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Edits You Can/Can't Do with Windows 10 Video Editor Built-in [Tutorial]

Don't rush to pay for any online video editor for basic video processing, since Windows 10 has offered you a free video app built-in - Photos. Based on our test, this Windows 10 hidden video editor might be the best free entry-level editing software for most Windows users, for being the new "Movie Maker" and as good as iMovie.

Next, we will show you the complete steps of using the Windows 10 video editor built-in, from how to import videos, how to do editing (trim video, add text or music, apply filters, slow down video playback speed, add 3D effects and many more) to how to save and share.

Windows 10 hidden video editor

Part 1: System Requirements

If the computer is running Windows 10 but you can't find the built-in Windows 10 photo/video editing app, there might be a need of system update. Check the minimum and recommended system requirements.

Device

System Requirements

Architecture

Desktop PC and laptop

Windows 10 version 16299.0 or higher

ARM, x64, x86

 

 

Mobile phone

Windows 10 Mobile version 10581.0 or higher

Others

Xbox One

How to know your Windows OS build/version?

  • Move to the Taskbar at bottom of your screen > Search.
  • Type "About" > click on "About your PC" in the Best match > System settings window pops out.
  • Scroll down to "Windows specifications" > Version > OS Build.
Check Windows OS version and build

Part 2: Edits You Can and Can't Do with Windows 10 Photos App

Rather than simply listing all features here, we decide to compare the Photos app and iMovie, one for Windows only and another for Mac, so that you can see what this built-in Windows 10 video editing tool can do for you and why it gains popularity rapidly.

Also, we add the information of VideoProc, an entry-level video editor software favored by GoPro/DJI users. It works on both Windows and Mac. Note that the specification table below is only visible on computer.

 

Photos app
Photos

iMovie
iMovie

VideoProc
VideoProc

Edits You Can Do in Windows 10 Video Editor Built-in

Crop

Yes

Yes

Yes

Trim & Split

Trim - Yes, Split - No

Yes

Yes

Merge

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rotate & Flip (horizontal, vertical)

Horizontal - Yes, Vertical - No

Horizontal - Yes, Vertical - No

Yes

Filter

Yes

Yes

Yes

3D Effects

Yes

No

No

Slow down video

Yes

Yes (to 1/8x)

Yes (to 1/10x)

Add Text & Draw

Yes

Text - Yes, Draw - No

Text - Yes, Draw - No

Add music

Yes

Yes

No

Fix spot and red eye

Yes

No

No

Share online

Yes

Yes

No

Hardware acceleration [1]

Yes

No

Yes

Edits You Can't Do in Windows 10 Video Editor Built-in

Transition

No

Yes

No

Speed up video [2]

No

Yes (to 2x)

Yes (up to 16x)

Watermark

No

No

Yes

Disable original audio track

No

No

Yes

Stabilization [3]

No

Yes

Yes

Denoise

No

No

Yes

Part 3: How to Use Windows 10 Video Editor Built-in

This how-to guide goes from how to import video in Photos, steps to refine video detail, to how to save and share file online. But remember that not all file types are acceptable. Video files like MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, MKV and M2TS can be loaded while some others like FLV, VOB and ISO cannot. And, HEVC video requires installing additional codecs.

Step 1: Open video in Photos on Windows 10

To combine several clips and create a new movie:
• Desktop > Taskbar > search "Photos" > open the app > New video > New video project > name your video > OK
• + Add > Add video "From this PC" or "From my collection" > select video > Add

To edit a single video: Find your video file > right click the video > Open with > Photos

Add video to Photos app

Step 2: Trim video
To remove unwanted clips from your footage, click "Edit & Create" and choose "Trim" in the drop-down list.

Step 3: Add Slo-mo
This Windows 10 hidden video editor provides you with three playback speed options: original speed, slower and super slow (turtle icon). But better not try the super slow one. It makes your video stutter and there is no slow-down effect.

How to add slo-mo: Edit & Create > Add Slo-mo > specify a time range in timeline > switch from original to slower > Save a copy.

Step 4: Apply filters
Edit & Create > Create a video with Text > Name you video > Filters > select one of the filters like Classic, Adventure, Pearl, Iceberg, Sepia, Arcade, Inky, Pixel, etc.

Choose a filter in Photos

Step 5: Add Text
In the same "Create a video with Text" window, click "Text" right beside the "Filters" to add a title or caption. Write down the title, select an animated text style, choose the layout and then "Done". There are 15 Animated text styles, including Bold, Cinema, Fresh, IMPACT, Cartoon, etc.

Step 6: Add 3D Effects
Still in the "Create a video with Text" window > 3D effects > wait for a moment as the built-in Windows 10 video editing app gets 3D effects ready for your video.

Then switch to "Effects" > choose one among all effects > resize and rotate the effect > set a time range > Done.

Add 3D effects

Part 4: Save and share video online

After all the edits, you can save your video for uploading and sharing:

Finish video > select a file size in "Export or share" > choose S for fast sharing in email and small screens > M for uploading to Facebook, Skype, Twitter, etc > L for playing on large screens like TV.

Related Source

[1] 9 ways to speed up or slow down video playback speed

[2] How to fix and stabilize shaky videos shot by GoPro, DJI, etc

[3] 5 Benefits: how Full GPU acceleration affects 4K video editing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jordi D. Rodríguez

Jordi was an amateur tech enthusiast, but now an editor who has published hundreds of stories covering video editing, hardware acceleration, software review and how-tos. He is more like a "tech support" with adventurous soul, eagerly grabbing cutting-edge video technologies off in a professional yet easy-to-understand way. Enjoys gliding, diving, etc.

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