Apple introduced iMovie at a time when not many handy video editors were available for the consumers. Professional video editing software was not plausible for an average computer user.
For macOS users, iMovie was a breath of fresh air that made video editing a home affair. Windows Movie maker did the same for Windows users, which was discontinued a while back.
FilmForth feels like a worthy replacement to fill the void left by the movie maker. It is easy to use, has all the modern features, and does not feel dated at all, with the constant updates.
Download and install FilmForth from the Microsoft store. There are no installers involved in the MS store. All you need to do is click on the install button for installing the editor.
Step 1. Launch FilmForth from the desktop shortcut.
Step 2. On the home screen, you will find the new project button for creating a fresh, new project for video editing. Click on it to start a new project.
Home-screen has few quick-access tools that come in handy:
Add a video, photo of your choice simply by drag and drop. Manually browse and load works perfectly as well.
After you are done uploading media, try out different features for editing your videos.
Step 1. Select the video from the timeline feed that you want to trim.
Step 2. Head to the Trim option from the tool’s dashboard.
Step 3. The blue bar depicts the video with its duration. Use the white handles given on either side to trim the video.
After trimming, you will see a prominent grey bar that will emerge in place of the blue one. That denotes the part which you have trimmed.
You can always come back to undo the trim and get back the trimmed part of the video. iMovie has a selection-based trimming shortcut from the timeline feed, similar to what is offered on FilmForth. Use the handles on the video to trim them from the video timeline.
Step 1. Select the video from the timeline feed.
Step 2. Head to the Effects option from the dashboard.
Step 3. Here, you will find over 26 effects to apply on the video; that’s over a dozen more than iMovie has to offer.
Step 4. Select the video effect that you want to apply. Try out different effects to decide on the one that suits your needs.
You can use the compare button to see a glimpse of what the video looks like in its default way.
Step 5. Click on the back button to save the changes. You can always switch to another effect or even revert to the video’s default effect scheme.
Step 1. Head to the Audio tools from the home screen of the project.
Step 2. Select the voiceover button for adding a voiceover.
Step 3. You will see a big microphone button on the screen. Click on it to begin recording your voiceover. Similarly, iMovie has a red dot button for the same that lets you start and stop the recording.
A pause button appears as soon as you start recording. Press on it to pause your voiceover session. Click here and you will know how to remove voiceover from video.
Kudos for finishing the edits on your videos. Now it’s time to export the video, in the type of your choice. In other words, make your video ready for different platforms such as PCs, YouTube, Social media, amongst others.
Different platforms have standard video aspect ratios, the dimensions of videos that work best on them. The good news is, FilmForth has you covered with different aspect ratios.
Step 1. Head to the project settings from the home screen of the project.
Step 2. Go to the Aspect Ratio tab, and there you will find aspect ratios for different platforms.
Since we will post this video on YouTube, we will select the 16:9 one with YouTube written below the option.
When the aspect ratio of your choice is not given in the above aspect ratio tab, take advantage of the Crop & Motion option.
Use the four buttons given on the video’s border to resize it to the aspect ratio of your needs. They can always be reverted to the original dimensions.
FilmForth and iMovie share the philosophy on usability, individual consumer-oriented products. The user interface on both is designed in a way keeping in mind average computer users. It’s easy-to-use, and you do not get lost in the barrage of menus, settings of the editor. Their custom aspect ratio option shares the same box-shaped trim style that lets users shape it without any hiccups.
Talking about their video trimming is virtually the same, with a drag option for trimming the start and ends. The bottom line is, instead of looking for an iMovie equivalent for Windows, you can give FilmForth a try. Spoiler alert, you will become a loyal user.