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Free Windows Movie Maker Alternatives

The best free alternative to Windows Movie Maker is OpenShot, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Windows Movie Maker and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Windows Movie Maker are Animation Desk, Kdenlive, Avidemux and Shotcut.

Windows Movie Maker alternatives are mainly Video Editors but may also be Image Viewers or Motion Graphics Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Movie Maker.
This page was last updated Aug 21, 2021
  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

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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.

    OpenShot vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    Most users think OpenShot is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

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

    Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago
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    Free, relatively easy to get started, lots of instruction videos online.

    Top positive comment  about 4 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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    OpenShot has advanced features that makes it even better than Windows Live Movie Maker.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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  2. 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.

    Animation Desk vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Animation Desk is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

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

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. 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.

    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!

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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  4. 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.

    Avidemux vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    Some users think Avidemux is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker, some don't.
    fulviocorno

    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.

    Negative comment almost 7 years ago
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    Can't stitch together multiple videos in Avidemux

    Negative comment almost 7 years ago
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  5. Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform, non-linear video editor.

    Shotcut vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    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.

    Negative comment almost 7 years ago
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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.

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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    Radzel

    It's free and more complete than movie maker

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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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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  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!.

    DaVinci Resolve vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    Most users think DaVinci Resolve is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.
    Theagurg

    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.

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    danigta

    Its free and has good features

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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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.

    VideoPad vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    Most users think VideoPad is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

    Raul Kinemaster Windows Movie Maker

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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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.

  9. iMovie

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    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.

    Most users think iMovie is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker.
  10. VirtualDub

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    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).

    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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