Movavi Video Editor Plus

  • Edit videos, images, and audio easily
  • Add filters, transitions, titles, and stickers
  • Animate objects using keyframes
  • Use special effects like Chroma Key and Slow Motion

Edited by Carrie Marshall

March 2, 2021

The Best Final Cut Pro Alternatives for Windows

Apple’s Final Cut Pro is one of the most popular video editing apps around, but there isn’t a Windows version. If you’re looking for a Final Cut Pro alternative for Windows, there may not be an Apple-branded equivalent, but there are plenty of good programs with very similar features. In this guide, we’ll discover the best Final Cut Pro equivalents for Windows and explore how to find the Final Cut alternative that works best for you and for your budget, whether you’re looking for simple freeware or complex, pro-level features.

The Top Windows Alternatives to Final Cut Pro

Movavi Video Editor Plus

Movavi Video Editor Plus pulls off the difficult trick of providing a powerful set of video tools without being too intimidating for absolute beginners: Movavi reckons it takes no more than 20 minutes to get the hang of it even if you’ve never edited a video before. Its interface combines video previewing, timeline editing, and media library in a single screen, and it has all the important features: titles, filters, transition, green screen, image stabilisation, vertical video, Picture in Picture, and much more. It doesn’t require a massive PC or Mac to run it, and it supports every video format imaginable.

Price: From $39.95

OS: Windows, macOS

Input formats: 3GPP, ASF, AVI, DivX, FLV, SWF, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPG, WMV, MXF, OGV, QT, RM, RMVB, WebM

Output formats: AVI, FLV, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPG, WMV, OGV, WebM

Pros

  • Really user friendly
  • Packed with powerful features
  • Good tutorials

Cons

  • Trial version is limited

Movavi Video Editor Plus

Your next step in video-making

  • Edit video clips, images, and audio on a timeline
  • Add transitions, filters, titles, and stickers
  • Animate objects using keyframes, use more built-in media
  • Export videos in any popular format

Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is the big beast of PC video editing, and unfortunately, that means it has a big price tag too: it’s only available as a monthly subscription of £19.97 (which works out as nearly £240 a year unless you qualify for an educational discount) or as part of a bigger and more expensive Creative Cloud all-apps subscription. There’s a stripped-down version for creating online videos called Premiere Rush that’s half the price.

Premiere Pro is essentially Photoshop for video, a heavyweight app that’s perfectly at home in production environments for TV and film. It’s rather intimidating for beginners, and it’s overkill for making the odd home video, but if you’re a video pro, this is a serious tool for serious work.

Price: From £19.97 per month

OS: Windows, macOS

Input formats: All of them (more than 30 listed)

Output formats: All the major video formats, including H.264 in 8K

Pros

  • Does pretty much everything
  • Supports all key formats and 8K video

Cons

  • It’s very expensive
  • It’s overkill for most

Vegas Pro

Vegas Pro is a heavyweight video package designed for professional users who might otherwise go for Final Cut Pro. You can work on projects up to 8K resolution with full HDR support, use nearly 600 video effects and transitions, carry out colour grading and balancing and apply video stabilisation and motion tracking. It also includes Sound Forge Pro 14 for audio editing and restoration.

Price: $399, or $14.99 per month

OS: Windows

Input formats: MP4, MOV, HQ, HEVC, AVCHD, MPEG-2

Output formats: MP4, MOV, HQ, HEVC, AVCHD, MPEG-2

Pros

  • Incredibly powerful
  • Great audio restoration
  • Surround sound mixing

Cons

  • Overkill for smaller projects
  • DaVinci Resolve

    The free DaVinci Resolve has always been an impressive editing package, but the latest version is even better thanks to the addition of collaboration features previously only available to Studio users. It’s a bit scary for beginners but it’s an excellent solution for visual effects, motion graphics, colour correction, and audio post-production, and it’s a good free alternative to Final Cut Pro.

    Price: Free

    OS: Windows, Linux, macOS

    Input formats: All the major video formats

    Output formats: MXF, MOV, AVI, MP4, DCP, IMF

    Pros

    • Heavyweight editing, effects, and audio production
    • Now has collaboration features too

    Cons

    • A bit scary for beginners
    • One for the experts

    Cyberlink PowerDirector

    Cyberlink PowerDirector is well liked by video pros. It looks rather like Final Cut Pro with its mix of media library, preview, and timeline editor in the same screen, and it’s packed with useful features including LUT colour presets, motion graphic titles, transitions, and particle effects and a good audio library to add a soundtrack.

