Just beginning in video? Don’t know how to start comparing your video editing options? Want software that’s easy to use and gives you stellar results? We created this guide to help. We’ll look at two popular, affordable choices for people starting their journeys into creating video to share with family, friends, and the world – VEGAS Movie Studio and Filmora9. Join us as we compare features and take an honest look at the pros and cons of both. Read on to find out more!
|VEGAS Movie Studio||Filmora9|
|Purchase Option vs. Subscription||One-Time Fee||One-Time Fee and Subscription Options|
|Workflow||Intuitive, logical, and easy to learn||Steeper Learning Curve|
|Drag Video Direct to Timeline||Yes||No|
|Guided Video Creator||Yes||No|
|Close Gaps Between Events||Yes||Yes|
|Media In / Out Points||Yes||No|
|Hardware Accleration / Decoding||Yes||Yes|
|Unified Color Grading Panel||Yes||Yes|
|Complete Set of Color Grading Filters||Yes||Yes|
|LUT Import / Export||Yes||Yes|
|Stabilization||Yes (Platinum and Suite only)||Yes|
|Selection of Effects and Filters||Yes||Yes|
|OpenFX Support||Yes (Platinum and Suite only)||No|
|Built-In Audio Effects||Yes||No|
|Sound Effects Library||No||Yes|
|Volume Automation Envelopes||Yes||No|
|Panning Automation Envelopes||Yes||No|
|Professional Meters||Yes||Only While Editing Audio|
|Hardware Accleration / Encoding||Yes||Yes|
|Wide Format Support||Yes||Yes|
|Share Online||Yes||Yes (no Facebook)|
|Minimum System Requirements|
|Minimum System Requirements|
|Platform||Windows 10 64-bit||Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit); Mac OS X 10.9 or later|
|Processor||2.5 Ghz 4 Core Minimum; 3 GHz and 8 cores recommended for 4K||Intel Core i3 or AMD equivalent or better; Intel 6th Gen recommended for HD and 4K|
|RAM||8 GB, 16 GB recommended||4 GB, 8 GB for HD and 4K|
|GPU||For Rendering: Nvidia GeForce 9xx series or higher with 4GB; AMD / ATI Radeon with 4GB and VE 3.0 or higher; Intel HD Graphics 530 series or higher||Intel HD Graphics 5000 or later; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 or later; AMD Radeon R5 or later. 2 GB vRAM (4GB required for HD and 4K)|
|Drive Space||1.5 GB||10 GB free space; SSD recommended for HD and 4K|
|Other||Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 SP 1 (included)|
|Internet Connection||For registration / activation||For registration / activation|
A flat purchase price will be a lot more than a monthly fee at first, but monthly fees may add up to the purchase price. (Annual subscription fees may work out to a lower price than monthly payments.) Also, with a flat fee, the software is yours to keep and you don’t lose it as you would if you stop your subscription. But subscriptions also allow you to access software you otherwise might not be able to afford, or allow you to use software temporarily for a project.
A subscription plan also often means that you get an update to new versions and features for no extra charge, whereas you’ll usually pay extra if you upgrade your perpetual license to the next version.
VEGAS Movie Studio can be yours forever for a one-time price of [$49.99], while VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum is available for [$79.99]. Filmora9 is available for a one-time fee of $69.99 or by subscription at an annual fee of $39.99.
These features are about the editing experience, and how fast, easy, and intuitive it is to work within a program. A great editing app is easy to work with and lets you focus on your creativity rather than your tools. The last thing you want is a program which makes things harder than they should be.
The way you work in any app. Does the workflow help with productivity, or does it hinder you, making things more difficult or slower than it should be?
VEGAS Movie Studio is designed to be intuitive, to work the way the user wants to work rather than locking the user into a way of working. VEGAS Movie Studio gives you many different ways to accomplish most tasks, so whatever you prefer, you can do it. That kind of flexibility makes VEGAS Movie Studio easy to learn.
