A hands-on review of Wondershare Filmora X video editing software with enhanced user experience and comparisons with other tools:
As far as video editors go, Wondershare Filmora X has been a personal favorite for many, especially for casual users because of its simplicity in using the software. Not many editors can pull off this feat of offering advanced editing features while ensuring the process remains fairly comprehensive.
What You Will Learn:
- Wondershare Filmora X Review
Throughout its evolution, Wondershare has tinkered with its system to provide users with new and robust features that help it stay relevant in a market crowded with old and relatively fresh video editors clamoring to gain popularity and increase their customer base in the process.
This now brings us to Filmora X, Wondershare’s latest attempt at enhancing the user experience while trying to tempt a fresh base of users.
Wondershare Filmora X, like its predecessor, also employs a basic easy-to-use interface, along with a massive library of titles, transitions, effects, animation, and some new advanced features. The tool is available for free, albeit with a watermark attached to each and every final result you export from the tool.
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Users can get rid of this watermark by paying an annual or lifelong license fee for their Mac and Windows versions of this video editor. We spent hours diving into every nook and cranny of this tool, testing all of its features, comparing the system to its previous versions as well as other editing software available in the market, all in order to bring this hands-on review of Wondershare Filmora X.
So, the question arises – Does Filmora X deliver? In many ways, yes!
This review will focus on the improvements made by Wondershare Filmora X over its previous versions, address the issues that one might encounter while using the tool, ponder on whether it’s palatable to users pertaining to its price, and ultimately deliver our final verdict.
So without much further ado, let’s dive in.
Filmora X Features
All of the features you’ve come to expect from Filmora are all present in this current version with some minor and major noticeable changes. There are also a slew of intuitive new features that seek to enhance or transform the editing experience monumentally.
|Operating System||Windows 10, XP, 8, Vista, Mac|
|Processor||2Ghz or above|
|RAM||4GB Ram, 8GB required for HD and 4K|
|Hard Disk Space||At least 10 GB free hard disk space|
|Supported Input Formats||MPEG-1/2 Video file: (.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .m2v), MPEG-4 Video file: (.mp4, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .3gp2), QuickTime Movie File: (.mov encoded with MPEG 4 or MJPEG codec only), Camcorder File: (.dv, .mod, .tod, .mts, .m2ts, .m2t), Flash Video: (.flv, .f4v), Windows Media: (.wmv, .asf), Audio Visual Interleave (.avi)|
|Supported Output Formats||.mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mov, .f4v, .mkv, .ts, .mpg, .3gp, .webm, .gif, .mp3, 4K.mp4, .mov, .m|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 5000 or later; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 or later; AMD Radeon R5 or later. 2 GB vRAM (4GB required for HD and 4K videos).|
Here is a breakdown of all of Filmora X’s features as we determine how well they fare when put up to the tasks they were created to perform.
#1) User Interface
Wondershare Filmora X’s User Interface has always been its most raved about USP, and that aspect of the tool remains untainted in the latest version as well. It quickly pulls you into action as soon as you open it.
You are immediately greeted with the interface wherein all of your editing and video processing will take place. At first glance, you will notice how clean, organized, and uncluttered it feels and looks. All of its features are easily accessible right in front of your eyes and are just a click away from functioning at your behest.
The interface itself is divided into 3 imperative sections.
First, there is the library section wherein you can add or import media for editing from your device. The tool allows you to import any movie, photo, audio, or b-roll file to this location for the purpose of editing. The tool also recommends a sweet little feature if you do end up adding footage to edit here.
You are suggested to lock the media to the project’s desired FPS and aspect ratio in order to avoid any issues that may creep up in post-production.
Then there is the timeline section just below the library. You can drag any file from your library and drop it down here for further video editing. The timeline consists of a total of 100 different tracks to implement a wide variety of music, audio, effects, and transitions to the project.
To simplify things on the timeline, you also get a ‘+’ and ‘-‘ button, which helps you shrink or increase the size of your timeline track. The timeline-track also contains the crucial part of any editing software–‘the scissors’ with which you can trim or cut the video on the go.
Finally, there is a preview window from where you can watch the video and check its progress as you edit it. The preview window also allows you to add graphics, captions, and voice-overs for quick rectification.
