Filmora Video Editor Review: Pros, Cons – Is It Worth?

Filmora video editor is a simple to use yet powerful video editing program for creating stunning home movies and attractive marketing videos that anyone can learn how to use it quickly. Read our detail review of Filmora Video Editor in this article to understand more about it.

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What’s Filmora Video Editor?

Filmora video editor (formally Wondershare Filmora) is an easy-to-use video editing software for any one. It lets you capture various type of input formats and edit videos in classic video editing interface with tons of effects and filters. The program also comes a long with 4K editing capability, Chroma key and many other advanced features. This program is completely free to use for Windows and Mac. However, it will leave a watermark at the center of your video if you use its free version.

If you have been editing videos for a while with some basic knowledge about applying filters, transitions and effects to videos, then you are able to learn Filmora Video Editor quickly. According to our quick researches, Filmora Video Editor is one of the most affordable 4K video editing suite you can get on the market at the moment compare to crazy expensive Adobe Premier Pro and VEGAS Pro, common video editors on the net.

Filmora Video Editor Pros

  • Filmora Video Editor is a good video editing software for beginners who want to create attractive videos. It has all necessary tools to edit video and plethora of effects in the library.
  • It has a smart video editing workflow that beginners can follow up easily. That’s not to mention hundreds of YouTube tutorials you can watch too.
  • The program comes in with advanced 4K editing capability and easy to use filters and effects that beginners may love it.
  • The license price is good compare to what they offer.

Filmora Video Editor Cons

  • Lack of some advanced video editing tools for professionals such as advanced audio mixer, 360 video editing and closed caption.
  • Video rendering speed is not the fastest one on the market.

User interface

Filmora Video Editor is one of the most simple to use video editing software we’ve reviewed in their lineup. It has two options for user when starting the apps: Full feature mode for more control of the project and Simple Mode for creating video quickly.

Filmora Interface
Filmora Interface

Simple mode

Simple mode allows you to create a video quickly but gives you less control on your project then Full feature. By choosing Import, you will have some options such as: import media files from your computer, from camera or smartphone as well as recording video option. There are dozen of input formats which will be listed in the next part of this article. Then you’ll need to select one of its 6 type of theme, then add back ground music and opening title and closing title. Finally, preview your video and export it and you’re done. In this mode, you don’t need to do anything with the videos (or you can’t do any thing, in fact). The work flow is as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6 as I marked in below picture. For me, I often ignore this option.

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Filmora simple mode

Full feature mode

Full feature mode allows you to access to full editing options. It is a classic video editing style like many other professional video editing software where you can switch between Time line or Story board view. The interface is quite simple and intuitive. You can choose dark or light skin depending on which one is good for your eyes. For me, I love dark skin.

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Filmora full feature mode

As you can see, all the basic editing tools are there for you with a big icon plus text. For example: importing media, add music, text, transition, filters, overlays as well as split screen feature. A preview window is on top corner of the editing pane and effects store is on the left. There is nothing secrete here. It’s clear. However, if you want to use some advanced editing features, you can right click and choose Power Tool, Flash and Hold or PIP (picture in picture/ Chroma key effect). In the Timeline, Filmora video editor gives you 8 tracks for editing but only 1 video track.

Video Capturing tools

It has a built-in screen recorder where you can record video from your computer screen, webcam or voice-over. Here you can choose some type of mouse cursor and cursor overlay too. It seems that Filmora video editor will become another great option for creating tutorial video or product demos like Camtasia Studio or ActivePresenter in near future. This tool look really nice and gives good result too.

Filmora built-in screen recorder

Importing video and picture for Editing in Filmora

Filmora video editor allows user to import a video file or a folder from your computer, your camera or smartphone. You can also choose to download video from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr as well as creating a new video by using its recording function. This is the list of input formats that Filmora supports:

  • Video format: AVI, DV, DIF, NUT, H261, H264, NSV, FLV, MKV, MP4, M4V, PSP, 3GP, MOV, MPG, MPEG, VOB, DAT, EVO, TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, WMV, ASF, DVR-MS.
  • Audio support: AAC, AC3, APE, AIF, AIFF, FLAC, APE, CUE, AU, AMR, OGG, WAV, DPE, MKA, M4V, M4A, MPA, MP2, MP3, RA, WMA.

Once you imported the files, they will be stored on the top left of the editing windows where you can sort the files or choose which kind of file to appear.

Basic editing features

As said above, Filmora has all necessary video editing tools which are arranged logically above the time line track. You can cut, crop and zoom, trim, rotate the video as well as flip horizontally or vertically. Other basic editing features such as transitions, overlay, filters, add text, music or audio to the time line track to edit are really simple to learn.

Advanced editing features

We spend more time on looking at its advanced editing features and realize that there are some cool features here. We have tested all these advanced features carefully so far.

