I thoroughly tested FlexClip, so you don’t have to. This is an unbiased FlexClip review based on my experience with this online video editing platform.
(All thanks to FlexClip for giving me access to the Business plan so I could test all features)
Browsing over other reviews, I found a lot of mistakes and misinformation. Thus, I made sure to improve on those and put together a complete and unbiased Flexclip review.
Let’s get into it.
FlexClip review Summary:
FlexClip is an online platform for video editing that runs in your browser.
It has all the necessary features needed to edit videos, from adding shapes, fonts, and intros, to adding free stock videos, music, and your custom watermarks.
I recommend FlexClip to anyone who doesn’t need a complex and robust video editor but still wants to create beautiful and professional videos for their business or social media.
You can test FlexClip for free using its free plan, but to get the full experience you’ll need to purchase one of the paid plans, starting at only $4.24/mo.
Stats that speak for themselves:
- 3M+ worldwide users
- Almost 400,000 registered users
- More than 1,000 beautiful templates
- 900K free videos clips
- 111K royalty-free music
- Intuitive video editor
Interface: Simple and Intuitive
To use FlexClip, you need to create an account first.
This is completely free and easy to do. You can use either Facebook or Google to sign up, or you can create a new account using your email address.
Not everyone needs to be a robust video editor or a video designer to create a nice video. FlexClip satisfies the ever-increasing demand people have for quality video creation that doesn’t break the bank and lets everyone design stunning work in an effortless way.Lin Xiao, the CEO of FlexClip
The interface is intuitive and therefore easy to navigate.
In the top left corner, you have the option to start a new project with the help of templates or to start from scratch.
In the top bar, you can see all your projects and change their names. I disliked that my projects were shuffled every time I refreshed the page. For example, I numbered them Test 1 through Test 7. Upon refreshing the page, they were no longer in alphabetical nor chronological order.
Below all that, you can browse hundreds of beautiful and professional templates, which are a good starting point for any project.
Overall, FlexClip interface heavily resembles the one of Canva and is very easy to navigate. I love that you can quickly access any feature.
Editing: Fast but limited
By clicking “Start From Scratch”, you can choose between two Edit modes:
- Storyboard mode – this is the native mode of FlexClip. You can trim clips and add effects very easily with an intuitive editor.
- Timeline mode (not fully operational – it’s currently in a free open beta state): you can use timeline with multiple tracks to create complex but highly customizable video effects.
Since Timeline mode is still in development, I will focus this FlexClip review on Storyboard mode.
When you choose Storyboard mode, you first need to decide which aspect ratio you want to use.
You can choose between:
Which aspect ratio you choose depends on your needs and for what you’re going to use it. Conveniently, FlexClip recommends certain aspect ratios for their respective social media uses.
Left sidebar offers several effects and elements that you can add to your videos.
One of these is Media, which opens several options to add new clips.
- Stock Media – use high-quality stock images, videos, and audio
- Local Files – upload your media.
- Recording (Record Screen, Record Webcam) – record a clip and instantly upload it.
FlexClip has partnered with Storyblocks to offer you free stock media with any plan.
I loved the free stock media FlexClip offers. With the Business plan, you can use unlimited stock images and clips for your videos.
Additionally, the majority of images and videos is of excellent quality. Hence, unless your project demands a custom video, you can create an entire video out of stock clips.
However, you must realize that other FlexClip users will also use the same videos, making them less unique.
Moreover, these clips are licenced under a royalty-free license which generally only allows a couple hundred thousand reuses; HOWEVER, FlexClip’s royalty-free license has no limits of reproduction or impressions.
Another important tool is adding Text. FlexClip has a number of presets, both still and dynamic, that you can easily add by simply click on them.
Each preset has its own style that you can customize, but unfortunately not drastically.
You may change font, colours, font style (bold, italic), size, and alignment, and text content.
Additionally, you can quite easily change the text in the preset by simply double-clicking on it or clicking on the square with a pencil in the toolbar (see above).
Doing so, opens a box that allows you to change the title and subtitle of your text.
Adding Overlay, Elements, & Background
To make your video come to life, FlexClip allows adding overlays, elements, and backgrounds.
