Instagram: How to Hide Activity Status in Direct Messages

Instagram just rolled out its new feature known as 'activity status'. This feature is by default active in the latest version of the Instagram app. This means that all your friends, and followers will know when your were last active on Instagram app. This feature is exactly similar to WhatsApp's last seen and can be found in Facebook messenger.


The feature has been rolled out to android and iOS users. The activity status in Instagram is somewhat unusual as users don't use the direct messages much for chat as they do in case of WhatsApp and Facebook. Since both the apps are now owned by Facebook then we could see similar features in all these apps in the future.

When you open the the direct messages in Instagram app then you will see the activity status of your friends. A two word phrase can be seen below every message as 'Active now' or 'Active 7m ago' like this.
instagram last seen

However if you are not interested in sharing your last seen in Instagram then you can cleverly opt out of this. Instagram has given an option to disable this feature. And after disabling this feature you can use the app normally as you always did.

instagram activity status

To disable the activity status or last seen in Instagram just open the app. Now tap the profile button and then tap the menu button on the top right corner (three vertical dots) to access settings. Scroll down a little bit and disable 'Show Activity Status'. Now after disabling this feature then app won't show others when you were last active on the app. After disabling it you also won't be able to see other people's activity.

Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Officially Ended: Here's How You Can Still Upgrade For Free

Windows 10 Assistive Technology upgrade offer officially ended on December 31, 2017. But Microsoft extended the offer up to January 16, 2018. Now officially you can not upgrade your Windows 7/8.1 pc to Windows 10. When you open the assistive technology page then you will see that Microsoft removed the download link of the Windows 10 upgrader software. This tiny software downloads and upgrades your PC to Windows 10.

So, if Microsoft isn't providing any download link to this tiny software application then it is almost impossible to upgrade your computer to Windows 10. But wait, its not over yet and it is quite possible as of now to upgrade to new Windows 10 even after the official end of the offer.

So we checked the offer on January 18, 2018 and found that it is still active. We used Windows10Upgrade24074.exe to check the validity of this offer and it worked. Well, Microsoft gave an year long extension to the Windows 10 upgrade offer. Almost every computer should have been upgraded during this time. But it doesn't happen because many people still love Windows 7. But I should remind those people that Microsoft Windows 10 Pro costs $199 which was available for free since more than a year. So what's the problem is getting something which is worth $199. Now Microsoft has closed the doors and you don't have any official way.

But we are sharing a trick with which you can still upgrade to Windows 10. You only need to download Windows10Upgrade24074.exe its version number is 24074. This tool will upgrade your PC. We didn't test any other or newer version of this upgrade tool. So as far as you have this tool version number 24074 you can upgrade your PC to Windows 10 for free in 2018.

Windows10Upgrade24074.exe is not available to download. However you can download its newer versions from this link below.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

On reaching this page click the 'Update now' to download the latest version of this tool mentioned above. But we are not sure whether it will work or not because we haven't tested the newer version of this tool except the version 24074.

But if you are the one who is looking to avail this offer then we can share the file with you. For this you have to contact us on our twitter page at https://www.twitter.com/pcnexus

You can tweet to us or tag us and ask for the file. We will send you the link to download it.

Important: Since we are not sure for how long this trick would work. It a win or lose situation. But for the time being its a win-win situation if you can get the Windows 10 Pro upgrade for free.

How Did We Check That The Windows 10 Assistive Technology Offer Is Still Active After Its Official End On January 16, 2018

We have the Windows 10 update assistant version 24074 that we downloaded on January 3, 2018. At that time we were the first to notice that the assistive technology offer was still active. Now we again spotted this on January 18, 2018 and found that the offer is still active.

So we ran the Windows10Upgrade24074.exe on a Windows 7 PC and it ran without any problems. It didn't warn us that the offer has official ended and went on to download the Windows 10 installation files. However we cancelled the upgrade because it was just to check the offer's validity and yes the Windows 10 upgrade offer is still available if you use the Windows10Upgrade24074.exe.

Here are the screenshots, check below. Click on any image to see in full size and also check the date in the image which is highlighted in red.


windows 10 free upgrade 2018


So if you are reading this article and want to upgrade to Windows 10 then don't wait. Just download the latest Windows 10 upgrade assistant and check if it works. If the latest version doesn't work then head over to our twitter page at https://www.twitter.com/pcnexus to request the file version 24074. You can tweet to us or tag us.

