johnny Fernandez

    by Johnny Fernandez

    OpenShot is light years ahead of Movie Maker. This product is just awesome. Easy to download and incredibly easy to use. A few bugs in previous versio More

3.Avidemux

Free download
Avidemux is a free video editor for Windows, Mac, Linux and more. It has tools like cutting, filtering and encoding. It also supports video types, including AVI, DVD, MPEG, MP4 and ASF via codecs.

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  • Matthew Gray

    by Matthew Gray

    The interface of this software is terrible. It makes doing simple things really hard to do. It suffers from the problem a lot of open source projects  More

  • Theresa Barrett

    by Theresa Barrett

    Compared to windows movie maker, avidemux is much easier to use for me because it's simple, just that I love the features of windows movie maker more  More

  • Kenneth Carter

    by Kenneth Carter

    For those that want a bare bones, basic video editor for simple cuts and editing of your videos, Avidemux should be your go-to editor. For the price o More

  • Eric Santos

    by Eric Santos

    Windows Movie Maker is a basic tool for producing and editing videos but Avidemux adds more features along with, in my opinon, an easier to use interf More

4.VideoPad Video Editor

Free download

VideoPad by NCH Software is a basic video editing program designed to be intuitive that has many of the tools and features. It also supports different video formats such as avi, wmv, mpv, divx, and many more.

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  • Roy Anderson

    by Roy Anderson

    What I love about this software is that its much easier to use than windows movie maker. I am not a professional video editor and it's kinda challengi More

  • by Marie Morales

    This look's good, it has a lot of features and effects. It's a free download but, I haven't tried it.

  • by Sara Simmons

    This is great! Definitely a good alternative to Windows Movie Maker since it works with so many formats! Excellent for class videos and projects espec More

  • Danielle Guerrero

    by Danielle Guerrero

    Wow, to look forward to. I like creating mini video clips of our family and having this alternative might be good. I just hope the resources like the  More

5.Filmora

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Filmora is a 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.

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  • Amber Delgado

    by Amber Delgado

    I actually have not been able to get filmora on my iPhone due to space issues, however it is something that one of my friends suggested. Filmoras webs More

  • Ajay Jaiteley

    by Ajay Jaiteley

    Filmora is a powerful but yet simple video editing software, suitable for experienced and newbie users. It allows to edit videos in a professional way More

  • Joshua Chavez

    by Joshua Chavez

    It has a bit of a learning curve but once you get past that it's an amazing video editor. It has a lot of features that Windows Movie Maker doesn't an More

6.Lightworks

Free download

Lightworks is a video editing software to be used for creating and enhancing videos for film and broadcast. Supporting various video formats, this program is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

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  • Mildred Cole

    by Mildred Cole

    I was looking for a film editor for Linux, and found this -- exactly what I was looking for. Everyone else uses Windows Movie Maker, but I can't stand More

  • Jesse Barrett

    by Jesse Barrett

    I needed to edit some wedding videos for my family and Lightworks was amazing. It was easy to use and had a lot of cool features. I was also able to e More

  • Alan Jenkins

    by Alan Jenkins

    Switching to lightworks was hard at first but once I got used to it i ended up liking it more than movie maker

7.VirtualDub

Free download
VirtualDub is a video capture and processing utility for both 32 and 64 bits Windows platforms under GNU GPL. It's not an editing tool but you can edit and make fast edit small operations for general purposes.

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  • Ronald Matthews

    by Ronald Matthews

    Well VirtualDub is more of a video streaming tool and not really a good alternatve for Windows Movie Maker, it can only edit segments of video files b More

  • Tang Tang

    by Tang Tang

    VirtualDub is useful for general purposes of video capture and processing. It is a good streamlined tool for processing AVI files. Also, it is a free  More

  • by Anna Carr

    I've been having trouble finding an alternative for windows movie maker. I want to like Virtual Dub but I feel that it lacks important features. It's  More

8.Camtasia

Paid: $249

Camtasia is a video-editor that enables users to produce stunning videos without being a professional video editor. This drag-and-drop editor easily lets users create remarkable videos by adding eye-catching animations, music, and more.

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  • Moisés Ríos

    by Moisés Ríos

    1st reason why i chose this over other choices in this list, camtasia is easier to use. Drag and Drop, grouping cuts together, convenience, and it isn More

  • Jordan Webb

    by Jordan Webb

    This solution was specific and correct. It provided a link to Camtasia which upon review was an excellent alternative to Windows Movie Maker. The Camt More

  • Rocío Soriano

    by Rocío Soriano

    I think this is the perfect solution as an alternative to Windows Movie Maker. I think it's actually better than Windows Movie Maker. It's a video/aud More

  • by Aanya Mukopadhyay

    This is a great solution. There's also a free trial so that people can try it before they buy it.

