Windows 11 improves video editor in free version; plans reach US$ 39 – Applications and Software – Tecnoblog

A Microsoft introduced a new video editor in Windows 11 in March, known as clipchamp. During its launch, the app drew attention due to the limitations of the free plan. But the company made changes to the modality in recent days and started to allow videos to be saved at a higher resolution.

Clipchamp video editor, from Windows 11, starts exporting videos in higher resolution in the free plan (Image: Vitor Pádua / Tecnoblog)
Clipchamp video editor, from Windows 11, starts exporting videos in higher resolution in the free plan (Image: Vitor Pádua / Tecnoblog)

The story revolves around Clipchamp, a video editor that went native to Windows 11 in March. The change came in build 22572, released on the Dev channel of the Windows Insiders program on the 8th. The novelty appeared alongside Microsoft Family, which also became a standard operating system app.

Despite this very welcome novelty for content creators, the app had annoying restrictions. This is because Clipchamp offers both free and paid plans. But the no-charge modality was beyond restricted, to the point of not allowing exports in 720p or 1080p, because was limited to up to 480p.

The company has applied some changes to the editor in recent days. According revealed by Twitter profile @FireCubeStudios this Tuesday (29), the free plan started to export videos in Full HD (1080p). According to the app’s website, the modality is indicated for “personal use”.

Clipchamp has updated its pricing and features page (Image: Reproduction/Tecnoblog)
Clipchamp has updated its pricing and features page (Image: Reproduction/Tecnoblog)

Creator Plan also gains Full HD export

But this is not the only change. Previously, the Creator plan, which costs $9 a month, exported videos at up to 720p. With the change, subscribers to the modality can also save their videos in 1080p. In early March, Full HD resolution was restricted to only the most expensive options: Business and Business Platinum.

Check out the differences between each plan, according to the Clipchimp website this Wednesday (30):

Basic Creator Business Business Platinum
Export resolution 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Unlimited video production Sim Sim Sim Sim
Use of own media assets Sim Sim Sim Sim
Basic editing tools Sim Sim Sim Sim
webcam recording Sim Sim Sim Sim
screen recording Sim Sim Sim Sim
audio stock No Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
video stock No No No Unlimited
Image Bank No No No Unlimited
cloud storage No Sim Sim Sim
Premium video templates No No No Sim
brand kit No No Sim Sim

Prices remain the same:

  • Basic: free;
  • Creator: US$ 9 per month (about R$ 40);
  • Business: US$ 19 per month (about R$ 90);
  • Business Platinum: US$ 39 per month (about R$ 185).
Clipchamp becomes Windows 11's default app (Image: Playback/Microsoft)
Clipchamp becomes Windows 11’s default app (Image: Playback/Microsoft)

Clipchamp remains behind the competition

Clipchamp started to become a more attractive option with the update. After all, anyone who has a computer with Windows 11 will be able to make basic edits to videos recorded with the cell phone and still export it in Full HD. Of course, you can’t use the full potential of the latest smartphones, which shoot in 4K. But enough is enough.

As I prepared the spreadsheet above, I noticed that Clipchamp was closer to iMovie, the free video editor that comes with macOS out of the box. However, it still doesn’t export videos beyond Full HD even in the paid version. Meanwhile, Apple’s app saves content in 4K without having to spend a dime.

Microsoft’s video editor also lags behind the competition if one wants a more robust solution. And this perception stems precisely from the price of the Business Platinum plan, which can reach US$ 468 (about R$ 2,220) in twelve months, if the consumer chooses to pay monthly. In other words, it is not a cheap investment.

Back to the comparison made a few weeks ago. The Business Platinum plan is the most robust and offers a stock of images, sound and video. However, the annual plan, Adobe Stock, costs R$ 124 per month and Premiere Pro costs R$ 90. The combination of the duo yields an extra expense, but offers more resources to the user: R$ 214 per month.

Apple also has a more robust alternative just for macOS. This is Final Cut Pro, which currently costs R$ 1,699.90. It may seem like a hefty amount, but it’s still an advantage, as the user only needs to pay this expense just once. After all, the app doesn’t work through the subscription model.

With information: Neowin

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