I was shocked and surprised when Apple launched a new version of iMovie, but found it easier and faster to do basic editing (without the traditional timeline). So I remain on the lookout for new video editing and production tools for my Mac. If iMovie is boring, try this new editor.
Hello Video Timeline
Mac users don’t really have as many video editor choices as Windows PC users, but iMovie is credible and simple enough for new users and those new to video editing and production.
At the other end of the scale is Final Cut Pro X which is loaded with functionality and, relatively speaking, has a price tag to match.
What’s in between free and not so free? Video Editor Pro is both affordable and capable, and it brings back the traditional non-linear editing timeline.
In some respects Video Editor Pro is easier to use than iMovie, but more so if you have experience in the standard timeline. Video clips can be edited, touched up, merged, and it’s easy to apply filters, transitions, and even add voiceovers.
Video clips and audio can be assembled quickly and dropped into the multiple track timeline.
Videos can be trimmed, sliced, diced, split, rotated, and subtitles added wherever needed.
Clips can be assembled in the timeline with drag and drop simplicity.
Editing and effects tools are arranged logically in the sidebar which uses tabs to save screen space.
Video Editor Pro comes with over two dozen built-in professional looking filters and effects, including color options.
iMovie has always been short on transitions from one scene or cut to another, but this app includes almost 40 transitions that work between clips or from clips to photos.
Animation effects are included, too, and video clips can be adjusted in speed; slower to faster.
The app supports most of the standard QuickTime video and audio formats for the Mac, and will capture video from plugged in cameras. Finished videos can be saved to the Mac, exported to iDVD (remember that one?), and exported to iTunes.
If anything, Video Editor Pro is highly reminiscent of the previous version of iMovie, but with more features, an easier interface, and a modest price tag. It does a bit more than iMovie but isn’t in the same league as Final Cut Pro X (and not priced that way, either).