In the test: Movavi Fastreel online video editing in the web browser

Movavi Fastreel is an online video editor that you can use directly in your web browser. The advantage is that you don't have to install any software on your computer. In addition, no processing power from the CPU or graphics card is required to process the video. In order to cut videos, use filters, put music underneath or insert a watermark / logo, all you have to do is upload, edit and download the individual clips. That sounds like there are a few disadvantages in addition to the advantages, doesn't it? In this review I have summarized everything that you think about Fastreel need to know about Movavi.

Note: Premium account has been made available

Right at the beginning there is a small transparency note: We were given a premium account free of charge for testing Movavi Fastreel. However, this has no influence on the rating of the service in this review. As you can see below, there are some points to be criticized that are not withheld from you in the test despite the free premium use;)

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Movavi Fastreel: cloud video editing via the web browser

I carried out the test of the Fastreel service on the Apple MacBook Pro under macOS 10.15.7 Catalina via the Safari browser. This means that the upload, the selection of the various Fastreel tools and templates and the download of the finished videos work very well. The tools to choose from include creating videos and slideshows, cutting (length) and cropping (aspect ratio) of videos, reducing the memory size, merging and changing the speed of videos. 

Movavi Fastreel currently has 22 video editing tools available. Slideshow, merge videos, add music, change the aspect ratio, flip and more is possible.

Movavi Fastreel currently has 22 video editing tools available. Slideshow, merge videos, add music, change the aspect ratio, flip and more is possible.

In addition to the Fastreel tools, there are also so-called templates. With these you can create graphic and text overlays for an intro, an outro, for transitions and the like. From simple to playful to modern, there are a wide variety of templates. From vacation videos to training films to family videos, all kinds of works of art can be equipped with text and overlays. All tools and templates can be used to their full extent and without watermarks if a premium usage has been purchased or a premium subscription has been taken out. Details on the prices can be found below. 

In Fastreel from Movavi you can also use templates to use image and text overlays. There are currently 34 different motifs and sets to choose from.

In Fastreel from Movavi you can also use templates to use image and text overlays. There are currently 34 different motifs and sets to choose from.

Fastreel online video editing: requirements and limitations

So a lot is possible with Movavi Fastreel. You can bring clips from 16: 9 to 1: 1 or 9:16 for better use on Instagram or Facebook. You can put several videos together; and you have the possibility to provide everything with filters and music. In addition to your own music, there is even a selection of sound files offered by Fastreel available. Still, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Files have to be uploaded first, which can take some time depending on the connection
  • Only MP4 files are currently accepted, i.e. no MOV files that come unconverted from the iPhone or iPad
  • Further file formats are to be supported in the future; but when is not certain
  • There is no interface in which several tools and templates can be used at the same time - everything has to be done individually and one after the other
  • For the editing of several videos including filters, music, etc., several individual steps with respective uploads and downloads are necessary
  • The export and download of files is currently only possible in MP4 format
  • The download may take some time depending on your internet connection (but usually not longer than the upload)

The fastest possible internet connection is therefore a basic requirement for using Movavi Fastreel. In addition, it only makes sense to use it on a computer, laptop or, at most, on a tablet, because only then is a sufficiently large display available for operation. If you want to implement extensive projects, i.e. if you have to deal with many individual videos and sound files, you have to make a schedule. Because the processing steps can usually only be carried out gradually. When cutting videos together, however, several files can be uploaded at once and then provided with music. Filters cannot be used there.

Movavi Fastreel in the test: experiences with the video service

With the points mentioned above, you have been warned in advance. Because if, for example, you simply upload your iPhone videos to the Mac via AirDrop and then edit them there via Fastreel, that is currently not possible. I have it before about the Movavi Video Editor converted from MOV to MP4 format. This is nonsense, of course, because this local intermediate step means that you can also use locally available software for editing. So if you want to use Fastreel, you should currently use a device for video recording that saves the recordings directly in MP4; So a camera, a drone or an Android device. 

If you want to edit videos that are not in MP4 format, you just get an error message. They cannot currently be uploaded or edited. There should be support for MOV and Co. in the future.

If you want to edit videos that are not in MP4 format, you just get an error message. They cannot currently be uploaded or edited. There should be support for MOV and Co. in the future.

Alternatively, online converters can be used to change the file format. Of course, more time has to be planned for this. Because then the upload to the converter and then the download from there is necessary. This is followed by uploading, editing and downloading at Fastreel. At least the last three points worked well in the test. The service is stable, it doesn't take too long until the processing result is displayed and the preview is also fairly smooth. If other file formats are accepted, the use with Apple devices really makes sense;)

If the upload worked thanks to MP4 files, in my experience Movavi's Fastreel can be used smoothly. It is worth taking a look at all the tools to know which one to use for what purpose.