How To Use a Laptop Without Battery (AC Power Only)

Laptops or notebooks are portable computers that you can carry almost everywhere you go. They are quite easy to carry and handle. For a laptop to work longer the battery should be in perfect condition. But laptop batteries aren't that reliable and they hardly last for more than 2 years. These batteries are made up of independent lithium-ion cells. These cells or batteries are connected in parallel or series connections to deliver the required voltage.


Most laptops today use 4 cell lithium ion battery and if any of the cells get damaged then you have to replace the entire battery pack. In this case, the battery won't get charged completely. So you have to replace it if you want your laptop to perform normally.

Must read: Make a DIY power bank from laptop battery cells

Most people have a question that whether they can use their laptop without battery but plugged in. The answer is yes, as far as the electricity in your building is trouble free and properly grounded. Many PC gamers prefer gaming on adapter power only and they remove the battery to prevent excess heat. Laptops, their charger, and battery get hot when you use them simultaneously for gaming or for any other task that requires heavy computing.

Reasons Why You Should Use Your Laptop Without Its Battery

  • Using a laptop without a battery keeps it and the power adapter cool all the time. The power adapter becomes hot when it charges and powers the laptop simultaneously. This reduces its life.
  • Your laptop can work longer hours.
  • If your laptop never leaves home and you use it like a desktop.
  • You have a good power backup source like a Sinewave inverter or you use a UPS for the laptop for power backup.

Why Is UPS Necessary?

There is no problem in using a laptop without its battery but you should a use a UPS as a power backup. If you don't have any power backup source then in case of a power cut your laptop will shut down immediately and you won't be able to save your unsaved tasks. This scenario is not recommended at all. This is the only disadvantage of using a laptop only on AC power and removing the battery.

Using a UPS is 100 percent necessary as it will not only provide the power backup but will also save your laptop and its power adapter from electrical surges, current leaks, overcurrent, and short circuits. Make sure that the UPS you are using does have a fuse that will break in case of overvoltage thereby saving your laptop.

A laptop power brick converts the 240V AC power to 19V DC power (this power rating may vary). This 19V DC is a pure power that a laptop needs. But most adapters are not capable of filtering electrical surges and spikes which can damage your laptop. In this case, a UPS will do the trick. A 600VA UPS can power up to three laptops simultaneously. UPS filters out electrical surges, spikes, and overcurrent. It is highly recommended that you use a sinewave compatible UPS backup system but a normal one is also enough if you can't afford the prior.

Must read: How to take good care of laptop adapter

How To Use a Laptop Without Battery (AC Power Only)

  • Remove the battery first.
  • Connect the power adapter to laptop, then connect the adapter to UPS. Feed the UPS with mains supply.
  • Now you are ready to use your laptop without battery.
  • Just power it on and use it normally without fearing the power failure.

Advantages Of Using a UPS for a Laptop Without Battery

  • Keeps the laptop and the power adapter cool.
  • Provides power backup in case of power cut.
  • Protects against electrical surges, spikes, overvoltage, and overcurrent that most laptop adapters fail to protect against.
  • Acts as an inexpensive new surge protector.
  • Much cheaper than a laptop battery.
  • Can significantly last for years. I have seen UPS working for as long as 10 years. No laptop battery or even the laptop itself will not last that long.

So if your laptop's battery has failed then don't buy a new one if it hardly leaves the home. You should better invest your money in buying a UPS instead.

Download Files Go: A Tiny Yet Smart and Powerful Cleaner For Android By Google

There are many file cleaner apps available in the Google Play Store. Some of these android cleaner apps work just fine but they are full of ads and some useless features. So it can be said that most android cleaner apps clean junk but themselves contain junk in form of annoying ads, popups, and useless features. Some android mobile companies provide their own junk file cleaner built into their phone's OS. But smartphones running stock android OS doesn't have any other option except for downloading a junk file cleaner.


So if your phone is running stock android OS and you are looking for a smart junk file cleaner that is ad free then Google Files Go should be your first choice. It a tiny android junk file cleaner app that lets you remove unwanted junk from you android phone. With Google Files Go you can save more space on your phone as compared to any other android cleaner app. The Google Files Go provides an easy-to-use and easy-to-clean approach which lets you delete junk files safely. You can decide which files to keep and which to delete. Here are some useful features of Google Files Go.

Features Of Google Files Go

  • Cleans duplicate files on your android phone.
  • Suggests you to uninstall unused apps that hasn't been used since a month.
  • Ideal cleaner to clean or delete WhatsApp files, images, and videos. WhatsApp media is almost junk and it is better to clear it off.
  • Provides options to move media files from phone to SD card.
  • The 'Files' section show you all the files stored on your phone which are categorized as 'Documents', 'Downloads', 'Received files', 'Apps', 'Images', 'Videos', and 'Audio'.
  • The 'Apps' category in the 'Files' section will let you uninstall installed android apps at one single place. You can also clear particular app cache from this category.
  • It also allows us to share files without internet at high speed.

