There was a time when it existed Windows Movie Maker, it wasn't the most capable video editor on the planet, but it was free, easy to use and you could always count on when you needed it. Other video editors were available, but most were paid or difficult to use. Disappeared from the windows menu in 2017, it has recently been replaced by the app Photo which includes many of Movie Maker's favorite video features. Let's see how to use "Photos" the free video editor to create a video on Windows 10.
Create a new video quickly
The new Windows Photos app creates videos with music and photos quickly, is very intuitive and does all the work for you. Here is what you need to do to get started:
- Open the Windows 10 Photos app.
- Click the "You are the director " to create a new video.
- Select the photos and / or videos you want to combine by placing a check mark on the square at the top right of the photo. When you have everything you need, click on the "Add to…" and select new video with music, type the name you want to assign to the video and click on create video, wait a few moments for Windows to put it all together.
- At this point you will find the sequence you have chosen in the "my video projects" menu. If you like it, excellent! Just click on "end video", choose the video quality and export the video in mp4 format. If not, follow the next steps.
- How to edit a video project
The automatic procedure to create videos on Windows Vista so far is useful for many purposes, but if you want to have control over music, effects and filters, you will have to follow further steps. Here's how it works starting from the beginning:
- If it's not already open, open the Windows 10 Photos app.
- Click on the button You are the director and choose photos and videos.
- Click on Create and give a name to your project.
- Click on the "Background Music" button at the top left to select the music among those available or on "Custom Audio" to insert an audio track previously recorded and available from your PC.
- Drag the photos or videos onto the storyboard to place them in the desired order
Cut and split video clips
When you add a video to the timeline, you can adjust the length by cutting the time at the beginning or end of a video. Simply select the video you want to edit, then click the "Cut" button below the preview window. This will open a new window where you can move the red sliders on both ends to create the length of the clip you need.
To split a video into two parts, select the video in the timeline, then click the "Divide" button below the preview window. Move the play point to the position where you want to split the video, then click Finish. This will take you back to the timeline where you will see both clips.
Adjust the duration of photos
One of the most useful features of the Windows 10 video editor is the ability to add photos and videos in the same project. You cannot split or trim photos, but you can adjust the duration of the display on the screen. The default time is three seconds, but you can quickly stretch or shorten it as needed.
To adjust the duration of a photo in your project, select the photo by clicking on it, then click on the number 3.0 to choose a different display time period for this photo. You can also click the "Duration" button and do the same thing. You can choose a preset duration or enter a custom time in seconds.
Add text to videos on Windows 10
The editor allows you to add text to the video that we are creating. This is great for titles, additional information or simply to add some movement to your clips. Just select the desired medium and click on "Text" to open a new window where you can choose between different styles and graphics. Each style has its own characteristics (including movement) and will look different depending on where you place it on the screen. You can choose the preferred position for the text by selecting one of the layout options below the font styles.
Once you have the text you need and choose where you want it to appear, you can adjust the display time on the screen. To do this, drag the same red cursors that you found in the Cut menu to choose the beginning and end of the text. Once set, the text will appear and disappear at the chosen moment.
You can also add a title card to the beginning of the video or as a transition point between scenes. The title card is an empty slide with text. Look for the "Add title tab" button below the preview window, then add text as you did above. The background color of the title card can be changed by clicking on the title card, then clicking on the "Background" button to choose a new color. You can add as many as you need to help you tell your story.
Use photo and video filters
When creating videos on Windows you can give a more appealing appearance by applying filters such as sepia, black and white, denim and much more. Filters can be applied to any photo or video in the timeline. They will not be applied to the entire video unless you select each clip individually and apply the filters.
To apply a filter, select the photo or video in the timeline, then click on the "Filters" button below the preview window. You can preview the available filters by clicking on the styles available on the right side of the filter screen. When you are satisfied with what you have chosen, click Finish to apply the filter.
Create videos with music and photos
There are numerous integrated audio tracks that you can use for free when creating videos on Windows. This is useful because if you share your video online, you are sure to use material that is free from copyright and copyright restrictions.
To see what music audio is available, simply click the button Music on the toolbar at the top of the screen and use the play button to preview the songs. When you find what you want, click to highlight the track, then end.
The interesting thing is that Windows will automatically modify that track to suit the length of your video. No more sudden stops or fades at the end of the video. The music will be perfectly synchronized to the length of your video. If you later add another video clip, the music will adapt accordingly. Same thing if you add more images. Not bad for being a free video editor and it definitely adds a level of professionalism to your videos.
Sharing and exporting videos in Windows 10
While you're working to create videos on Windows 10, the app automatically saves everything and you can exit it whenever you want. To return to your project later, simply launch the Photos app and click on the tab Video projects at the top of the screen. Here you will find all the video projects you have worked on. Click on one to go to the editor and pick up where you left off.
When you're ready to share your video with others, once you've exported the video, click the share button to view a list of your options. You can choose the size of the file you want to produce and if you want to download it to your computer or share it via email or social media. The choice is yours.
Alternative video editors for Windows
Of course, the free Windows 10 video editor is very basic and does not allow video processing of other more popular software. Things like video transitions, the ability to split video clips, chroma key support or multiple video and audio tracks are not supported. So if you're looking for more control, a free tool like Media Composer First Avid's might be a good place to start. Just be aware that the learning curve will certainly be a little steeper. Adobe Premiere it is the best but very expensive choice. PowerDirector CyberLink could be a cheaper alternative. These software and others are supported by a large community of users and you will find many tutorials on YouTube that will help you understand how they work.
Online video editor
If you are looking for a little more flexibility, you could try an online video editor like wevideo.com. The use of a tool like this means that you will not be limited to editing from a single computer, but you will be able to access it from any device. All you need to do to access your video project is to log into your online account and pick it up from where you left it.