If the upload worked thanks to MP4 files, in my experience Movavi's Fastreel can be used smoothly. It is worth taking a look at all the tools to know which one to use for what purpose.

Before taking out a subscription, it makes sense to take a look at the individual options with the free trial version. For example, cutting a 16: 9 video into a different aspect ratio cannot be individually implemented. Individual clips can only be converted to 1: 1, 16: 9 or 9:16 (portrait). You can choose whether the video with black bars is completely packed into a 1: 1 or 9:16 frame or parts of the video are cut off for the right fit. If important image content falls away, you are out of luck. You cannot drag the video to a position where it is cut off optimally. When recording, it is important to ensure that the important content is centered.

Change the aspect ratio with the online tool for video editing: This worked in the Fastreel test, but without the option of selecting the image section yourself.

Change the aspect ratio with the online tool for video editing: This worked in the Fastreel test, but without the option of selecting the image section yourself.

As you can see on the screenshot of the crop or resize tool, there is no option to add music or other audio to the clip. So this sub-step of the processing has to be carried out either before or after. The same goes for adjusting the length or merging individual clips. So that you don't have to adjust individual clips in the aspect ratio and then merge them, first cut them together and only then change the aspect ratio - so there are always only two steps;)

The test of a template shows that fine work is necessary here. Since the text cannot be moved and the line spacing is fixed, you have to work with fonts and the font size so that nothing is overwritten. It should read: Sir Apfelot Test.

The test of a template shows that fine work is necessary here. Since the text cannot be moved and the line spacing is fixed, you have to work with fonts and the font size so that nothing is overwritten. It should read: Sir Apfelot Test.

I'm not really convinced of the templates. The text in it cannot be freely positioned, so you have to play around with text sizes and positions (headline and subtitle) to get a good result. There is a large selection of templates for this, so that one of the solutions offered will definitely fit in the end.

Download and storage of finished videos

As noted above, finished videos are output as MP4 files. They are then available for download in the cloud. Of course, they can also be downloaded immediately after editing. However, the cloud storage gives you the option of downloading the file for others. So if you want to share your result with others, you don't have to send the finished file around and maybe use a file sharing service, you just need to send the link. The video editing project is meanwhile saved for 24 hours to allow changes. However, if you start a new project, the old one is lost.

After editing, it is possible to download and copy a download link.

After editing, it is possible to download and copy a download link.

Fastreel prices: free version, single purchase and subscription

There are basically three ways to use Fastreel from Movavi. In addition to the free “Free” offer, which gives the edited video a watermark, there is also the “Single Premium” offer, which costs 4,95 euros per video. It can only output a video without a watermark. I don't think this offer makes much sense. There is also “Unlimited Premium”, with which as many projects as necessary and possible can be started and completed. In addition, all templates and tools are available there; a watermark will not be added (unless you wish to add your own). The costs for this amount to 14,95 euros per month (monthly payment) or 9,95 euros per month (annual payment). 

Here is an overview of all three offers:

  • Free: Free but watermarked
  • Single Premium: No watermark, but only one video at a time for 4,95 euros
  • Unlimited Premium: Unlimited use without watermarks for 14,95 euros per month or 119,40 euros per year (i.e. 9,95 euros per month)

Movavi Fastreel: advantages and disadvantages

Fastreel benefits Fastreel cons
Video editing is also possible on computers with lame hardware Fast, stable internet is a basic requirement
No software download required Extensive projects with several processing steps are not possible
No video editing software takes up hard drive space No free positioning of videos possible when trimming
Use of Apple Mac, Windows PC, Linux computer and so on possible No free positioning of text in the templates possible (only font and typeface)
Further file formats are to be supported in the future Only MP4 is currently supported as a video format
Free use is possible (with watermark) Relatively high prices for full use

Fastreel test conclusion: My experience with online video editing

In my opinion, Movavi Fastreel is a niche product that does not appeal to all users who want to edit a video on a computer or tablet. Because iMovie is also available for free on the Mac. And basically all things can be done more easily and free of charge - even in one project at the same time and with the processing of MOV files from the iPhone. There will certainly be users who, for example, want to adjust their MP4 recordings from a video camera, drone or the like on a computer without a video editing app, add filters, add music and cut them. Fastreel can be a suitable solution for this. And that's what it works well for. 

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