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Windows Movie Maker Alternatives

Windows Movie Maker allowed users to simply create, edit, and share movies right on their computer. With easy creation tools such as drag-and-drop, this built-in software served the needs of many users that needed a simple tool to edit home movies.

As ubiquitous as it was on older versions of Windows, the built-in Movie Maker is no longer developed and bundled with modern versions like Windows 10. In its wake have come many video editing alternatives both simple and complex, as well as ones that can be found for iOS and Android.

For those of you that would prefer editing their audiovisual content in an app they can audit, open source alternatives to Windows Movie Maker are available.

Windows Movie Maker 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 Windows Movie Maker.
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  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.

    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenOpenShot supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeOpenShot doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Most users think OpenShot is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

    Ease of use, number of effects and transitions, and general UI.

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    Free, relatively easy to get started, lots of instruction videos online.

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    Easy to use and sufficient functionality.

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    It's a good app, but it's a little laggy... and it's lack of subtitles... Besides that, the app is great.

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    OpenShot has advanced features that makes it even better than Windows Live Movie Maker.

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  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.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Kdenlive, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeKdenlive doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenKdenlive supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeKdenlive supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableKdenlive is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Kdenlive vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    Most users think Kdenlive is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

    Really simple, with a very similar layout to Windows Movie Maker!

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    Its every YT MSpaint/PdN-ers dream, 0$ charge WMM with even more features and more notably. Composites and layers. For other people its still pretty good.

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  3. 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.

    ⚫︎ PortableAvidemux can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenAvidemux supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Avidemux, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Some users think Avidemux is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker, some don't.
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    Avidemux is great for cutting or joining videos, but it not a full editor

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    Cannot put multiple videos together.

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    it just dosent have many tools

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    Only allows copy + pasting parts of the video.

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    Can't stitch together multiple videos in Avidemux

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

    ⚫︎ LightweightShotcut consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Shotcut, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenShotcut supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ PortableShotcut can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeShotcut supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Some users think Shotcut is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker, some don't.

    Movie maker is a much more simplified product and allows easy recording of narration and much easier timeline editing. While this would work for some scenarios it cannot be used to the same extent as Windows Movie Maker.

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    Movie maker was brilliant at taking film stills and stop motion frames in and outputting a video. SHotcuts "says" it does this, even on the forum - "tick the properties box and it will import the rest of your folder of stills..." It fails every time. Out of 45 frames, it only ever imports 5 maximum whereas Moviemaker just did the job.

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    Radzel

    It's free and more complete than movie maker

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    It can actually do everything Movie Maker does. The problem is the UI is not very intuitive and you need to watch a Youtube tutorial and take notes so you don't forget it. But once you figure it out the workflow is really fast. It also works with all sorts of formats including MP4.

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  5. Animation Desk is a perfect tool for animating, storyboarding, and sketching. It’s an app Loved by professional and amateur animators, Youtubers, and many art lovers. Draw you frame-to-frame animation from scratch, or create animations upon videos, images, PSD layers.

    ⚫︎ Onion skinningAnimation Desk allows you to see through several frames simultaneously and make sure the lines of each frame are correctly lined up.
    ⚫︎ Video ImportYou can import external video material into Animation Desk.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Animation Desk, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ RotoscopingAnimation Desk supports creating animated sequences by tracing over live-action footage frame by frame.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersAnimation Desk supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Almost everyone thinks Animation Desk is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

    It is a very great animating software! Not exactly editing, however.

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  6. 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!.

    ⚫︎ Colour GradingDaVinci Resolve lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenDaVinci Resolve supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ Node BasedDaVinci Resolve supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsDaVinci Resolve support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ Facial RecognitionDaVinci Resolve can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    ⚫︎ Multicam EditingMulticam editing lets you automatically sync several angles of video with different formats, frame sizes, and frame rates.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in DaVinci Resolve, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    DaVinci Resolve vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    Most users think DaVinci Resolve is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.
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    The free version contains everything you need for editing movies. Sure, the free version can't edit 4K and only has "limited" (I have never found these limits) functionality but if all you need is cutting video from your holiday it is perfect. Also, the learning curve is not that steep.

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    Its free and has good features

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    Professional Software For Free. Easy Workflow. Best Color Grading. Easy To Learn. Premier Pro & Final Cut Pro are the only editors that compare, but they are costly.

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    DaVinci Resolve is much more than WMM, it is a professional editor that can be used also in TV studios or by movie makers.

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  7. VideoPad is video editing & movie making software that lets you edit video & movies. VideoPad is a fully featured video editor for creating professional quality videos in minutes on PC/Mac. Over 50+ Visual Effects, transitions, audio library & more.

    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenVideoPad supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ Transitions EffectsVideoPad allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersVideoPad supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Most users think VideoPad is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

    Raul Kinemaster Windows Movie Maker

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  8. Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Olive Video Editor, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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  9. 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.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Adobe Premiere Pro, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Colour GradingAdobe Premiere Pro lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
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    Premiere Pro is a very advanced software compared to Movie Maker

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  10. VEGAS Pro leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to bring your video production two steps ahead.

    ⚫︎ Colour GradingMAGIX Vegas Pro lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsMAGIX Vegas Pro support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MAGIX Vegas Pro, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenMAGIX Vegas Pro supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
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    Most users think MAGIX Vegas Pro is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.
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