How To Clean Junk Files On Android Using 'Files Go'

  • Download and install the app from Google Play Store.
  • Now open the app and it will show you several cards like 'Duplicate files', 'WhatsApp media' etc. It will also show you the storage space left on phone and SD card.

  • Below every card the app will show you the amount of storage space that you can free up and reclaim.
  • Simply tap any card and select the files that you want to delete.
  • Long tap any file to open it. Suppose if it is a video then long tap it and it will start playing. In this way you can check files before deleting. You can also open PDF documents by long tapping.
  • The most junk files can be found in the android download folder or the 'Downloaded files' (folder) card, and 'WhatsApp media' (folder) card. So do check these folders for unwanted files.

Advanced Cleaning

  • Tap the 'Files' tap in the app and it will give you access to all the files stored on your phone and SD card.



  • Simply tap any option, here I am selecting Images. This will show all the images and photos stored on the phone and the SD card at one place.


  • Swipe from right to left to navigate to different folders. Long tap any image then tap the options menu on the top right corner (three vertical dots). It will give options like 'Copy to SD card', 'Move to SD card', 'Rename', and 'File info'.
  • You can tap the 'Delete' icon (the bin) next to the share button to delete that image.
  • This method of cleaning is same for all the file categories listed in the 'Files' tab.

The good thing is that you can see all files of one type at a single place and then can delete, move, rename, or copy to SD card. You can also view them by long tapping them. So it is quiet easy and fast to delete, copy, or move files from an android smartphone.

Clear App Cache Of All Android Apps At Once

Google Files Go cleaner can clear app cache of all android apps at once. No need to go to android settings and clear app cache one by one which is time consuming. Simply go to 'Files>Apps' in the cleaner app. You will see list of installed apps. Long tap and select an app then keep on selecting multiple apps of which you want to clear the cache. Tap the menu button on top right corner and touch 'Select All' to select all apps. Then open the menu again and select 'Clear cache' to delete cache data of all android apps at once.

Delete Unused APKs

If you have a habit of downloading and sideloading android apps then you might have a great collection of android apps claiming a large space on your phone. An android APK once installed should be deleted to save space. Simply tap the 'APP INSTALLERS (APKS)' in the apps section to see the list of APKs. Tap the tiny triangle in front of every options to access options like delete, copy, move, install. Select multiple apps to delete at once from the top right menu.

Send/Receive Files Via Wi-Fi Hotspot

This Google cleaner app can also send or receive files at high speed using the Wi-Fi hotspot. To use this function go to the 'Files' tab and tap 'SEND' or 'RECIEVE' under 'Transfer securely without internet'. Both users should have installed this app on their android phones. One user should send and and the other user should tap receive using the same app.

Google Files Go is an easy to use android cleaner. It can clean all kinds on app junk, unwanted files, and move your media to SD card. It doesn't contain any annoying ads and has a built in function to send and receive files at high speed. So people who are using du Cleaner, Clean Master, Share It should think again.

Moto G4 and G4 Plus Gets December 2017 Security Patch Update

Motorola has just rolled out the latest December security patch update for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus users in India. It is the first update for Moto G4 Plus in 2018. The G4 Plus is yet to receive the android Oreo 8.0 update.

The update size is just 36 MB and it doesn't add any new functionality. Its a security patch update that fixes android security vulnerabilities up to December 1, 2017. The build number of this OTA is NPJS25.93-14-13


Moto g4 plus latest update jan 2018

If you have received the update then tap 'YES, I'M IN'. If you haven't received the update the go to 'Settings>About phone>System updates'.

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How To Use Any Keyboard As a Mouse In Windows 10

Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update has a special feature which will let you use your keyboard as an additional mouse. This special feature is extremely useful in the case when the laptop's touchpad gets failed or your USB mouse stops working suddenly. In this case if your desktop PC or laptop is running Windows 10 version 1709 or above then you can use the keyboard's numpad as a mouse. Do remember that Microsoft is still giving free upgrade to Windows 10 in 2018 to Windows 7/8 users. Grab your free copy now because the offer can be withdrawn anytime.

