Although iMovie is pretty good at what it does, sometimes you may also want to get your hands on some decent iMovie alternatives for satisfying all your video editing needs. Here we list top 5 best iMovie alternatives for Mac (Mavericks and Mac OS X El Capitan included), including some free video editors and some paid video editors. So no matter the tech, you'll still be able to create works of art.
Update in 2017: iMovie Alternative 2: ShotCut (Open Source Video Editor)
Fantashow program has been discontiuned since 2016, we updated the second recommendation for iMovie alternative. Shotcut is an open-source video editing software, which is available in Mac, Windows and Linux platforms. Like Filmora, it also allows you to drag-n-drop to open files with a wide file formats supported. It features a clear, smart, and well-designed interface. You can drag your media to the timeline at the bottom of the interface to edit your clips, which is similar to Filmora too. The highlighted feature of Shotcut is that it has some fully customizable filters, but you can not preview a filter before using it. You can upload the completed video to some social media platform, such as YouTube and Facebook, but there are no ready-made export profiles for different devices. It is hard for you to export to your iPhone or other smartphone for later watching. Check the brief Shotcut tutorial below to figure out if it is OK for you.
Adobe Premiere Elements provides Mac users with the best video editing experience they have always wanted. It's easy-to-use and provides various video editing features to give your full control over your videos. It allows you to drag and drop to quickly create a video. Like using Filmora Easy Mode, you can also use Premiere Elements to create a dynamic collage with photos and videos by simply selecting a theme. After finishing editing, you can share your video to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo with your friends and families, or you can also burn it to DVD or export to HDTV. The price for Adobe Premiere Elements is US99.99.
Avidemux is another open source video editing tool, which is designed for simple video editing, filtering and encoding tasks. It is available not only for Mac OS, but also for Windows, Linux and BSD under the GNU GPL license. It has a wide video format supporting, such as AVI, DVD, compatible MPEG files. The interface is intuitive, but if you are new to video editing, you may find it is confusing when editing, and there is no timeline which with multiple tracks. The highlighted feature of Avidemux is that it has various export option, which allows you to control over how the video and audio are encoded.
Like Avidemux, ZS4 video editor is another open-source free iMovie alternative that runs on Mac, which allows you to edit and composite videos easily. Besides Mac, it is also available for Windows and Linux. It is the new incarnation of famous Zwei-Stein Video Editor and comes with simple video editing tools and 150 video effects, including color correction and green screen effects, which will help you bring your video to a higher level. It supports almost all popular video formats, so you can merge photos, video and audio files into one or more output files. What’s more, it also supports grouping video and audio tracks into sub-groups.