Best iMovie Alternative

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Macaroooon, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2012
    I love using iMovie, but I find it a tad limited.

    I wanted Sony Vegas as my friend uses it and I adore the video's she makes with it, but it doesn't come for Mac :-(

    What are the best alternatives?
  2. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 8, 2011
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2012

    But the price :eek: *gulp*
  5. macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    i had the same thoights.. i upgraded to fincal cut pro x about 6 months ago...

    really enjoy using it now... so much better than imovie...

    the price put me off a bit, but looking back, i think it's justified by the speed of my workflows and also the quality of output...
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2012
    I suppose, there is no way I could afford it though!

    The main thing I want to be able to do that I can't on iMovie is the layering effect, and having two clips side by side but nicely blended into each other with with the Sony Vegas you can do
  7. macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    i saved up for a few months and i also had an iTunes gift card donated to me too... :)

  8. macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2012
    Do you mean being able to edit multiple video streams? ScreenFlow and VideoFlow can both do this, even thought they're both presented as screen casting apps. I've used both and come to prefer VF - which is only £10.49 in the MAS. They also work well with IMovie if you don't mind exporting and importing.
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2012
    No, I don't think I do. I want to be able to layer clips on top of each other and do effects like this:
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2012
    You may want to check out Premiere Elements Quick Editor, which is like an uber-light version of Premiere (even more basic than Premiere Elements), but for some people it's more understndable and capable than iMovie. It's 30 bucks at the App Store:
    I have been tempted by this alternative, the price is not bad at all and I actually just went for it and bought it, downloading as we speak.
  11. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2012
    Don't bother. It's slow, unstable, it crashed on me either at startup or often shortly thereafter, it's cluttered and it doesn't even have features such as the 10.7/10.8 full screen mode. The full Premiere may be good for professional work, but there's nothing to this light version to make it a compelling alternative to iMovie, in my book at least.
    I shared my frustration with Apple and their customer service was kind enough to cancel my purchase and give me a refund. Awesome :)
  12. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    I've been hoping for a supported version of iMovie similar to how pixelmator is a slimmed down version of photoshop.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    But you said you wanted Sony Vegas which is more expensive.


    iMovies is to Final Cut Pro as Pixelmator is to Photoshop. But it sounds like you want something more along the lines of "draw" level for movies. I guess there is some cheap editor out there, but like draw, it will be quite limited as to what it can do.
  14. macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2008
    I guess there are no rumors about a new iMovie or for that matter iPhoto:(

    I miss the good old days when iLife had a iWeb and
  15. sigamy, Oct 14, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2013

    macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    You can do a side by side and picture-in-picture in iMovie.

    You have to turn on the Advanced Tools in iMovie Prefs.

    Here is a tutorial that shows all types, including side-by-side:


    And another:
  16. macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2008
    I see no advanced settings in the imovie that came with Mavericks.

    It looks like almost like the ios7 imovie the way its overly simplified.

    Have they reduced the number of advanced editing options or are the just integrated in a different way?

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