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How To Use Any Keyboard As a Mouse In Windows 10

  • Go to 'Settings>Ease of Access>Mouse'.
  • Under 'Mouse keys' enable 'Use numeric keypad to move mouse around the screen'.
  • Also enable 'Hold down Ctrl to speed up and Shift to slow down' and 'Use mouse keys when Num Lock is on'.
  • You can use Ctrl key to speed up the mouse pointer or Shift key to slowly move the mouse pointer around the screen. If you enable the Num lock option then the Num keys will only move the pointer when the Num lock is ON.
  • Use Num key 8 to move up, 2 to move down, 6 to move right, and 4 to move the mouse pointer to left. Use Num key 5 as left click and the plus '+' key as right click. Complete configuration is given below. Use the arrow keys to scroll on a webpage.

use keyboard as mouse

This features becomes useful when the USB mouse of your desktop computer fails to operate or the laptop's touchpad doesn't respond. We can use the Ctrl and Shift key along with the main control keys to speed up or slow down the pointer movement around the screen. So it is quite a good feature that you can use when your mouse don't work or you actually don't have it around.

Windows 7 Users Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free In 2018

Windows 10 was officially launched for the public in July 2015 and Microsoft announced free upgrade offer for eligible Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users. That upgrade offer ended in July 2016. Microsoft gave another chance to Windows 7/8 users and announced that people who use assistive technologies can upgrade to Windows 10 for free before the offer expires on December 31, 2017.

But the good news is that the assistive technology offer is not over yet and you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free legally and officially from Microsoft in 2018. Microsoft isn't checking whether you are using assistive technologies or not. So if you still haven't upgraded to Windows 10 then don't wait just do it now.

As per the upgrade information on assistive technology webpage of Microsoft's website it is clearly visible that the offer was available until December 31 2017. But on Jan 3, 2018, we found that the Windows 10 free upgrade 2018 hasn't been withdrawn yet and it is still working in 2018.

How Did We Know That The Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer Is Still Available In 2018?

We tested this upgrade offer on 3rd January 2018 on a laptop that is still running Windows 7. We wanted to upgrade that laptop to Windows 10. So we checked the assistive technology page on official Microsoft website. And we found that besides the expiration notice Microsoft is still providing the download link for the Windows 10 update assistant. So we downloaded the update assistant and ran it on the laptop. Since we didn't have any Windows 7 laptop or computer in our vicinity then we used teamviewer to remotely checked the upgrade offer's validity on one of our friend's laptop. And we found that Windows 10 upgrade offer is still active in 2018. You can check the screenshots below that were taken on 3rd Jan 2018.

windows 10 free upgrade 2018

➜ Important Note: We are not sure for how long this offer will work in 2018 as there is no official statement from Microsoft for continuing it in 2018. But for the time being, you can avail this free Windows 10 upgrade in 2018 as soon as possible because it is still working. The assistive technology offer is still working in 2018 because of two reasons. Either Microsoft has forgotten to withdraw the offer or it is planning to extend the period.

➜ Update: Microsoft has finally set a deadline for the Windows 10 upgrade through assistive technologies. So if you want to avail this offer then take advantage of it before it expires on January 16, 2018.

If you want to upgrade your Windows 7/8 PC/laptop to Windows 10 for free then check this tutorial.

Please share this article wherever possible as the Windows 10 upgrade offer will be withdrawn on January 16, 2018. You still have eight days left. 

WhatsApp Will No Longer Support Older Phones: Check If Your Phone Is On The List

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has officially released a list of smartphones that will no longer support it. After reaching the deadlines WhatsApp can't be installed on these phones. WhatsApp will start to drop the support for most of the older phones this coming week. WhatsApp has evolved from a simple instant messaging app to a superior chat app having video call facility, voice call facility, and file sharing options.


WhatsApp has made it clear that new features of the app will not work properly and some features will also stop working on these phones after 31st December 2017. Below is the list of smartphones that will not support WhatsApp starting December 31st.

List Of Phones That Will Not Support WhatsApp After December 31st 2017

  • Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
  • Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017
  • Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
  • Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020

In a Feb 26, 2016 blog post from the company it was stated that the support for Nokia S40 and will end by the end of 2016. But the company has now extended it to December 31, 2018. The support for Nokia S60 has already ended. BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 users will not be able to use WhatsApp after this coming week.

So if your phone is in the above list then it is wise to upgrade your phone.

DVDFab Player 5 Ultra Review: Best 4K UHD/Blu-Ray Player For Windows 10, And TVs

DVDFab Player 5 is the latest addition to the software arsenal of Fengtao software. The there most popular software product is the DVDFab 10 that we reviewed some time ago. DVDFab aka Fengtao Software is known to develop consumer software with a unique approach which is to provide some useful and features that are not found in other similar software.

