Filmora Scrn Review
User Friendliness - 7/10
Visual Design - 8/10
Video Effects - 5/10
Performance - 3/10
Value - 7/10
Decent free screen recording software and the full version is cheap at $20/year. Don’t count on a ton of editing features and watch out for those bugs!
Welcome to High Ground Gaming’s Filmora Scrn review. This review was made possible by Ireene Yang from wondershare who provided us with a license code to access the pro version of Filmora Scrn.
So I got the chance to test out the pro version of Filmora Scrn by Wondershare this past week. Filmora Scrn was created as a way to capture and edit events that take place on screen. In other words, it’s perfect for recording and compiling your coolest in-game moments.As part of this review I’ve compiled a companion video to demonstrate what Filmora Scrn can create with just a little work. I don’t have much experience in the way of video creation, but I think the project turned out nicely. You can check out the video below!
Without further ado, let’s check out some of the core features of Filmora Scrn!
Filmora Scrn Software Overview
Filmora Scrn is divided into two main sections: the recorder and the editor. The recorder section is where you record screen capture videos and audio input. The editor is where you compile your files, edit, and create your video with all its effects and luster. Fairly self explanatory.
The recorder portion of Filmora Scrn is a breeze to use! It is so simple — I don’t think anyone could possibly have trouble getting it to work.
To begin recording, just click the Quick Capture button from the start menu or the recorder button from within the video editor. This will launch a small window with a few simple features on it. You’ll find your standard recording UI button, screen display and resolution, and audio input. The top menu bar also features a settings and editor tab. The editor returns you to the editing screen while the setting tab lets you customize your screen capture.
Depending on your desired settings, the screen capture is all ready to, or a cut-out window will appear asking for your desired capture area. Either way, it’s not difficult to figure out. If you’ve used a computer and are familiar with standard interfaces, the setup and capture will be a breeze. A significant achievement by Wondershare.
You can capture at up to 120 fps and record from 2 devices simultaneously! The recorder also has the feature of letting you capture webcam and screen at the same time. Pretty cool. At any rate, after you’ve captured your file(s), head on over to the editor. There you will find your files and assets bundled nicely on the left side of your screen.
The editor is packed with some pretty great features, and like the rest of Filmora Scrn, it’s super intuitive.
The editor is divided into 3 main subsections:
- Assets – these include video & audio clips, annotations, and cursor effects.
- Properties – the properties of elements such as display qualities, colors, volume, length, etc.
- Tracks – the main editing portion of Filmora Scrn where you add elements, edit, and create the layout of your video.
Underneath the standard menu bar at the top of the screen is a recorder & export button. Exporting lets you do just that: export your video. You can choose from a variety of file types including MP4, MOV, GIF, and MP3. It also has an export option for Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitch where all the file properties are configured accordingly. A powerful feature!
Now that we’ve had a taste for the features, I’ve broken Filmora Scrn down into 5 main points of consideration. Let’s check it out.
User Friendliness (7/10)
Wondershare places a huge emphasis on how easy and intuitive to use Filmora Scrn is. I have to agree wholeheartedly. I jumped right into the platform and started getting to work in just a few minutes. I didn’t even have to read any guides until I got into the more intricate parts of putting the video together. Even when I did, it would be a short clip or two and right back to work.
There are few things more frustrating than poor design. Wondershare seems to understand this, and they utilize proper design principles in their software design. With easy to read buttons, pull-out navigation panels that we’ve all grown so accustomed to, and a minimal UI interface, Filmora does intuitive well.
As more of a beginner to video editing, this was so important to me. I don’t like when I have to go searching around through endless FAQ pages and video tutorials. If you do have trouble, Wondershare has created a great library of bite-sized tutorials. The downside: these tutorials go over the previous version of Filmora Scrn, and the interface has changed dramatically. This is incredibly disappointing, and it should not have happened. Before you ship a product, you make sure the correct documentation is in place.
Luckily, I didn’t need to refer to it much. I doubt many users will need much guidance as the software is very self-explanatory. Still, worth mentioning.
