Review: How to edit videos on Mac with Wondershare Filmora X

How to use Wonerdshare Filmora X on Mac

Making eye-catching videos is a skill set everyone desires. And whether you want to make a YouTube video, TikTok, Instagram Reels, or a nostalgic home video, Wondershare Filmora X can be the software for you.

It claims to ‘make complex videos easily,’ and isn’t this precisely what a professional, hobbyist, or beginner wants? But what’s so special about it? Let’s find out as I deep dive and test Filmora X.

What is Wondershare Filmora X? 

Thanks to social media and powerful mobile cameras, video content has become more common than ever. But that hasn’t affected the quality of videography. On the contrary, effects like transitions, slow-motion, split screens, etc., have happily joined the club. And to achieve them flawlessly in a video, you need a great app.

Wondershare Filmora X is one such app that mixes the best of both worlds. While it carries professional effects, overlays, and filters, it also boasts a user-friendly interface that suits everyone’s needs.

Compatible devices

DeviceOperating System
MacBig Sur with Apple M1 Chip
Big Sur with Intel Chip
Catalina (macOS v10.15)
Mojave (macOS v10.14)
High Sierra (macOS v10.13)
Sierra (macOS 10.12)
WindowsWindows 7
Windows 8.1
Windows 10

How to create a professional video using Wondershare Filmora X

I instantly loved Filmora X because it makes everything from importing the clips to exporting the final video a breeze. Here’s how to get started:

Create a project and import media files

  1. Download and install the software on your Mac.
  2. Launch Wondershare Filmora X app.
  3. Select the Project Aspect RatioNew Project.

    Select New Project in Wondershare Filmora X app
  4. Click Import and select files.

    Click Import and select files in Wondershare Filmora X app

Note: You can also add clips directly from an external device like a camera or memory card.

Add and adjust clips on the timeline

Select the clips you want to add to the video, now either click + or drag and drop them onto the timeline.

Adjust clips on the timeline in Wondershare Filmora X app

You get multiple options to adjust your clips as follows:

  • Rearrange clips: Click, drag, and drop the clip in the desired place.
  • Trim a clip: Click either edge of the clip and drag the cursor inwards to shorter it.

    Trim a clip in Wondershare Filmora X app
  • Split: Move the red line to the desired time and click the scissor icon. The clip will split instantly.

Add video effects and more

Now, it’s time for one of the most fun and challenging parts: adding effects to your video.

  1. Click Effects at the screen’s top.
  2. Now, choose a suitable effect. You’ll see the preview on the adjacent screen.

    Add video effects in Wondershare Filmora X app
  3. Once finalized, drag and place it over the timeline.

Repeat similar steps to add a suitable element, transition, text overlay, and audio to give your video a complete makeover.

Adding effects to your video in Wondershare Filmora X app

Finally, export the video

Once done, it’s time to show your talent to the world. Click Export and choose the appropriate format or device.

Click Export and choose the appropriate format

Filmora X enables you to strike the right balance between size and quality with quite a few format options. What’s more? You can directly upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo.

What makes Wondershare Filmora X a great video editor?

If the simplicity and ease of the above method don’t impress you, here are some more valuable gems Filmora X has to offer.

  1. An intuitive UI – Thanks to broad tabs above the editing area and easy drag and drop onto the timeline, Filmora is relatively simple to use.

    Additionally, the editing software boasts many video tutorials and tricks to help you ace its feature.
  2. Wide range of add-on effects – Wondershare packs the software with a variety of video-enhancing features.
    • Over 300 presets, including filters, overlays, and LUTs based on Harry Potter, Batman, Walking Dead, and more.

      Over 300 presets in Wondershare Filmora X app
    • 200+ Transition options, from basic shapes to 3D.
    • 200+ Cool and trendy elements.

      200 trendy elements in Wondershare Filmora X app
    • Over 250 text overlay options, plus an array of fonts.
    • A built-in audio library with 100+ royalty-free tracks.
    • And that’s not all; you are also privy to additional resources from Flimstock, an extensive and ever-growing library of creative ideas.
  3. Advanced tools for video editing – Despite being super simple to use, the software doesn’t step down in technicalities. It boasts some high-end features like:
    • Motion tracking – Track an object’s moments throughout the video and have other objects like text, image, etc., follow the trajectory.
    • Green Screen – Key out the background from the video with ease and add special effects from explosions, snow to whatnot.

      Green Screen in Wondershare Filmora X
    • Animation keyframing – Use presets or custom settings to position, orientation, scale, or opacity to create amazing animations.
    • Automatic Scene Detection – A smart AI detects different scenes from a clip and separates the good parts and the shaky, blurry parts.
    • Split Screen

      Split Screen in Wondershare Filmora X app
    • Audio ducking – Overlapping audios? No problem, you can enhance or lower track volumes as per need with just one click.
    • Color matching
    • High-quality screen recording
    • PiP (Picture in Picture) mode

Unlock the potential of your Mac with Filmora X

On top of all these mind-blowing features, Mac users also get some additional ones.

  • Auto Reframe – It intelligently detects the focal point and helps you quickly and efficiently crop frames for different aspect ratios.

    Auto Reframe in Wondershare Filmora X
  • Hardware Acceleration for faster and smoother editing and rendering.
  • M1 Chip support – Harness the power of Apple’s neural engine for faster and smarter editing. Plus, custom shortcuts on the Touch Bar could further improve editing efficiency.
  • Dark and light mode support
  • Directly import from Photos app and external sources like iPhone, webcam, mics, camera, and more.
  • Supports HEVC codec for Instant Cutter Tool

Our verdict: Should you pick or skip Filmora X?

Whoever said video editing is not a child’s play clearly hasn’t come across Filmora X. Jokes apart, Wondershare has really done wonders in building this software. Here’s what worked for me and what didn’t:


  • Minimal, easy-to-use interface
  • Hi-Res video editing with 4K support
  • Wide variety of video and transition effects
  • Advanced features like green screen and motion tracking
  • Direct social media uploading


  • Have to download effects one-by-one
  • Filmora watermark in the free version
  • A few features extend into standalone programs

There’re flaws like you are directed to a different app window when using Instant Cutter Tool or Al Stylized Effects. Although a bit inconvenient, this allows the software to be lighter and smoother.

So, I guess that’s a pill we will have to swallow to get a simplistic, sophisticated, and technically sound video editing app on our beck and call.


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