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iStock is Retiring the Video Editor

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On August 24, 202, iStock is going to retire its Video editor, announced less than a year ago, on September 15, 2021. Its current users have one month to finish their projects before the editor says its final goodbye.

What is iStock’s Video Editor?

iStock Video Editor is a powerful tool that helps businesses create impactful videos. Video Editor is quick and easy to use and requires no prior knowledge of design or editing. With iStock Video Editor, companies can customize templates, music, colors, fonts, and layouts to create videos that make a big impression.

Why is Video Editor being retired?

Why precisely the Video Editor is being retired, we do not know. iStock stated they will “focus on new features that are a better fit for you and your business.” What exactly are the new features, we don’t know either; however, we might be able to speculate, considering iStock already supports the integration into Adobe Creative Cloud and Dropbox.

iStock also very recently introduced VisualGPS Insights, a tool that helps you explore the user interests by industry, region, and over time. This suggests that iStock might be moving away from additional integration and instead focus on helping its customers discover the right images.

What should the current users do?

If you’re currently using iStock Video Editor, you must finish all your project by August 24. After this date, you will no longer be able to use this tool; however, you’ll keep any images or videos you licensed in it.

  1. Go to your projects page.
  2. Finish and download your projects.
  3. Review the downloaded projects. You may re-download in any size or format at no extra cost.

Are there any alternatives?

One of the best alternatives to the iStock Video Editor is Adobe Stock and the integration with Adobe Premiere, professional video editing software. It’s very similar to what you were used to at iStock, but the Adobe Premiere is a lot more sophisticated, but it’s also more expensive.


  1. Important announcement – Video Editor, iStock. Retrieved: July 20, 2022.
  2. Company News, iStock launches free video editor to simplify professional-quality video creation for small businesses and entrepreneurs, Press Getty Images. Retrieved: July 20, 2022.

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