Wondershare Filmora Video Editor ver 7.8: A Review In this YouTube age it is a rarity for a person to have not posted videos (even a single one) online. Some upload a video of their sumptuous food before taking that great big bite to satisfy their hunger. Proud parents post videos of their lovable little toddler and let the world know how happy they are! Young lovers post some emotional moments, like a wedding proposal or that day when she said "yes". Some post a gathering of long lost friends like an alumni homecoming. The comedians or those that love humor(whatever kind it is) post funny videos from everyday adventures. Some even include video-graphing in their daily schedule that they can't live without taking one single video. I mean the ideas, concepts for video (amateur/pro) are endless and further growing! Lately (well at least in the last two years or so) there has been an onslaught of fantastic "new" and improved video editors that surfaced to the delight of those enthusiasts and regular videographers. All software company/developers who are competing for all of them enthusiasts have done a fantastic job at in the improvement of their respective products. The improvements ranged from adding great/new features to additional freebies all aimed at getting the crowd to notice their software program, try it out, love it, and ultimately buy it. But something new is not always welcome to any user. Oftentimes those new features may not be so user friendly or difficult to use or, adds more confusion to the user. That predicament sometimes results to more issues paving the way for the user to stop and look the other way. That's only a slice of the pie there. Some users also might find the features are too complicated to their liking or frankly they don't want or need that added new feature at all. In one way or another it has been an experience in our lives that a software (or an appliance for that matter) we use/trusted for a long time began getting complicated and right then and there we scratch our heads in dismay. So goes on the hunt for an alternative. The search is never over for more alternative/simpler programs that can do the job well alongside it's user friendliness. I seem to notice that from experience, especially software's like firewall and AV's -- (a lot say now "why not use the built-in Windows Firewall instead of a 3rd party firewall" --something like that). People do not have the time to be complicated on what they use and just want simpler things to get desired results. Time is of the essence. Time is gold. I do not have the time etc., etc. This is where Wondershare Filmora fits in. Simple and yet has all the features that the average user can use and admire atop from getting the best (if not great) results for your video editing needs. So to give you an idea of how Wondershare Filmora can fill that simplistic need for your video editing projects I took it for a further spin and made this review especially on some of it's functions and features which I have not used before. So lets get it on! Wondershare Filmora Video Editor ver 7.8.0 USER INTERFACE When you start Wondershare Filmora you will be taken to an interface where you are to select: (1) Aspect Ratio (4:3 or 16:9), (2) Mode either "Easy Mode" or "Full Featured Mode". The "Easy Mode" is as the word implies "easy" mode where Filmora provides you with built-in themes. You just simply have to import your media files, select a theme, add your preferred music and your finished! Quick and easy! The "Full Featured Mode" opens up full featured editing for your media files and offers more granularity based on your preference. At the upper-right corner you can see an "Open Recent" which is a "quick access" to the recent files that you have made with Filmora. The user interface is clean, modern (like most of the new edition of video editors) and isn't clogged/cluttered. There two skins provided: (a) Dark skin, and (b) Light skin. Ease of access to the features of the program is a click away. The "Full Featured Mode" interface is composed of: (a) Media Library Window -- where you place/see all the media files you import for your editing (b) Toolbar -- provides easy access to your editing features. (c) Timeline/Storyboard -- where you will arrange all your video editing. (d) Preview Window -- where you can view what you are editing as with the previewing effects, transitions, overlays etc., prior applying them to your edit. (Let it be noted that for this review we will be using the "Full Featured Mode" for you to be able to see what Filmora can offer you). Importing Files Media files can be imported via the Media Library Window>Import> interface or you can drag and drop files from explorer or from another application (as in my case FSViewer.exe) to the Media Library Window. There is also a built-in video recorder and you can directly get media files from that provided you have the webcam connected to your PC. Best and fastest way (at least on me) is to get all those that you need (music, video, elements etc.) and place them in a project folder. From there you can click "Import > Import a Media Folder" and Filmora will get all those that are in the folder, or you can just drag all those files (from that project folder to the Media Window! Kindly see the image below where from FSViewer.exe I dragged an image to the Media Window. Basic Editing Why do we edit a video? It maybe that we do not want some parts or we want to improve the overall video that we have or we just want to simply cut it and shorten it to our liking. Here in this part we can edit all sequences of the video that we have. You can either split, join, trim, crop, rotate a video or parts of it to your preference. To start off you have to drag a clip to your timeline. To zoom in/out of your timeline you just have to place the cursor on the timeline grid and wait till it changes to "left-right drag icon". Drag left or right to desired timeline view. Trim/Split/Join From the video you placed in the timeline, you can either play and stop it at the location or you can drag the timeline slider to the position you want to cut the video. I want to cut some unwanted parts from that video. I have determined that I want to cut at: First cut is at 00:00:22.23 (-- 0 Hours : 00 Minutes : 22 Seconds . 