MP4 Video Editor Built in Windows 10: Trim, Apply Slow-mo and more
Did you know that there is actually a built-in MP4 video editor in Windows 10? Its presence may not be that obvious at first, and it is actually hidden away as one of the features of the Photos app.
Although the tools that it brings to the table are simple, they can be a useful and convenient way to edit your video in basic ways.
Part 1: Edit MP4 Videos Using the Photos App in Windows 10
It is really quite easy to use the Photos app of Windows 10 to edit your MP4 videos. In fact if you want to get started you can follow this simple guide:
- Open the video file in the Photos app by right-clicking on it in File Explorer and selecting the 'Open with > Photos' option.
- Click on the 'Edit & Create' button on the upper toolbar to reveal the video editing tools that are available.
- Select 'Trim' to trim the video by dragging the handles in the playback bar to denote the part of the video that you want to keep.
- Select 'Add slow-mo' to apply a slow motion effect by adjusting the slider to control the speed of the video.
- Select 'Save photos from video' to capture an image of a video frame by using the 'Previous frame' and 'Next frame' buttons below the playback bar to select a frame.
- Select 'Draw' to draw on the video directly using the ballpoint pen, pencil, calligraphy pen, or eraser tools. The playback bar can be used to determine when the drawing will appear in the video, and it will automatically fade after a few seconds.
- Click on the 'Save a copy' (or 'Save a photo') button after using any of the tools to save a copy of the edited video (or a photo) in the same folder as the original.
Although it is far from a powerful MP4 video editor, the Photos app is quite capable in its own right. However there are lots of tools that aren't present in it, such as options to crop, merge, rotate, add subtitles, stabilize, or remove noise.
In short if you more options to edit your MP4 videos you'll need to look elsewhere – and a good place to start is VideoProc, which is more than an MP4 video editor for Windows 10. It will give you access to many more tools compared to the Photos app, and all you need to do is download and install it to see what it can do.
Part 2: How to Edit MP4 Videos with VideoProc
Essentially VideoProc is a powerful GPU-accelerated video processing software designed for Windows 10. It supports any types of MP4 container formats or video files with .mp4 extension, including HEVC and H264 encoded videos, 4K/8K UHD videos, and so on.
Once you download and install the MP4 video editing software, you can launch it and click on the '+Video' button to import the MP4 video that you want to edit. If you want you can even import multiple videos at once.
After that's done, there are a numerous tools that you can use for editing MP4 such as:
- Cut that will let you cut out as many short clips from your video as you want.
- Crop to reframe the video using helpful presets to make sure it is the right aspect ratio.
- Split to divide a video into multiple short clips with a start time, end time, and duration that you can control individually if need be.
- Merge that can either join entire MP4 videos together, or let you trim and select the parts from each video that you want to join.
- Rotate & Flip to rotate the orientation of the video clockwise or counterclockwise by in 90-degree increments, or flip it horizontally or vertically to mirror the video's image.
- Subtitles can be added as either softsubs or hardsubs, and it is possible to import a subtitle file of your own or find online online. Existing softsubs can be exported from a video too.
- Watermarks can be added as text, images, or even dynamic timecodes. The appearance and position of the watermark can be customized fully.
- Stablization will help to fix shaky videos using the Deshake tool that has option to optimize the results.
- Denoise will remove digital noise and that may be present in the video.
- Lens correction helps to fix fish-eye effects and other distortions that may cause the perspective to appear skewed.
- M3U8 to export clips in M3U8 format and set the duration of each segment as well as determine whether it will be stored in a single MPEG-TS file.
As you can see the range of VideoProc's capabilities significantly outstrip the Photos app, and give you more ways to make alterations to your MP4 videos.
The built-in Photos app can make for a basic MP4 video editor in a pinch. If you want to make changes to your videos you should definitely give VideoProc a try. In fact if you haven't already done so it may be a good idea to download it right now and see firsthand what it can do.