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Movavi Video Editor Plus as a Powerful Program Like Windows Movie Maker

Edited by Movavi Content Team

March 20, 2020

Despite the fact that it’s free, Windows Movie Maker makes many users search for apps that provide a better choice of different options for creative editing. Another reason for users to look for alternatives to Windows Movie Maker is that this legendary app in no longer available for download. Alternatives to Windows Movie Maker include, for instance, Movavi Video Editor Plus – another great video editing software that is much more than a mere equivalent of the popular Microsoft application.

In this review, we’ll compare Windows Movie Maker 2012 and a program like Windows Movie Maker – Movavi Video Editor Plus. The criteria chosen are as follows:

User Interface

Windows Movie Maker 2012

Movavi Video Editor Plus 2020

Windows Movie Maker 2012

Movavi Video Editor Plus 2020

The interface of both apps is very simple and intuitive. Both present no difficulty in navigating through the menus and tools even for a zero beginner in video editing.

Input and Output Features

In terms of the supported material, however, the products begin to differ.

Comparison parametersWindows Movie Maker 2012Movavi Video Editor Plus 2020
Support for most input media formats
Support for most output media formats
Support for most devices
Support for 4K video
Intel® Media acceleration

Windows Movie Maker allows you to save your files only in either of the two video/audio formats. This is considerably fewer than the number of options available in Movavi Video Editor Plus. Unlike its competitor, the software by Movavi also lets you handle 4K video, which has recently started gaining in popularity. The ability to accelerate the processing via Intel® Media only adds to the advantages of this product.

Recording Tools

The recording tools available in the two video editors also differ significantly.

Movavi Video Editor Plus once again offers a wider choice of options, compared to the Microsoft app. If you're only using a webcam for capturing video, there's hardly any difference between the two. In all other cases, you'd do better with Movavi Video Editor Plus. It enables recording media output from an extensive number of devices like webcams, TV tuners, HD cameras, and more.

Editing Features

Comparing the editing tools in both programs shows roughly the same tendency.

Comparison parametersWindows Movie Maker 2012Movavi Video Editor Plus 2020
Transitions and effectsFEWMANY
Caption presetsFEWMANY
Chroma key and animation
Footage adjustment (flip, crop, and rotate)
Sound adjustment and editing
Splitting and trimming
Panning and zooming
Footage stabilization
Auto adjustment
Timeline mode
Mask & Highlight

Although the two apps are quite similar to each other in some respects, there are some differences in video-editing features. The set of features found in Windows Movie Maker is quite basic. Only a limited amount of effects, transitions, and title presets are available there, whereas Movavi Video Editor Plus provides a lot more. Also, cropping is a feature for which there’s no substitute in the MS software. The same goes for timeline mode, auto adjustment, mask and highlight, and callouts that are all open to the experimentation of Movavi Video Editor Plus users. What's more, the Movavi program lets you get additional effects packs at Movavi Effects Store.

Help and Support

User support is where the difference between the products becomes even more pronounced.

Comparison parametersWindows Movie Maker 2012Movavi Video Editor Plus 2020
FAQs and how-tos
Video guides and manuals
Live chat

Windows Movie Maker lacks any official support in the form of manuals, how-tos, and video guides. And, as we said at the beginning of this article, Movie Maker is no longer available for download. Microsoft also states that websites offering to download Movie Maker for free may contain viruses, malware, or other unpleasant things.

The Movavi website has a variety of materials on various aspects of video editing and other useful functions of the program. Furthermore, Movavi offers an online chat service that’s indispensable if you want to find a solution to a technical problem as fast as possible.


Windows Movie Maker

Video Editor Plus



One attractive advantage of the Microsoft program is that it costs you nothing. Meanwhile, Movavi Video Editor Plus is priced at $59.95, which seems reasonable for all the additional features you get.

In the end, if you’re looking for alternatives, Movavi Video Editor Plus can be a perfect replacement for your standard MS app. Try Movavi and you’ll get:

  • Many more media formats to work with
  • Easy-to-grasp interface
  • Great deal of editing options and effects
  • Comprehensive help and support

Download Movavi Video Editor Plus here and set up your own video editing studio in the comfort of your home.

System requirements: Windows 10 or 8/7 (32 bit or 64 bit); Mac OS Х 10.10 or higher (64 bit).

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

* 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