23rd frame) Second cut is at 00:00:31.08 Third cut is at 00:01:5.20 I will place the slider to the "first cut" location which is 00:00:22.23 and then click "Split" --scissors icon. Set slider to 00:00:31.08 (and click "Split" --scissors icon) and then the same procedure for the 3rd cut. Kindly see the image of the "Goat Video" below. You can join your new "cut" video when you export it. The export function will be discussed later on in the review. Rotate/Flip and Edit Options There are options provided so you can edit your video to your preference. Just right-click on the video and select "Edit". The Edit options will appear which contains functions/options wherein you can edit your video. They are: Rotate 90 deg (Clockwise or Counterclockwise) Flip Horizontal or Vertical Contrast (slider adjustment) Maturation (slider adjustment) Brightness (slider adjustment) Tint (slider adjustment) 3D LUT (Lookup table Files -- where you can select your 3D preference viewing) Enhance -- Auto-Enhance checkbox Speed adjustment -- where you can adjust playback speed by increments of 50x, 25x, 20x and 10x Play Video in Reverse --as the phrase implies gives you the option to play videos backwards. There is also an "Advanced Option" for Color tuning manually or by presets. See image below. Crop/Zoom To crop/zoom on your video (the same procedure also for images/pictures) you just have to "Right-click the video > Crop and Zoom". The Crop and Zoom dialog box will appear showing you the video constraints option: Manually --manual crop 16:9 -- for aspect ration 16:9 4:3 -- for aspect ration 4:3 You can use the slider to view your video when you make the crop/zoom so as to check whether what you crop is actually cropped or needs more adjustments. See image below. Add Watermark You can also add a watermark to your preference via the way of elements or PIP. Just select an appropriate image you like, say, like the example "tweakbytes forum" and place it on the location in the timeline for the "elements/pip". You can also edit the watermarking image like any video via the "Right-click the image > Edit". Adjustment handles are present to drag and position your watermark to your desired location. You can also rotate it. Just place the cursor at the cross-hairs until it changes to the "rotate cursor", press and hold as you rotate the image. Text Effects Filmora gives you great options and editing for the text effects you want for all occasions. Kindly see the text edit functions and advanced options (offers more granularity to the preset settings) in the images below. The project that I did required a "title" to distinguish it from the other videos I have done. Kindly see images of adding a text or title below. Using Filters and Overlays (PIP) A video overlay is an element placed over the top of your video/image enabling you to place two simultaneous videos on the screen. It is also known as "PIP" --picture-in-picture effect. Filmora has built-in overlay effects included in the software install and you can download more free effects at the Wondershare Filmora site. You can also add additional PIP effect overlay atop an existing overlay. You can place a "Filter" on top of an "Overlay" (or vice versa --same for all PIP elements) and apply the effect simultaneously provided you place them one-on-top of each other in the timeline view. If you want to an effect of an "Overlay" first and then a "Filter" that can also be but you need to arrange them in sequence depending on what will be first as shown in the image below. See the Joker GIF add-in overlay. That one was placed above the existing "Ink Overlay" and is of a nature of picture-in-picture effect. There seems to be no way of adding a fade-in/fade-out on the PIP's as I cannot find any way for any "fade" command or tool except in the "Transitions". One thing to remember is that the preset overlay are non-editable so when you "Right-click > Edit" it will show "there is no parameter". The Joker GIF add-in overlay you can edit like any video via the right-click procedure. Editing options are the the same as with any video. Filters and Overlays -- What's the difference..? "Filters" mean "internal effects" while "Overlay" means "external effects". But there isn't really any huge difference in both. The way you apply it to the video/image that you edit is the same. It all depends on what you want your final edit to look like and Filmora by default has provided more than enough options for your average editing endeavor. Transitions When doing a video project that is quite long or has many elements involved like images/pictures/GIFs aside from videos the timeline view gets longer but when you drag to shrink it there isn't much left to see there (I always get the feeling that I should have gotten myself a big screen monitor when I still had the money...Rats!). Well at least there is the storyboard view that I can use specifically to insert the transitions that I want per video/image/GIF etc. The "Storyboard View" only shows transitions and the video/images/GIF so I maximize it's usage plus given that reason it's easy to set options for all of them individually without being bothered by the clutter of the elements you applied. Transition effect only applies between two files(image/video/GIF etc) on the video track timeline. Also some state that it is not allowed or unwise to place a transition at the beginning of a video. But on me it depends on the project that you are doing. In this project I have applied a starting transition. To apply/use a transition you have to click the toolbar where it says, "transitions" and from there select from the preset transitions given. Depending on your project and your preference you can either apply a transition (a) one-by-one in between each video (b) apply random transition to all (c) apply a single transition to all. On this particular project that I am making as I do this review I selected "Dissolve" as the main transition but there are some locations that I did not apply any. Why? It is because that the video/GIF that is at the left and right of the supposed location of the transition is "fast" and the end-result is much better without. Elements The "Elements" you apply the same as that of Overlays and Filters. It is also considered as PIP. There isn't much a big a difference from it's application but I'd like to show you that this is where I have created the GIF that I posted sometime ago, the "tweakbytes-forum-tweakbytes.com.GIF". The chosen element was "Particle Swirl 3" and you can edit it via the right-click procedure (Right-Click on Element > Edit) and drag to either left/right to lengthen or shorten it's duration. I chose that particular element so that it may have a "magic effect" as if the phrase "tweakbytes forum" and "tweakbytes.com" will come out from hat element. Thus the sequence is: Blank Slide > Element 1 > tweakbytes forum > Blank Slide > Element 2 > tweakbytes.com > Blank Slide tweakbytes-forum-tweakbytes.com.GIF The project that I did also included the use of "Elements" at the scene where there was this cat that was attempting to jump from a parked vehicle to a nearby roof. I placed a "Wham" element with a corresponding sound effect of "broken glass".