Fengtao software just released the DVDFab Player 5 on 20th December 2017 and we are excited because we are the first one to review it on our blog. The software is currently available to download for Microsoft Windows only. This software is specially designed for 4K UHD monitors and TVs. So if you have an HDR10 compatible TV or monitor on which you want to watch movies in ultra high definition with 20/20 visual acuity then consider reading this review.

dvdfab player 5 ultra

What Is DVDFab Player 5 Ultra And What It Can Do For You

Simply it’s a media player which is specially designed to play 4K UHD and Blu-ray movies on a TV having a resolution of 2160p. Since the commercial launch of 4K TVs, there has been a shortage of 4K content. This is because the 1080p resolution is still popular because of there low price. But having a 4K UHD TV and watching 1080p content on it or watching 4K movies that don’t give the actual ultra high definition feeling to your eyes because of the TV’s inbuilt software 4K player, is not good at all.

So DVDFab Player 5 is the best Blu-ray player for your entire movie collection, be it your collection of Transformers or Star Wars movies.

Features Of DVDFab Player 5 Ultra

  • New design with TV and PC playback modes
  • Supports all navigation menus on DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
  • Supports HDR10 which delivers sharp images and excellent color production on 4K UHD screen. An HDR10 compatible TV or monitor is required for this feature.
  • Fully supports high-res audio like Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master and DTS:X, and 7.1 sound output for theater-like experience within a room.
  • Plays all popular video formats like MP4, MKV, VOB etc. It also plays DVD and Blu-ray ISO files.

System Requirements

DVDFab Player 5 will work seamlessly on all modern day desktop and laptop computers running Windows 10/8/7/Vista. If you are using this software for a 4K UHD TV then your TV should be HDR10 compatible for watching the ultra high definition movies. If you are going to use this in PC mode then DVDFab recommends Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 (Pascal) series or above graphics card for HDR mode. Having a Blu-ray drive is necessary if you have Blu-ray discs or DVDs.

Brief Overview Of DVDFab Player 5 Ultra

  • The DVDFab Player 5 is available to download for Microsoft Windows only at present. You can download this software from this link – Download DVDFab Player 5.
  • When you open the program then you will be given two modes, PC mode, and TV mode. If you are using it on PC then use PC mode.
DVDFab Player 5 Ultra 2018
  • If you are using it for TV then select TV mode. Make sure you have HDMI 2.1 cable to connect your PC to TV (older HDMI versions will also work though) and select the TV screen to use it as a monitor in full resolution. You should adjust your video card settings for achieving the best viewing experience on the TV.
  • Just make sure that your video card supports at least 4K resolution.

DVDFab Player 5 PC Mode Explained

  • Open the program and select PC Mode and you will see two options to load the videos. Either you can directly use the DVD or BD drive or click the ‘+’ button to load a 4K movie from your PC’s hard disk. The player has a simple user interface, see the image below.
  • Clicking the eject button on the top right of the player window will open up the program settings. You can customize the 4K player settings from here like enabling ‘HDR mode’, customizing the subtitles by changing their font, size, and color.

dvdfab player 5 ultra review

  • In settings, you can also select the Blu-ray region from the three regions A, B, and C.
  • Hotkey option will let you set shortcuts for the program with a single button press. To change a hotkey simply open it and left click on any key and press your desired key to set the new shortcut.
  • Now to access other video settings just right click on the player while the movie is playing. You will see options for ‘Video’, ‘Audio’, ‘Subtitle’, ‘Playback’, ‘Chapter’, ‘Fullscreen’ etc.
  • The video options will let you adjust the aspect ratio of the movie, rotate the video, and deinterlace it. You can also customize zoom level, pixel ration, and vertical shift by clicking the ‘Video control’ option.
  • If it’s a dual audio movie then right click on it then click ‘Audio’ and select the desired audio from the dual audio language.
  • Clicking the ‘Subtitle’ option will let you choose subtitles and you can also turn them off if you don’t want them to appear on the movie screen.

DVDFab Player 5 TV Mode Explained

The TV Mode has a different UI and it lets you play movies from DVDs, Blu-ray discs, hard drive, and DVDFab movie server a feature that is coming soon to this 4K UHD player. Open the TV mode and select your movie source to play.

dvdfab player 5 tv mode

This mode is designed for 4K UHD TVs connected to your PC’s graphics card via HDMI output. Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 series graphics card are required for the HDR mode to work correctly on TVs and for a full 4K ultra high definition experience.

