Pixelmator Pro now lets you import, edit and export video using existing photo tools

You can now import, export and edit video in Pixelmator Pro for macOS using a combination of the existing photo tools and all-new video controls and templates.

  • What’s happening? Pixelmator Pro for macOS has been bumped to version 3.2, bringing several new features including basic video editing support.
  • Why care? Pixelmator Pro is the best Photoshop alternative. This robust image editor already provides vector-drawing features. With video editing support, the app is now even more versatile and helpful to anyone who creates visual content.
  • What to do? Open the Pixelmator Pro page on the App Store and click Update or wait a few days until your device automatically downloads app updates.

Video editing with Pixelmator Pro 3.2

Managing video layers in Pixelmator Pro 3.2 for macOS
Creating multi-layered motion designs is easy with Pixelmator Pro | Image: Pixelmator

The biggest new feature in Pixelmator Pro 3.2, codenamed Lumière, is basic video editing support. Now you can import, edit and export video files using Pixelmator’s existing photo-editing tools, filters and effects.

Simply add a video file to your project just like you would any other image-based layers. That’s all there’s to it, now you can manage and edit video layers using the same Pixelmator Pro tools, effects and filters for image editing.

Showcasing basic video editing support in Pixelmator Pro 3.2 for macOS
You can now edit videos right in Pixelmator Pro | Image: Pixelmator

As if that weren’t enough, you can also perform other tasks such as crop footage and add effects to a video. You can also apply masks or clipping masks to video layers and use all the machine learning-powered color adjustments on video.

Not your Adobe Premiere replacement… yet

Just don’t dream about Pixelmator Pro replacing non-linear video editors such as Adobe’s Premiere or Apple’s Final Cut Pro because that’s not going to happen anytime soon. That being said, however, the ease with which you can bring your designs to life and create some eye-catching motion graphics is remarkable.

Aside from video editing support, the update brings other improvements.

Other new features in Pixelmator Pro 3.2

On-canvas video controls in Pixelmator Pro 3.2 for macOS
On-canvas video controls in Pixelmator Pro 3.2 | Image: Pixelmator

Importing videos in Pixelmator Pro and managing them in the app is easy with new on-canvas controls for playing, muting, scrubbing and setting a video’s poster frame. You can even adjust the start/end video behavior in multi-video compositions.

Another new feature is video templates.

Video templates in Pixelmator Pro 3.2

The team has painstakingly created twelve video templates that will get you up and running in no time. Most of them pay homage to the movies so there are templates with 4K movie titles, for example, as well as cinematic social media templates. Read: How to extract audio from video on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Video templates in Pixelmator Pro 3.2 for macOS
Video templates let you create animated social media posts | Image: Pixelmator

And last but not least, Pixelmator Pro 3.2 brings support for a number of popular file formats when exporting videos, including MP4, QuickTime Movie, animated GIF and animated PNG. In November, Pixelmator Pro brought support for the relatively new AVIF image format that Apple began supporting with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura.

Head over to the Pixelmator blog to read about the new features in detail.

How to download Pixelmator Pro

Pixelmator Pro 3.2 is a free update for all existing users. New customers can get Pixelmator Pro from the App Store for $20, 50% off its usual price of $40.

The team hasn’t yet switched Pixelmator Pro to a subscription model like Pixelmator Photo so there’s still time to get all the features with a one-time purchase.