For a lot of us, thinking about video editing immediately brings back memories of waiting around for our videos to render. After all, video editing has never been a fast process, especially for those who aren’t lucky enough to own an expensive desktop workstation to do it on.
That’s why this online video editor called Flixier took us by surprise. It’s a browser video editor, so we didn’t expect it to outperform traditional video editing software, but it actually manages to be faster than the competition, thanks to some very clever design choices and some ingenious use of cloud technology.
Below, we’ll take a quick look at some of the ways in which Flixier will save you time (and money!), starting with the biggest one:
1. Render videos in minutes, on any device
Flixier’s main selling point is that it can render any videos you throw at it in just a few minutes, regardless of your computer specs. That might sound unrealistic, but it’s not!
The way it works is that this free video editor uses powerful cloud servers to process and render your videos. This means that the heavy work is not actually done on your computer, but somewhere online. If you create an account, you can even close Flixier while your video renders and they’ll notify you by e-mail when your video is done. This means that you no longer have to worry about your laptop overheating or wait around idly, watching it struggle to render your next YouTube video. You can just go ahead and continue working on your next project while Flixier renders your clip!
Of course, though, fast rendering speeds are not the only ways in which Flixier can help speed up your video editing workflow. The whole product seems to be designed around fast, convenient video editing, starting with the convenient import menu.
2. Import videos from cloud sources
Like any video editing software, Flixier lets you import media from your computer so you can use it in your projects. But that’s not all! It comes with a huge number of cloud integrations, so you can add videos to your library straight from your Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive account, which is super convenient when you consider how good mobile phones have gotten at recording.
On top of that, there’s also the option to copy and paste in YouTube or Soundcloud links in order to bring media over from those platforms. You can even log in with your Zoom or Twitch account in order to import meeting recordings, past streams, clips and highlights directly from these platforms in minutes, without having to waste time by saving them to your computer.
3. Built-in motion graphics and stock media libraries
Another advantage of using the Flixier browser video editor over traditional editing software are the built-in media libraries. If you need to add a motion title or lower third to a video, you can just browse through dozens of professionally animated ones and add them to your video free of charge. Afterwards, you can customize the text, fonts and even the colors of each individual element!
Same goes for stock footage or music. You no longer have to painstakingly browse through multiple stock media services in order to find what you’re looking for. Just open the Stock tab, type in what you’re looking for and Flixier will automatically show results from Pexels, Shutterstock and GIPHY, right in the video editor. Drag your favorite ones down to the timeline and you’re free to edit them as you please!
Music works the same way. The built-in library features hundreds of free tracks which you can add to your videos and edit easily.
4. An intuitive and easy-to-figure-out interface
Let’s face it: most traditional video editing software has been around for such a long time that it grew into a bloated mess that requires hours of watching tutorials to figure out. Flixier, on the other hand, takes a better approach. It’s got an intuitive interface that’s immediately familiar to anyone that’s edited videos before, while also being really easy to figure out for newbies.
Everything is clearly labeled and every option is exactly where you’d expect it to be. It doesn’t overwhelm you with hundreds of buttons and small icons right away, but it also offers every feature you need to create professional-looking videos and it doesn’t stifle your creativity.
Well, that’s our opinion on this wonderful free video editor. You don’t have to take our word for it, though! You’re free to try it out for yourself and start working on your projects in a much more efficient way!