  • Chroma key (Green Screen effect): Filmora offer chroma key function for you to create Hollywood style movies from your studio.
  • Video stabilizer & Audio Mixer: Filmora did a good job in stabilizing video and audio to Eliminate the effects of camera shake. The end result often has good quality as we expect.
  • Tons of effects: in video editing software, effects are really important. In filmora, you have plenty of built-in effect for example: 138 type of TEXT, 94 type of Transition, 138 Filters, 72 type of overlay and 296 different elements for you to pick. If you want to split the screen, there are 20 different type to choose. If you want more effect, they offer many effect packages that you can take a look at here.
  • Picture in Picture (PIP) Layer multiple video clips using the Picture in Picture track.
  • Advanced Text Editing Edit the color, size, font, and even animation of your text and titles.
  • Split Screen Play two or more clips simultaneously. You can choose your split screen type then drag and drop picture or video into the frame easily.
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Filmora Split screen option
  • 3D Lut Choose from a selection of color grading presets inspired by popular movies. In Filmora, you can choose one of Hollywood film style like 007, Harry Potter or Star War…and so on. That’s cool, right?
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Filmora Color correction
  • Tilt Shift Draw focus to one part of a clip by strategically blurring the rest.
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Filmora Power Tool
  • Audio Separation Detach your audio from your video clip and edit it separately.
  • Scene Detection Have Filmora scan your clips for scene changes to save yourself time.
  • Audio Equalizer Fine-tune your music and audio tracks.

Rendering video options and speed

After finish editing, you can save your project into your computer or render it to many kind of output formats, devices or choosing to share it directly on YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo. During our test, Filmora editor proves that it can render video as quickly as many other professional video editor at the same level. Here are some options for rendering your project in Filmora:

  • Video/audio output formats: WMV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MKV, MP4 Video(AVC), MP4 Video(Xvid), MP4 Video(MC), ASF, M4V, Xvid, DV, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL, MPEG-1 SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL, MPEG-2 SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL, HTML5, DVD-Video SECAM, MP3 or HD video output: TS, TRP, AVI, MP4, MPG, WMV, MOV
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Filmora output formats
  • DVD: DVD disc, DVD folder, ISO image file.
  • Devices:  iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5 C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod nano, iPod touch, iPod classic, iPad, iPad 2, HTC, Galaxy S II, PSP, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, Zune, Zen, Archos
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Filmora Device Options
  • Sharing options: YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo.
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Filmora sharing options

This is what you can see while waiting for your nice looking production

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Filmora rendering video notice

Technical support from Wondershare

Wondershare has their official YouTube channel where they usually upload how-to video for you to learn all its basic and advanced features. I have to admitted that Filmora’s technical support team are really nice and quick response guy who often reply to any request at soonest time.

Pricing plan and where to download

Filmora video editor can work on Windows 7, 8x and Windows 10 as well as macOS. When visit the download page, you can choose the operating system you want to download.

While the download is simple, the pricing plan is a little bit confused to me. They offer different prices for Windows and Mac as well as personal, business or for team. Here is the cake!

Download Filmora Video Editor for Windows

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Download Filmora Video Editor for Mac

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Filmora Video Editor Compare to other video editing programs

Take a look at the features comparison table between Filmora and some other video editors

Windows Movie Maker VirtualDub Wax Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor)
Supported output formats Windows Media Video (WMV) or DV AVI AVI AVI, MPEG, WAV, Flash WMV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MKV, MP4 Video(AVC), MP4 Video(Xvid), MP4 Video(MC), ASF, M4V, Xvid, DV, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL, MPEG-1 SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL, MPEG-2 SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL, HTML5, DVD-Video SECAM, MP3
Cut, trim, rotate, join videos


Transitions, intro/text, sound effects, etc


Power tools like Tilt-shif, Mosaic, and Face Off

Picture-in-picture, Split screen, and Green screen

Pan and zoom for video and photo

Audio denoise, audio equalizer and mixer

Video stabilization and color correction

Multi-track for video, audio, image and effects

Action camera video editing

Plenty of Effect packages

Upload the editing videos to YouTube or Facebook

Burn videos to a DVD or transfer to mobie devices

Table source: Wondershare

Bottom line

Filmora video editor is no doubt a good video editing software for novices and intermediate users. For professionals, they are some other options to go such as Camtasia or VEGAS PRO. How about you? Have you tried Filmora video editor yet? Share with us your experience here!

Read also

Updated review on Filmora: The latest version of Filmora Video Editor, released on November 16th 2017 with following updates:

1. Customizable speed controls, now up to 100x fast mo and 0.01x slow mo;
2. Camera-shake/earthquake effects.
3. Easier to create 1:1 Square ratio videos for Instagram;
4. Supports 9:16 portrait project ratio and export profile.
5. Adds the option to auto crop or Pan and Zoom imported photos to fit project ratio. (esp. 3:2 DSLR photo or 9:16 phone photo to fit 16:9 project)
6. Blending mode/Opacity control for clips in PiP tracks.
7. Background blur effect for decorating black bars in portrait videos/photos
8. Frame overlays for decorating black bars in portrait videos/photos or 3:2 DSLR photo
9. New Time code digits controller for precise jump to desired time on Timeline
10.Supports sub category structure for effect categories.
11.Allows more text tracks (up to 5) and more music tracks (up to 10)

I will soon update a review on these features at soonest time. Stay tuned!



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  1. Hi Jacky. I love this post and Filmora video editor. You wrote a very useful review about it. I will give it a try. Thanks


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