9.MAGIX Movie Edit Pro

Paid: $69.99 Free trial available

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro allows you to create professional-looking videos. This video editing software contains flexible templates, tools for effects, background music and more. It is also designed with a simple storyboard and timeline.

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  • by Juan Santos

    Magix lets you do everything Windows Movie Maker does and more - really innovative features like shot match and 4k proxy editing make even the simples More

  • Eva Espinosa

    by Eva Espinosa

    Looks like a good product, but I can't bring myself to spend $70 on it. Maybe if it had a free trial type thing, then I might give it a try.

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    If you're looking for a good alternative to Windows Movie Maker, try MAGIX Movie Edit Pro. It has tons of templates to choose from and if you're a mor More

10.Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Paid: $20.99 Varies by plan

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of Adobe's flagship products. It is a set of video editing packages that supports high-resolution videos with the integration of After Effects and Photoshop geared towards professional editing.

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  • Megan Meyer

    by Megan Meyer

    You will be redirected to an external website to complete the download. For technical reasons, the Softonic Free Download links to the developer's dow More

  • by Phillip Sanchez

    I've been using Windows Movie Maker for the past decade and needing something new and up to date I decided to try out Adobe Premiere CC. This program  More

11.Final Cut Pro X

Paid: $299.99 with in-app purchases

Final Cut Pro is a video editing program which is designed with customizable effects, exceptional video editing and audio editing tools, and so on. It also features various title designs, transitions, effects, and more.

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  • Jane Peterson

    by Jane Peterson

    Thanks to Final Cut Pro, I am finally able to move on from Windows Movie Maker. From now on, I will never use anything but Final Cut Pro for my video  More

  • Ai Dai

    by Ai Dai

    If you are looking for a awesome collection of features to speed up post production, you may like Final Cut Pro X. I like how the interface is simple  More

12.Blurbiz

Free download

Blurbiz is a Cloud-Based Platform to Create, Distribute and Monetize Vertical Videos. The site helps users create videos for their different social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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    by Timur Daudpota null

    This is the best tool I can think of, it is simple to use and allows me to pump out with videos relatively fast, I can combine multiple videos, image and GIFs into one. It also allows me easily crop videos for social media use like when I am creat

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13.Kapwing

Free download

Kapwing is an online image, GIF, and video editor developed by Eric Lu and Julia Enthoven in 2017. It can also make sound effects, montage, video collage and stop-motion effect. The video file can be from Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 

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  • Julia Enthoven

    by Julia Enthoven

    Kapwing is a website that can help you with video editing tasks like resizing video for different platforms, adding subtitles, making video memes, and applying effects. It's really easy to use and works on your phone, computer, and Apple devices. Vid More

14.VEGAS Pro 16

Paid: $599 Free trial available

VEGAS Pro 16 is a professional video editing software used by professional filmmakers. It is capable of editing professional video and audio material and exporting outputs with a high-resolution quality of up to 4K.

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  • Patricia Wallace

    by Patricia Wallace

    I love vegas pro ever since! It's what I used when I was in high school, and what I still use until now because I love every feature it has like a lot of choices for transitons, titles, effects, and the timeline is so easy to understand...

DID YOU KNOW?

The first single-lens camera that got movies started got its patent in 1888? This was by a French inventor named Louis Le Prince. The first moving picture show was a homemade movie done by Max and Emil Skladanowsky. They were the first to make movies for paying audiences throughout Europe. Silent movies ruled the early years of cinema. The most significant early movie is generally regarded German masterpiece “Metropolis.” It released back in 1927 and took several years and the use of special effects on the film. The ability to put sound on the actual movie film got its patent by American Lee De Forest in 1919. Along with the help of inventor Theodore Case, De Forest and debuted and first heard in 1927. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today's best movies come in all sorts of formats and resolutions. As well as paired with amazing sound effects and designs. Today's amateur film-makers have an assortment of tools at their disposal. Cameras and sound mics nowadays are capable of capturing high-quality video and audio. Add to this the wealth of movie-making apps available in the market right now. Creating your own movie is easier now more than ever. If you use a Windows machine, then, you're in luck. Windows Movie Maker has become quite capable and appealing for movie-making needs. If you need a bit more control and functionality, you're covered as well. Being the world's most popular OS, it has access to great third-party apps. This includes plenty of alternatives to Windows Movie Maker too, of course. 

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