#2) Video Editing
Now coming to the juicy part of this review, the video editing of Filmora X is a thing to behold and is spectacularly simple in itself. The comprehensive interface already makes all of its features readily accessible on the home screen. All you have to do now is to use your intuition and employ the features at your disposal to edit the videos efficiently.
There are a plethora of editing options with Filmora X, the most prominent of which are trimming, audio adjustment, adding transitions, visual effects and so much more.
You can easily perform any of the above editing functions by going to a particular section of the video on your timeline, double-click the area, wait for it to pop into the preview section, and then add effects, transitions, audio or stabilize and correct the video by selecting any of the editing options available to you.
If you want to undo an effect, you can do so by simply entering CTRL+Z on the keyboard. It is that simple.
Additional, yet equally remarkable features like ‘Lens Correction’, ‘Compositing’ to apply blend modes over transitions and overlays, ‘Drop Shadow’ to apply shadows to image and texts, and ‘Auto Enhance’ to considerably improve the quality of a subpar video, all work together to offer a smooth performing tool.
#3) Adding Transitions And Effects
What would a video editing tool be without a vast gallery of transitions and special effects to help personalize the editing experience? Filmora X is no exception. There are over 300 special effects, objects, overlays, transitions, music, and audio effects available for use when and if you need them.
The tool comes jam-packed with 25 sound effects and 26 royalty-free tracks. Then there are 176 transitions, which are all customizable to spice up your project. You can also customize and animate images and text to make your project more visually arresting.
You can also drag-and-drop motion graphics in between your video project to make your project even more dynamic.
#4) Motion Tracking
Among Filmora’s most prominent new features is the much anticipated Motion Tracking function. Motion tracking allows you to capture the motion of a moving object in the frame and add text, captions, effects, etc. that track the moving object as it moves across the screen.
To use motion capture in Film, add the part of the clip you want to apply motion tacking on in the timeline. Next, double click the footage and find the motion tracking icon in the editing menu. The tracking box will appear in the preview window upon the footage you want to apply it on.
You can now move and resize the tracking box to fit the object in the frame you want to track. Once done, simply click the render effect button. Now all you have to do is add the title or effect you would like to track your targeted object right above the footage in the timeline.
You can tell that Filmora has moved mountains to make this feature as easy and accessible as possible. In our humble opinion, they succeed spectacularly. Motion tracking can be particularly useful for gameplay streamers and moviemakers who want to hide sensitive content in their footage.
#5) Color Matching
With regards to Color grading or correction, Filmora has always been a cut above the rest, but it is their new addition to the tool ‘Color Matching’ that earns them extra praise from this crew. Color Matching is fundamental when you are trying to merge different footage shots from two separate cameras.
You will find the shots not matching in color, this can cause headaches on the editing floor. Color Match helps maintain consistency throughout the footage in an intuitive manner.
To Color Match, just double click on the footage placed in the timeline, and then select ‘color match’ from the editing menu. The settings will appear in the top-left panel. From here, select the “comparison view” and two windows will pop up in the preview section.
On the left, there will be the reference window, whereas, on the right, there will be the current window. Browse through the reference window footage to find the best looking frame aesthetic you would like to replicate. Stop when you find it.
Once you have it, click on ‘match’ right below the reference and current window. Once the matching is done, the current footage will look eerily similar to the reference clip.
Keyframing is a fundamental feature for users who like to enhance the appeal of their footage with key animation moments sprinkled throughout the video. As such, Keyframing becomes imperative when creating special effects, custom title cards at the beginning or middle of the video, or conjuring custom paths for images or picture-on-picture videos to move on.
To use Keyframing in Filmora, you simply have to add the footage on your timeline, double click it to open the editing menu, open the animation tab, and later go to the custom section.
To create a Keyframe, simply select two or more points in time on the footage’s timeline. Now you can use the custom section to specify the rotation, scale, position, or passing of a clip, image, effect, or another form of media.
Keyframing on Filmora X is really not that difficult to use once you walk through the step-by-step guide provided by Filmora itself.
#7) Split Screen
Applying a split-screen to your video is particularly useful when creating content that contains tutorials, interviews, or commentary. Filmora X provides a split-screen feature that is extremely easy to access and even easier to implement.
To apply the split-screen, import the number of footage you would like to bring together into split-screen footage. Select the frame format from the library. You can go from a 4 to a 6 screen panel with the options at your disposal.
