If you are an aspiring filmmaker, then it is safe to say that you will have to start somewhere as far as filmmaking is concerned. There are a lot of different aspects of filmmaking that we must know about, and the important thing that you need to keep in mind here is that when it comes to filmmaking, you do need to have your hands on a good film or a video editor as well.
Now the most popular options are Adobe Premiere Pro or the Final Cut Pro on Apple side of things. However, mastering these options can take a lot of time, and I know many people who gave up on these programs in the middle.
This is where the Wondershare Filmora9 comes into play. The software is the video or film editor that is made for everyone, and anyone. The reason is rather simple; the developers wanted to make things more accessible for those who do not have the time or resources to learn the complexities of what is already available in the market.
Filmora9 by Wondershare is definitely one of the best video editing software you can use, and in this review, we are going to explore just how that is possible.
First things first, a software without a proper set of features would be useless. Considering how this software is largely aimed at video editors, and aspiring filmmakers, it is necessary that it contains the set of right features that people can use without any hassle.
Thankfully, the Filmora9 does come loaded with some amazing features that will help you make the most out of your filmmaking, and editing experience, and you will get all the basic, and even some advanced functionality in this software.
Whether you are making YouTube videos, or doing short video products that revolve around popping colours, and creative use of filters, and other tools, the good news is that Filmora9 comes packed with your requirements. You can choose from a long list of filters, overlays, as well as transitions to make your videos look different, and look great without doing much effort in the first place. You can even go ahead and use custom titles, giving your videos the personal touch you always wanted to.
Full Suite of Sound Tools
One of the most important features of any video editing software is good sound tools; with Filmora9, you get features such as keyframing, background sound removal, and equalizer that will allow you to make sure that your videos have the perfect sound you can possibly get.
Import Multiple Videos
Another benefit you will get from Filmora9 I that you will be able to import multiple videos all at once. While this may seem like something that is not important enough, you can actually combine different videos and create a truly unique story telling experience. From complex importing to simple, FIlmora9 allows you full control over how you control your videos, and that is a feature that many video editors will love.
Another amazing feature of Filmora9, and the one that I was least expecting is the colour grading. I know it is a term that sounds very fancy, but actually has a simple meaning. Colour grading is the process of adjusting the colours of a picture or a video properly, and cinematically till it is according to your preference. The process itself is not simple, because many creators spend a lot of time in this process to get that perfect hue and gradient that you are looking for.
Upload Directly to YouTube or Vimeo
This is perhaps the greatest feature for all the content creators around the world, especially those who are actively posting on YouTube or Vimeo. If you are done grading, and editing your video, the next natural step would be to upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo for that matters. You can now do that within the software itself.
This is very convenient especially when you are short on time, and you do not want to go through the process of editing the video, exporting it, and then uploading it from the browser. This way, it is much similar, and the software gives you the same uploading options and features you would get when uploading through YouTube directly.
Now that you have gone through the impressive feature list of the Wondershare Filmora9 Video Editor, the next step is to look at the tutorial itself. Now, this is the part where most of the intimidation happens. As I have mentioned before, the most famous video editing softwares are also infamous for the fact that they are not easy to use.
This, however, changes with Filmora9. As this not only happens to be an easy to use film editor, but at the same time, it also happens to be one of the free video editing software available in the market. With that out of the way, let’s go ahead and have a look at how you can easily, and effectively use Filmora9.
Note: This tutorial is based on the latest version of Filmora titled Filmora9.
Step 1: The first step is to download and install the software by heading over to https://filmora.wondershare.com/video-editor/
Step 2: Run the software once you have installed it, and you will be brought to the following screen. All you have to do here is choose the option you want to go with. You can either go ahead and create a new project, open an existing one, or check out your recent projects.
Step 3: I went ahead and clicked on the New Project, and I was quickly brought to the following screen. This is your full featured editor that you can use to work on your video projects.
Step 4: Next step is to click on Import Media Files, do that, and browser to the folder where your video is, and open that file. Once the video is loaded, this is how the interface will look like.
Step 5: You will now need to hover the mouse over to the video, and click the + button in order to add the video to the project.
Step 6: Once the video is in the project, this is how it will look like.
Step 7: If you want to add things to your video such as music, text, transitions, filters, overlays, or other elements, you can do so from this section. You can change the placement of whatever you add, increase, or decrease the duration of the effect, and choose from a lot of options available. Filmora even gives you access to its Effects Store from where you can download the effects that suit you the best.
Step 8: Once you are done with all the editing, and adding effects, simply click on Export on the top left corner, and click on Create Video. You can also upload directly to YouTube or Vimeo if you wish to. You can even go ahead and burn the video directly onto the DVD. Alternatively, if you want to save this project so you can work on it later, you can click on File that is found on the top left corner, and then choose Save Project from the drop-down menu.
That is all; the above-mentioned process is all you need to perfectly edit your videos without any issues whatsoever. I know it sounds too good, and too easy to be true, but there is literally no other complication in the process. Sure, the learning curve is still there as it took me about 30 to 45 minutes properly learning the software, but aside from that, there is not a lot to worry about.
I have to be honest with you, as someone who has used Final Cut Pro, as well as Premiere Pro, I can tell you right now that both of the programs are extremely powerful, and has a ton of granular controls over how you are going to edit your videos. However, their biggest crux is that those software solutions are also the most complicated for newcomer filmmakers or editors who are just looking to put their videos together for YouTube.
This is where the Wondershare Filmora shines. As a first-timer, it only took me 30 to 45 minutes to fully grasp the basics, as well as the advanced features of the software. Even though there was a lot more to explore, I was able to edit my videos and upload them without the videos looking like rushed projects. If you are looking for a good video processing program, then this software will not be disappointing you at all.
There is just one downside that I would like to mention; at the time of writing, the software requires a recurring Unlimited subscription (billed annually) to use Effects store. While this might not be an issue for many people, but there are content creators who want to use ready-made effects for maximizing their productivity.
If you are okay with this minor inconvenience, then the Wondershare FIlmora is an amazing software that will help make your experience with film editing, and filmmaking much easier.
- Excellent value for money.
- Simple to use.
- A wide array of features.
- Great for both beginners and professionals.
- Uploads directly to YouTube, and Vimeo.
- Recurring subscription required to use effects store