How to Use Video Editor

A powerful video editor that enables you to edit home videos like trim, rotate, crop, merge, etc. and personalize your videos with rich text, filter and transition effects for sharing anywhere.

Get some tips on how to edit videos in Windows using Wondershare Video Editor before you start.

Part 1: Choose your video editing mode

Wondershare Video Editor comes with 2 different video editing modes to meet your video editing needs. After launching Video Editor, choose from either Easy Mode to edit with smart Video Editor story board themes, or Advanced Mode with all the fully-customizable timeline editing features. Please make sure you select the right aspect ratio for your video display (4:3 or 16:9) when you start your project.

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Part 2: How to use Easy Wizard Mode

After you choose to start your video project with Easy Mode:

1. Choose a template from the theme selections that fits your video story the most, or download more theme selections from our online resource. After you have selected the theme for your video, click "Next" to go to the next step.

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2. In the "Add Media File" panel, click "Import" to upload all the videos and images that you want to be included in your project. You can drag the objects to align them into the order that you want them to be processed. Right-click the object to open up the option to rotate your media display. Click "Next" when you are ready to move onto the next step.

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3. In the "Preview" menu, you can customize the opening and closing text titles of your video story, or personalize the background music with your own music files. Click the "Play" button to preview your video or if you still want to make more changes, click the "Previous" button on the bottom to go back to the previous steps to make new adjustments.

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4. If you are satisfied with the video preview, click "Next" to save your project. "Export Directly" gives you the option to either save your story into various video formats, or upload and share it on YouTube or Facebook. Choosing "Full Feature Mode" will upload your project to the fully-featured video editor, where you can perform high precision editing in the timeline with full access to all the advanced video editing features.

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Part 3: How to use Full Feature Mode

After you choose to start your video project with Full Feature Mode:


Import and add media files

Click Import to select videos, audio and photos from your computer, or click Record to capture video with a connected capturing device (e.g. webcam). You can also batch drag and drop files to your album.

To help you quickly find what you want in the album, this program sorts the files by name, duration or type. You could also preview the files simply by double clicking. When previewing, click the Full Screen icon to play it in full screen, and click the Camera icon to take snapshots to the specified folder.

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To edit media files or make a new video, drag media files from your Album to the Timeline in the bottom. (When a yellow box appears, release the button.) It's a good idea to save your project for backup purpose. Also you can click the product icon and select Settings to specify options for the program, such as default snapshots folder, update frequency and messages.

Important: Don't drag and drop a file to the existing media on Timeline unless you want to split it. To help you better add many files at once, drag the slide bar to adjust the view size of the Timeline.


Edit videos, photos and audio

In the Timeline, you can cut, copy, paste and delete any clip any time you want, and click Undo (or Ctrl + Z) to cancel. As you can see, all the changes can be previewed in real-time so you can make sure everything you do highlights your videos.

Select media on the Timeline and double click it to open the editing panel. Once you enter the editing mode, you can switch to another media file to continue editing without reopening the panel -- this will save you a lot of time.

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Videos/audio editing

When you double click any video on the Timeline, you get the panel that contains Video and Audio bar, allowing you to edit the video track and audio track in a video. Note that for audio files, it only shows the Audio bar.

Note: If you want to change the audio of video to your own voiceover or other audio clip, when you have added the audio clip to the audio timeline, you'll need to highlight the video and right click to choose "Mute" option.

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Common tools: Common Video tools include Crop, Rotate (Flip), Adjust (Brigtness,  Saturation, Hue),  and Speed (Fast and Slow Motion), while Audio tools include Volume, Fade in/out, and Pitch. Simply use the slider to tune your video/audio up. You can immediately view the result on the preview windows. If you are not satisfied, click Reset to start from scratch.

Auto Enhance: Check the Enhance box in the video editing panel to activate the Auto Denoise and Auto Video Enhancement to the selected video object.

Trim video/audio: Mouse over the left or right edge of a video or audio on the Timeline, and when the "double arrow" indicator appears, drag to trim to any length you want.

Detach audio from video : To detach audio from video, simply right-click the video and choose “Audio Detach” from the pop-up menu—the detached audio track will automatically appear on the timeline in the audio slot.

