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Full Review of Windows 10 Video Editor Built-in - Photos App

Don't rush to pay for any video editor for basic video processing, since Windows 10 has offered you a free video editor built-in - Photos. Based on our test, this Windows 10 hidden video editor is one of the best free entry-level editing software when novices need quick video editing. It is tagged as new "Movie Maker" and as good as iMovie.


About the Built-in Windows 10 Video Editor - Photos

You might be confused that why a video editing app is named as Photos. The truth is Microsoft Photos was originally planned as the default picture management tool for new Windows 10 operating system. The video editing feature was later added after a certain update (Fall Creators Update). Strictly speaking, Photos is a three-in-one media manager rather than a Windows 10 video editor app.

* But probably because Photos always freezes up while importing photos, people are too annoyed to find out that there is still a hidden video editor built in.

Windows 10 Video Editor
Windows 10 hidden video editor

Is Photos the Best Windows 10 Video Editor?

There is no PERFECT software that suits all. Photos, without accurate frame-based adjustment settings, is nowhere near as professional as non-linear editing systems. But due to part of its advantages, Photos should be one of the best free Windows 10 free video editors for beginners to do some quick editing.

Rather than simply listing all features here, we decide to compare the Photos app with iMovie and VideoProc. Photo is the one for Windows only and iMovie is 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. VideoProc Vlogger is an entry-level video editor software favored by GoPro/DJI users. It works on both Windows and Mac.

 

Photos app
Photos

iMovie
iMovie

VideoProc Vlogger
VideoProc Vlogger

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

Yes

Fix spot and red eye

Yes

No

Yes

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

Yes

Speed up video [2]

No

Yes (to 2x)

Yes (up to 64x)

Watermark

No

No

Yes

Disable original audio track

No

No

Yes

Stabilization [3]

No

Yes

Yes

Denoise

No

No

Yes

Download Link

Microsoft Photos

For iOS For macOS

Free Download VideoProc Vlogger

To sum up, here are the Pros of this Windows 10 video editor:

1. Default video editor app on Windows 10, with no need of an extra step to download and install it yourself.
2. Super easy. There is nearly no learning curve to get familiar with it.
3. Use storyboard mode instead of timeline, which is friendlier to beginners.
4. Include both basic and advanced video editing features, from crop, merge, and rotate video to add filters, 3D animations, and background music/narration.

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 Version and OS Build
Check Windows OS version and build

How to Use Windows 10 Video Editor Built-in

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 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 for 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 Microsoft 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.

Apply Filters in Windows 10 Photo Video Editor
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 Effect in Microsoft Photos
Add 3D effects

Step 7: 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] 5 Benefits: how Full GPU acceleration affects 4K video editing

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cecilia Hwung Twitter

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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