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10 Best Filmora Alternatives in 2022

Best Filmora Alternatives
Best Filmora Alternatives

Filmora is a great tool, but it lacks some options professional video editing options. At the same time, it can be overwhelming with so many effects it offers. In this article, we are looking at the 10 best Filmora alternatives in 2022. The article covers free and paid tools.

Free Filmora alternatives

DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 17 Adding a Text Title

Price: Free (premium available)
Complexity: Medium to hard
Platforms:
Windows, macOS, & Linux
Best known for:
Video editing, colour grading, & visual effects

I will call DaVinci Resolve a free, fantastic, and all in one video editor. Some of the features of this tool are:

  • Advanced colour correction
  • Built-in transitions
  • Cinematic effects with the help of Fusion
  • Post-processing
  • Keyframes
  • Around 87 video effects
  • 67 transition effects
  • 70 text titles

It can be considered the direct competitor of tools like Premiere Pro because it has been used in the film industry to produce movies. The premium version is available, but the free version has enough options to create simple to complex videos.

Related: Filmora vs. DaVinci Resolve

Blender

Blender Interface and Tools

Price: Free
Complexity:
Medium
Platforms:
Windows, macOS, & Linux
Best known for:
3D modelling, animations, VR, video editing

Blender is a many in one tool. Today, it is mainly used for creating 3D models for games, but it is a good video editor to edit and export videos. The default layout of this tool is for modelling, so you must switch it to video editing.

Blender is for those who are like challenges because it is not an easy-to-use program, and some advanced options are missing also.

The tool supports many editing options, such as video and audio tools, up to 32 tracks support, speed adjustments, layers, keyframes, and more. The full list of its features can be found on the official website.

HitFilm Express

Adding a transition effect in HitFIlm Express

Price: Free (premium version available)
Complexity:
Medium
Platforms:
Windows & macOS
Best known for:
Video editing

A bit heavy, but HitFilm Express is an excellent tool for beginners to professionals to edit their social media videos. It’s a multi-track video editor with many add-ons to make videos look more catchy. It offers:

  • Effects
  • Sequence options
  • Lots of export options
  • Text tool

The main window of this tool contains lots of tutorials, but most of those tutorials focus on one or multiple add-ons, so those videos become less effective for people using the free version.

Related: HitFilm Express vs. DaVinci Resolve 17

OpenShot

OpenShot Overview

Price: Free
Complexity:
Medium
Platforms:
Windows, macOS, Linux, & Chrome OS
Best known for:
Video editing

The free and open-source video editor is a great place to start editing without spending money. By using this tool, you get:

  • multi-track editing
  • around 410 free transition effects
  • 27 video effects
  • over 1100 emojis
  • over 30 video export options

OpenShot may not compete with programs like Premiere Pro, but it can be considered one of the best Filmora alternatives in 2022.

Tip: It sometimes crashes without any warning, so save your projects as often as you can.

Lightworks

Lightworks Interface

Price: Free (premium version available)
Complexity:
Medium
Platforms:
Windows, macOS, & Linux
Best known for:
Video editing

I won’t call Lightworks the ultimate stop because it does not offer any advanced options, especially in the free version. The tool is great for learning to edit videos, though. It requires you to create a new account and log in before using it. Some of the options you get:

  • multi-track support
  • exporting videos at 720p resolution
  • some free VFX and audio effects

The free version does not add a watermark, and you can upload videos to social media platforms.

Shotcut

Adding Transition Effect in Shotcut

Price: Free
Complexity:
Medium
Platforms:
Windows, macOS, & Linux
Best known for:
Video editing

Another completely free Filmora alternative is Shotcut. It has a bit dated interface, but it takes less than 1 GB of storage. Using it is a little bit challenging because you find all the filters (effects) in one location.

Regarding the text titles, you find over 10 presets. Other than that, it has 26 audio effects and 26 transition effects. Some other features of Shotcut are:

  • 4K support
  • MKV file support
  • Multiple audio and video track support

Premium Filmora alternatives

Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Overview

Price: Varies (monthly and yearly plans)
Complexity: Medium to hard
Platforms:
Windows and macOS
Best known for:
Video editing, colour correction

Premiere Pro from Adobe is cheap and expensive at the same time. You pay monthly or yearly to use it, but you get all the updates as soon as they are released. Regarding tools, it has all you need to create simple social media videos to complex movies.

Premiere Pro is massive, but it becomes useless if you don’t know what you are doing. But, there are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube and the Adobe website to help you get started.

One other thing that makes Premiere Pro solid is finding hundreds of free templates to add to your projects. Those templates make your videos look awesome.

Tip: Make sure that your laptop is on charging because Premiere Pro likes to use GPU, which makes the editing process slow if not on charge.

Also consider reading: Filmora vs. Premiere Pro (2022)

Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro Review

Price: $300 (free updates)
Complexity: Medium
Platforms:
macOS
Best known for:
Video editing & colour correction

I have never personally used Final Cut Pro because I don’t own a macOS machine, but some of my favourite YouTubers, including Income School and Film Booth, use and recommend Final Cut Pro.

It’s the official Apple software for editing videos and stuff. It’s a multi-track editor with features such as an object tracker, cinematic modes, motion graphics, and plugins. The software costs a one-time fee of $300, but the best thing is that all the future updates are free.

HitFilm Pro

HitFilm Pro New Features

Price: $349 (free updates for 12 months)
Complexity: Medium to hard
Platforms:
Windows & macOS
Best known for:
Video editing, colour correction, animation, & 3D editing

The significant difference between HitFilm Express and Pro is that Pro offers over 880 effects, and it has all the plugins without any additional cost.

Each plugin costs between $9 to $49 in HitFilm Express. Regarding the features, you get everything in HitFilm Express and:

  • multi-track editing
  • keyframes
  • Up to 8K exporting

Another thing you find when you use HitFilm Pro is tutorials from the developers. They release new tutorials regularly to learn to use this tool and apply effects, mostly on Sci-Fi movies.

It costs a one-time fee of $349 with 12-months of free updates and support, and you can use the software for free for some time before purchasing it online.

Tip: Most effects and features HitFilm Pro are for making sci-fi videos and movies, so unless you are into those types of industries, I recommend that you go with the free version of choosing a different paid tool.

Screencast-O-Matic

Adjusting Sound in Screencast-O-Matic

Price: Monthly and yearly plans
Complexity: Easy
Platforms:
Windows, macOS, & Chromebook
Best known for:
Video recording and editing

The last one on the list of best Filmora alternatives is Screencast-O-Matic. It has been my go-to tool to record videos, but the premium version also has a video editor.

The only thing I miss is that it does not support multi-track editing, but the editor has lots of options that make it super comfortable. Some of the features you find are:

  • Video recording with system and microphone options
  • Options like cut, speed up, slow down, blur, add custom shapes, and add music
  • Add free music from their website
  • Narrating over a video
  • Showing or hiding mouse cursor and drawings
  • Highlighting parts of the video, changing resolution, and inserting other videos and images
  • Exporting videos in low, normal, and high qualities

If you want a program that can record your screen and edit those videos, Screencast-O-Matic is the one you need.

The bottom line

Filmora does not offer some professional editing options, which is why people go to more advanced programs. The article covered the best Filmora alternatives in 2022.

I hope it helped you find that perfect tool. Please share this with others and comment below if you need any further help or have any suggestions.