If you want to edit videos on Windows, there are many different options. You can use third-party apps like Filmora or something more advanced, like Adobe Premiere Pro.
But, if you just want to make simple edits like trimming clips and adding music, we recommend using the built-in video editor for Windows. It’s free, easy to use, and has all the essential tools to make your videos look great.
This article will give you basic knowledge of editing videos on Windows. Let’s dive right in!
How Do I Edit Videos on Windows 10 and 11?
There’s no dedicated video editing software for Windows 10 like Photoshop, but you can use the Photo app to edit videos and make them look professional. Windows 11 is a little different, as it now comes with a dedicated video editing app called Clipchamp.
Clipchamp is a video editing software that you can use to create and edit videos on your computer. It has a wide range of features that make it easy to edit videos without prior experience. You can also add music to your videos, crop them, or add text.
The best thing about Clipchamp is that it’s free and preinstalled on the latest version of Windows 11. It also does not require any registration or installation process.
Some of the features you can expect with Clipchamp include the ability to:
- Add different kinds of effects to your video
- Change the speed of a part or the entire video
- Add text to your videos
- Trim the start and end points of videos or audio files
- Create slideshows from photos and videos
For the sake of this article, we will show you how to edit videos using the Clipchamp app for Windows 11.
How to Edit a Video on Windows 11
First, you’ll need to open your video with the Clipchamp app.
If you don’t have Clipchamp installed on your computer, head to the Microsoft Store, and download the app. You can follow the onscreen instructions to install the software.
To start editing videos with Clipchamp, right-click on the video you wish to edit and go to Open with and then Clipchamp.
Once you’ve selected your file, it will load into Clipchamp’s main window. From here, you have several options for editing your video. You can trim, combine, crop, combine, add text, music, and effects, change your playback speed, and do much more.
How to Split, Add Text, and Change the Video Speed Using Clipchamp
Once inside the Clipchamp Video Editor, you can split, trim, and crop videos as you see fit. Read on to learn how.
With Clipchamp, you can split your video into multiple clips to delete unwanted sections or add transition effects or any other type of media to your video. To split a video using Clipchamp, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Click on the slider at the bottom of the frame and drag it to the clip you want to turn into its own video.
Select the part of the video that you want to split by clicking on it. You can select the time you want to start splitting from and how long you want this part of your video (e.g., 5 seconds).
Step 2: Click the scissors icon located right above the timeline. This will split your video into multiple segments.
You can continue to make as many splits as you’d like.
Step 3: Click Export in the top right-hand corner to save your video to your desired destination once you’re done.
Clipchamp allows you to save your videos to your Google Drive or Upload them to platforms like TikTok and YouTube.
With Clichamp, you can add text to your video using ClipChamp’s text overlay feature. This is a great way to add captions, subtitles, titles, credits, and more to your videos.
Step 1: Select the part of the clip you wish to add text to and click on the Text button from the toolbar.
Step 2: Select the text style from the various templates available, then click Add to timeline.
You can add animated texts, credits, and more by scrolling through the options available.
You can use the menu bar on the right side of your screen to edit the text, change how long the text appears on your clip, and more. You can play around with the options to determine what’s best for your needs.
Change the Playback Speed
In the Clipchamp menu, you can change the playback speed of your video. This is useful if you want to slow down a video so you can understand it better for example, or if you want it to speed it up.
To do this, click on the speed icon at the right-hand corner of the video editor.
This will bring up another window with various speeds from 0.1x to 16x. You can also create a custom speed by entering a number in the box provided.
How to Insert Filters and 3D Effects into Video Using Clipchamp
You can add filters and 3D effects to your videos in Clipchamp. You can even create your effects with the built-in editor.
Similar to other video editing apps like Filmora, Clipchamp also allows you to apply several filters to your clips to make them more pleasing to the eye.
To do this, select a point in your clip from the timeline and click on the Filters button.
There are many different effects available; choose one that best suits your needs and drag it onto the timeline. You also have the option to change the intensity of the filter by dragging the sliding bar under the filter.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, most filters are locked behind a payment wall, but a few free options are available for you to pick and use.
How to Add Background Music to a Video Using Clipchamp
Adding background music to your videos is a great way to enhance your videos’ quality and feel. You can do this with Clipchamp with a few simple clicks.
You first need to upload your MP3 file into Clipchamp by clicking Import Media on the left side of the screen under Your Media. Clicking on this link will open a window where you can select which file you want to upload.
You can also select background music from the available templates under the Music and SFX tab. You can also preview the music before adding it.
Once you have your music clip, simply drag it to your timeline and edit your video as you please.
How to Save an Edited Video
To save your edited video, click on the Export button in the top right corner of your screen. You can then choose from various file formats and resolutions and where you want to save them.
Third-Party Alternatives to Clipchamp
If you’re looking for an alternative to Clipchamp, there are several free video editing software that we like. These software tools can help you produce quality videos on your computer without spending money on expensive editing software.
Here are our top picks.
DaVinci Resolve is one of the most powerful video editing programs out there. It’s used by amateur and professional filmmakers alike and is incredibly easy to use.
The interface has a lot of similarities with Adobe Premiere Pro, but it has some unique features that make it stand out.
Resolve can handle any project you throw at it — from simple edits to full-blown color grading jobs. Its advanced color correction tools are some of the best in the industry, and it’s got a ton of different editing modes that make it easy to get things done quickly.
It’s free to use, but most of its advanced features are locked behind a paywall.
Hitfilm is another video editing application that allows you to create videos with professional quality. It offers many features and tools, from simple video clips to complex special effects.
It has an intuitive interface that makes it easy for beginners and professionals. The software is compatible with Windows 10 and 11.
Hitfilm offers a free 30-day trial period to try before buying. Then, there are two pricing plans: Hitfilm Creator costs $7.50 per month, while Hitfilm Pro costs $12.50 per month.
Lightworks has been around for quite a while, but it’s still one of the best video editing software options. It offers many of the same features as its competitors but at a much lower cost.
Lightworks supports many file types, including MP4 and AVI files. It also supports imports from other editors like Adobe Premiere Pro CC or Final Cut Pro X.
Editing videos is a great way to create and share your content with the world. You can use it to make a movie, create a tutorial, or just make fun videos with your friends.
If you have Windows 10 or Windows 11, you can edit videos using built-in tools like Clipchamp, which are truly a breeze to use!