    Price: £44.99 per year

    OS: Windows, macOS

    Input formats: DivX (if preinstalled), HD MPEG-2, DVR-MS, DV-AVI, DAT, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VOB, VRO, ASF, WMV, WMV HD, MOV, MOD, TOD AVCHD, MPEG-4, AVC (H.264), TS, MTS, M2TS, WTV (single channel)

    Output formats: AVI, MPEG-2, WMV, MPEG-4, M2TS, MKV

    Pros

    • Lots of pro-level features
    • Familiar editing interface

    Cons

    • You rent it rather than own it
    • Quite resource intensive

    AVS Video Editor

    AVS Video Editor is a timeline-based video editor that looks like a more cheerful, friendlier Final Cut Pro. It has over 300 video effects and transitions, supports all the major video formats and 4K resolution, and is available in 12 different languages.

    Price: £39 a year

    OS: Windows XP to Windows 10

    Input formats: MP4, DVD, AVI, MOV, VOB, WMV, MKV, FLV, WebM

    Output formats: MP4, DVD, AVI, MOV, VOB, WMV, MKV, FLV, WebM

    Pros

    • Modest system requirements
    • Useful video presets

    Cons

    • Licence is for a specific computer, not its owner
    • We can’t find a solo subscription, just an app bundle

    Avidemux

    Avidemux is a simple and effective video editor with three key features: cutting, re-encoding, and filtering. It’s very user-friendly and includes a decent range of tools, and while it’s no substitute for a high-end video editing package, it’s a useful utility.

    Price: Free

    OS: Windows, Linux, macOS

    Input formats: ASF, WMA, WMV, AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4, MOV, 3GP, WebM

    Output formats: FLV, MKV, MP4, MOV, 3GP, WebM

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Cuts, filters, and re-encodes

    Cons

    • Can be a little slow
    • Limited feature set

    Pinnacle Studio

    Pinnacle Studio is an excellent package for video editing and screen capturing, with a customisable workspace, stacks of tools, and video masking so you can do things like removing unwanted sections or blurring faces. It supports multiple cameras, has more than 1,500 effects and supports 4K video in its Ultimate edition.

    Price: £89.95

    OS: Windows 10

    Input formats: AVI, HEVC/H.265, GoPro, VFR, XAVC, MXF, and standard file formats

    Output formats: All common formats plus social media such as YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo

    Pros

    • Extraordinarily powerful
    • Great audio features too

    Cons

    • Needs hefty hardware
    • Not one for beginners

    Shotcut

    Shotcut could charge a lot for this app, but instead, it’s freeware and open source. It has wide format support, including 4K and ProRes, has a straightforward timeline editor and is packed with filters, transitions, and colour processing options. It’s a really impressive package.

    Price: Free

    OS: Windows, Linux, macOS

    Input formats: Pretty much anything via FFmpeg

    Output formats: As above

    Pros

    • 4K support
    • Extensive feature set

    Cons

    • A little overwhelming for beginners
    • Occasional delays on changing effect parameters

    VirtualDub

    VirtualDub started as a college project and evolved into a lightweight but useful video clean-up app that enables you to enhance colour and compression, apply filters, adjust the frame rate and insert audio.

    Price: Free

    OS: Windows

    Input formats: MP4, MOV, AVI, DivX

    Output formats: AVI

    Pros

    • Works on even old computers
    • Good video processing options

    Cons

    • A clean-up app rather than a full editor
    • Really showing its age

    Lightworks

    Lightworks is a heavy-duty app that was used in films such as Pulp Fiction and The Wolf of Wall Street, and in addition to the paid version, there’s a free version with limited features. It’s an extremely powerful app, but it might be a bit intimidating if you’re new to video editing.

    Price: From £21.59/month or £359 to own

    OS: Windows, Linux, macOS

    Input formats: MXF, QuickTime, AVI, MTS, M2TS, M2T, MPG, MP4, TS, M2V, ASF, VOB

    Output formats: MXF, QuickTime, AVI, MTS, M2TS, M2T, MPG, MP4, WMV

    Pros

    • 4K support
    • Easy editing and trimming

    Cons

    • A bit intimidating
    • More expensive than Final Cut Pro

    Free Video Joiner

    Free Video Joiner does exactly what you’d expect for the price you’d expect: it’s a free app that enables you to join videos together, and that’s all it does. It’s very easy to use and has a good range of supported file formats, but you’ll need a separate app if you want any editing features.