In the gif below, I add the an overlay by simply clicking on it. Conveniently, you can also see the preview of each effect by hovering over it with your cursor.
Additionally, you can add several elements to your videos, including social (YouTube icon, Facebook like), shapes, arrows, and even illustrations and buttons.
Lastly, FlexClip offers a variety of backgrounds. From one-colour and gradient backgrounds, to animated and stock videos.
Regardless of what kind of background you choose, be careful not to one that’s too interesting. Background should never take any attention away from your main subject.
Background music is the best way to make your videos more interesting.
Additionally, music sets the tone of your videos. If you’re making an educational video, you probably don’t want to add energetic music as a background. In contrast, slow, classical music won’t do well in high intensity workouts.
Too add a new music track, simply click on Music tab and choose between Add Stock Music or Browse Your Music.
I highly recommend you use Stock Music because it’s already properly licensed. All you need to do, is find the right one and upload it.
Click on Add Stock Music to browse collections.
In the left sidebar, Filters will help you narrow-down your search.
When you successfully add a music track to your video, you can do all kind of edits to it. You can trim it, change the volume, importantly you can also make it Fade In and Fade Out, or make it Loop.
FlexClip has a decently simple pricing system.
There are 4 different plans from which you can choose – Free, Basic, Plus, and Business.
The key difference between the plans is the price, download resolution, number of projects, stock videos allowed per project, and a few minor features.
You can choose between cheaper annual plans (you save up to 50%) or more expensive monthly plans.
Here’s the complete pricing table.
Free version of FlexClip provides a insight of what this online platform is capable. However, it’s no suitable to create promotional videos for two main reasons:
- All download have maximum 480p resolution.
- Every video will by default contain FlexClip intro.
I recommend the Basic plan for amateurs that need videos for their personal projects and social media.
Plus plan is the best suitable for entrepreneurs, because it offers everything they need – enough stock videos, high-enough resolution, and a lot of projects.
Finally, Business plan, as the name suggests, is the best option for business and individuals that can afford a relatively high price per month. Video length of 30 minutes, 1000 projects, and unlimited stock videos per projects are the best features of Business plan.
How to use FlexClip
FlexClip was designed to make video editing easy for everyone. Thus, you can create amazing videos without any prior video-editing experience.
Writing a video tutorial makes no sense, so I recommend you watch this video by Sassy Townhouse living.
FlexClip is an outstanding online platform editing videos. However, it’s simplicity also has drawbacks, such as lack of features or limited customizability.
If you need more than just a simple video editor, I recommend these alternatives:
1. Adobe Premiere Pro ($20.99/mo)
Adobe Premiere Pro is probably the best software to edit videos. Produced by Adobe, it is sold under a subscription plan.
You can purchase it separately for $20.99/month or as a part of Creative Cloud bundle for $52.99/month.
2. Camtasia ($249.99)
Camtasia is arguably one of the best Adobe Premiere Pro competitors.
While it’s not as polished as Adobe Premiere Pro, it has all the features you need to edit videos. It’s a great place for beginners to start learning and professionals to create whatever they please.
3. Adobe Premiere Rush ($9.99/mo)
Adobe Premiere Rush is a light version of Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s simple to use, much like FlexClip, but also has less features.
You can purchase it separately for $9.99/month or as a part of Creative Cloud bundle for $52.99/month.
Does FlexClip have a watermark?
FlexClip allows adding a custom watermark in Basic, Plus, and Business plans. In Free plan, FlexClip adds its own watermark upon downloading a video that cannot be removed other than purchasing a paid plan.
How much does FlexClip cost?
FlexClip is sold under 4 plans. Free plan is free to use for unlimited time, Basic plan costs $8.99/mo ($4.99/mo when billed annually), Plus plan costs $15.99/mo ($7.99/mo when billed annually), and Business plan costs $29.99/mo ($19.99/mo when billed annually).
FlexClip Review: Conclusion
In conclusion, FlexClip is a nifty platform for video editing for a very decent monthly price. With no need for any prior experience with video editing, FlexClip is an amazing tool for beginners.