Once you have your main panel, you can now adjust the timeframe to sync the different footage seamlessly with each other. You can also add custom animation, text, images, and other forms of media to spice up your end result.
Exporting a finished project is just as simple as everything else you will execute in Filmora X. The button to export your completed project is easily accessible and readily visible to the naked eye on the main page itself.
It simply requires you to click the ‘Export’ button once you are done with editing. Select the destination for your project on the device and wait for the processing to finish. The end rendering only took us about a minute for a video project that was 5 minutes long.
Other Noteworthy Features
Apart from the above imperative features, Wondershare Filmora X also introduces a slew of equally exciting features that make the experience of using this video editor to a whole new level.
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Filmora X now comes with a Dark/Light Skin UI Switch feature that allows users to switch between interfaces that are originally bright or suitably darker, pertaining to your preference for a considerably more comfortable experience.
Then there is the innocuous, yet quite imperative feature of Keyboard Shortcut Customization that allows users to edit their videos faster with the help of hotkey commands.
There is also the addition of Audio Ducking, which makes drowning background music over footage incredibly convenient with just one click. This feature is fundamental, especially when trying to make the dialogue in a video more audible.
Mac users are also in for a treat, as they can now use the tool on their touch screens, thanks to its new Mac Touch Bar Support.
Although Wondershare Filmora X comes with a free version, it can only be used for trial purposes as you will find a watermark pasted all over your exported project. However, it also offers its tool at reasonable and relatively affordable prices.
Filmora X can be purchased at a discounted monthly rate of $7.99, and at an annual price of $39.99. However, if you are a professional editor or video content creator who is sure that they will need the software long term, Filmora X offers a highly recommended lifetime plan that only costs $69.99.
|•Uncluttered and Easy to Use Interface|
•One Click Audio Ducking
•Vast Library of Transition, Audio and Visual Effects
•Intuitive Color Matching
|Free Version Only Allows Exporting of Watermarked Footage.|
Comparing Filmora With Powtoon And Animaker
|Name||Operating System||Mobile Application||Customer Support||Best Features||Price|
|Filmora||Windows and Mac||Filmora Go for iOS and Android||24/7 Live Support||· Simple User Interface|
· Vast library of transition, audio, image and special effects.
· Motion Tracking
· Color correction and match
· Audio Ducking
· Video Stabilization
|Animaker||Web based||Not Available||online support||· Vast Media Library|
· Video Capture
· Text Overlay
· Audio Tools
· Support HD Video Editing
|Powtoon||Web based||Not Available||24/7 Live Support||· Vast Media Library|
· Video Capture
· Text Overlay
· Audio Tools
· Support HD Video Editing
Filmora vs. Animaker
Although both Filmora and Animaker boast of a comprehensive interface, we found Animaker still struggling with a clunky system, which is not the case with Filmora. Animaker also lacks a robust customer support system.
Filmora is also relatively costlier as compared to Animaker’s monthly price of $19/month. However, Filmora easily surpasses Animaker with regards to features such as motion tracking, color matching, key framing, video stabilization, etc. that are all missing in Animaker.
Filmora vs. Powtoon
Both Filmora and Powtoon come with a comprehensive interface that is easy to use. All the features they offer are easily accessible in the interface. So there is never an issue of getting lost in either of them. However, Powtoon lacks so many advanced and necessary features like stabilization, video split and merge, etc. that are all present in Filmora.
Powtoon also comes at a monthly price of $19/month, but its lack of imperative features leaves much to be desired, especially when you have a flexibly priced software like Filmora offering a wide gallery of advanced and fundamental editing features to its users.
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The reason why Filmora continues to be so successful is that it has found a way to balance simplicity and advanced features that users demand and need, respectively. It upholds that tradition by abiding by its austere nature while adding a slew of new, pragmatic, and intuitive features to its already abundant software.
Wondershare Filmora X provides a clean, chaos-free interface for both Mac and Windows users at a flexible price that allows you to choose between monthly, annual, and lifetime rates according to your preference.
Professional and casual editors will feel right at home with this tool. Beginners are simply required to go along with the flow, with comprehensive guidelines available to assist them in their editing endeavors.
=> At the risk of stating the obvious, Wondershare Filmora X has our highest recommendation.