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iMovie Alternatives for Windows

iMovie is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Kdenlive, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to iMovie and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to iMovie are OpenShot, Shotcut, Avidemux and DaVinci Resolve.

iMovie alternatives are mainly Video Editors but may also be Motion Graphics Software or VFX Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of iMovie.
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  1. Kdenlive icon

    Kdenlive

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • KDE
    108 alternatives to Kdenlive 

    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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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Kdenlive, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    2.  Ad-freeKdenlive doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenKdenlive supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    4.  Dark ModeKdenlive supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  Hardware AcceleratedKdenlive can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
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    Kdenlive vs iMovie opinions
    Some users think Kdenlive is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.
  2. OpenShot icon

    OpenShot

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    119 alternatives to OpenShot 

    OpenShot is a free and open-source video editor for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS, designed to be easy to use and quick to learn.

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    1.  Ad-freeOpenShot doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenOpenShot supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
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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

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    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.

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  3. Shotcut icon

    Shotcut

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    110 alternatives to Shotcut 

    Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform, non-linear video editor.

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    1.  LightweightShotcut consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Shotcut, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenShotcut supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    4.  PortableShotcut can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Dark ModeShotcut supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Shotcut vs iMovie opinions
    Most users think Shotcut is a great alternative to iMovie.
  4. Avidemux icon

    Avidemux

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    128 alternatives to Avidemux 

    Free and simple video editor that supports a variety of file types and automated tasks. SIMPLE video editor, dedicated for ONE video at a time. NOT for multi video editing/montage.

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    1.  PortableAvidemux can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenAvidemux supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    3.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Avidemux, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Avidemux vs iMovie opinions
    Some users think Avidemux is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.
    Guest

    Simple for cutting existing movies. Save/export is extremely fast.

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    Guest

    Avidemux is superb as a quick cut and convert-tool, but it is not a full fledged video-editor

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    Guest

    Lacks the ability to easily select part of a source video.

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    Avidemux is not simple to use

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  5. DaVinci Resolve icon

    DaVinci Resolve

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    113 alternatives to DaVinci Resolve 

    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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    1.  Colour GradingDaVinci Resolve lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    2.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenDaVinci Resolve supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    3.  Node BasedDaVinci Resolve supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    4.  Hardware AcceleratedDaVinci Resolve can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
    5.  Support for VST PluginsDaVinci Resolve support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    6.  Facial RecognitionDaVinci Resolve can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    7.  Multicam EditingMulticam editing lets you automatically sync several angles of video with different formats, frame sizes, and frame rates.
    8.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in DaVinci Resolve, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    9.  Controller SupportDaVinci Resolve supports the use of a controller (XBOX, PlayStation, etc.).
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    Guest

    Intuitive..has slightly better offerings for transitions etc.

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  6. Olive Video Editor icon

    Olive Video Editor

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    105 alternatives to Olive Video Editor 

    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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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Olive Video Editor, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    2.  Node BasedOlive Video Editor supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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  7. Adobe Premiere Pro icon

    Adobe Premiere Pro

    • Mac
    • Windows
    113 alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro 

    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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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Adobe Premiere Pro, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    2.  Colour GradingAdobe Premiere Pro lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
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    Adobe Premiere Pro vs iMovie opinions
    Most users think Adobe Premiere Pro is a great alternative to iMovie.
  8. Camtasia Studio icon

    Camtasia Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    200 alternatives to Camtasia Studio 

    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.

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    Camtasia Studio 9
  9. MAGIX Vegas Pro icon

    MAGIX Vegas Pro

    • Windows
    • Steam
    94 alternatives to MAGIX Vegas Pro 

    VEGAS Pro leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to bring your video production two steps ahead. It offers an extremely flexible user interface, comprehensive media management, advanced audio editing and mastering with the included SOUND FORGE Pro, plus industry-leading...

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    1.  Colour GradingMAGIX Vegas Pro lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsMAGIX Vegas Pro support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  Support for 4KMAGIX Vegas Pro supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    4.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MAGIX Vegas Pro, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    5.  Hardware AcceleratedMAGIX Vegas Pro can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
    6.  Text to SpeechMAGIX Vegas Pro allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    7.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMAGIX Vegas Pro can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    8.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenMAGIX Vegas Pro supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    9.  Transitions EffectsMAGIX Vegas Pro allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
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    MAGIX Vegas Pro vs iMovie opinions
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    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.

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  10. VirtualDub icon

    VirtualDub

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    131 alternatives to VirtualDub 

    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). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast...

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    1.  PortableVirtualDub can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.10.4.35491, released on October 27, 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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    VirtualDub vs iMovie opinions
    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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