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Windows Video Editor

Created by Daniel Fandino
Maintained by LEADR under the direction of Alice Lynn McMichael

Last Updated: 11/01/2021


Windows 10 Video Editor is a video editor that is automatically included on computers using the Windows 10 operating system. This handout provides a brief overview for using Windows 10 Video Editor to create video projects incorporating custom audio, on screen text, images, and video clips. Video Editor is standard on PCs running Windows 10. Use the search bar to find the Editor.

To begin, launch your Video editor from the Start menu. Open the Start menu, search for “Video Editor,” and launch the Video Editor. This will open a list of “Video Projects” in the Photos app.

Create your Video

  1. Select New video project.
  2. A popup will appear asking you to name your video.
  3. Select the photos and videos you want to use in this project by clicking Add. You may add files from your computer, add previously uploaded items from another project, or search the internet for images.

  4. Drag the items to the Storyboard at the bottom of the screen in the order you want them to appear in the video. You may change the order at any time by dragging and dropping the items.

  5. The current video can be viewed using the controls at the bottom of the video screen.
  6. An item can be removed from the Storyboard by dragging it to the Trash.
  7. Windows Video Editor has some limited editing functionality.
  8. Trim allows you to cut segments from the beginning and ending of a video clip.
  9. Split cuts a video into two parts.
  10. Duration changes the amount of time an image (not a video clip) is displayed in the video.
  11. Text adds text to the video. Text style and positioning can be chosen from the left hand menu as well as the timing and placement in the video.
  12. Motion, Filters, and 3D effects are extra effects that can be used in your videos but are generally not useful for most class assignments.
  13. Select Custom audio to add your custom music, narration, or sound effects. From the Custom audio screen, Add an audio file and use the sliders to select when it will play in your video as well as adjusting the duration of the audio file.

  14. Select Finish video to publish your project. At this point you may select the video quality.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources for Video Editing:

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