Windows Movie Maker is one of the most widely-used video editors, due to the fact that previously it was built into most versions of Windows. While it is a practical video editor, it does have its own limitations — that is why you may be looking into alternatives.


Among the most interesting choices to Windows Movie Maker is to be Movavi Video Editor Plus. As a popular video editor in its own right, it has developed a solid reputation as a powerful yet easy-to-use editor.

If you’d like to understand how both these editors pile up, here is how they compare with one another:

  • User interface

Windows Movie Maker uses the traditional Microsoft ‘ribbon’ interface that lots of users are familiar with and is user-friendly as a result. Similarly Movavi Video Editor Plus includes a clean and simple tab-based interface as well, that’s easy to navigate and places features only a click or two away.

  • Input and output support

While both Windows Movie Maker and Movavi Video Editor Plus support a broad assortment of input media formats, the former is a lot more restricted in terms of output and may only save videos from four formats. It does not encourage 4K videos, nor does it utilize Intel Media acceleration to encode movies more quickly. By comparison, Movavi Video Editor Plus supports heaps of output formats, including 4K video, and Intel Media acceleration.

  • Capture options

If you would like to record additional sound or video footage, Windows Movie Maker will limit you to doing so via a webcam or microphone. On the other hand, Movavi Video Editor Plus will allow you to capture audio and video from a number of different sources, including AVCHD cameras, webcams, TV tuners, VHS players, and even more.

  • Editing Features

The editing features in Windows Movie Maker are not that bad and will permit you to process videofootage, correct sound quality, pan, zoom, and perform several other edits. However Movavi Video Editor plus does outclass it in a number of ways, by providing more effects, transitions, and caption presets. It also has automatic modification features, callouts, and also a ‘Timeline’ mode to make editing easier.

  • Support

While support for Windows Movie Maker has never been great, it will have a big community of customers on its forum and an choice to email for assistance. On the flip side, Movavi Video Editor Plus includes all that and also provides FAQs, how-to guides, video guides, and live chat service.

As you can see from this Movavi Video Editor Plus vs. Windows Movie Maker review, the former will not trump the latter — which is to be expected considering it is free whereas Movavi Video Editor Plus will set you back $59.95. Still, if you want a more powerful editor, then the value you will get with the features it provides make it an attractive option nonetheless.

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