Recently I published a short review on Trustpilot about Clipchamp – the online video editor for Google Chrome. This video editing solution has been available since at least 2016, but if you are new to video creation, don’t follow tech news, or perhaps don’t use the Google Chrome browser, you may not have heard of it.
My opinion, in short: If you don’t have Chrome browser and haven’t even wanted to try it, Clipchamp may be the reason you need to change your position. After all, Chrome is a versatile browser with a clean design that makes accessing a number of highly useful Google apps a priority in its functionality. So, it’s good to have around – if only as a backup or for specific tasks.
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It should be noted that I have a fair amount of video editor experience, but in no way would I claim to be an expert. So, my thoughts and review are more from a novice to intermediate perspective. I’ve used various movie editors to create a variety of personal projects over the years, some of which were quite involved, and this has given me some experiential knowledge of the functions and general design components of this type of software. Some software that I’ve used to create video projects includes iMovie, Wondershare Filmora, Openshot, Wave Video, Adobe Spark, Kizoa, and in my pre-Mac days – Windows Movie Maker.
My only real complaint about iMovie is the sharing option seems to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to process and in order to have the completed video show up in files (Finder) you have to use the share option – this can sometimes double the amount of time it takes to complete and upload a video for sharing. But, this isn’t always the case – it really depends on the amount of elements used and the length of video being created. One way to decrease the save time is to make sure the “add to theater” option is disabled. In general, this is still one of my favorites.
Out of those applications mentioned above, and aside from Clipchamp, I find the most user friendly options to be Wave Video, Filmora, and Openshot. Though, I’ve learned that sometimes I run into less problems when using an online video editor versus a downloaded one. Again, this always depends on the amount of elements, changes, and length of project. so, if you’re trying to create an 8 hour video versus a 30 minute video or 2 minute one…you have to expect that those lengthier projects will simply take longer to process.
Wave Video is awesome, but I should mention that it’s for creating very short clips – even the most expensive paid plan only allows up to 10 minutes. However, sometimes all you need is to create a short clip (maybe an intro, outro, a quick story or ad), and in that instance, Wave Video is perfect.
Kizoa is awesome and has a lot of features, but they’re somewhat obnoxious (see my earlier post – Comparing Online Movie Editors – for screenshots and more thoughts) and they just don’t offer a fantastic way to share created videos for free.
Filmora is easy to use and offers a lot by way of features in newer versions, but I haven’t used the most recent Mac edition – so I can’t comment on it here.
Adobe Spark uses watermarks, makes short videos, and has been somewhat glitchy for me as well.
So, that leaves Clipchamp. Since it has very few limitations, is available online and for free, is quick and easy to use, and allows for the creation of lengthy videos, it is my favorite at this point and tends to be my go-to when I’m not using iMovie.
This is just my experience with and observations of these particular editors. I suggest you test out a number of options, as I did, to see what works best for you.
Here’s what I had to say about Clipchamp in my review …
(March 12, 2019)
“Wow! Clipchamp really streamlines the video creation process. It doesn’t limit your video length like a lot of other free online editors and they don’t place watermarks either! It’s amazing. I’ve been using only for two days and have created and published 3 videos already, including two that were around 7 hours long. This is one company I’d be glad to pay for upgrade features.
Clipchamp allows me to easily drag and drop media as needed right into the browser editor. It has a clean interface, making it easy to navigate and get things done. It’s smooth in its process and not glitchy at all. I can quickly build a video with selected media and add transition effects and titles. I’m super impressed with how fast it works. When I’ve saved finished files from programs like iMovie, it has taken literally an entire night for lengthy videos…but for the same quality and length of video, I can have a ready to use file in just a few hours or less, saved to my computer. It’s a smoother process than even uploading to YouTube. I haven’t had one error. I love it and, for now, see no reason to use anything else.”
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Watch the Clipchamp official editing tutorial here. – “If you’re a beginner in video editing, then Clipchamp Create might be right for you. It’s a free drag and drop video editor that also comes with a stock library of video and audio assets.” – via Clipchamp on YouTube.