Filmora vs. iMovie

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Filmora
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
Filmora from Wondershare is the company's video editing software available for a monthly or annual subscription, with support for 4k editing and a wide (and growing) range of available effects.
$7.99
per month
iMovie
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Apple offers iMovie as a video editing platform supporting video creators with high quality effects, support for 4k resolution, audio editing, and other features supporting the creation of videos and movies.
$0
Pricing
FilmoraiMovie
Editions & Modules
Educational
$7.99
per month
Subscription Plan
$39.99
per year
Perpetual Plan
$69.99
one-time fee
Bundle Subscription Plan
$99.87
per year
Business Annual Plan
Starting at $155.88
per year
Free Tier
$0.00
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FilmoraiMovie
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Considered Both Products
Filmora
Chose Filmora
Think of Filmora as the sweet spot between iMovie and one of the bigger editing software like Final Cut or Adobe Premiere. If you're just putting together videos or you have a YouTube channel and need a simple way to edit videos and add some bells and whistles, this is for you. …
Chose Filmora
There is no comparison, except the price; you get what you pay for. Buy cheap crap and you get cheap crap. I think Filmora relies on the price of their product to seduce customers and then only offers a meager amount of product, which is actually very substandard.
Chose Filmora
Filmora is great for quick video edits and is quick to load and operate on lower-end PC. It lacks some of the more advanced features, but for some of the training and promotional videos, these are not needed. Filmora is easy to learn for any type of user, it doesn't require …
iMovie
Chose iMovie
iMovie was way better when it came to the likes of Filmora and Windows Movie Maker. Both look amateurish, and Filmora is even paid to begin with. The ability to match and sync audio unto a much smaller fraction of a second, the overall smoothness of product, and the easy to use …
Chose iMovie
iMovie is free for Apple devices, and it have a plus with that. The other software are for pay and are a little bit more complicated to use. iMovie is fast, intuitive, and have and extended free library with free royalties to use in different platforms of social media or video …
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Small Businesses
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Score 8.7 out of 10
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Score 8.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
iMovie
iMovie
Score 9.1 out of 10
Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro
Score 9.0 out of 10
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
FilmoraiMovie
Likelihood to Recommend
1.9
(17 ratings)
10.0
(30 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.3
(5 ratings)
8.1
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
FilmoraiMovie
Likelihood to Recommend
Wondershare Technology
Filmora is best for anyone who wants a medium-advanced video editing software but is not wanting to spend the time and money required to learn advanced editing software like Adobe Premier Pro. You can start making great looking videos in just a few hours with Filmora. Filmora is also a great option for professional video editors who want a lighter, faster and more fun program for editing smaller projects like videos for social media and video ads[.]
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Apple
iMovie is a great editing tool for beginners and users with little to no experience. If you are looking for a simple, straight forward way to edit your videos without having any training, this is the tool for you. If you are looking for a robust and very advanced editing platform, you may wish to look elsewhere.
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Pros
Wondershare Technology
  • Edits videos very well.
  • Records the screen of your computer perfectly. This is great if you are an architect because you can show on a video how you make your renderings and plans with Autocad, chief architect premier, Adobe photoshop or even revit.
  • You can cut videos perfectly and add music to them easily.
  • You can use several predesigned themes to create any video you desire.
  • You can add as much text as you want to your videos
  • There are several filters you can use to improve the images on the recordings.
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Apple
  • iMovie allows users to upload their own clips and edit them together. You're able to add in more clips as you're working on your project which is great as some film editing software don't allow add ons of video clips once you've begun the editing process.
  • iMovie continually saves as you're working on your project and syncs with your devices so you can work on your project from other like computers.
  • iMovie is quick to update changes which allows time to be saved during the editing process. It's very helpful when you need to adjust 1-2 things and don't want to spend hours waiting for the changes to go through.
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Cons
Wondershare Technology
  • The enhancing half is a bit bizarre, it is like you're driving in the UK, I am undecided why they selected to reverse clipping and reduce movies
  • More often than not I've to deal with not screwing up the video timeline however accidentally delete or enhance a clip.
  • I hope they modify it to a extra common enhancing mode.
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Apple
  • Audio for video editing is a bit limiting. A pro user would feel limited, but the average person can pretty well do what they need in iMovie and that's what matters for this platform.
  • The design of the UI could use some updating so it doesn't feel so bubbly. This may purely be an aesthetic concern, and maybe the old style makes it more approachable, but i'd prefer to see a more slick design so you don't feel like you are using a kids program.
  • If you ever want to share the project or manually manage files, it can be a bit difficult to figure out. Fortunately Apple allows you to import a project from iMovie into FCPX if you ever want to be upwardly mobile.
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Usability
Wondershare Technology
Everything I have tried to do was easy to figure out. The export and online store where you get additional titles, etc. have very minor issues, correct those and it's a solid 10.
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Apple
I'd give it a higher rating but there seems to be some things that are so over-simplified that it's tough for an experienced user to work backwards when needed. That said, it certainly is easy enough for a 7 year old to pick up and use without much instruction or training.
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Support Rating
Wondershare Technology
I'm giving this a ten because I haven't needed the support in any way, however, I've gotten correspondence from them letting me know that they are available if needed. I've seen reviews saying the support is lacking but those were years ago. I'm assuming they've figured everything out by now.
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Apple
Apple does a great job supporting its products. I have never encountered trouble that could not be solved through chat or email. The knowledgebase section of the website, video tutorials online and various user forums also help with most issues. If after using all of these avenues you still have an issue, it may be time for you to outsource your project to a professional!
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Alternatives Considered
Wondershare Technology
Filmora is easy enough to use after you get started. There are other programs with more functions but that depends on what you need it for. Just for cutting and small editing Filmora is really great and useful. Movavi has more functions, or at least it felt like it but therefore is more complicated to use.
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Apple
Not as easy to use as iMovie, and a similar cost structure. iMovie is easier for Apple users / and MS users, to both get proficient at. Movie Maker isn't bad, it just isn't as slick as iMovie. We actually used MovieMaker for a couple of years before migrating most users over to iMovie. We have not regretted the move.
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Return on Investment
Wondershare Technology
  • We save dozens of hours a month on video editing so the ROI was immediate
  • With Filmora, we are able to train new staff quickly on how to use the software
  • Fimora has made video editing more fun and creative for our marketing team
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Apple
  • iMovie is a very inexpensive alternative to other video editing software.
  • It's very easy to train new users on iMovie, so time is saved there.
  • We started a project where we were tasked to create a new 5 minute video every week. We started with little to no knowledge of video editing, but iMovie was so easy to pick up and use that we were able to start filming and putting together videos right away. If we had to learn a more complex program, like Premiere Pro, it would have pushed our timeline back considerably.
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