MiniTool MovieMaker Review | The Scribbling Geek


Lightweight in terms of technical requirements, MiniTool MovieMaker is a great free video editor for bloggers, YouTube content creators, etc.
(Apr 2021: Updated for Ver 2.6)


Self-made movies have long been the big thing for today’s digital world. Even if you’re not creating content for YouTube and the likes of, you probably would have encountered the need to stitch together a video for Facebook, Instagram, etc, or needed to do up one for work purposes.

The great news in turn is, there’s an abundance of free-to-use resources available online for such movie-making needs. One of which is MiniTool Moviemaker. (MiniTool itself is a Microsoft Partner)

Before I proceed with the review, allow me to highlight that MiniTool MovieMaker has been around for a while; it’s currently in version 2.6. The software is also a download rather than an online platform. In other words, you need to install the software on your workstation.

Depending on your work practices or preferences, this may or may not be an advantage.

MiniTool MovieMaker Technical Requirements and Features (Updated for Version 2.8)

According to the official page, this free-to-use works best with the following tech specs.

  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • CPU: Intel i5 or better, with 2GHz+. (Intel 6th Gen or newer recommended for optimum performance).
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5000 or later; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 or later; AMD Radeon R5 or later.
  • Disk Space: 10GB.

Key features include:

  • Streamlined timelines for easy workflow.
  • A sizable library of transitions, text effects, and video effects to pick from.
  • Ability to apply effects and transitions to multiple clips with one click.
  • A variety of filter effects, including 3D LUTs, for a professional finish.
  • An animated zoom tool to create easy photo animations.
  • Video speed controller. For example, you could speed up or slow down a video clip.
  • Ability to import a variety of video formats for editing.
  • A couple of templates for you to work with if you’re clueless about how to proceed.

Creating/Editing Videos Using MiniTool MovieMaker

As I have not shot any new videos of late, I began my experimentation by editing some existing Electone Youtube videos of mine. Incidentally, the software installation was a breeze and took but a few minutes.

Step 1: Importing

The importing process was easy and fast, very much like those for other movie-editing/making software too. After importing, I merely had to drag the video into the timeline for editing.

Importing audio goes by the same procedure.

Step 2: The Actual Editing Work

With the video (to be edited) in the timeline, it’s then a matter of what you wish to do to it, or what you wish to add. After a couple of minutes of testing, I’d say:

  • Splitting and trimming functions are intuitive. You just need to move the marker to where you want to do a split, and click on the scissors icon that’s shown.
  • Transitions are really easy to add. Different video clips are separated by a space in between. Just drag a preset transition into this space, and it’s done.
  • Transitions can be customised. All one needs to do is to click on one in the timeline.
  • Visual effects are likewise just a matter of pick and drop; as in, dropped into the video clip you wish to amend. Of note, the presets cannot be customised. However, when I clicked on any video clip, an “attributes” panel is shown. This allows me to customise three attributes of the clip. (Contrast, Saturation, and Brightness) It also allows me to choose from a variety of 3D LUT effects.
  • Text goes by a slightly different process. You can’t directly drop presets into video clips. However, you can drop one into the text timeline, or click the + sign that appears with each preset. After which, it’s a simple matter of clicking the text-boxes in the preview windows, and typing what you need. (Fonts and sizes can be changed, and you need to first click on the text element in the timeline)
  • Motion effects (panning and zooming) can be applied to any video clips. These are also pick-and-drop but they require some experimenting. I’d highlight most tend to be very subtle with long videos too, so patience is necessary to “see” the effect.
  • Audios can likewise be trimmed and edited. However, the options for editing are limited to volume and fadings.
MiniTool MovieMaker Transitions Presets
Amending a checkerboard transition effect.
MiniTool MovieMaker Video Effects
Adding visual effect / customising video appearance.
MiniTool MovieMaker Text Effects
Adding text. As of MiniTool MovieMaker Ver 2.6, there are 50 presets for you to choose from!
MiniTool MovieMaker Ver 2.6 Motion Effects.
Fiddling with motion effects. There are over 30 to choose from in Ver 2.6.
MiniTool MovieMaker Audio Effects
Audio effects customisation.

Step 3: Exporting

This is straightforward. A matter of clicking the Export button at the top right corner.

There are reasonable options too. The only downside here, IMO, being videos cannot be exported beyond 1920 x 1080 size. (I.E. no 4K resolution)

MiniTool MovieMaker Exporting Video
Choosing video-export options.

MiniTool Movie Maker Review Summary

In a nutshell, I think this free movie-making software is convenient for basic to intermediate-level video making/editing.

Strengths

  • Relatively easy on the workstation. As in, you don’t need a powerhouse of a laptop or desktop to use.
  • Ability to import all common video and audio formats.
  • A variety of templates for you to base your work on.
  • A good variety of presets.
  • Ability to customise transitions.
  • “Professional” in use and appearance, without being too complicated.
  • Improved stability in the export process in the latest version.
  • Naturally, that it’s free-to-download and use is a huge strength. After experimenting with the software for over an hour, I also encountered no function that requires payment.

Limitations

  • Very few audio effects. In fact, there are no audio enhancement abilities at all.
  • Limited video customisation abilities. Restricted to contrast, saturation, and brightness.
  • Inability to export videos beyond 1920 x 1080 i.e. FHD 1080p size.
  • I have a relatively powerful desktop, with a higher-end graphic card. However, timeline previews still take a while to load. Preview playbacks also stutter now and then.

I Would Recommend This Software For:

Bloggers, social media influencers, corporate executives needing more complex functionalities with their projects, but without things getting too “technical.”

Youtube content creators, etc, looking for easy edits or enhancements to existing videos.


Try Minitool MovieMaker 2.6 today!


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