Visual Design (8/10)
The software is minimalist, clean, and aesthetically pleasing. Wondershare has done a remarkable job creating such a lovely UI and workflow. It all just makes sense while being a delight to use and play with.
The color palette is muted and pleasing. It sports a subtle blue design with little pops of accent colors. The layout makes sense with no part overwhelming another. The video in the middle of the screen with the two side columns and bottom track editor makes for an optimal, if somewhat standard, workflow.
None of its components are cumbersome or overbearing. The icons are self explanatory and well-executed.. Tying it back into the user friendliness, Filmora put a lot of thought into making this software available and usable by the mass market. Huge shout out to Wondershare and their design team for making Filmora Scrn such a pleasure to use and experience.
Video Effects (5/10)
In terms of the built-in effect library from Filmora, there isn’t much to say. Out of my entire experience playing with the editor and creating my video, this was my primary source of disappointment.
On the Filmora Scrn landing page, it’s recommended that the customer buy the original Filmora software to complement the purchase. That’s such a bummer. I hate these kinds of upsells. If you’re going to sell a piece of software to do a specific thing, then pack it with all the features it needs. Charge more if you have to, but don’t make a piece of software that doesn’t live up to its potential in order to sell another piece of software.
At any rate, Filmora Scrn has some options for adding text and cursor effects to your videos. There is also a fade transition built in, but that’s all. Think powerpoint or clip-art style effects. No transitions, no animations, nothing that makes me think wow.
Very mixed results here. In terms of performance on my computer, it ran well and didn’t require much tuning. Recording video was lag-free. Editing was smooth and consistent. I do have a very nice computer, but it seems Filmora has done a good job at making the program highly accessible. The system requirements are very consumer-friendly.
However, about halfway into creating the video for this review, I encountered a bug. The program crashed and a popup appeared, informing me of an error. The program then closed and wouldn’t start back up. I rebooted my computer and was able launch back into my project, though there were still several errors. My settings were wiped out, a bunch of my assets had disappeared, and a whole hour of work was gone.
I tried to play with different settings and get it figured out for quite some time. I was honestly on the verge of scrapping the whole video. In a last-ditch attempt, I opened the program one last time to see if I could salvage anything, and it finally worked. While an hour of work had disappeared, the rest of my creation remained intact.
This was a frightening experience, and it should not have happened. Wondershare needs to get the stability of their program figured out before it costs more people their time & energy. I was still able to get the video going, but this is a HUGE red flag.
Filmora Scrn is free. But with free comes the normal price tag, namely watermarks, lack of support, and fewer features. Fortunately, upgrading is easy and very affordable. For $29 you get access to the entire Filmora Scrn experience. For life. This includes all updates, technical support, and all the features. Impressive.
Filmora Scrn offers everything you need to get started creating and editing videos. While the effects library isn’t huge, it’s still a powerful platform for creating content. The customization options in the properties tab allow you to really fine tune your videos, and it’s a lot of fun to use.
The screen capture portion of the software is a great offering. It’s so simple, and you can be up and running in minutes. The way it allows you to capture portions of the screen at pinpoint accuracy is also a huge bonus. And when it comes to exporting videos, Filmora Scrn has got you covered. Whether you’re an adept content creator or just a video hobbyist, I do believe there is a lot of value in Filmora Scrn.
Zoom In: Features List
- Changeable cursor
- 2 devices (record from webcam and screen simultaneously)
- 15-120 FPS
- Picture in picture options
- Editing suite
- Various import files
- Export to MP4, MOV, GIF, and others
- Custom recording field
- Tutorial features
Zoom Out: Summary
Filmora Scrn is a nice offering by Wondershare with a feature list and layout geared more towards beginners. You’ll be able to craft sweet videos using the recording and editing suite, but don’t expect a full blown editing studio or stellar performance. Overall, it’s geared nicely towards gamers and content creators. A handy tool for your arsenal.
Best of all? It’s free! Check it out here.
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