So, you’re interested in Filmora X and need to see an honest review?
Well, you’re in luck!
I’m a big Camtasia user and have always wondered how Filmora compares to it. So, I decided to invest in a copy of Filmora X to see for myself what it can do.
In this Filmora X review, I’ll share my honest thoughts. Hopefully you find it useful.
What is Filmora X?
Filmora X, produced by Wondershare, is the latest version of their best-selling video editing software that can be used on Windows and Mac systems.
Unlike more advanced video editing software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Wondershare’s Filmora Pro, Filmora X is aimed at those who have little to no editing experience.
So, if want to produce slick videos with cool video transitions without the steep learning curve, then Filmora X may be for you.
Filmora X pricing
There are two different Filmora X price plans:
- Lifetime: $79.99 (one-time fee)
- Annual: $49.99 (yearly fee)
Both plans come with free future Filmora X updates and tech support.
When a new version of Filmora is released (such as Filmora 11, or whatever it will be called), those on the Annual plan can upgrade for free. The Lifetime plan only covers that version of Filmora, so you will need to purchase another Lifetime licence should you want the next version of Filmora beyond X.
Obviously, if you plan on using Filmora X for more than one year, it will be better to purchase the Lifetime plan to save some money.
I purchased the Lifetime plan because for just $20 extra, I can avoid any long-term fees and still have access to the software.
Is there a free trial of Filmora X?
The good news is that there is a completely free trial of Filmora X.
The trial does not have a time restriction, unlike other video editing software. The only downside is that a watermark is placed on exported videos.
So, if you’re still thinking of purchasing Filmora X (after reading this review), then take advantage of the free trial.
Filmora X features
Now you know how much Filmora X will cost you, now I will go onto the meat of this review – the features.
You get a lot of features for your money with Filmora X. Without covering all of them, I will now go over the main attractions:
- Motion tracking
- Green screen
- Screen recorder
- >250 title presets
- >200 transitions
- >200 elements
- >250 visual effects
- Split screen
- >150 audio tracks
- Audio effects
- Various render options
Motion tracking is the ability to add an element, such as an image or a piece of text, and have it follow (track) a moving part in a video.
In Filmora X, you simply select the clip and enable motion tracking. Then, you move the selection box around the part of the video you want to track and Filmora will do the rest.
With motion tracking, you can really spice up your videos without putting in that much effort.
In the example below, I downloaded a clip of a dog running from Pixabay and I added a piece of text that would follow the dog running. By using the motion tracking feature, this whole process took me just a minute to do!
If you want to learn more about motion tracking in Filmora, then check out their video tutorial.
Keyframing gives you more control over the animations added to your videos.
With keyframes, you can specify the position, size and opacity of elements at certain frames and Filmora X will automatically create the sequence between frames.
A simple example of keyframing is to move a picture from one end of the screen to the other. But, with a bit of creativity, you can create some slick looking animated elements just with keyframing.
The green screen trick has been used in the film industry for decades. Simply, you can remove something in the video that is a certain color, such as bright green.
With Filmora X, you can import video clips containing a green screen and remove them from the shot. Doing this was super easy, it’s just a case of selecting the clip and picking the color you want to remove.
If you want to learn more about creating green screen effects in Filmora, then check out their short tutorial.
As well as being a video editor, Filmora X also has a screen recorder function built in. This means you don’t have to use a separate screen recorder software to capture your desktop, instead everything can be done directly with Filmora X.
When the screen recorder function is launched, you simply specify the recording area (full screen, custom or a target window), and choose to record audio from the device and/or from a microphone. You can also record multiple screens at the same time.
Additional settings that can be changed include the recording frame frate (12-60 FPS), quality (good, better, best), showing mouse clicks, playing mouse click sounds, and applying a recording timer.
If you have a webcam that you want to record at the same time, it is also possible to enable this.
All screen recordings are saved as MP4 files and are automatically added to your Filmora X project once you stop the recording.
At the time of writing this Filmora X review, there are 276 title presets that come free with the software.
The types of presets include:
- Lower 3rds
- End credits
Simply drag a preset onto the timeline and you can tweak it to your liking.