Additionally, VEGAS Movie Studio features the Guided Video Creator, which takes you step by step through the creation of your first videos. When you feel comfortable, you can take full control. Filmora9 includes a brief tutorial when you open the software for the first time, but it doesn’t have a guided creator. Its workflow is very different from most other video editors and only lets you do things in certain ways.
A pro editor needs a flexible and quick timeline, that will take any file format, can be arranged however the editor wants, will play back video smoothly without many dropped frames, and won’t bog down the editor with difficult-to-use tools or unnecessary steps.
Designed for speed and flexibility, the VEGAS Movie Studio timeline enables the editor to work the way they want. The editor can arrange and rearrange tracks at will and mix and match file formats on the same tracks. Simple touches like automatic crossfades on overlapping video make defining transitions almost instant, instead of having to pull the “handles” common in other editing apps. You can also drag media from folders into the Project Media window or directly to the timeline instead of going through an import process, saving you lots of time. The Filmora9 timeline allows you to drag media from the media pool to the timeline, but doesn’t allow true-drag-and drop from folders into either the media pool or the timeline, forcing you into an import process. When you drag media to overlap on the timeline, the new clip will overwrite any portion of a previous clip the new clip overlaps instead of creating an automatic crossfade between them. You then need to re-trim existing clips to recover the parts overwritten or to create a transition.
Different editing tasks, like cutting on the timeline, adding effects, adding transitions, and export require different sets of tools. Mode-based workflows give you different interface configurations highlighting the tools you need for the task at hand.
VEGAS Movie Studio employs mode-based workflows for adding media, adding graphics, adding text, adding transitions, adding FX, and also a Power User mode for complete access to all tools. You can instantly switch between them. Filmora9 allows only one interface configuration.
One of the first steps in the editing process involves figuring out a rough cut. Storyboards make this a lot easier by letting the editor select, arrange, and experiment with the order of clips in the project’s media pool just like arranging photos on a desk. It’s a quick and intuitive way to make an initial rough cut before ever going to the timeline.
The storyboard in VEGAS Movie Studio is quick and easy and allows for a playback preview of a sequence right from the media pool without having to go to the timeline. The storyboard contents also appear and update immediately on the timeline, so you don’t have to drag the storyboard sequence onto the timeline. VEGAS Movie Studio also updates the timeline every time you change the storyboard, and uniquely, updates the storyboard every time you change the timeline, or any time you choose to do so manually. Filmora9 does not offer storyboards.
Summary: Guided Video Creator feature will walk you through your first video creation and intuitive design of VEGAS Movie Studio makes it easier to learn.
The ability to correct and grade color is one of the fundamental functions of editing. Even a “black and white” project requires adjustments and creative use of contrast and light and dark. You want an editing app which gives you superb control over the color and lightness and darkness of your images.
A good editing app gives you an array of tools to correct and control your color to fix problems and also to create stylistic looks to enhance mood or atmosphere.
VEGAS Movie Studio gives you tools to adjust and rebalance color so you can correct problems, unify your looks, or create styles. VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum also offers the Unified Color Grading panel, which gives you curves, HSL adjustment, color wheels, and other tools right at your fingertips in a single panel. Filmora9 offers basic tools for adjusting and rebalancing color for fixing problems and creating styles.
While beginner-level software tends to offer only basic color-correction tools, they still include filters for achieving many popular looks.
VEGAS Movie Studio offers an array of popular film-style looks for such projects as crime dramas, love stories, sci-fi adventure, and more, and you can adjust the strength of these filters to your taste.
Filmora9 also offers adjustable film-style looks filters, plus a set of 3D LUT filters, but does not offer true import of LUTs.
How you apply filters to your footage can make a difference in your editing efficiency.
In VEGAS Movie Studio you apply filters and effects to your media clips on the timeline, or in VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum, to the media at the project level, so the filters stays applied to the media when you move it around.
