Five Best Windows Movie Maker Alternatives for Mac

Wondershare Editor By Dec 30,2016 11:29 am

When it comes to video editing and quick, easy movie creation on a PC, Windows Movie Maker is one of the longest-lasting Windows tools made specifically for editing videos on a Windows computer, and also has the added advantage of coming pre-installed on all Windows operating systems (dating back to Windows XP (which launched in 2001.)

While Windows Movie Maker makes editing and creating video content quick, and easy, there is one major drawback to the product: Windows never released Movie Maker for Mac OS X, leaving Mac users on their own to find video editing software.

Fortunately for you Mac users, there are plenty of high-quality third-party Windows Movie Maker alternatives available in the Mac Store. Here is a quick rundown of five of the best Movie Maker alternatives for your Mac:

Best Windows Movie Maker Alternatives for Mac

1. Wondershare Filmora

One of the best Windows Movie Maker alternatives for Mac users is Wondershare Filmora, which operates just as easily and intuitively as Movie Maker, meaning it is perfect for beginners and professionals, a like. As a bonus, Wondershare is also loaded with many more basic features than Windows Movie Maker, which include video editing, outstanding effects, and everything needed to quickly, and easily create a truly standout video project.

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Key Features: While Wondershare Filmora lets you crop, trim, split and combine your footage with only a few clicks of the mouse, the software is best known for its large amount of animations and PIP effects, as well as intro and credit animations, text to sound clips and various transitional graphics and effects. Added to all of these basic, and fancy features, Wondershare Filmora also allows more advanced users a higher level of editing with features such as green screen, tilt shift, and face off.

Export Files: Wondershare Filmore allows you to burn your projects into DVD, or share them on social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo with the touch of a button.

Availability: Windows and Mac

2. iMovie

iMovie is the Mac's direct counter-punch to Windows Movie Maker. Produced directly by Apple, iMovie presents users with everything one has come to expect from an Apple product - a clean, crisp and professional layout that leads to the program being very intuitive to use. This means it is a good alternative for beginners, or those new to video editing. However, iMovie has enough features to keep the more advanced video editor pleased.

Key Features: Since Apple is all about mulit-platform sharing, and interactions iMovie allows you to pick up the editing of a project you started on your computer on your iPhone, as well as editing on various different platforms. iMovie is also loaded with numerous turtorials walking you through everything from the basics to some next-level editing tricks, which - blended with the easy to use UI - make iMovie the perfect Windows Movie Maker alternative for beginners.

Export Files: iMovie makes it very easy to export your video project to various social media sites (YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook to name a few.) As well, iMovie has numerous iCloud options that allow you to share your projects with various other Apple products.

Availability: Mac

3. Avidemux

When it comes to a Windows Movie Maker alternative that is simple to use, there might be none better than the straight-down-to-business software of Avidemux. This minimalist video editing software is the perfect Movie Maker alternative for those who do not care to spend too much time messing around with effects and transitions, and much rather quickly put together a professional looking video or presentation. It is also one of the highest-rated Windows Movie Maker alternatives for Linux users.

Key Features: Avidemux comes loaded with features that include non-linear editing, as well as a rather large array of visual effects, perfect for spicing up your video or presentation. This video editing software also comes with a subtitle process.

Export Files: While the minimalist Avidemux does not make sharing to YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook from within the program as easy as some of the other alternatives, it does export AVI, MPEG and NUV files, which means you can share your projects and play them pretty much anywhere.

Availability: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

4. Lightworks

With a fully customizable user interface, Lightworks is one of the top Windows Movie Maker alternatives for those looking to do video editing on a Mac or Linux OS, or even on a PC if you just want something a little different. Lightwork is perfect for professional, and educational use thanks to its large range of features, ease of use and simple, intuitive nature.

Key Features: Lightworks allows users to edit their video using its non-linear editing capabilities, as well as its loaded collection of built in effects. However, when it comes to Lightworks, it is important to note that that there are two versions of the software, the free one and the paid version. There is a tremendous difference between the paid and the free versions, with one of the most notable being the fact that the free one does not allow for full-HD video exporting, timeline rendering, as well as other notable features.

Export Files: When using Lightworks, you have a plethora of options for exporting your project. This software allows for background importing and exporting of your videos, as well as a dedicated export to web feature, which allows you to export your video or project directly to social media sites such as YouTube and Vimeo (as well as other similar sites.)

Availability: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

5. Wevideo

Recently partnered with Google, WeVideo is a wonderful Windows Movie Maker alternative for those video editors who find themselves on the road a lot, or always switching between devices. Because WeVideo is a complete online video editing service, it goes a little bit further than a lot of the other cloud-based video editing services out there. While all you need to take advantage of WeVideo is a browser and and good Internet connection, you are a not limited to your desktop or laptop, either. WeVideo provides mobile apps for iOS and Android, so you can truly take your work with you via phone or tablet.

Key Features: Partnered with Google, WeVideo allows you to create, modify and edit your YouTube, and GoogleDrive content. With lots of built-in effects and transitions, WeVideo makes it easy to stitch together a video or project at home or on the go.

Export Files: Because WeVideo is a cloud-based service, upload, and download (as well as import and export) times can be slow, or limited. These limitations are also based on which model you are using: Free or subscription based.

Availability: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

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