Windows 10 Video Editor: Everything You Need to Know

Over the years and versions, Windows 10 is an operating system that has been adding new integrated UWP applications. These are tools that we already found pre-installed when starting up the operating system for the first time.

Although many users do not like these practices by Microsoft, the truth is that they can help us a lot. Especially when you start working with the new team from the first minute. Among these apps we find them to edit texts, retouch photos, surf the Internet, listen to music, etc.

Video Editor
Video Editor
Similarly, these integrated applications not only increase in number with the arrival of new versions of Windows 10, but also in functionality. This will always be positive for the users themselves, who have totally free tools comparable in many cases to the Win32 that we find in the market. Well, in this case we are going to focus on one of the most powerful in this regard. Specifically, we will focus on the capabilities for video editing that has the Photos app.

In these lines we are ready to show you everything that this tool can offer us for these multimedia works, which is not little. In addition, we can tell you that one of the main advantages of this proposal compared to others, is that it offers us a very intuitive and easy to use interface. Everything, in spite of the multiple functions that it puts at our disposal.

First steps with the Windows 10 video editor

In order to access the application, we are talking about, in the Start menu of the system we find the tool called “Video Editor”, where we click. If it is the first time, we use it, we will not have previous editing projects, otherwise we will see the previously saved ones. But in this case, we are going to create a new project, so we click on the “New video project” link.

Before we start, we have to assign a name to the new project, which will also help us identify it much better if we work on several. This is a step that we can skip, but it will always be better to correctly catalog this type of multimedia work.

Then it will be when we start with the project as such, so the first thing we should do is add the video with which we will work to the application. As we see from the outset, the app tells us that the library is empty, so to start we have to click on the "Add" button on the main desktop. Here we can choose between adding a video from our personal collection, from any disk location on the PC, or directly from the Internet.

How to load objects for video editing

It should be mentioned that here we can add several files that will be placed in the workspace so that later we can manage them as we want. In the case that you have already used a video editor in the past, but from another developer, you will know that these usually offer us a timeline, or several, on which we add elements. Well, it is worth mentioning that this tool we are talking about, also has one of these.

Add Video
Add Video

This is an element that is located at the bottom of the program interface, so it will be the same as we dragging the files of the composition, whether photos or videos. Well, once we have dragged any of these elements to the aforementioned lower timeline, its controls will be activated. To say that these are going to be of great help when working with these files that will compose the final video.

In the case that we do not want to integrate in the timeline the video file added in its entirety, we can make use of the first two controls that we find in this section. The first of them "Trim", allows us to cut a part of it to work only with that selection. At the same time, we can use “Part time” to choose only part of the video.

Say that in the first case a new window will open so that we can delimit the part of the video that we are going to deal with. Similarly, in the second case, we have a delimiter to be able to divide the video into two parts at our choice. Of course, in both options, to save the changes, we must click on the "Done" button.

On the other hand, we find the text tool, which will allow us to integrate custom characters in the position of the video that we want to appear. By clicking on this particular feature, again we go to another interface in which the program itself offers us a marker to place in the time of the video. In the right part of this window, we also find a series of samples about the custom text fonts that we can use.

Here we can customize both the text, the font or the position of the window where it will appear at that point in the video.

Add additional objects to the original video for editing

Changing third, the movement button will allow us to zoom in, out or tilt the image to a certain point at the time of the video we want to mark. With regard to the “3D Effects” section, this will give us access to the library of effects and three-dimensional objects that we use in Paint 3D so that we can also integrate them into this video project in which we work.

Apply Filters
Apply Filters

As we can see, to use all these additional elements that we can add to the original video, we do not need to have much knowledge in this sector. This is largely due to the intuitive options that the program itself presents to us in order to facilitate our work here. Therefore, the same happens with the “Filters” section, since it allows us to apply digital filters that we will see in the form of samples, to apply to a certain part of the video file. Here, in the timeline, we also find two other simple buttons, one to rotate the video, and another to eliminate the usual black sidebars in the videos.

But of course, what is a video editor without we can add your own audio, either in the form of a soundtrack, or personalized narration, for example. Well, in this integrated application of Windows 10, we also find the possibility of adding audio to the project in which we work.

At this point, it is worth mentioning that this can be done through two controls that are located in the upper right corner of the main interface of the application. Here we see both "Background Music" and "Custom Audio" so that we can choose the modality that interests us most in each case. To say that the first of the options allows us to synchronize and adapt the audio to the video content as such, while adjusting the volume.

However, when selecting the audio file that we want to integrate, that is something we achieve from the "Custom Audio" button. From this section we will have the opportunity to select the corresponding file from the hard disk. Specifically, click on the “Add audio file” button so that we can scroll through the hard disk.

Therefore, once we have experienced and made all the changes we want on the original video or videos, to save the project we must click on “Finish video”. To say that this is a project that will be stored so that, if we want to, we can modify it later in time.

Perhaps the professionals of the sector are not very satisfied with this application that we found in Windows 10, but without a doubt the editor will be valid for most of the domestic users. Therefore, if you are looking for a solution that helps you personalize, for example, the video of the holidays, this is perfect. In addition, as we have said, the interface it offers is not complicated at all. In fact, we can obtain more than apparent results in a few minutes, and all this without the need to have previous knowledge in this type of work.