May 22, 2020

MiniTool MovieMaker Review

Recording a stunning video and sharing it to social media sites is a hobby for many video enthusiasts and anyone who wants to share the video for work or some entertainment.

For the past years, the Windows build-in movie maker program has helped many beginners and create a video, however, more and more users complain that they often get an error message that Windows MovieMaker stops working, especially after Microsoft discontinued the support for the program. On the other hand, most professional-level video editors require extensive experience, professional knowledge, and patience for tedious work. And most of them are not cost-effective for those who just get started with video editing.

With the easy-to-use and powerful video editing software, you will find that editing video won’t be a time-consuming, daunting project. MiniTool MovieMaker is a great, free video editing software that helps both beginners who are new to video editing and semi-professionals users to perform basic actions with no restrictions, like video cuts, splicing, add audio or texts to video. The user interface is intuitive and straightforward for you to quickly produce high-quality videos with your customized audio files, transitions, and effects.

For people who seek more advanced features, MiniTool MovieMaker offers 4K HD resolution support, audio removal, advanced timeline, transition library and speed controller to make video editing more creative give your video a professional look.

Hardware requirement

Windows 7 or later, 8 GB of RAM, an Intel i5 or later processor, 10 GB of storage, and an Intel HD 5000, NVIDIA GTX 700, or AMD Radeon R5 or later graphics card.


Installing it is very simple and quick. As soon as we open it, we find a dark interface with several templates on which we can start creating videos, such as photo albums, wedding, love story, festive style, travel, etc. You can also switch the interface skin to light color if you want.

Supported Video Editing Features

  • Split video, trim video, merge video, rotate video, etc.
  • Easily add customized animated titles, subtitles, and end credits to video.
  • Ready video templates to choose if you do not want to spend a long time editing your clip.
  • Support different video transitions, and filters to give your video a stunning look.
  • Make a vivid slide show with photos, pictures, and music.
  • Newly added video controller for you to speed up or slow down the video.
  • Revere the video to play it the end to the start.
  • Add audio to video, mute the background noise of video, etc.
  • Export video in common internet video formats and in different resolution.

For most users, the above-mentioned features will meet the basic needs. Interestingly, you may also use MiniTool MovieMaker to create photo slideshows by simply importing photos and images in png or jpg format. Or you can import both pictures and original video clips into the software UI to edit a video. The timeline is divided into up to three parts, including the text track, image/video, and audio tracks.

In most cases, you even do not need to refer to the online user manual and will quickly know how to use the program. If you are not sure about the operation, you can click the Manual option in the help menu located at the upper right corner of the main UI. From the official site, you will find every software operation guide with step-by-step instructions.

How to Use MiniTool MovieMaker

No matter if you have selected a movie template or opted for the full-featured mode, the first thing to do is load media files such as photos and videos. If you want to add audio to the video, you may load it later when you almost finish the video project because you know where to add the audio easier.

Then you will find that all the loaded files are displayed in the program interface like the way they show in your computer folder. Next you can quickly drag and drop the specific files to the timeline and rearrange them.

If you want to cut or trim the video more quickly, you can zoom the timeline to view the frames. You can choose from different video transitions including Diagonals, Iris, Page peel, Reveals, Wipe, etc. A transition may be selected that is then applied automatically. By default, the transitions last for one second but customization options are provided to adjust them to last a long time. Besides transitions, you can effortlessly add different video artistic effects to the video on the timeline.

While you could export the creation as a video file right away, you may define text, and subtitles and you may select how text captions are displayed. At last, review the video and you can drag an audio file from the imported media to the timeline. If you only need a portion of that audio, choose the audio and drag the playback head to the target place and click the scissor, then right-click the unnecessary part and hit the Delete key to remove it.

During the video creation process, you can play and pause the video in the preview window to see how the video looks like. To speed up or slow down the video, you can select the video clip in the timeline and then click the speed icon. From there you can choose

different speed options, including normal, 0.5X, 0.25X, 0.1X, 0.05X, 0.01X,2X, 4X, 8X, 20X, 50X.Hit on the Play icon and you can preview the video clip to see it that is the visual effect that you need.

When you are satisfied with the work, select the export option to save it to your computer. The supported video formats include MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, MKV, TS, WebM. Or you can save a short video as a GIF animated picture. If you prefer to get a video that is well compatible with your mobile devices, you can choose “Device” and then opt for the iPhone. Apple TV, iPad, smartphone, PS4, and so on.

Closing Words

MiniTool MovieMaker’s graphic interface is modern, straightforward, and friendly to users. Most video edits can be done with drag and drop operations. After producing video footage, you are allowed to pre-examine the effects of the work before exporting it to your PC.

Unlike paid premium video editing programs with a steep learning curve, MiniTool MovieMaker is easy to use, quick to learn, and it knows how to save your time at every step of its operation. This free video editor well caters to the need for beginners and those who need to shortcut to quickly edit videos.

About the author 

Imran Uddin

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