How editing in Flixier compares to iMovie
If you’ve ever tried editing a video on a Mac, an iPad or even an iPhone, then you’ve probably heard of iMovie.
Developed by Apple themselves, the powerful video editing program runs exclusively on Apple devices and offers their users a free and easy-to-use solution for all their video editing needs, from making slight adjustments to family vacation videos to cutting together trailers and other forms of professional video content creation. It even runs on iPhones and iPads, allowing users to continue working on their videos while they’re on the go.
However, even though Apple’s iMovie is an incredibly powerful piece of software, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for alternatives such as Flixier, especially if you don’t own an Apple Macbook. While most of the actual editing features present in Flixier are present in iMovie as well, there are a couple of key differences between the two that we think might make Flixier a good alternative for some users.
Flixier runs well on any machine
Because it uses cloud-computing and runs in your web browser, using Flixier is a seamless experience on any computer, be it a Macbook, a Chromebook or a Windows machine. With Flixier, not only are you not tied down to a specific platform or manufacturer, you also don’t have to spend money upgrading your computer to edit your videos. We believe that as a content creator, your resources and attention are best spent on making content and not on worrying about hardware compatibility and upgrades.
Integration with the most popular online cloud services
On top of the standard option of bringing your files and assets over from your computer (or recording your screen or yourself, with some help from your microphone and webcam), Flixier also allows you to bring media over from Google Drive, Google Photos, Dropbox, OneDrive, Zoom, YouTube and even SoundCloud.
Keeping in line with the product’s general characteristic of working from the cloud, these integrations make it a lot easier for you bring over your files and data without having to download or transfer anything from your device. No need to fiddle with data cables and fret over what to delete in order to free up space on your hard drive. If your files are already in the cloud, bringing them over to Flixier is as easy as logging in with your respective account and clicking on import (or in the case of YouTube and SoundCloud, simply pasting a link).
And that’s not to mention that Flixier also allows you to export videos not only to video hosting websites such as YouTube and Vimeo, but also to file hosting platforms like Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. Once again, this takes the issue of download speeds or storage space out of the equation, streamlining the video editing workflow and giving you more time to focus on your content.
A huge library of free Motion Graphics at your disposal
Both Flixier and iMovie offer their users a large amount of royalty-free assets (such as music and images). What separates the two, however, is that Flixier also provides their users with a large library of royalty-free, customizable Motion Graphics, including Intro Titles, Lower Thirds and Calls to Action.
These assets are fully animated and benefit from Google Font integrations, allowing you to not only change the text in order to improve the effectiveness of your Call to Action or make your Lower-Third more informative for your audience, but also the font, so you can comply with your brand identity guidelines.
The colors of these animations are also fully customizable. This essentially means that by using Flixier you always have access to a number of stylish, expressive animations that you can use to make your videos more engaging, without having to learn any animation skills (or spend precious chunks of your budget hiring an animator).
Flixier takes less than 3 minutes to export and publish your videos
Instead of relying on your computer to render the video, Flixier uses cloud-computing in order to do the hard work. That means your computer no longer has to render the video itself, which results in really fast rendering times: less than 3 minutes for most videos, where they might otherwise have taken hours depending on your computer, the length of the video and the complexity of the edits.
Another benefit of having your videos rendered in the cloud is that you no longer need to worry about your computer overheating or freezing in the middle of rendering and corrupting your files. With Flixier, you just click on export and then get notified in a couple of minutes that your video is ready for publishing.
Flixier lets you collaborate in real-time
While iMovie does allow you to share project files, Flixier takes advantage of its cloud-based nature to allow you to collaborate in real-time in a way that might remind you of Google Docs.
If you want to ask for feedback, you can just generate a Review Link with a single click and send it over to your team members or clients. They can view the video without having to download anything and leave comments complete with time-stamps. You get notified each time someone makes a new comment and can reply to them directly, allowing for precise feedback and quick back-and-forth that can speed the editing process along much better than long download times and drawn-out emails.
Another perk of using Flixier with your team is the ability to edit collaboratively. Flixier allows you to share any project with your team members so that you can all work on it at the same time, with your changes being automatically synchronized. This works to streamline the editing workflow a lot, by cutting out all the time spent sending project files to each other and the tedium of having to keep track and merge different versions of the same project together manually.
No matter which program you end up using, we hope this information helped you pick the one that’s best for your needs. Like anything else, video editing becomes a lot easier when you use the best tool for the job!