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Open Source Windows Movie Maker Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Windows Movie Maker is OpenShot. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Windows Movie Maker and 15 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Windows Movie Maker are Kdenlive, Avidemux, Shotcut and Olive Video Editor.

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.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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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. 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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  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.

    Avidemux vs Windows Movie Maker opinions
    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

    Top negative comment  over 5 years ago
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    Cannot put multiple videos together.

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
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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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  4. 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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    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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  5. Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software.



  6. VirtualDub

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    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

  7. PiTiVi

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    PiTiVi is an open source non-linear video editor, written in Python and based on GStreamer and GTK+.

    Some users think PiTiVi is a great alternative to Windows Movie Maker, some don't.
  8. Cinelerra

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Wine

    Cinelerra is a highly advanced and professional non-linear video editing software, but still remains open source. Cinelerra solves three main tasks: capturing, editing and compositing.

    This alternative is disputed. Cinelerra is still a legitimate alternative to Windows Movie Maker, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
  9. Flowblade

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux released under GPL 3 license.

    This alternative is disputed. Flowblade is still a legitimate alternative to Windows Movie Maker, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
  10. Vidiot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    non-linear video editor targeted for home video editing.

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