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Windows 10 video editor documentation

Windows 10 has a built in video editor that can accomplish basic editing tasks including trimming, splicing and adding text overlays. This document will lay out the steps needed to accomplish these tasks. Look for red arrows in images to show where in the interface to find specific functions.

Trimming a video clip
Trimming a video clip refers to taking off either part of the beginning or end of a video clip.

  1. Right click on the video clip in a Windows Explorer window or on the Desktop. Hover over the “Open With…” option and select Photos

     
  2. The video will open in the Photos application and begin playback. Find the Get Creative Button in the top menu bar and click on it to reveal a drop down menu. Select Trim in this menu.

     
  3. In the window that opens, drag the two white handles on the playback bar to select the portion of the video you want to keep. Dragging the blue pin icon will allow viewing what appears at that section in the video, or click the play button to play back the selected section of video.

     
  4. Press the Save as button to save the trimmed video clip. Give the clip a name and find the preferred save location. Press the Save button.

Splitting and cutting a video clip
Splitting a clip means cutting it at a selected point, splitting it into two smaller clips. Cutting a clip means to split a clip into two smaller clips with the purpose of removing one of the clips.

  1. Right click on the video clip in a Windows Explorer window or on the Desktop. Hover over the “Open With…” option and select Photos

     
  2. The video will open in the Photos application and begin playback. Find the Get Creative Button in the top menu bar and click on it to reveal a drop down menu. Select Create a video with text in this menu.

     
  3. In the window that opens a prompt will display asking for a name of the project, provide any suitable name and press OK.

     
  4. In the bottom portion of the window click on the Split button.

     
  5. In the window that opens, drag the blue handle to the location at which the split is desired. The right-hand pane will display the length of each of the clips that have been split. Press Done to continue.

     
  6. Remove the unwanted portions of the video from the timeline by left click selecting the undesired clip and pressing the Delete key on the keyboard or by right-clicking the undesired clip and pressing Remove this video clip

     
  7. To save the split video clip click on Finish Video in the top right hand corner of the editor window. In the window that appears select which quality is desired and press Export. Give the clip a name and find the desired save location. Press Save.

     

Adding text overlays to a video clip
Adding text overlays to a video clip is defined as having a text box appear over a specified portion of a the video to expand on details mentioned in the clip.

  1. Right click on the video clip in a Windows Explorer window or on the Desktop. Hover over the “Open With…” option and select Photos

     
  2. The video will open in the Photos application and begin playback. Find the Get Creative Button in the top menu bar and click on it to reveal a drop down menu. Select Create a video with text in this menu.

     
  3. In the window that opens a prompt will display asking for a name of the project, provide any suitable name and press OK.

     
  4. In the bottom portion of the window click on the Text button.
  5. In the window that opens move the black and blue handle to the location at which the text should display. Edit the length of time the text should appear for by moving the blue markers to encapsulate the text display period.
  6. Type desired text in the text field in the right hand of the window as well as the style and layout. The clip can be played back in this window to ensure accuracy. When ready press the Done button.

     
  7. To save the split video clip click on Finish Video in the top right hand corner of the editor window. In the window that appears select which quality is desired and press Export. Give the clip a name and find the desired save location. Press Save.

     

Additional information
Windows 10 video editor documentation (Microsoft)