Everyone can make a movie these days. And while we are not contesting the qualities of a professional, high-end camera, it is now possible to shoot really impressive videos even with your smartphone. Technology has advanced tremendously over the years, and with a little patience, dedication and knowledge, you can learn how to create great movies by yourself.
Same goes for editing those clips. There are a lot of video editing programs available all over the Internet and you can either use them subscription-based or you can purchase the license for a one-time fee.
What to look for in video editing software
There are various aspects to consider when choosing your video editing software:
- How often do you plan on using the program? If you need it on a regular basis, subscribing to a plan might be the best option, but if you just need the software for a one-time project, try to go for a company that offers a free trial. Some features might be locked but you might be able to do your job with the tools included in the free version
- Do you want a subscription or you prefer to purchase the permanent license?
- Do you need to work with 4K materials? If so, make sure the software allows you to import/export high resolution videos
- Pay attention to the number of formats supported by the program (the more, the better)
- Choose a company that offers top-notch customer support in case you need help with anything
The Filmora 8 is a video editing program developed by Wondershare, a software company founded in 2003. The company was initially known for its Mac apps but now also offers products for Windows users as well.
The Filmora 8 has versions for both Mac and Windows devices and it is entry-level video editing software perfect for beginners with little video editing skills.
The program works offline, so you have to download it and install it on your device in order to use it.
Filmora 8 comes with a free trial and after that period expires you can either subscribe to their annual plan or buy the permanent license. The trial lets you use the program for 10 exports and your videos will have their logo on them. If you want to get rid of the logo, you have to buy the software.
For the Windows version of the program you have to pay $39.99, billed annually, or you can buy a permanent license for $59.99.
For the Mac version you can choose between the $44.99 subscription (also billed annually) and buying the permanent license, also for $59.99.
Filmora 8 has a straightforward interface and there are two working modes available: an Easy mode and the Full Feature one.
While the Easy mode is perfect for first-time editors because everything is pretty much done for you, all you have to do is choose from their themes, the Full Feature mode is much more complex and customizable.
The Full Feature mode lets you use up to 8 editing tracks, you can opt for timeline or storyboard, there’s an action cam module, which means you can edit videos captured with GoPro and the like. Filmora 8 also works with 4K videos.
Your project can either be exported directly on your hard drive or you can share it online through YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and so on.
Other features included: noise removal, GIF support, frame by frame preview, speed control, an audio mixer, split screen, color tuning, reverse, video stabilization.
Fimora 8 is an entry-level video editing program, so it may not be as complex as other more professional ones. The 8 editing tracks supported may not be enough for some users and there are some advanced tools not found in the Filmora. On the other hand, if you are looking for user-friendly software at an affordable price, this is definitely a good option to consider. And the fact that the Filmora 8 offers 4K support and an action cam module, is definitely a plus.