iMovie Alternatives

    iMovie is described as 'With iMovie for iOS and macOS, you can enjoy your videos like never before. It’s easy to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac' and is a well-known app in the Video & Movies category. There are more than 100 alternatives to iMovie for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android and iPad. The best alternative is OpenShot, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like iMovie are Kdenlive (Free, Open Source), Avidemux (Free, Open Source), Shotcut (Free, Open Source) and DaVinci Resolve (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 18, 2021

    1. We designed OpenShot Video Editor to be an easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor. Take a quick look at some of our most popular features and capabilities.
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      OpenShot vs iMovie opinions
      Most users think OpenShot is a great alternative to iMovie.
      s3ptk1 Familiar interface and full-featured app that can replace imovie for users that don't have access on non-mac platforms
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      ndlinn Great alternative with one key distinction: that the Windows version is NOT in any way comparable to the Linux version! You'll need to find another alternative for Windows.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

    2. Kdenlive is a non linear video editor. It is based on the MLT framework and accepts many audio and video formats, allows you to add effects, transitions and render into the format of your choice.
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      Some users think Kdenlive is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.

    3. Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting.
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      Avidemux vs iMovie opinions
      Some users think Avidemux is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.
      Avidemux is superb as a quick cut and convert-tool, but it is not a full fledged video-editor
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

      Simple for cutting existing movies. Save/export is extremely fast.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      Avidemux is not simple to use
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

      Lacks the ability to easily select part of a source video.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    4. Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform, non-linear video editor.
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      Most users think Shotcut is a great alternative to iMovie.
    5. DaVinci Resolve combines the world’s most advanced color corrector with professional multi-track editing, so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system!.
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      DaVinci Resolve vs iMovie opinions
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      Intuitive..has slightly better offerings for transitions etc.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago


    6. Edit video faster than ever before with the powerful, more connected Adobe Premiere® Pro CC. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading.
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      Most users think Adobe Premiere Pro is a great alternative to iMovie.
    7. Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software.
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    8. Produce videos for the web using the industry-leading H.264 format. No tweaks or technospeak, just sparkling HD-quality video with compact file sizes...every single time. Two existing production presets (blog and web) and three new presets (YouTube, HD display, and Screencast.
    9. VEGAS Pro leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to bring your video production two steps ahead.
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      MAGIX Vegas Pro vs iMovie opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      iMovie is an all-time free video editing program, but even though Sony Vegas Pro (and all versions of it) have a free trial, you have to buy it in the end and it's really expensive.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

    10. VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).


      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version,, released on October 27, 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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      This alternative is disputed. VirtualDub is still a legitimate alternative to iMovie, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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