Animotica is a simple, easy-to-use video editor available exclusively for Windows 10. It's available on the Microsoft Store for free but you will have to pay $5.99 to remove the watermarks or $9.99 in order to unlock all features. Animotica enables users to create videos from shorter clips and images which can be blended together using various effects, text, and background music or recordings.
It looks quite modern and it brings the Windows 10 app vibe with smooth buttons and simplistic design. Its download size is around 90 MB which is pretty light for a video editor and a movie maker! Animotica is not a professional video editor and it can be better described as a simple tool for casual users who want to retouch their videos or create them from scratch in order to post them to social media or use in a presentation. Still, it does offer plenty of features which can be easily implemented.
After opening Animotica, users can choose a quick tool to retouch a video such as trimming it or removing any audio. Besides that, they can create a new project or open an existing one. Creating a project either involves editing an existing video or creating one from scratch using existing clips and photos.
Everything added to the project can be selected and tweaked in many different ways. First of all, it's very easy to split the video, slow down certain parts, or even to tilt it if you weren't holding your recording device perfectly horizontal or vertical. Motion effects can be used to make photos come alive using a Ken Burns effect. Videos can be trimmed in order to take out certain parts and you can speed them up or slow them down for some cool effects. Overlays can be added on top of videos in the form of images, stickers, text, or other videos which can be great for YouTube creators!
There are special filters you can apply to both videos and photos and they are similar to the ones on Instagram. Basic tweaks such as brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, hue, and so on, are available and they can also be applied to both photos and videos. Saving a video includes various resolutions for different devices and different platforms. You can choose the aspect ratio for Instagram, YouTube, and Stories. Output resolutions go as high as 2160p (with the Full Pro version).
Even though there are some big names in the video editing and movie creating industry such as Adobe Premiere Elements and CyberLink PowerDirector, comparing them to Animotica would be unfair as these tools are professional and come at a hefty price. Shotcut is actually a free and open-source alternative which, unlike Animotica, can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's codec-independent so you can simply move projects between operating systems. It also provides useful keyboard shortcuts which would be a great addition to Animotica in order to speed up the process. There is another alternative available on the Windows Store named Story but it's mostly focused on simply creating videos from clips and photos with background music, without emphasis on the actual editing part. Filmora Video Editor comes close to Animotica with its features and simplicity but it will set users back $60 for a lifetime license.
All things considered, Animotica is a great tool for $10 and it can provide everything a marketer or a social media video creator might need. However, other choices should be considered for professional needs as Animotica is mostly focused on connecting various pieces of material into a fully functional, aesthetically pleasing whole. Users are generally satisfied with what Animotica has to offer but they made rare complaints about crashing issues. It's also worth saying that everything you do is auto-saved.
• Very simple to use with a modern design
• Plenty of video-editing features
• Images, text, stickers, audio, and even other videos can be added over the video
• Effects for photos and videos can combine to create cool effects
• Perfect for digital marketers and media creators
• Easily export videos to different platforms and different devices
• Only available for Windows 10
• Rare crashing issues
• Not recommended for professional purposes
• Forever free with all PRO version features with less effects available and Watermark