Having a definitive video editing software that gets the things done, and has the right features is nothing short of amazing. With Adobe raising prices across all the products, they are offering, many users are now diverting away, and looking for alternatives that would suit their needs.
The hardest one to find is a proper, definitive replacement for Adobe Premiere Pro because, for the longest time, it has been the stable video editing tool for people. However, you no longer have to worry about that.
If you are parting ways with Adobe, or your previous video editing software in hopes for something better, easier, and more resource friendly, I present to you the Wondershare FilmoraPro review; in the review, we will be doing into the details of FilmoraPro, and covering the features, tutorials, and the final conclusion once we are done testing the software. We recently reviewed Filmora9 by Wondershare, a well-known video editor aims for beginners but well enough to perform most tasks, see how FilmoraPro is different from Filmora9.
Features of FilmoraPro
Now we are going to explore FilmoraPro indifferent when it comes to features; since the software is an all-around video editor for professionals, it is best if the features are explained in detail rather than just an overview.
Video Editing Features
The first part would be covering all the basic and advanced editing features that are available to FilmoraPro users.
- Unlimited Tracks: Users can use as many audio or video tracks they want, and apply transitions effects to all of them, or some of them. Whatever their preference is.
- Advanced Editing: Several tools such as slip, slide, rate stretch, ripple edit, and others allow you to edit efficiently.
- Range Markers: You can set range markers in the form of in and out points in your videos. You can use these markers to export just the specific part of your video.
- Grouping: Allows you to easily put colour labels on different clips, and organize them in a proper fashion, and edit them in groups as well.
- Isolating: You can isolate the audio from the video or vice versa.
- Hotkeys: Make your workflow more efficient by using hotkeys.
- Split Editing: You can make your videos look sophisticated by using a split edit feature.
- Insert/Overlay: You can easily add more clips in order to simplify the workflow, or make it smoother.
Audio Editing Features
- Fading: Fade the audio of your project using different fading techniques.
- Audio Syncing: Sync the audios of your camera and audio devices automatically.
- Mixing: You can mix and master the audio on the fly with proper mixer faders.
- Audio Compressor: Improve the sound of your audio by using some creative presets, or making your own.
- Reduce Noise: Great noise reduction algorithm helps you reduce the noise of your audio projects.
- Intuitive Colour Wheels: Enhance your colour grading by using a very diverse colour wheel.
- 3D LUTs and Colour Grading Presets: Create your own presets for both LUTs and colour grading, or use the built-in ones for a cinematic look.
- Colour Correction: Automatically, or manually adjust and fix the colours, contrast, and levels in your videos.
- Shadow, Midtone, and Highlight Adjusters: Make your footage look professional by using the controls for midtones, shadows, or highlights.
- Scopes: Make properly informed color decisions using scopes such as histogram, parade, vectorscope, and waveform scope.
- Reduce Colour Banding: Reduce colour banding or clipping by using higher quality, 16-bit colourspace.
- Visual Effects: Use some great built-in video effects to make your footage look cinematic.
- Advanced Keyer and Matte Enhancement Tools: Create some of the best looking greenscreen composites using the best keying and matte enhancement tools.
- Customizable Windows and Panels: You can customize your workspace in order to make the most of your projects. Adjust the windows and panels to your preference, and have access to all the elements.
- Customizable Shortcuts: Make the most of your keyboard by customizing shortcuts, and keyboard commands.
- Multi-Monitor: Use multiple monitors to be able to keep track of every aspect of the project you are working on.
How to Use FilmoraPro
Considering how FilmoraPro is one of the best video editors for professionals, we decided to take a full tour on how to use the software rather than covering the basics. This would allow the readers to have a proper understanding of how to use the software.
Understanding the Main Screens
As with every other professional video editor, FilmoraPro comprises of multiple screens that you can use to work on your projects. Each screen has a different purpose, and in this part of the tutorial, we will learn how to use them.
You will have access to three screens, Home, Edit, Export.
Step 1: Launch FilmoraPro and you will have the Home main screen interface. Since we are starting a new project, click Create New Project. FilmoraPro also allows you to open the latest working project from Recent Project section or by clicking the Open Existing Project.