In Filmora9, filters go onto the video track(s) above your media, so they are not directly applied to the clips themselves, but affect any media (or other effects and filters) under them. If you move a clip on the timeline, you can lose the effect, but in some cases it makes it easier to apply the same effect to multiple clips.
Summary: Featured also in VEGAS Pro, Unified Color Grading panel ensures you have every tools you need at your fingertips.
Modern productions require a robust set of tools to produce video effects, not just for scenes like space battles or superheroes in flight, but for all the image sweetening you never even notice. Look for an NLE which gives you incredible VFX capability without ever leaving the timeline.
Slow motion is a bedrock effect for adding drama, tension, or excitement to a scene. Some of the best slo-mo effects allow the ramping of speed down and up for spectacular temporal transitions.
VEGAS Movie Studio lets you manually change the speed of a clip; just enter the value into the media properties. VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum offers Optical Flow Slow Motion, which analyzes footage and creates new frames in order to get glass-smooth slow motion in footage of any frame rate. Filmora9 also lets you enter the playback value to control a clip’s speed.
Ever have to deal with shaky footage? It’s not always the end of the world. With video stabilization, you can often fix wobble and get smooth video.
VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum offers great video stabilization, letting you salvage footage you thought you couldn’t use. Filmora9 also offers a video stabilization tool.
One of the most time-honored VFX techniques around, Chroma Key lets you remove a solid-colored background and replace it with whatever you want, letting you put your actors on other planets or devise epic space battles, or combine with CGI to create a virtual set.
VEGAS Movie Studio comes equipped with a Chroma Key plugin which lets you remove any color background. Filmora9 also comes equipped with a Chroma Key tool.
Useful Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Chroma Key and Green Screen
Summary: VEGAS Movie Platinum offers Optical Flow Slow Motion, technology featured also in VEGAS Pro.
In order to achieve great audio, you need meters so you can objectively determine the volume of your sound to make it consistent throughout your program, instead of relying only on your ears. You also want warnings if your audio is too loud and may distort.
VEGAS Movie Studio gives you professional meters for each channel of stereo sound, visible while you edit and play back your program. VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum offers meters on each audio track. Filmora9 only provides meters while editing audio clips.
Great sound requires a set of effects tools for a robust soundtrack.
VEGAS Movie Studio puts a number of customizable audio effects and tools at your fingertips, like EQ and compression, which you can apply to your audio for sweetening and special effects.
Filmora9 offers a library of sound effects, but no tools for enhancing your audio.
Envelopes let you control audio properties like volume and stereo panning on the fly, creating keyframes so your audio changes dynamically as the timeline plays.
VEGAS Movie Studio leverages automation envelopes for both volume and stereo panning, letting you easily define how your audio plays back. Filmora9 lets you keyframe audio volume, but only manually.
VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum now includes SOUND FORGE Audio Studio (worth $59.99), a comprehensive audio editing and mastering solution for all digital audio editing requirements, within a seamless round-trip session right from an even in the Movie Studio timeline. Also included in SOUND FORGE Audio Studio, is Ozone 9 Elements plug-in from iZotope making Movie Studio a complete toolkit for video editing as well as sound editing. Filmora9, despite not being backed up by a renowned audio software, is equipped with multitude built-in audio editing capabilities, such as music beat detection, audio denoise, EQ with presets and many more.
Summary: Not only for video editing, VEGAS Movie Studio is packed also with a powerful audio editing and mastering capabilities.
Delivery of video these days can be in a number of different formats. Some of the most common are AVCHD, MP4, and H.264. A robust editing app gives you the choices you need to deliver the formats clients and platforms require.
Both VEGAS Movie Studio and Filmora9 offer export to a wide variety of formats, with customizable templates.
Useful Tips: Best Video Formats: Choosing What's Best for You
Export and rendering take time, especially from complex projects. If you can leverage your graphics card to help carry some of the load, so much the better.
