Recently, Wondershare Filmora released a new version of Filmora video editor with some promising features. We decided to test it and here’s what we found in this new edition. To read our detail of the old version, click here!.
When it comes to video editing, Filmora video editor is one of the most lightweight and easy-to-use software we’ve reviewed. This program comes in to serve a large amount of novices and casual users who need a quick and simple program that allows them to cut, trim, merge video clips as well as add a title, filters or transitions directly and easily on the timeline. This video editor gained our trust as it works perfectly for many video editing purposes.
This new version of Filmora video editor has some important features that many users, including me, are looking for, such as multiple video tracks, audio key-frame, proxy workflow (adjustable playback quality, enhanced Chroma key, enhanced video stabilization, faster video rendering speed and the capability to handle large video files. In theory, these changes are great if they work.
How does Filmora 9 compare to its previous version?
Simplified Start Page
Filmora 9 comes in with a brand new and simplified Start page. This new option does not allow users to set project aspect ratio or choose a mode to get started like its old version. If it’s the first time you launch the program, there is only one option is to Create a new project. By doing this, Wondershare predicted that its Simple Mode, Instant cutter and Action Cam Tool are not needed to be at the first page of the program. Frankly speaking, I don’t really appreciate this changes. Because some users are still using the Simple Mode to create quick slideshow from still images and clips. They are still useful. Then, why would they want to removed them?
Important Features Are Moved
Different start page is not the only thing we saw in this new version. The working place is also changed dramatically compared to its old version. Important feature buttons on top of the timeline are moved to under the toolbar menu. This change does not seem like any user likes, especially users who love Filmora’s simplicity and ease of use. These big buttons made Filmora easier to use than other similar video editing software programs on the market. But, that’s life! Any change takes time for people to get used to it. If you love its old arrangement, don’t upgrade to this new version.
Old Features: Split Screen Templates & Power Tools disappeared
In this new version, Wondershare decided to remove some useful features such as Split Screen Templates and Power Tool. These are huge time saving options of Filmora video editor. We don’t know why they silently removed these features in this update. As a paid user, we should be notified about any change in the program. Wondershare will have explain about this removal, or at least, tell us where can we find them?
I guess there are many more silent disappearances that I have not discovered yet. If you find that one of your favorite features no longer exists, please share with us. By doing this, we’ll keep new users noticed about the changes in time.
How about Filmora 9 new features?
Add up to 100 video/ audio tracks
The first thing we’ve noticed is the multiple video track timeline. Filmora often lets users edit on one single video track, 5 text tracks and up to 10 audio track in its previous version. Now, you can add up to 100 video/ audio track on the timeline. It’s also possible to manage your track via a new track manager. You can adjust the height of each track, delete empty tracks easily through this tool. Thankfully, this feature works perfectly. Nothing to complain about this change.
Enhanced video stabilization
Smooth out shake footage with upgraded stabilization tool. This is a new feature in Filmora 9. When you import a shaky footage into the timeline, right click on the clip and choose Stabilizer, the program will automatically scan the whole timeline and give you the option to choose smooth level from 1-100. Technically, this kind of stabilization is nothing more than a pan & zoom action. If you increase the smooth level, the program will perform a zoom in action and via versa. Anyway, it’s good to have this feature to save a few clicks with a shaky footage.
Enhanced Chroma Key
For many users, Chroma key or green screen effect is a crucial feature of a video editing software. Like others, Filmora offers this features since 2016 (maybe earlier), and it’s just as easy to use as other built-in features. In the old version, you’ll need to add your green screen video to the overlay track in the timeline. Then choose effect, Chroma key to remove the background color of your clip. Now it is easier and you’ll have more control of the background as what you see in this screenshot.
Adjustable Playback Quality
In Filmora 9, you can reduce the resolution of your video preview (playback quality) for a smoother editing experience without affecting the quality of your exported videos. This feature is especially useful for those who are editing videos on low-end laptop/ Pc. It will help you avoid lag issues each time you preview your clips. That’s it!
Enhanced Waveforms/Keyframe Audio Editing
With these enhanced/new features, it’s now possible to adjust the audio of your clip directly on the timeline by adjusting the waveform instead of accessing the Audio Fixer like the old version. You can also use audio keyframe tool to customize the sound of your video. I found it a little bit tricky to use audio keyframe with Filmora 9 since the keyframe button is way too small that. Btw, it’s at the bottom of the Master volume controller.
Better video rendering speed?
As the company boasted to provide real-time rendering engine to boost the speed of import and export time, even with 4K footage. This sound great as one of the most important features of a good video editor is, of course, rendering speed. We’ve tested this new feature with several projects (full HD and 4K project) and recognized that this new edition can speed up video rendering speed by about 20% compare to its previous edition. That’s nice! By the way, there are many other factors can affect video rendering speed. You should better check it yourself to see how it works with your machine.
How about Proxy Workflow?
Pricing Detail – No Change
Thankfully, this new version has the same pricing plan with its previous one. Old users of Filmora can upgrade to this edition for free. For new users, it’s still $39.99 for annual subscription and $59.99 lifetime. This price is applied for either Windows and Mac users.
Tips: If you want to save your money ($20 off), you can use Filmora $20 off coupon code at here! That’s only $39.99 per lifetime license! Just follow the instruction in this video.
Finally – Is Filmora 9 Worth it?
For old users: Well, frankly speaking, it depends very much on your needs. If you want to move a step further, take a look at Filmora 9. Remember that, you can use both Filmora 9 and the older version at the same time on your machine. Once you like it, you uninstall the old version later.
For new users: We highly recommend you to try this intuitive video editing software. It’s lightweight and easy-to-use for all creators.
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