What are the 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.

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    #1VSDC Free Video Editor

    VSDC Free Video Editor

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    George Arnold
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "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 that said, there's not much here to separate it from the pack. I wasn't impressed and I couldn't find any reason to use it over any of the numerous free solutions I have already used and know exist."
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    #2OpenShot

    OpenShot
    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.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Zhang Li
    Written on October 5, 2018
    "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 Windows movie maker, but this software has the 3D animated titles and effects, so much greater!!!!"
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    #3Avidemux

    Avidemux
    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. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Matthew Gray
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "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 do: UI designed by programmers. The functionality is there, but it's so hard to learn that I would keep using Windows Movie Maker, or find a cheap copy of Adobe Premire."

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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    #4VideoPad Video Editor

    VideoPad Video Editor

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Roy Anderson
    Written on October 5, 2018
    "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 challenging for me to be so technical as figuring out this and that but so far this one has become so helpful!"
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    #5Filmora

    Filmora

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Amber Delgado
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "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 website is very current and offers a lot of information about the service. It seems to have a good amount of reviews all in the 4.0 rating. Once I get a laptop I will be interested in downloaded it to use instead of Windows movie maker. My friend said it is very user friendly and used it all throughout college while she was studying illustration and film. "
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    #6Lightworks

    Lightworks

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Mildred Cole
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "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 supporting that company. I use Lightworks regularly now."
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    #7VirtualDub

    VirtualDub
    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Ronald Matthews
    Written on October 5, 2018
    "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 but if you guys are into professional video editing software, this one's not a good alternative.."
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    #8Camtasia

    Camtasia

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $249

    Moisés Ríos
    Written on April 4, 2019
    "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 isnt that much of a hassle to learn how to use."
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    #9MAGIX Movie Edit Pro

    MAGIX Movie Edit Pro

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    $69.99- Free trial available

    Juan Santos
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "Magix lets you do everything Windows Movie Maker does and more - really innovative features like shot match and 4k proxy editing make even the simplest home movies look professional. 3 different packages at reasonable prices to suit everyone from the novice to expert filmmaker."
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    #10Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Megan Meyer
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "You will be redirected to an external website to complete the download. For technical reasons, the Softonic Free Download links to the developer's download page. You must create a free Adobe account there in order to download the file."
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    #11Final Cut Pro X

    Final Cut Pro X

    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.

    Software

    Mac

    $299.99- with in-app purchases

    Jane Peterson
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "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 editing needs. Thanks, Apple!"
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    #12Blurbiz

    Blurbiz

    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.

    Websites

    Free

    Timur Daudpota
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "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 creating a square and vertical videos and since it is a web app you on Windows and Mac as well."
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    #13Kapwing

    Kapwing

    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. 

    Online Tools

    Free

    Julia Enthoven
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "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. Videos are processed in the cloud!"
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    #14VEGAS Pro 16

    VEGAS Pro 16

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    $599- Free trial available

    Patricia Wallace
    Written on October 5, 2018
    "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..."

Summary

Best What are the best alternatives to Windows Movie Maker
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VSDC Free Video EditorSoftware 29 Free
2OpenShotSoftware 20 Free
3AvidemuxSoftware 17 Free
4VideoPad Video EditorSoftware 16 Free
5FilmoraSoftware 13 Free
6LightworksSoftware 9 Free
7VirtualDubSoftware 8 Free
8CamtasiaSoftware 6 Paid
9MAGIX Movie Edit ProSoftware 5 Paid
10Adobe Premiere Pro CCSoftware 4 Paid
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