Using presets like this gives your video a high-production value, without putting in much effort. You can even open up the advanced settings to change anything about the presets, such as the type of animation or the colors used.
A transition is the effect added between two video clips that are next to one another on the timeline. The simplest transition I can give as an example is a fade, where one clip fades away while another fades into the shot.
In Filmora X, there are 233 different transitions to choose from. These include:
- Basic (e.g. fade)
- Ripple and dissolve
- Speed blur
When applying transitions, it is possible to adjust the length of the effect, the style of transition (overlap, prefix or postfix) and the ability to include trimmed frames.
Elements are a collection of shapes and icons that you can add on top of videos. Say you wanted to point something out in the video, well you could include an arrow element.
I found 256 elements that were included in Filmora X. Each element is placed in separate categories, which included:
- Hand drawn
Some elements are just static images, while others include animations and effects. For example, the Flame Wipe 2 element looks like a burst of flames that comes up from the bottom and then fades away.
If you like playing around with elements and tweaking settings to make some cool visual tricks, then you’ll be pleased to see what Filmora X can do in terms of effects.
To start with, there are 287 different preset effects that are ready to be dropped on to the timeline.
The types of effects that can be used are:
- LookUp Tables (LUTS)
Most of the effects that are readily available are filters. There is even a dedicated Instagram-like filter section if you are into those effects.
A cool feature of Filmora X is the ability to apply a split screen when showing multiple video clips at the same time.
There are 30 different split screen templates to choose from that can show up to 6 clips at the same time.
After dragging the template onto the timeline and selecting the desired video clips, it is also possible to dip into advanced mode. Here you can fine-tune the animations of the split screen.
More freebies that come with Filmora are the royalty-free audio tracks. These are useful if you want to add some subtle background music to your videos without worrying about copyright complaints.
Included in Filmora are 172 audio tracks to use; these are split into genres such as:
Some of them are quite impressive. I’m no audio producer, but one track felt like it was straight out of a James Bond trailer!
There are also some sound effects to choose from, such as a motorcycle reving or a phone rining.
Once a piece of audio is placed on the timeline, you can apply certain audio effects by double-clicking on the track.
You can easily apply a fade at the start or end of the audio clip.
If you want to adjust how the audio sounds, there are also options to tweak the pitch and apply an equalizer.
A new feature in Filmora X is the ability to add audio ducking. This is an awesome feature that automatically lowers the volume of some background music when a voiceover is place.
Speaking of voiceovers, if you use these a lot then you will be happy to see a denoise effect. Applying this means you can remove some of those pesky background noises.
Render or share videos
Once you’ve finished editing videos, it’s time to render them to your computer, share them or burn them to a DVD.
Filmora X can render projects in the following 12 formats:
It’s also possible to change the resolution, bit rate and frame rate of the videos.
If you plan on creating videos to be displayed on different devices, such as a mobile or games console, then you can choose from a range of render pre-sets. Doing this will adjust the export settings so that they will be viewed correctly on those devices.
Instead of rendering directly to your computer, you have the option to share videos directly to a connected YouTube or Vimeo account.
If you’re still into burning DVDs (I’m not sure how many people actually do this these days) then you’ll be happy to see a dedicated option to do this in the export wizard.
It’s worth mentioning that alongside Filmora, Wondershare have also started a library of over 10 million royalty-free effects, videos, audio and images.
So, if the assets that come with Filmora X are not enough to satisy your needs, you can always browse the Filmstock library to find something else.
What’s nice about Filmstock is that they give you some assets for free. All you need to do is to make a Wondershare account.
If you want more access, then you can pick up a discounted premium subscription to Filmstock as an add-on when purchasing Filmora X, or buy a separate plan from their plan.
Filmora X support
Now let’s move this Filmora X review to talking about the support you will receive if you decide to purchase it.
Support comes in different forms, and includes:
- Support Center
- Support ticket
- Live chat
- YouTube channel
As with most digital products, Filmora X has a dedicated Support Center should you have any questions.
Here you can browse aricles that answer FAQs, so there is a good chance you will find the solution in there.
