Filmora vs Movavi (comparison and discounts)

In this article, we compare Filmora and Movavi, both in terms of simplicity, available effects, technical requirements, and prices so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing one of them.

Both Movavi and Filmora are two video editing programs aimed at beginners looking for easy-to-learn, inexpensive video editors that offer versatility when editing.

I have used both programs, and continue to use them for my Youtube videos, therefore, I know them well enough to provide you with a knowledgeable and objective comparison.

What we must ask ourselves is not which video editor is better, but which one best suits our projects and possibilities; here I analyze Filmora and Movavi so that you can decide which of these two editors is better for you.

What to look for before choosing a video editing software?

Before comparing both editors, we have to take into account several factors:

  • If your project will need industry-standard features.
  • We have to consier our budget.
  • If the software has a free trial version, so that we can test it first.

Since I do not want to waste your time, I can tell you that none of these programs will suit you if you need industry-standard effects and tools, they do have some advanced features for a simple video editing software, but in a simpler version.

These programs are great if you want to become a Youtuber, create tutorials, make corporate videos or even some basic commercials, upload gameplays, and maybe some short films, depending on the complexity.

I will describe each one of them and include some special effects examples so that you know if they are the right choice.

FILMORA VS MOVAVI comparison table

FeatureFILMORA
See here (official website)
MOVAVI
See here (official website)
CPU and Lagging* For medium-end PC and up (2 GHz and at least 4GB of RAM.
* CPU accelerator.
* Preview render.
* For low-end PC and up (1.5 GHz)
* CPU accelerator.
Features* Chroma key
* Color correction
* Transitions
* Masking
* Split screen
* Motion Tracking
* Keyframe animation
* Screen and webcam recorder
* Beat detection
* Color match
* Chroma key
* Color correction
* Transitions
* Keyframe animation (Plus and Suite versions)
* Beat detection
* Masking.
* Motion tracking (only for masking)
* Screen recorder (Suite only)
Simplicity* Intuitive interface and shallow learning curve.* Mostly intuitive interface
Best plan$89.99, lifetime license.$99.95 Video Suite Lifetime License
DownloadSee official websiteSee official website

CPU usage and lagging

If you have a low-end PC (Processor less than 2.0 GHz, RAM less than 4GB), you will experience less lagging with Movavi, this is because it is a program made for low-end computers.

With Filmora you have many options to speed up the CPU and you also have the option of pre-rendering so that you do not experience lags, however, for projects with too many effects or elements in the timeline you will experience some problems from time to time.

Effects and transitions

In this area, I definitely think that Filmora has greater versatility since, in addition to the already known effects such as green screen, pan, and zoom, titles, transitions, keyframe animation, etc. you have the option of motion tracking, color match, or split-screen, which are not included in Movavi.

Besides, they constantly add more and more effects or details and I feel that Movavi does not get as many improvements with the same frequency.

In the next video I teach how to make a transition effect in Filmora that is usually done in more advanced editors:

Another advantage of Filmora is that you can find many more interesting effect tutorials for Filmora than for Movavi.

Filmora Masking

Both Filmora and advanced versions of Movavi (Plus or Suite version) offer keyframe animation for video, titles, and other elements, however, Movavi’s Keyframe tool seems a bit easier to me, maybe because I got used to it when Filmora didn’t update it yet, but both are pretty good.

Movavi’s keyframing tools

As an example of what you can achieve with keyframe editing with Movavi Vidoe Editor Plus (or Suite), I created this tutorial to show how you can use this tool as well as the chroma key feature:

In addition to the above, I think that Movavi’s titles and stickers are a bit more colorful than Filmora’s (if you are a fashion or travel Vlogger I think they are a better fit).

Movavi and Filmora prices

Both programs are reasonably priced, here I will explain not only the cost but what each program offers in every plan, as well as pros and cons.

Movavi’s prices

NOTE: On this page, you will see several coupons of up to a 40% discount that Movavi has provided for EnMiHomeStudio readers.

At the time of writing this article, the cheapest version of Movavi costs $40.00, but it is extremely limited, only allows 6 tracks, and does not have keyframe animation.

Movavi’s bestseller (the plus version) costs $59.95 with all editing features, which is still a very cheap price, although it only includes a personal license (you can’t use it for business or YouTube) and does not have a screen recorder.

The cost of Movavi Video Suite is $99.95 for the Perpetual License, which comes with a screen and webcam recorder as well as Picverse (a photo editor)

Movavi has the advantage of offering one-time payment options for both the personal and business versions.

The lifetime license of the Plus version for business is $100 (one-time payment), which is for commercial purposes (for example, selling or using them for corporate videos)

Filmora pricing

Filmora has a single version of the product with 6 different plans and costs.

The price of Filmora’s Perpetual plan is a one-time payment of $89.99, which comes with all functionalities and includes future updates for Filmora X (but it will not include Filmora 11 when it is available)

All other options are annual subscriptions, both for personal and commercial licenses, which is a shame because the business license is way too expensive in my opinion, which costs $12.99/year.

The cheapest plan is the annual personal plan, with a cost of $39.99 and the highest price is the Premium plan for $87.96/year, the latter includes a 3-month subscription to Filmstocks (the stock video store of Filmora).

You can get some discount options at this link.

My advice regarding the pricing of Movavi and Filmora

If you are looking for the cheapest version in personal plans, the perpetual personal license of Filmora is a better option, since Movavi does not include motion tracking, color match, and its motion-tracking is more limited.

Regarding the business versions of both programs, I feel that Movavi offers more since they offer a one-time payment for a business license.

The perpetual personal plan of FIlmora includes all its functionalities including the screen recorder (except for some unnecessary effects that you can buy through film stock).

Filmora only offers one perpetual option (the unlimited), while the commercial ones and those that include stock video and non-free effects are annual subscriptions.

Although I have to say that I have never used them or seen the need to have them.

Since prices usually change, I give you the link to the costs of both programs so that you can compare them since they can constantly change.

See FiImora plans

See Movavi plans

Ease and learning curve

Both programs have a fairly intuitive interface, although I have to say that I personally found Filmora a bit easier. I feel like the buttons and tools are more obvious.

Especially because the icons come with a name of what they do or the icon is easier to recognize.

Maybe except for the pan and zoom tool and keyframe animation, where I think Movavi is faster to pick up.

When importing multimedia files Filmora puts them in a library folder that you can share with other projects, something that Movavi does not offer, although it already allows importing multimedia files into a folder for each project.

Filmora and Movavi rendering

As for the duration and quality of the rendering, this depends on several factors.

If it’s an editing process without a lot of elements, I think the Movavi video looks a bit smoother than Filmora’s, especially on low-end computers.

The opposite occurs when adding more and more effects, filters, titles, green screen, etc. In my experience, I have had better results with Filmora, (as long as your computer is mid to high range).

In the same sense, I have noticed that Movavi renders faster than Filmora (although this depends much more on your computer than on the program itself), but it can also vary according to the editing process, which is different from project to project.

With all of the above, in terms of the final product, both offer similar quality.

In short, which one is better, Movavi or Filmora?

I am sure that you have already drawn your conclusions according to the information and your own needs.

There is no “better” editor than another because everything depends on what you need for your projects and since you decided which editor is best for you.

Personally, I use Filmora for my Videos and occasionally Movavi, if I had to choose, I would probably get Filmora if my projects were not for commercial purposes and Movavi if they were.