Basic Video Editing

Once you've imported your files you can start editing them. In this section you'll learn how to:

1. Add Media Files to Timeline

There are several ways to add media to your timeline.

  • Drag and drop media files from the Media Library to the timeline or to the Preview Window
  • Right click a media file and select Add to timeline at Playhead

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Note: You can drag media files on your timeline to reposition them.

2. Preview the Clips

If you hover your mouse over a media thumbnail a preview of the clip will play. Double click the thumbnail to play the full video.

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3. Audio Editing

Once a video clip is in your timeline, you can mute it or detach the audio for separate editing.

To mute the audio of a clip, right-click on the clip and select Mute Audio.

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To detach the audio from a video clip, right click on the clip and select Audio Detach. The detached audio file will be placed in the upper track automatically and you will be able to edit it separately from the video clip.

4. Audio Denoise

In the top right of the property area, click the audio icon and then check Enable under the denoise tab to filter out background noises.

There are 3 settings to choose from: Low, Mid, and High.

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5. Resize Videos

To resize a clip in the Preview Window, go to Visual Property and change the percentage.

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6. Rotate Video Clips

To rotate a clip, select the clip in your timeline and adjust the Rotation settings under Visual Property.

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You can also rotate the clip using the center handle in the Preview Window.

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7. Crop Video Clips

You can crop your video down in Crop mode.

  • Click the Crop button.
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  • In the preview window, drag the white handles to select the portion of the clip you want to crop down to.
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8. Split Video

You can split your videos into separate clips and then edit those clips separately. Here's how:

  • Place the Playhead over the clip you want to split.
  • Right click on the clip and select Split, or click on the scissors icon on the toolbar.
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9. Cut Video Clips

Right click on the clip you want to cut and select Cut.

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To cut a section of a clip, place your playhead before the section you want to cut and click the scissors icon to split your clip in two. Then, place your playhead at the end of the section you want to cut and use the scissors tool again. Once you have split your clip twice you will have three clips. Right click the clip in the middle and select Cut to cut it, or simply drag it to a new location.

Note: You can use the zoom slider to get a different view of your timeline.

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10. Delete Media

Select the clip you want to delete from your timeline and press Delete on your keyboard. Or, right click on the clip and select Delete.

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If you only want to delete part of a clip, use the Split tool (the scissors icon in the toolbar) to separate the unwanted section into its own clip and then delete it.

11. Playback Resolution

Below the Preview Window, choose the playback resolution in the drop-down list. By default, the resolution is full.

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12. SnapShot

Below the Preview Window, click the Snapshot icon to take a still image of a video frame. You will be able to find your Snapshot here: C:/Users/admin/Documents/FilmoraScreen.

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13. Scale Videos

  • Click the scale icon below the Preview Window.
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  • In the Preview Window, drag the white dot to adjust the scale of the clip.

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14. Add Marker

You can add markers to important frames. Click the marker icon in the toolbar to add a marker to the timeline.

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15. PIP (Picture in Picture) Mode

Picture in Picture (PIP) allows you to layer video clips and other media files. This effect is widely used in tutorials, gaming videos, and presentations.

  • Import the main video to track 1, and import the second video to track 2.
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  • Adjust the size of the second video in the preview window and drag it to where you want it.

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16. Fade in and Fade out

Fade in and fade out effects are great ways to start or end your videos.

Fade in: drag the left marker at the start of a video track to the right.

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Fade out: drag the right marker at the end of a video track to the left.

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Tip: the time duration of fade in and fade out effects has no limit.

17. Record Hotkeys

It is important to let viewers know what hot key is being used without misunderstanding, especially when you use a lot hot keys to record a video.

At the top right of the property area, click the HotKey Tips tab and then click Enable. You can set the size, filter, position, style, color, and opacity of your hotkeys.

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Note: Hotkeys will only appear in your exported videos and not in your recordings as you make them.

18. Toggle Track Output and Track Lock

By toggling the track output button on and off, you can choose whether or not a track will appear in your exported video.

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By toggling the track lock on and off, you can choose whether or not a track is editable.

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19. Time Stretch

Time stretch will enable you to change the duration of your video.

Select a video track, press CTRL, and hover the mouse over the border of the video track until a clock icon appears. Then, drag the timeline to the left or right. You can also adjust your speed in the top right of the property area.

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20. Freeze Frame

Freeze frame can help you emphasize a specific image or operation.

Right click on a video track and select Freeze Frame to create a 2-second frozen image.

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21. Export

After you've finished editing you can export your video as an MP4, MP3, MOV, or GIF file. You can also upload your video directly to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or Twitch. You will be able to name your video and choose a location to store the exported file. You will also be able to adjust your video's resolution, frame rate, bitrate, and other settings in this Export window.

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When you're happy with your settings, click Export.