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Summary: VSDC is a productive video editor with a full set of features to help you create videos and slideshows. Today, we will walk you through a beginner guide on how to use VSDC, including cutting, splitting, rotating, adding texts, rotating and masking videos.

The dynamic world of video editing is presented with new features every now and then, which opens up greater possibilities for the video editing enthusiasts. But while most of the professional grade software like Adobe caters to the experienced crowd, newbies are often left wandering in search of a user-friendly alternative. There also remains a budget constraint for beginners who do not like investing much in their learning process.

VSDC, one of the best free video editors, is created for the amateurs who are trying to learn the tricks of the trade in a seamless manner and that too without having to invest in any expensive software bundle. We will discuss about the bells and whistles of this non-linear and easy video editing suite so that you can get a clear idea about the functionalities, and how to edit videos with VSDC easily.

How to Use VSDC Free Video Editor
How to Use VSDC Free Video Editor

Prepareation: How to Load Video into VSDC?

Before starting to edit the video, we should make a brief tip for creating a project and load a video into this video editor.

1. Click "New project" under the "Project" menu. By default, it sets videos to 720p 30fps, you can choose other resolution and frame rate or customize it accordingly. Then hit Finish.

2. Click the icon "Import content" to select a video. Or you can drag the file directly to program. Now you can start to edit your video.

How to Use VSDC Video Editor to Cut Videos

This feature can come to your rescue if you wish to remove unwanted fragments from the video file and present your viewers with the crème de la crème clippings. We will now take you through the detailed steps of doing the same in our VSDC tutorial.

Step 1. Select the fragment that you want to delete.

Step 2. Cut out different parts of the video.

Click on the "Cutting and splitting" option from the object menu. Doing this will enable you to remove different fragments from the video. For this you will have to select the region you wish to remove and next click on the "Cut region" button. This will cause the selected fragment to be deleted. You can access the same from the "Cut Areas" tab.

Tips: Alternatively, you can use press Ctrl+Delete keys or navigate to the Tools section in your Editor tab and click on the "Cut out fragment" button. This will lead to immediate removal of the selected fragment from the entire video.

Step 3. Apply changes.

Once you are done editing the video, you need to click on the "Apply Changes" button appearing at the bottom right corner of the interface.

VSDC Tutorial- Cut Video
VSDC Tutorial- Cut Video

How to Use VSDC Video Editor to Split Videos

Splitting a lengthy video file into multiple short scenes can help you present a more dynamic story ahead of your audience. You can do the same by following the steps listed below:

Step 1. Choose a frame to split.

First you will have to open the file and then place the cursor at the point where you wish for the first fragment to end and the next one to start.

Step 2. Split the video into parts using the razor tool.

Now you will have to click the razor-like looking "Split into parts" button which can be accessed from the "Cutting and Splitting" menu. This will segregate your video file into separate fragments each on a different layer so that you can proceed with further editing.

VSDC Tutorial- Split Video
VSDC Tutorial- Split Video

How to Use VSDC Video Editor to Add Text to Videos

Video editors often wish to add up to the allure of their files by adding text and making the whole thing a lot more interactive. The built-in text editor of VSDC makes thing a lot easier for users if they are creating a tutorial and wish to add in explanations for viewers. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the steps which need to be followed by adding text to videos edited through VSDC.

Step 1. Enable the text editor.

After launching the program and importing the footage, you need to click on the "Add object" button appearing at the top menu. Click on the "T" icon from its left-side menu and select "Text" from the dual options provided.

Step 2. Type texts into the video.

An object's settings windows will pop up then, click OK. And proceed to drag to place a box in the frame, and then type in your text.

Step 3. Adjust the font, size, and color.

The text might initially look small but can be increased with the built-in text editor. And you can change the font, and color in the text editor as well. Finally, drag the text strip in the lower track to place it in a preferred video clip.

VSDC Tutorial- Add Text to Video
VSDC Tutorial- Add Text to Video

How to Use VSDC Video Editor to Rotate Videos

Videographers often capture footages using wrong camera angle. This problem can however be dealt with via VSDC video editor by just rotating the videos with following steps.

Step 1. Select a video that you want to rotate.

Tips: If you don't want to rotate the entire video, you need to split the video into clips, and put them in different layers.

Step 2. Rotate the selected video in the Cutting and splitting tool bar.

Click on the "Rotate" button appearing in the "Cutting and Splitting" menu, and rotate the video to 90 degrees' angle in either clockwise or anti-clockwise manner.

VSDC Tutorial- Rotate Video
VSDC Tutorial- Rotate Video

How to Use VSDC Video Editor to Mask Videos

What is video masking? It is a tool that can help you create eye-catching effects by outlining the area of a particular frame and applying independent effects on the same. This can be done by following the steps listed below.

Step 1. Add the "Pixelize" filter to the video.

You need to add the video to your timeline and select "Filters" from the Video Effects tab before clicking on "Pixelize".

VSDC Tutorial- Add Pixelize Filter
VSDC Tutorial- Add Pixelize Filter

Step 2. Adjust the pixilation level.

This filter will cause the entire scene to get pixelated. You can now adjust the pixilation level and also determine the intensiveness of the mask from the "Properties" window appearing at the right side of the screen.

Step 3. Select the area which requires to be covered.

Double click on the "Pixelize" layer and ultimately adding an Ellipse object. Doing this shall remove the pixels from the area inside the box.


After reading the VSDC tutorial above, you must be well aware of how to use VSDC to cut, split, rotate and mask videos, and add texts and transitions. On top of that, this free NLE tool can do more, like slow motion, video stabilization, freezing certain frames, etc. Start your fantanstic video editing jorney from this tutorial right now.

Disclaimer: This article is only providing tips on how to use VSDC. It is not the official page of VSDC. Digiarty Software Inc. is not owned by or affiliated with VSDC.


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Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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