But if you need tailored help, then you can always raise a ticket or go on their live chat.
Support tickets are just like filing out an online form. Simply enter your Filmora X order number and a few contact details, then you can write out your question.
Someone from the Wondershare team will then get back to you via email.
Another useful approach customers have access to is the live chat on the Wondershare website.
It starts off with a chatbot that can point you in the direction of articles on the Support Center.
However, there is always the option to speak to a real person if you need more of a human contact.
Chatbots are great and all, but they don’t always know the answer!
Filmora YouTube channel
The guys at Wondershare have produced an awesome YouTube channel where they frequently post useful Filmora tips and tutorials.
In under 5 minutes, you can learn how to remove objects from videos and add motion tracking to multiple objects in Filmora X.
3 things I like about Filmora X
So now you have a better idea about what Filmora X is and what it can do for you. Let me now focus on my personal likes and dislikes about the software after using it for the past few weeks.
The low cost
In all honesty, I cannot believe how cheap Filmora X is considering the amount of features you get for your money.
It feels like a premium video editor, such as Adobe’s Premiere Pro, just without the steep learning curve and it comes without the hefty price tag.
Built-in screen recorder
As someone who creates a lot of screencasts and video tutorials, I always need to record my screen.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to see a screen recorder inside of Filmora X. This means I could capture my content and edit the video in a single piece of software.
Generous free preset assets
For someone who is not very creative – I’d love to say I’m a pro at Adobe After Effect, but I’m not – I was more than happy to see how many presets come with Filmora X.
With over 1,000 title presets, effects, elements, transitions and more that comes with Filmora X, coupled with their Filmstock library, it gives me more than enough to increase my video production without breaking the bank.
3 things I don’t like about Filmora X
Is it all sunshines and rainbows with Filmora X?
Well, yes, but I do have some slight niggles.
Slightly pushy with Filmstock
I understand Wondershare have created this amazing library of assets that people can purchase as add-ons to Filmora X, but sometimes it does seem like they are trying to force it on you, which can be slightly annoying.
Zoom and panning is not straight forward
Coming from Camtasia, I am used to being able to quickly add a zoom or pan effect to my videos.
In Filmora X, you can zoom and pan but the process can be quite laborious and is not as easy as I would have liked. Maybe it is just me being lazy?
Performance slowed as my project grew
It makes sense to me that when working with larger projects, the performance of the video editor will slow slightly, which I found to be the case for Filmora X.
Obviously, this can relate to my laptop not being up to the task, but just something to keep in mind.
Always read their system requirements before purchasing!
Filmora X alternatives
If, for some reason you don’t like what you see, then check out some of these Filmora X alternatives:
- Camtasia (also check out my Camtasia review and Camtasia vs Filmora comparison)
- Filmora Pro
Filmora X FAQs
1. Is Filmora video editor really free?
Filmora isn’t free. You have to purchase a licence to be able to fully use Filmora without any restrictions.
However, there is a completely free Filmora trial. There will be a watermark on exported videos when using the trial.
2. Is Filmora worth buying?
I purchased a Lifetime plan ($79.99) of Filmora X and I completely recommend it. At this price, there simply isn’t another video editor that compares to Filmora X!
3. Is Filmora any good?
If you’re a beginner/intermediate video editor, then it is amazing.
If you’re at a more advanced level, then Filmora X may not be as good as you think.
Filmora X review: final thoughts
So, there you have my rather long, but hopefully helpful, detailed Filmora X review.
I was pleasantly surprised with Filmora X. It’s packed with so many features and capabilities that I still cannot believe it can be picked up for under $100.
In fact, I found it that good that I am seriously considering swapping from Camtasia to Filmora X to create tutorial videos for my YouTube channel.
Honestly, just download the free trial and see for yourself.
Have you tried Filmora? If so, let me know in the comments below what you thought.
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If you like the look of Filmora X, then you might find my Camtasia review useful. Camtasia is more expensive and comes with less effects than Filmora X, but it’s a worthy alternative. I’ve also written a detailed Camtasia vs Filmora comparison so you can see the main differences between the two software.