Step 2: Upon creating a new project, you will be asked for some basic parameters that you need to input both in audio and video parts. Once you are done, you can proceed. The next screen will comprise of several panels. This screen is the Edit screen.
Step 3: Since the projects you are working on cannot be viewed outside FilmoraPro, you will need to export them in order to play, or share them. That is when the Export screen comes in. This is a basic rundown of the main screens of Filmora Pro. By clicking View menu, you will see these three screens along with their shortcuts displayed in front of you. Choose whichever you wish to run.
In order to gain access to the different Workspaces provided to you by FilmoraPro, you are going to need to follow this tutorial.
Step 1: Click on View, and then click on Workspaces.
Step 2: You will now have to choose your desired workspace in order to get into that, and edit the video using that particular workspace.
Step 3: If you feel like customizing your workspace, you can click Save Workspace, make the changes you want, and hit OK.
Understanding Panels and Containers
Having the proper knowledge of panels and containers can be complicated for a lot of people. If you want to understand the panels in FilmoraPro check out the simple image below.
You can actually customize the panels and containers by dragging and dropping them. It is a simple drag and drop, and this is what you will get when moving.
You can even float the containers or panels and move them out of your way if you want a cleaner workspace. For that, simply right click the title bar and then select Float Container/Panel.
Panels in FilmoraPro
Like every advanced video editor, FilmoraPro also gives you the right amount of panels, each with separate functionality.
The first panel is the viewer panel, or the preview panel. This panel will show you how the final video will look.
The second panel is the editor panel where you can do all the manipulation of videos/audio in order to make the changes. As you can tell, this is the panel where all the editing happens.
The next panel is the Media panel; all the files you import are going to be in the Media panel. You can rename them, or arrange them.
The trimmer panel is also there to help you trim the video the way you want to.
You will also find the Controls panel, here all the properties, and values of the layer that you have selected.
For adding effects, you can use the Effects panel. you can gain access to the library of FilmoraPro in order to use whatever effects you want. You can add the effects directly, or just add them to their own layer. You can even create your own presets.
You can use the audio meters panel to balance the audio of both channels. You can increase the volume, or decrease as well.
If you want to have access to all the audio files that you have in your project, you can access that through Audio Mixer panel. You can do proper mastering of your audio through this panel.
With Scopes panel, you can understand how changing colour in your video can affect what aspects. The panel is for pro users, so it might be difficult for you to easily understand. So, make sure that you know what you are doing with this panel. Otherwise, you can ruin your overall video.
Through Layout panel, you can readjust the position of the video that you have selected, you can handle all these things from that panel.
If you are adding text to your video project, all the editing to text can be done in the Text panel. Here, you will have access to everything you are going to need to edit the text.
Using Editing Tools
The next step of the tutorial talks about the editing tools, FilmoraPro comes with a host of amazing editing tools that you can use to efficiently edit your video tools but finding the right and properly using it can be a chore for some. That is why we are covering the majority in this section to help our readers.
The first editing tool is the most obvious selection tool, this tool is used for selecting different aspects of your project as a key frame in order to make changes to it individually. You can even do batch select, and it is really helpful to say the least.
You can even select multiple clips using the select tool, and additionally, moving them can be done through the same tool. As simple as it may sound, the select tool is perhaps one of the most versatile tools that you can find in this software, or any other video editor for that matters. You can even move the clips to different locations on the timeline should you require that.
The next up is the trimming tool; trimming can be an important part of the video editing process, and with a good trimming tool at hand, you can trim away all the useless or filler parts of a project in order to create a much cleaner, and properly edited video.
Slicing tool works a lot like trimming but it does not cut away the video completely. It just cuts a video in two different sections. This tool is ideal when you want to add a delay, or some sort of audio or visual transition into the mix.
if you are looking to change the in and out points of the video without changing the position, using the slip tool is really helpful, and will give you the desired result with ease.
The next up is the slide tool, a tool that can allow you to change the position of the clip on the timeline without altering the in and out points of the clip, or the duration of the clip.
If you want to prevent the sudden creation of gaps or overlays, you can use the ripple edit tool that will allow you to trip the in and out points of the video, while you make an adjustment to the timeline. A small, but extremely effective tool that you can use.