You’re probably here because you’re a big fan of making home videos of special occasions. Birthdays, weddings, parties – you name it, you're going to capture it on tape. Or, perhaps you're a blogger? Or you’re a social media pro who wants to create slick videos to share on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
Motivation aside, we know there are tons of video making software apps out there. So, it can seem truly overwhelming and, if we're honest, overly complicated, to find the right one to fit your needs.
However, if you want to make top-quality video content quickly and simply, it’s worth investing a little of your time to choose the best platform, right?
That’s why we’re here to take the headache away by providing a quick review of one of the most popular online video editing programs on the market: Fastreel.com.
- Who's Fastreel?
- Fastreel’s primary features
- Fastreel’s prices
- Fastreel’s customer support and learning
- Fastreel's pros and cons
- What we think
That's lots to talk about, so let’s get going.
Fastreel is a software platform that allows users, amateurs, and pros, to produce and edit online videos without having to download a thing. Depending on the user's preferences, they can do this using one of Fastreel’s online templates or via a series of online tools.
Fastreel is part of the Movavi stable, who began life as a start-up in 2004 and, according to its website, offers a series of “multimedia programs that help you have fun with your videos, music, and photos on any platform and any device.” Movavi does this by creating powerful software that allows customers to edit, enhance, and share their video content online.
Their vision? According to their founder Sergei Pavlishin: “to make every user happy.”
Fastreel is part of that vision, allowing video editors to:
- Use built-in templates
- Add music and text
- Export your work in low or high quality
- Upload videos to Facebook or YouTube without leaving Fastreel's site
So now you’ve got a general idea, let’s take a more in-depth look at what Fastreel can actually do.
Fastreel's Primary Features
As we've already hinted at, Fastreel allows users to create videos using a series of templates or via online tools.
Below we walk through both options:
Looking at the ready-made templates, these enable you to create an intro, outro, adverts, birthday or wedding videos, a memory of graduation for all the family or near-on any other type of special occasion you want to commit to memory.
There are 28 templates to choose from, and they're named according to the type of occasion you want to commemorate. Aside from those listed above, there are also templates for video presentations, Valentine’s Day, holiday videos, movie trailers, workout videos, etc.
Users choose the template they want, and Fastreel walks them through what to do inside of their video editor. This includes helpful ideas on how to shape the video. For example, if you're going to create a birthday video, the top suggestion is to “Tell the Story of a Life” alongside “Make a Birthday Ecard.” You simply click the “make this video” option, and it takes you to a screen where you can start creating your video.
If you want greater editorial control, Fastreel’s online tools grant you that.
These tools include:
- Make a video
- Compress a video
- Make a slideshow, for example, for a business presentation
- Cut a video if it’s too long
- Crop a video including rotating and flipping clips
- Change the video's speed, i.e., make it faster or slower
- Merge videos
- Mute a video
- Add music and adjust its volume; choose different types of music to suit your video
- Resize a video
Each of the features enables you to edit your video inside of your internet browser. There are so many different tools it’s tough-going to go into them all here, so by way of an example, we’re going to imagine we’re making a wedding video.
So, we clicked on “make a video,” and here’s what happened:
You simply add/upload the video you’ve already filmed onto the Fastreel site in either JPEG, MP4, PNG, or GIF format (up to 500MB total in size).
Fastreel allows you to customize your video, add in clips and pictures, arrange which order they go in. Then, once you’ve done that, you can select the transition style and the image display duration. You can also upload your own soundtrack or use music from Fastreel’s online library.
After that, simply select export, and click download. Because Fastreel's interface is so intuitive, you don’t really need any editing skills. Once you’ve finished creating your video, you can share your work on Facebook or YouTube from inside of the Fastreel dashboard.
So far, so great, but how much do all these features cost? Let’s take a look.
There are three price packages: Free, Single-Premium, and Unlimited Premium. If you pay annually, prices for Unlimited Premium are 25% lower than if you pay monthly.
All three plans unlock access to the features we’ve already covered. However, if you opt for the free option, your video will have a watermark, the video quality is low, and the output quality is limited to 480p.
Single-Premium costs $5.95 per video, and you can pay annually or monthly; the price stays the same. For this, you lose the watermark, get high-quality video content, and a one-time premium export. For each video you make, you're allowed to use one tool or template, and you can save the result. If you want to use another template or another tool, you pay another $5.95, and so on.
Lastly, the Unlimited Premium Plan is undoubtedly the best value at either its discounted annual rate of $14.95/mo or its per month price at $19.95/mo. This option may seem expensive and is likely aimed at either enthusiastic amateurs or pros who need to create slick-looking social media videos or content for their blogging site.
Fastreel's Customer Support
We all need help now and again. So, you'll be pleased to hear that Fastreel has a simple FAQ section on its site that answers questions on topics like cancellation, video editing, payment options, payment problems, etc.
The Fastreel Support Center page on its website covers the above, and you can leave feedback about the program and how it might improve. If you have an issue, you can contact Fastreel's support team via an online form. Unfortunately, there's no phone option or instant chat available.
That said, there's a Learning Portal. Here you can source help on various video-related topics, including video editing tips and tutorials, media conversion and format help, photo editing tips and tricks. That's as well as more detailed tutorials such as “The Difference in 1080p vs. 4K and “Best youTube to MP3 Convertors.”
Lastly, there’s also a blog. Here you’re redirected to the Movavi site where you can read articles or watch videos (naturally!) on a variety of topics. For instance, “Keep Calm and Carry On Filming: 11 Rules for Daily Vlogging,” “How to Make a Video Podcast: An Ultimate Guide for Beginners,” and “How to Become a Video Editor: And Earn Good Money!”.
Fastreel's Pros and Cons
Let's start with the perks…
- There's a good selection of templates to choose from
- There's a template preview option
- There's a free version for you to try before you actually buy anything
- Its website is straightforward to navigate
- You get access to an audio library, so you don't have to shell out loads for licence-free music.
Now for the drawbacks…
- The free version has limited capabilities, including low video quality.
- Free-version videos have a watermark that you can’t remove.
- You can’t switch templates mid-creation. You have to wrap up what you’re doing and then choose another template from the gallery.
- All the support is online, even for Premium customers – you can't call a support agent.
Our Final Thoughts
So there you have it, our quick Fastreel review. We hope you’ve found it helpful. Let us know what you think about it and how you get along in the comments box below. We’d love to hear all about your video content.