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If you’ve been on the hunt for video editing software for your pc that is easy to use, doesn’t freeze every two seconds, and doesn’t cost a fortune, I think I’ve found “the one”.
Goodbye iMovie, Hello Clipchamp
The editing software we are going to be looking at today is Clipchamp. Clipchamp reached out to me a while back, offering to sponsor a video review on my channel. And I’ll be honest…I was hesitant at first.
When I first started my YouTube channel, I had recently switched from a Mac to a PC, which meant I could no longer use my video editing comfort blanket… iMovie.
I tried a dozen editing tools and never found one I liked. They were either too expensive, too slow & glitchy, or every video was saved with a watermark. I got so frustrated.
That experience alone made me hesitant, plus, as you know, I’m super particular with the sponsors my team picks. So, I really needed to see it in order to believe it.
Within a few months after them reaching out, I had plenty of time to try out Clipchamp and I have to say, I’m actually pretty impressed with what I’ve seen so far. So here I am now to share with you my honest review.
And no, this post is not sponsored (though there may be a few unrelated affiliate links). Only my video was sponsored.
I just genuinely believe you can benefit from using Clipchamp. You can decide from here if this is the platform that fits exactly what you’re looking for.
The Pros of Clipchamp
I also have a tutorial on video, including these pros, so feel free to watch there or follow along as you read here.
And if you want to follow along, you can find Clipchamp in both the Microsoft Store for PC users and Google Play Store.
Once you have it downloaded, installed and running, you can see on the dashboard that they’re catering their product to both personal creators and businesses.
That’s a huge win right there. They’re extremely versatile and user-friendly for Content Creators and businesses of all sizes.
You have options and templates to create content for social media ads, long-form video content for YouTube, customer testimonials, Instagram Stories, product demos, and much more.
Chances are, every single file you’ll ever need to edit a video isn’t always in one spot. You might have a few files in DropBox and some other ones on your Google Drive and everything else is stored on your desktop.
Luckily, with Clipchamp, they allow you to directly import all of your files from all of these platforms and more.
No need to spend extra time centralizing your content. (Although, organization is important and highly recommended.)
One of my favorite things about Clipchamp is its speed. Importing long videos and large files is very quick – it took me 10 seconds to import an 11-minute video. That’s impressive!
Compared to other editing software I’ve used on PC, Clipchamp doesn’t lag or get slower the more files I have or the more edits I make to a project.
In my experience with other software, when I make several cuts to a video and add multiple layers for music, sound effects, text, transitions, gifs, etc., the whole program slows down, making editing such a pain.
That has never been my experience with Clipchamp. Regardless of the number of edits or layers, its speed has never changed or slowed down for me.
If you’ve seen any of my YouTube videos, you know that I love to add gifs or memes to my videos.
Not only is it funny to me, but it keeps my videos entertaining to my viewers. (There’s a pro tip right there: use whatever you can to keep your videos entertaining and increase your overall watch time.)
What I love about Clipchamp is they have a Giphy integration so I can add just about any gif directly to my video.
As mentioned earlier, Clipchamp has a lot of templates you can use for a lot of different purposes and for just about any platform.
If you select a template you like, let’s say for example an Instagram Story template, Clipchamp will upload the template for you with every layer already edited.
In my tutorial video, you’ll see in the template I selected, they had a cool “static” effect already cut up and edited on the text. And all I had to do was select the template.
They make you look cool without you needing to have crazy editing skills.
If you wanted to make your own edits to the pre-edited templates, you have that ability. It still has each individual layer so you can manipulate them, edit them or add to them.
In addition to free browser-based templates, Clipchamp offers a comprehensive paid library of 800,000+ premium stock videos, images and audio files with a full commercial license built-in, so there is no need to worry about royalties or budget.
The stock files are already built into the editor, so you can add them mid-editing without needing to click away. And they’re not super cheesy, which I know can be an issue on other platforms.
Similarly to Clipchamp’s upload shortcuts, they also allow you the ability to export directly to cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, or directly to platforms like Pinterest, LinkedIn and Youtube.
This can be extremely helpful and save a lot of time and bandwidth from having to export to your hard drive, then import everywhere else you keep your files.
Plus, if you’re posting to multiple platforms, the ability to import your videos all from one place simultaneously can be a lifesaver and really streamline your content funnel.
Now let’s talk about Clipchamp pricing compared to other options.
The cost of Adobe Premiere Pro is $31.49/month or $239.88/year.
Now don’t get me wrong. Premier is a great software for video editing. But if you’re just starting your YouTube channel or if you’re new to video content, the price might be a bit of a stretch.
The cost of Apple Final Cut Pro is a flat, one-time price of $299.99.
That’s not bad! The main con, however, is it’s only for Apple users… and I’m a PC user, as many of you out there are. So looks like that’s not a viable option for everyone.
So what about Clipchamp? While there is a free version, I’d recommend using their Essentials plan for $11.99/mo or $119.99/year.
I would say its best competitor when it comes to pricing is Canva. While their video editing has fewer capabilities than Clipchamp, they still have similar features like templates and stock files for your videos.
But if your focus is maximizing video editing capabilities, Clipchamp is the clear winner. It’s tough to beat, especially with having a free version.
Final Thoughts on Clipchamp
Overall, I’m very impressed with Clipchamp.
It’s incredibly simple to use and straightforward for those who have limited editing knowledge or experience.
Personally, I wish I discovered it in my earlier years of YouTube content creation. It would’ve saved me a bunch of time and money.
This is the perfect all-in-one platform for Content Creators everywhere on any platform. I’d recommend, at the very least, just trying out Clipchamp. Start with the free version and see how you like it.
If you try it out, let me know in the comments what you think!
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