How Much DVDFab Player 5 Ultra Cost

There are two versions of this software 4K player. The one is the standard version and the other is the Ultra version. The only difference between the standard and the Ultra version is that the Ultra version supports 4K UHD movie playback while the standard version doesn’t play 4K movie files. The standard version also doesn’t support HDR mode. So buy the Ultra version if you want this player to work with your TV’s ultra high definition screen. The Windows version is priced at $99 for 2 years and $149 for a lifetime license. Fengtao software doesn’t give 30-day money back guarantee on their software. So you are advised to test their software thoroughly before placing the order. To any time buy this software check the link below and also check Fengtao Software refund policy.


➜ Christmas Offer: DVDFab is giving 25% sitewide discounts on their products until 27th December 2017. Use coupon code 25GIFT to avail 25% discount during checkout.

➜ Note on refund: If you buy a software after completely testing it then what’s the point of getting a refund. You buy the software after using it in trial mode only if it satisfies your requirements. So if you are buying any software from DVDFab then make sure to use it completely in trial mode and then decide whether to buy it or not. Don’t worry about the software bugs as they are temporary and get fixed in coming updates.

DVDFab Player 5 Pros

  • Separate video playing modes for TV and PC.
  • HDR10 mode for ultra-high definition entertainment. A compatible TV is required.
  • Compatible with Windows Media Center remote in TV mode.
  • Upscales SD to 4K.

DVDFab Player 5 Cons

  • Not for low-end video cards. TV mode works only with Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 (Pascal) series or above  graphics card.
  • Low-end graphics card will not give 4K UHD experience on TV.

So this is the DVDFab Player 5 review. Hope you liked it. If you have any questions about this 4K UHD player for Windows then do ask via comments and take two minutes to share this post.

Movavi Video Editor 14 Review: A Versatile Video Editor For Mac and Windows

Movavi Video Editor 14 as the name suggests is a video editing software that directly competes with various video editing software for personal use. When we talk about free video editors then Windows Movie Maker will be our first choice. However, the Windows Movie Maker is outdated and doesn’t stand anywhere near today’s video editing standards.

If you are looking for a quality video editor at a reasonable price then we will recommend you Movavi. It fits your budget and provides great functionality in editing a video. I am impressed by the features of the Movavi Video Editor and it has almost every useful feature like cut video, crop that I need for editing a video or create tutorials for my YouTube channel.

So in this post, we present to you Movavi Video Editor 14. In this article, you will learn about this video editing software and we will give you reasons why you should buy this software.

About Movavi

Movavi produces a wide range of multimedia programs that ensure you can have fun with your videos, music, and photos on any platform and any device. They develop easy-to-use, powerful and effective programs that inspire people to process, enhance, and share their content. They are developing such software since 2004 and we are reviewing one of their useful software, Movavi Video Editor 14.


Features of Movavi Video Editor 14

  • Easy to use video editing software for Mac and Windows.
  • Provides all basic video editing options like cutting a video, crop, and rotate it.
  • Contains a lot of filters that you can apply to a video.
  • It also has a video creating and editing wizard known as montage mode. It will guide you in creating a video by using multiple video clips and photos.
  • Essential features like callouts, highlight and conceal are available in this software. With callouts, you can point out anything in a video through animated arrows, shapes, and circles.
  • With the conceal feature you can blur a specific area of the video to hide any info or faces.
  • With the ‘Titles’ you can create the intro for your video and edit text. It has built-in animated templates for titles.
  • Lets you combine two videos for a side-by-side video playing.
  • Supports all popular video formats including 4K.

Is Movavi Software Virus and Malware Free

Yes, Movavi software is 100% virus and malware free. We scanned the software with our paid Avast Internet Security and it didn’t find any issues. Our antivirus neither blocked nor showed any warnings. So it is pretty safe to use and install as Movavi is a trusted software developer as reported by its users around the world.

Movavi Video Editor 14 User Interface Explained

When you open the software then you will find four main functions on the leftmost side of the software windows. There are three options that are fixed and the fourth one is replaceable. The first option is for importing the media files like audio, video, and pictures.


The second option with a magic wand is for the filters. The third option gives access to the transitions. And the fourth one is customizable you can click the menu icon below the fourth option and select any one option from the list that you want to use the most during video editing. These options include ‘callouts’, ‘pan and zoom’, ‘stabilization’, ‘highlight and conceal’, and ‘chroma key’.


On the rightmost end of the software window, you will see an inbuilt video player. Below the player, the timeline is located and above it, you can see basic video editing tools like split, crop, rotate, color adjustment, recording a voice-over, and clip properties.

Adding Media Files To The Movavi Video Editor

Before editing videos you should know how to add media files to the editor. Click the ‘Import’ button on the top left side and click ‘Add Media Files’ and import the videos that you want to edit. If you have a folder in which many videos are saved then click the ‘Add Folder’ option and import files from it.

