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Movavi Video Suite

Movavi Video Suite
Developed by: Movavi
Ranked: 2nd
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Best price: $59.95
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Review

Review summary

Good points Movavi Video Suite review good points

• Simple layout

• Live “record screen” mode

• File conversion tools

• Good customer help and support

Bad points Movavi Video Suite review bad points

• Limited number of effects and transitions

• Basic editing tools

Our verdict

Movavi Video Suite is not feature-rich, nor does the software claim to offer a pro-level editing experience. But the layout and interface are clear and easy to navigate, and beginners should have no problems creating a good-looking video with this software package. Use Movavi Video Suite if you are looking for a simple and easy to use program that still has its fair share of interesting features.


Full review

We looked at the Movavi Video Suite package to find out how it compares to other video editing software on the market today.

Setup

To install and run Movavi Video Suite you will need Microsoft Windows version 2000, XP, Vista, 7 or 8, an Intel processor of at least 1GHz, up to 1GB of RAM for Windows 7 and 8 and 512MB for Vista, 250MB hard drive disk space, and QuickTime Player for Windows. If you are editing HD you will need considerably more power and disc space. To try the software, visit the website and download the free version.

Importing

Format incompatibility shouldn’t be a problem with the Movavi software as common formats are all accepted. Import video from DV, HD and HDV cameras, cassette tape, webcams, and files from your PC. You can also record what is happening on your screen, for example live streams or video game plays, and add captions and voiceovers to create tutorials and demos – this could be a useful feature when you are looking to document your work or create a training package for someone else to follow.

Video editing

The Movavi Video Suite software package makes use of a multi-track timeline so you can edit your movie and fit together your clips. Split clips, rotate them, crop them or join them together, then pick from a selection of special effects and transitions. Movavi doesn’t offer as many transitions and effects as other programs but that does make the software easy to handle. The ChromaKey effect is good for green screen work, while you can restore the quality of your video by adjusting color balances, noise and brightness. There is a mode for creating a photo slideshow within your video, and you can also adjust, rotate and enhance your images for better viewing. Splitting and trimming your video can take place automatically or you can choose the exact beginning and end points of a sequence. Rejoining segments is also simple to accomplish. The Movavi package doesn’t have as many video editing features but beginners will be able to easily create a streamlined video with the tools on offer.

Movavi also has 3D capabilities and you can convert 3D to 2D and vice versa if you have the technology. There are a variety of configuration choices to make in order to set up a 3D movie for specific types of glasses and TVs.

Audio editing

Movavi Video Suite is also a good quality audio editing program, with audio effects features to help give your video a polished and entertaining finish – although the number of features you get with the software is dramatically lower than many of its competitors. Audio effects with Movavi include the crossfade transition feature which blends tracks smoothly together, and the ability to create and manage playlists to add to your movies.

Performance

Using Movavi Video Suite is a quick and easy process thanks to performance optimization that speeds up the video processing times. The technology behind the software allows multiple tasks to be taking place at the same time. You can speed up HD video editing – which traditionally takes a lot of resources to complete – by working with a smaller video file that is then restored to full HD quality once you have finished your editing work.

Disc Authoring

Once you’ve finished the task of putting your movie together with the help of transitions and effects, you can choose from over 12 different DVD and Blu-ray menu themes so you can give your disc the professional finishing touch without having to spend a lot of time on designing a menu. Again, there aren’t many choices but you end up with a simple, eye-catching final product.

Exporting

Burn your movie project to Blu-ray, DVD, and CD with Movavi. If you prefer your creation online you can also upload your video or clips to YouTube, Facebook, Amazon S3 or Vimeo. Or create HTML code in order to embed your video on a website. Movavi also exports video to watch on mobile devices.

The Movavi Video Suite package is, in addition, a useful file conversion tool and you can use it to switch between video, audio and image formats including saving 2D videos into 3D.

Ease of use

Partly because the Movavi software doesn’t have so many features it is easier to use than many video editing programs. The features and tools are clear, uncluttered and easy to see and just a few clicks allows you to split and join movie segments, add effects, and burn your project to disc. For this reason the software is particularly suited for beginners’ needs.

Help & support

Movavi boasts a comprehensive support center that aims to give you the information you need to create a better video project. Look through the video tutorials, read manuals on the product, or follow the step-by-step how-to guides. If you are struggling with an aspect of video editing or have a problem with the product you can connect through live chat when operators are online. Movavi also provides an email and a phone service for customer support.

Overall

Movavi Video Suite is lacking in many features and tools, but the software will be enough for many home editors who want to quickly put together a movie and get it onto YouTube or a disc. The software is easy to use and offers a decent starting point for people wanting to do something creative with their video footage.

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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 4 for Setup
Importing
 received a rating of 5 for Importing
Video editing
 received a rating of 5 for Video editing
Audio editing
 received a rating of 5 for Audio editing
Performance
 received a rating of 4 for Performance
Disc authoring
 received a rating of 5 for Disc authoring
Exporting
 received a rating of 4 for Exporting
Ease of use
 received a rating of 5 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 4 for Help & support