VEGAS Movie Studio offers GPU acceleration for encoding into AVC, and VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum adds GPU encoding for HEVC formats, cutting render times up to half.
Filmora9 also leverages the GPU for rendering and encoding video.
Today’s video delivery world involves streaming video on popular sites like YouTube and Vimeo and on social media like Facebook. Each platform has specific format and upload requirements.
Instead of forcing you to manually export to platform requirements and then manually upload the file, VEGAS Movie Studio makes it much easier to cut through all the red tape, exporting your project straight from the timeline to the correct format for YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook, and then automatically uploading the video to your account.
Filmora9 offers the same functionality for YouTube and Vimeo, but not Facebook.
Summary: VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum leverages GPU acceleration for HEVC format, saving you half time to render.
|VEGAS Movie Studio||Filmora9|
|✓ Flexible, intuitive timeline||✓ Flat fee or subscription|
|✓ Faster editing||✓ Windows and Mac platform|
|✓ Storyboards||✓ Collection of sound effects included|
|✓ Guided Video Creator||✓ GPU acceleration / decoding / encoding|
|✓ GPU acceleration / decoding / encoding||✓ Clean interface|
|✓ Array of customizable audio effects||✓ More titles options|
|✓ FREE SOUND FORGE Audio Studio incl. iZotope Ozone 9 Elements (Platinum)||✓ Animated elements library|
|✓ Optical Flow Slow Motion (Platinum)|
|✓ Unified Color Grading Panel (Platinum)|
|x Windows-only||x Fewer audio tools|
|x Flat-fee only; no subscription||x No upload to Facebook|
|x No sound effects library|
|VEGAS Movie Studio is recommended for:|
|VEGAS Movie Studio is recommended for:|
|✓ People who want an intuitive workflow|
|✓ Editors who work on the fly|
|✓ Editors who want more control over audio|
|✓ Social Influencers|
|✓ People needing an all-in-one solution|
|Filmora9 is recommended for:|
|Filmora9 is recommended for:|
|✓ People who prefer the subscription model|
|✓ Multi-platform users (Windows & Mac)|
- Included as part of this offer:
- NewBlue Filters 5 Recolor ($99 value)
- Color Grading & Correction
- Understanding Color Grading vs. Color Correction
- Guide for Professional Color Grading
- Video Scopes for Accurate Color Correction
- Color Grading Panel for a Powerful Workflow
- Easy and Quick Color Correction & Color Grading with LUT
- Build Atmosphere with Filter & Effect
- How to Fix Image That's Too Dark or Bright
- Get More Details with HDR Color Grading
- Set Your White Balance Right for Effective Color Correction
- Video Editing & Workflow
- Get Inspired with Creative Cuts & Transitions
- Video Editing Tips to Edit like a Pro
- Flexible Storyboards for Efficient Workflow
- Motion Tracking and Video Stabilization
- Rescue Unusable Video Footage with Stabilization
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- Storyboards: Make it Easy to Build Your Story
- Pro Audio Effects for Pro-level Sound Editing
- Fundamentals of Video Editing for Beginners
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- How & When to Use Jump Cut Editing
- Record Your Screen for YouTube Video Tutorials
- Make Video Collage and Animate with Track Motion Tool
- Create 3D Moving Poster with Mesh Warp
- Split Screen Video with Crop Effect Tool
- Overlay Image on Video — News-Style
- How to Reverse a Video - It’s Easy, Fast, and Simple
- How Keyframe Helps Creating Stunning VFX
- Combine Multiple Clips Together Into One Video
- Creative Match Cut Examples for Better Storytelling
- Create Fun, Effective Text, Titles & Roll Credits
- Change Video Orientation (Rotate or Flip)
- Convert MOV to MP4
- 25 New Cool Text Animations
- Freeze Part of Your Footage for Dramatic Flair
- Learn Motion Tracking for Endless Possibilities
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