The new version of Movavi Video Editor 2021 Plus is here, and if you want to learn how to use it, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll show you how to get started with the program and its various features and tricks, as well as walk you through the steps you need to take to continue your learning.
Movavi Video Editor Plus 2021 excels at something its competitors don’t: ease of use. Why does editing a video in the middle of the year 2021 have to be so complicated? Movavi changed that, offering a video editor that anyone can use without being a computer expert.
Do you want to see what you can do with this program, today I will show you how to use Movavi Video Editor Plus 2021.
Movavi Video Editor Plus interface
To learn how to use the program, I will first show you its user interface and the location of the different buttons and resources that you can use. The interface is quite intuitive, so you shouldn’t get lost during the creation process, but it’s better to cover all the bases!
When you run the program, the first thing you’ll see is the default Movavi Video Editor interface. It consists of 3 main panels: Navigation, Timeline and Preview.
This panel is located at the top left of the program. From here you can import the different files that you are going to use in editing or creating your video. You can add photos, songs, or video tracks in different formats, or view the different resources that Movavi has to offer.
All the resources you can see in the navigation pane are as follows:
Each time you click on one of these buttons, different options are displayed in this panel window and allows you to explore its content. For example, clicking on “Filters” will display all the available filter options that you can add to your video.
This is where all the magic happens. The timeline panel is where you spend most of your time in Movavi Video Editor. Here you can edit all the video clips, audio clips, or photos that will be in your final video, as well as add the transitions, filters, stickers, and subtitles. It consists of 3 parts, one on top of the other:
- Track Title: Here you can add and edit the title and subtitle tracks you want in your video.
- video track: In this section of the timeline are all the videos you add to the composition. It’s right below the title track.
- Audio track: The place for audio tracks. Every time you add an audio track, song, or sound, you’ll find it at the bottom of the timeline.
The timeline is where you do the entire process of editing and cutting your videos, in a simple and intuitive way. The vertical orange bar is the marker, indicating your time position in the video, i.e. the current frame you are in.
At the bottom left you’ll find a slider that serves as a “zoom” on the timeline, in case the length of your audio or video tracks exceeds the size of the screen.
Important: The “zoom” is only to work better on the timeline, it does not affect the final result of the video.
This panel is a media player. Here you can play the video and audio tracks available in the Movavi video editor before importing them into the timeline to start editing. You can also preview the final result of your video.
Any changes you make to the timeline can be played back immediately in the preview pane. You can fast-forward, pause, or go frame-by-frame in case you need more detailed editing.
How to edit a video in Movavi Video Editor Plus 2021?
Now that you know the program, it’s time to learn how to edit videos.
Importing files to Movavi Video Editor Plus 2021
To start editing you need to import the files that you will use to compose the final video. You have 2 options to do that:
Go to the Navigation Pane (top left) and hit Import > Import File > Add Files. The files will appear in the “Media Tray” section.
Drag the files. Open the folder where you have saved your files, click and drag them directly to the Navigation Pane.
Import files to the timeline
To start editing it is not enough to import the files into the program, you have to place them on the Timeline. You can do this by dragging the already imported files from the “Media Bin” tab of the navigation panel to the timeline.
You can drag as many video, audio, or photo files as you like and arrange them however you like along the timeline. Remember that the audio will always be below the video by default.
To apply a filter to any video track on the timeline, go to the Filters button in the Navigation Panel. Clicking on it will display the entire library of available filters. Just choose the filter you want and drag it onto the video track of your timeline. It is easy.
If you applied a filter, but didn’t like the end result it gives your composition, you can press the Crtl + Z key combination to undo what you just did. That way you can try any filter without fear of damaging your video.
Movavi offers an extensive library of filters, but you can expand it further from their website or by clicking “Download More”.
split a video
If you have a video file that you want to split into two, you just have to:
- Select the video clip you want to cut on the timeline.
- Place the orange marker at the time location where you want to cut the video.
- Above the timeline there is a “Split” icon, you will see it in the shape of scissors. Click there.
- That’s it. This cuts the current video clip into 2 clips.
This feature can be used to cut any type of audio or video file, either to remove or move it, to add another video in between, or to apply some kind of transition.
Adding a transition is as easy as applying a filter, but it has a couple of extras that make it different.
Go to the Navigation Panel, select “Transitions” to display the library, and then choose the transition you like best. Once you decide which one you want to use, you can drag and drop it onto the timeline between the 2 clips you want.
You can’t apply a transition to a single video clip. If you only have 1 clip, but want a transition between 2 different moments in the clip, you can cut the video into 2 and apply the transition there.
A small rectangle will appear between the two clips, indicating that there is a transition there. You can double-click on that rectangle to edit the duration and customize a couple of other settings.
Exporting the final video
Once you’re done editing your video and ready to show it to the world, it’s time to export it. This brings all the clips, transitions, and effects together into a single video in the format of your choice.
To do this, hit the Export button at the top right of your timeline. This will open a window with different options to export your video. On the left, you have several buttons to export different types of files, including video format, audio only, or device.
If you select the video button, you can choose the type of format you want. Movavi offers you the possibility to export in most of the formats that are currently used, from MP4 to MKV or GIF.
Once the format is selected, you have the option to choose the name of the video, the location where you want to save it and the quality.
Finally, the default resolution is 1920×1080, but you can change it to your preferred resolution by pressing the Advanced button. There you can change the resolution and some other options, such as the video codec, the audio channel or the FPS.
Movavi Video Editor Plus allows you to export in a large number of resolutions, from 640 × 480 to 4096 × 2160, also known as 4K.
Once you have everything set up and customized, hit OK and then Start. This will render and export the video with the desired options, to the chosen location.
And that is! With this, your video is finished and ready to upload to Youtube, send to your smartphone or do whatever you want with it.
This concludes this short tutorial on how to use Movavi Video Editor Plus 2021. I hope you now find it easy and fun to edit your videos. With a little practice, you’ll be making masterpieces in no time.
Download Movavi Video Editor Plus and draw your own conclusions.