5 Top Alternatives to Windows Movie Maker 2018

Movie making equipment.
After Microsoft dumped Windows Movie Maker, users have been keen to look for an alternate video editing tool. Here are the top five options.

Windows Movie Maker was the favorite of millions of amateurs using Windows—they had the best of time with shooting clips and using the WMM to edit them and share with others.

But, Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows Movie Maker, so you will have to search for alternate software that can do the same job.

Luckily, there are many available in the market and to help you make the choice, a selection of five alternative programs to Windows Movie Maker is given here.

Read through and pick the one that appeals to you.

  1. VSDC Free Video Editor
Logo of VSDC alternative for Window Movie Maker.
A creative user can make full use of the features available on this video-making program.

VSDC Free Video Editor does a better job than even Windows Movie Maker since this can be used by professionals too.

You can make use of video clips, images and audio recordings to execute a full video project.

It also lets you insert other types of content, such as charts and annotations, into the video output you are planning to get.

VSDC’s YouTube page offers a series of helpful tutorials and guides so that you won’t get confused while you’re trying to get familiar with the platform’s features.

A creative user can make full use of the features available on this video-making program. After using VSDC Free Video Editor for a few times, you may not miss Windows Movie Maker at all.

  1. Shotcut

This open-source video editing program has a look and feel that reminds you of Windows Movie Maker, though there are some differences as well.

Shotcut video editing program.
Apart from the regular tools you had in Windows Movie Maker, there are extra features like imparting greenscreen effects through the use of a chroma key.

If you have used Windows Movie Maker extensively, then using Shotcut will be a breeze.

There are a number of functionalities that draw a parallel, including the way you used to drag and drop a video from the playlist and then make changes to it.

There is also a plus sign button which leads you to the menu for making the edits.

Apart from the regular tools you had in Windows Movie Maker, there are extra features like imparting greenscreen effects through the use of a chroma key.

If you wish to add watermarks so that your original creation is not misused, you can do so. You can add text to provide a title to the video too.

  1. VideoPad Video Editor

Analysts place this program practically as the precise replacement for Windows Movie Maker.

Video Pad Video Editor
Analysts place this program practically as the precise replacement for Windows Movie Maker.

There are many reasons for this conclusion.

First, as you pool in the different video clips and audio recordings and other inputs to be mixed to create your own video project, you will feel you are still using Windows Movie Maker program.

The features of VideoPad Video Editor include a 3D conversion tool, as well as the capacity to share your output directly from within the video editor to Instagram or Facebook.

There is even the facility to export your video in 4K format.

If you are wondering whether all these features come for free, VideoPad Video Editor does have a premium version for which a payment has to be made, but the basic version can be downloaded and used for free.

  1. Avidemux

Avidemux is not a very complicated video editing tool.

Its simplicity earns a place among the top five options available today.

It does have one or two drawbacks as well, though. From the editing perspective, you can pull down a video and go about editing it using the pre-set video profiles in the program.

There are encoding options available within Avidemux as well.

However, there are two issues you will have to keep in view—one is related to the editing capability and the other has to do with the exporting of the videos you have edited and created.

Avidemux video editing tool.
Avidemux is not a very complicated video editing tool.

If you are trying to pool together videos shot from different devices or if they are in different shapes or sizes, you will have to take them to a separate place to bring them all to one size and then do the editing and finishing. (There may be updates to resolve this issue in the future.)

The other issue relates to the constraints on exporting the videos or sharing them on social media.

You will have to save it on your device as a file and then share it. You will not be able to do it directly from Avidemux.

  1. Microsoft Photos

If you are using Windows 10 you will be able to find this video editor inside the Microsoft Photos app.

Many people may not be aware that the app is capable of handling video editing too in addition to modifying photos.

Microfof Photos Video editor.
If you are using Windows 10 you will be able to find this video editor inside the Microsoft Photos app.

Microsoft intended the new tools to be the replacement for Windows Movie Maker.

It comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 and therefore there is no need for you to separately download this program.

The basic functions are no different from the other alternatives listed above.

You pull down the video clips and all other inputs you need to create your video and then go about the editing process.

Microsoft has made the video editing feature in Microsoft Photos keeping the beginners in mind; therefore, you shouldn’t expect premium or high-end features.

It serves the basic purpose of editing videos and then sharing them through programs like Skype, YouTube and OneNote.

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There can be other similar video editing software you may be able to spot online. As long as the program is free, you should have no difficulty in downloading and trying them out one by one.

You will possibly find the best one to suit your requirements, style and skill level. The above is only a suggested list of the top five options available now.

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