    Price: Free

    OS: Windows Vista to Windows 10

    Input formats: AVI (DivX, XviD, MPEG-4), WMV, MPEG (MPEG-1 and MPEG-2), MP4, MOV, DVD, VCD

    Output formats: AVI (DivX, XviD, MPEG-4), WMV, MPEG (MPEG-1 and MPEG-2), MP4, MOV, DVD, VCD

    Pros

    • Really easy to use
    • Good file format support

    Cons

    • Very basic
    • Hasn’t been updated for a while

    Video Toolbox

    Video Toolbox offers a collection of browser-based video tools that you can use to edit, convert and extract audio from video clips subject to a 1,500MB maximum file size. There are lots of useful presets and the toolbox works well enough, but the interface is very stark and it has pop-up ads that tried to make us install software we didn’t need.

    Price: Free

    OS: Online (web browser)

    Input formats: 3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, WMV

    Output formats: 3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, WMV

    Pros

    • No need to install anything
    • Good range of features
    • Lots of presets

    Cons

    • Interface
    • Misleading pop-up ads

    Weeny Free Video Joiner

    We’re not going to pretend that this little video app is packed with the same kind of features as Final Cut Pro. But it’s a useful utility that enables you to quickly join multiple video files and convert them to different formats.

    Price: Free

    OS: Windows XP to Windows 10

    Input formats: 3GP, AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, RMVB, VOB, WMV

    Output formats: AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, WMV

    Pros

    • Useful video presets
    • Really easy to use

    Cons

    • Very basic
    • Progress bar sometimes misbehaves

    Comparison Table of Paid and Free Alternatives to Final Cut Pro

    SoftwarePriceOSInterface /10Best for
    Final Cut Pro£299Mac9Pros with Macs
    Movavi Video Editor PlusFrom $39.95Windows, Mac9Most projects and users, including beginners
    Adobe Premiere ProFrom £19.97 per monthWindows, Mac8Profes­sional and power users
    Vegas Pro$399Windows, Mac98K projects, audio production
    DaVinci ResolveFreeWindows, Mac, Linux8Experi­enced video editors
    Cyberlink PowerDirector£44.99 per yearWindows, Mac9Power users
    AVS Video Editor£39 per yearWindows8Beginners
    AvidemuxFreeWindows, Mac, Linux7People who don’t need complex editing features
    Pinnacle Studio£89.95Windows9Experi­enced editors, power users
    ShotcutFreeWindows, Mac, Linux9Open-source fans, power users

    How to Choose a Final Cut Pro Alternative

    Here are the factors to consider when choosing an alternative to Final Cut Pro.

    • Available features. Note that some apps, especially the free ones, offer limited features and tools. So when choosing a video editor, consider your project needs first.
    • User interface. If you don’t have any experience working with video-editing software, choose the program with a simple and intuitive user interface.
    • Budget. Choose a program according to your needs. If you don’t need any advanced tools, try using a free app.

    Programs like Final Cut Pro are often very expensive, but it’s possible to get all the features you need much cheaper. While most freeware alternatives to Final Cut Pro are rather basic in terms of what they can do, you don’t necessarily need to spend hundreds of pounds to get good video editing features. For example, an app such as Movavi Video Editor Plus is a cheaper alternative to Final Cut Pro X that covers all the key features you need for most video projects. We’d recommend downloading the trial versions of your shortlisted apps to see which one best suits your project.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    No, Final Cut Pro is only available for Mac. But you can find a similar video-making app for your PC.

    Apple offers a 90-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X. To download it on your Mac, go to the Apple website.

    Visit the website to get a free trial

    To edit a clip, you need a video-editing app such as Movavi Video Editor Plus. Check out our tutorial on how to edit a video:

    How to edit a high-quality video

    • Movavi Video Editor Plus
    • Pinnacle Studio
    • Apple iMovie
    • Lumen5
    • NCH VideoPad Video Editor

    Find the complete list of the best video editors and video-editing tips for beginners in the article below:

    Top 10 video-editing programs for beginners

 

Movavi Video Editor Plus

Your next step in video-making

  • Edit video clips, images, and audio on a timeline
  • Add transitions, filters, titles, and stickers
  • Animate objects using keyframes, use more built-in media
  • Export videos in any popular format

* The free version of Movavi Video Editor Plus has the following restrictions: 7-day trial period, watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length. Learn more