If you want to record video from your webcam then use the ‘Record Video’ function. The webcam will only record the video but won’t import it automatically. You have to manually import the recorded video from this directory ‘C:\Users\PC-Name\Videos\Movavi Library’. You can also record screencast but that is a separate paid feature that we won’t be discussing in this post.

Editing Videos On Movavi Video Editor 14 in Full-Feature Mode

Now you have learned to import media files. Now we will discuss video editing on Movavi Video Editor. One good thing about this software that I like is that after loading a video it automatically splits video and its audio. So I can delete the audio and change it with some other voice-over. I can also mute the audio. Check the following image for more info.



➜ When you have loaded the video in the editor you just have to click it once in the timeline and after that, you can use all the editing tools like split, crop, rotate, color adjustment, record voice-over, clip and audio settings.


➜ In the ‘Clip properties,’ you can increase the volume up to 400% as some video files have low audio. You can also change the video playing speed and finally, you can select the reverse function to save the video in reverse order.
➜ Clicking the ‘Clip properties’ icon will open all the tools and settings that can be applied to a video just above your video’s timeline. Just scroll down and find other options like color adjustment, crop and rotate, Pan and zoom, Stabilization (removes camera shakes), Highlight and Conceal, and Chroma Key.
➜ Since these tools are self-explanatory so there is no need to explain them in detail.
You can access a particular tool by right clicking on the video in the timeline. This is the shortcut. See the image below.


➜ Highlight and Conceal

➜ This is indeed a very useful feature. This feature lets you blur out a particular area in your video. You can either blur out a face or blur a text that is appearing in the video. It also lets you highlight some important information in the video.
➜ To use this function first go to the ‘Highlight and Conceal’ by simply right clicking on the movie file and then Tools>Highlight and Conceal. Now follow these steps below.
➜ When you open this sub-function of the editor then you will see ‘Conceal’ option above the timeline. Next, to it, you will see a square and a circle.


➜ The square and circle define the shape of your area that you are going to blur or pixelate to hide something.
➜ Simply click square or circle and the corresponding shape will be seen in the video player.
Now just drag this shape anywhere on the player and place it over the face or any info appearing in the video.
➜ Now click the droplet button to blur that area. Set the opacity to 100%. Set feathering to 100% to smooth out the sides of the blurred area. You can anytime change the size of the square or the circle by dragging its edges using your mouse.
➜ If you want to pixelate the selected area then click the ‘Pixels’ button second to the right of the droplet blur button. Click the play button in the player to preview the pixelated or blurred area in the video.


➜ Select the size of the pixels and your selected area will be hidden under large pixels. You can similarly use the highlight function from the same menu. But don’t forget to set the opacity to at least 40% or above.
➜ The only problem with this sub-function is, that the blur function is applied to the entire length of the video. There is no option to set the timing for how long we want to blur a specific area in the video. But there is a trick to this, you should split the video into multiple files and only apply use the blurring editor on that split video.

How To Apply Filters

Working with split video files is easy as you will always have the option to apply filters on only selected parts of the video and not on the entire length. So it's up to you whether you want to apply filters to the entire length or just work with split cut video. To apply filters simply click the ‘Magic Wand’ button on the leftmost side of the software window. You will see all the filters here. Just click once on any filter to see its preview.


To apply the filter on a video first click on it to select it in the timeline. Then right-click on any filter and select ‘Apply to Selected Clips’. Click the play button in the player to preview. If you don’t like the filter then click the undo button and re-apply some other filters.

You can apply multiple filters to a single movie clip and remove them one by one by clicking the white start with a green background on the video thumbnail just below the timeline. Clicking this white star will show you all the filters applied. Select any filter and then remove it by clicking the 'Remove' button.

There are lots of filters in Movavi Video Editor 14 so you can experiment with them in an easy-to-use manner. Similarly, you can also check out the ‘Transitions’ just below the ‘Filters’ option.

Creating a Side-By-Side Video

Creating a Side-By-Side video is quite easy. You should have two videos loaded in the timeline. Now to create a side-by-side effect just drag any video from the timeline and drop it above the other video in the timeline then click the ‘Clip properties’ button. It will give you three options above the player like picture in picture and cover. Select ‘Side by side’ and also select the type of the side by side video next to it. Click the play button to preview the side by side video. The click the 'Apply' button on top right corner.


Applying Titles (Text, Captions, Watermark)

You can add text, captions, or watermark your videos with custom text. Simply click the ‘Titles’ option then click ‘All’ and find the ‘Simple text’ option. Right click on it and select ‘Add to Current Position’.


