Shooting your own videos has never been easier, especially if you're equipped with a smartphone. Quality can be variable, of course, but a few minutes spent with Movavi Video Editor will fix many problems and give your footage a far more professional look.

The program's simple timeline helps to get your project organised. You're able to import your movie, split it into its various scenes, trim out anything you don't need, and reorder everything else as required. It's not difficult, either: even if you've never used a video editor before, you'll have mastered the basics within minutes.

A host of effects then makes it easy to optimise and enhance particular areas of your film. You can turn the brightness up or down, tweak the contrast, fix colour issues, maybe sharpen a particular shot. And there are plenty of other useful options, including zoom, rotate, crop, even a "sepia" effect for that old movie look.

If your movie is more than a few seconds long then it'll probably have several scenes, and you can help these flow more naturally by adding transitions. As with the effects, there's plenty of choice: there are fades, wipes and push effects, spirals, ripples, zooms and more. And again, it's very easy to use. The program can add transitions automatically, or you can just drag and drop whatever you like onto the timeline.

It's much the same story elsewhere. Would you like to add opening and closing credits to your movie, say? No problem - just choose the style you need. An audio soundtrack? Easy, use an audio file or record your own narration. And when you're happy with the results, it's simple to share your work with friends and family. In just a few clicks you can upload your footage to YouTube or Facebook, export it as a video - it's entirely up to you.

What's new in 14.1.1 (see changelog for more)?

- Minor functional and interface improvements

Verdict

Decent but basic video editor with all the requirements you need to export for your social media.