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Photos editing

There are two categories of tools to edit a photo: Photo and Motion. The Photo category provides common photo editing tools like crop, rotate (flip), and several adjustment tools. In the Motion category, you can turn any still photo to animate one with up to 36 Motion (Ken-Burn) effects. Double click on any motion to apply. To remove the added motion, right click the thumbnail on the Timeline and select "Delete Motion" from the menu.

Add voiceovers

It's convenient to add voiceovers to your movie. On the toolbar above Timeline, click Record to bring up the Record Audio dialog. Hit Start and you will have 3 seconds of countdown to start speaking. When finished, click Stop. To start a new record on the Timeline, no need to close the dialog, just move the Time Indicator to another position and hit Start again.

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Add Close-up, Jump Cut and more

Apply a Close-Up (Flash and Hold)

To apply a close-up to your video, simply click the video file on the timeline, then on the toolbar directly above, click the second icon from the right. This will automatically add a flash and hold segment at the beginning of the clip. Click and drag the new section to place elsewhere.

Apply a Jump Cut, Tilt-Shift, Mosaic, and Face-off

All of these functions can be accessed by clicking the video file in the timeline, then on the toolbar directly above the timeline, click the furthest right icon. A window will appear allowing you to click to apply any of these four effects.

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Add titles, effects and intro/credits

It's pretty easy to add titles, effect and intro/credits to your movie. Just switch to Text, Effect or Intro/Credit tab, and then drag and drop an item to the Timeline. You can preview the new video right away. If necessary, double click the added item to customize it, e.g. time of duration.

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Editing titles

After choosing your desired title style, you can double-click it and design the content, set font, color, animation, etc. When finished, click Return to go back to the main interface.

Editing effects

More than 50 visual effects instantly bring your videos to the next level. The added effect will be applied to videos and photos. For some effects, you can double click on them to change the parameters.

Editing intro/credit

The Intro/Credit can be added in any position on Timeline to create chapters, intro, credit and casts for your video. Actually, Intro/Credit is a combination of a photo and a title, you can double click on them to edit just like editing photos and titles.


Add transition effects

If you want to add some transitions between your video or photo clips, you can hit Transition tab above the Timeline, and then drag your favorite transition effect between two clips. When you place your mouse cursor on a certain transition, you can have a preview of it or double click it to preview in larger size on the right window.

When adding transition effects, you can right click on any transition to apply to all or just apply the transition to all with random transitions.

Tips: You can add selected transition to Favorite so that you can find it quickly later. By double click the transition on the Timeline, you can manually set its duration and apply new duration to all.

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Make a picture-in-picture video

Picture-in-Picture is an additional video clip or a picture that plays embedded into or next to the main video . Wondershare Video Editor now makes it possible to create an appealing Picture-in-Picture video in a few clicks.

Simply drag imported video/photo or your favorite items in the PIP tab to the PIP Timeline, and bingo! You get a Picture-in-Picture video. Next, double click on PIP items to personalize your picture-in-picture video/photo with Motions, and even apply additional effects like shadow, border, alpha, and mask by clicking Advanced.

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Save and share your video creation

After you finish editing, hit Export and choose from below ways to output your video: Device, Format, YouTube and DVD.

1. Device: Choose from iPhone 5/4/3GS, iPad, iPod touch, PSP, Wii, Creative, etc. to get the optimized videos for your devices. Name your video and set a destination folder. And then hit Export to save your videos to a specified folder. Advanced settings like video and audio encoder, frame rate, bit rate, etc. are enabled (Click the little triangle button).

2. Format: Output video to all popular video formats such as AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, MP4, MKV, MPEG, etc. Afterwards, design the name of your videos and choose the output path, and then hit Export to start saving videos.

3. YouTube/Facebook: Allows you to share your work on YouTube or Facebook directly. Fill in your account information and the video information like category, title, description, etc. to share your video creation with more people on YouTube or Facebook.

4. DVD: Set the DVD parameters like DVD label, Video Quality, TV Standard and Aspect Ratio, and then burn movies to DVD or save video to an ISO image file.

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