➜ The text will be added just above your video in the timeline with a very short length. Hover your mouse over the text in the timeline and hold and left click and drag the length of the text to entire video.
➜ You can increase or decrease its duration this way. You can simply drag and drop the title text anywhere on the video timeline so that it appears at the right place at the right time.
➜ After adding the text in the timeline double-click it to access settings that will let you change the text font, color, and size. These text formatting settings are available over the inbuilt player.

Using Callouts

Callouts can be used to highlight or point out something important in the video. Many a time you might have seen in films or tutorials that a particular gets circled out or an animated arrow points out something. To use callouts simply click the ‘Menu/More’ button for more options in the leftmost corner of the software window. From the menu select ‘Callouts’. Now you will see different callouts just before the player. Just single click on any callout to see its preview. To apply the callout to your video right click and select ‘Add to current position’.



Now just drag and drop the callout anywhere on the video in the player. Drag its edges to increase or decrease size. Just above the player, you can edit the duration and the speed at which the callout will appear.

Saving/Exporting The Edited Video

  • After you finished editing just click the ‘EXPORT’ button. An export dialog will appear. Here you can select different video formats in which you want to save your edited work.
  • Here you will find video saving options for smartphones and 4K TVs also. You can also directly upload the video to your YouTube account. But for that, you have to give access to Movavi. You can skip this if you have privacy issues with identity.
  • After selecting the format and quality click the ‘Start’ button. The conversion will take time according to your project length.
  • You can also save your movie project and work on it later. To save a project go to ‘File>Save project’ or simply press ‘Ctrl + S’.

Using The Easy Mode (Create a Montage)

The Easy Mode lets you create a montage and it automatically guides you to add pictures and images. You can also select the backing tracks from the list. It’s a quick way to create a video from your family photos. At this time we are having some issues with the current software version as we can’t see the preview. It might be a bug that will be fixed in next version. You can check this detailed tutorial for using the easy mode to create a montage.

How Much Does Movavi Video Editor 14 Cost

Movavi Video Editor 14 comes with a 7-day trial period with full features and functions. But the videos that your produce or edit will have their official watermark on them. To remove the watermark you have to purchase the software. The good thing about this software is that you have to only buy it once and don’t need to renew it every year. Coming to the price, well the price varies in different countries.

Suppose if you live in the USA then it will cost you around $39.95 for the personal version. I am from India and here I can purchase this software for as low as 1,390 INR just for the one-lifetime license. And I will be very much happy to replace the Windows Live Movie Maker with Movavi Video Editor. Do remember that you are getting a lifetime license that you don’t need to renew yearly. And you will get some program updates for free for the lifetime until they release the next version. For correct price estimate please check the official website. Currently you can avail big discounts during the Christmas December promotion. Check the link below.


Movavi Video Editor 14 Pros

  • A considerable replacement for the old and outdated Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Supports almost all types of video formats.
  • Allows side-by-side video creation.
  • A complete step-by-step guide is available on the official website.
  • Has the most useful features that are blurring out faces and a particular part of the video.
  • Supports Intel hardware acceleration for faster video processing.
  • Features pre-loaded media including images, clips, backgrounds, and music.
  • Inexpensive windows movie editing software .

What Could Be Improved

While creating side-by-side videos we are not allowed to change the aspect ratio of the two videos. Neither we can move the videos to bring the subject in the view. The videos play in their original size. So this feature needs improvement.

Conclusion

You will need a good video editor at some point in your life. Shooting a video with your camera is not enough. You will need a video editor to properly credit your work, add a copyright mark, add effects and transitions, and moreover cut unwanted parts from a video. Free software doesn’t work great because they come with very limited features. So its better to buy an easy video editing software that is worth your money and Movavi is the number 1 choice when we talk about the total features given for the price you pay.

At just $39 you can buy this software and use it for the lifetime on a single PC. If you want it for half the price that is $19 then first install it then uninstall it then take the Movavi survey, I bet you can buy it for just $19 but for a limited time only.

Most people don’t believe the software reviews that they read on the internet. So what you have to do is to use the Movavi video editor yourself for 7 days with full functionality and then decide whether you want to buy it or not. Even if you buy this software then you can still take back your money because it comes with 30-day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied then take your money without any questions asked.

You have to buy it once and don’t need to renew every year. For just $21 (Indian market) and $39.95(USA) Movavi video editor, 14 is currently the best video editing software that you can use for personal usage. If I want a video editor for personal use then Movavi will be my first choice as it is the cheapest software that you can buy for video editing. I can create videos using it even for my YouTube channel without spending a very big amount.