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How to Edit Videos on Windows 11

Last Updated on Oct. 7, 2021 – by David Morgan
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How to Edit Videos on Windows 11

Knowing how to edit videos on your computer is a valuable skill to have in 2021. Uploading videos to your social media pages or YouTube account is a popular, effective way to share a story or document your favorite memories with friends and family.

If you have a PC, you can edit videos in two ways: using the basic built-in video editor on Windows 11 or downloading a more powerful and feature-rich editor. However, before you begin using either option, you should first understand the basics of editing videos and the features these editing tools provide.

Read on to learn everything you need to start editing videos on Windows 11.

The Basics of Video Editing on Windows 11

If you're new to video editing, it's helpful to understand a few terms and processes before diving into an editing program. Here is a bit of basic information about the components and processes involved in video editing:

Video Editor Components

Modern video editors typically have a few fundamental components that make up their interfaces. Let’s discuss each of the basic components you can expect to see in video editing software.

PowerDirector Interface
  • Timeline: The timeline is the location in which you will cut, arrange, and adjust clips throughout your video footage. You can think of the timeline as the place to change the sequential elements of your video.
  • Editing tools: Most editing programs include an assortment of editing tools that you can use to adjust speed, audio, text, and visual effects in your footage.
  • Library: The library is where you will store all of the media elements that you would like to include in your video. Some editing programs also include free stock videos and photos in the library that you can add to your video.
  • Preview window: The preview window will show you the changes and cuts you made to your footage.

Video Editing Process

Before you begin cutting, you should also understand the basic process of editing videos. Typically, you will want to follow these steps when editing video footage on a professional video editor:

  1. Import and organize footage
  2. Cut footage together.
  3. Preview changes in the preview window
  4. Add transitions between clips
  5. Add effects using editing tools
  6. Adjust and balance audio
  7. Save and export footage

How to Use the Built-in Free Video Editor in Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with a free, built-in video editor in the Photos app. While this program does not offer as many features as a more professional program, it can allow you to make base-level edits to your video footage.

You can launch this video editor by navigating to the Windows toolbar or apps library and searching for “Photos.” Next, open the Photos app and click the “Video Editor” tab within the window that pops up.

You can follow these steps to edit a video using the Photos app on Windows 11:

1. Select “New video project” in the Video Editor tab.

The first step in editing a video is to start a new video project in the Video Editor program. To get started, click “New video project.” A box will open with the option to name your project.

2. Add videos to the project.

Next, a window will open that allows you to add media to your project library. Click the "+ Add" button, then choose whether you would like to import files from your PC, your collection, or the web. Select the video files that you would like to incorporate into your project and click "Place in storyboard.”

3. Use the editing tools to adjust your footage.

The Photos app comes with a limited selection of editing tools. At the bottom of your storyboard window, you will see the following editing options:

  • Add title card
  • Duration
  • Text
  • Motion
  • 3D Effects
  • Filters
  • Crop
  • Rotate
  • Delete

Each of these tools is relatively easy to use. Simply click on the tool you would like to use, then follow the on-screen instructions to apply the relevant changes to your footage.

4. Export your video project.

Once you finish making adjustments to your video and completing your video project, you can save and export it. Click “Finish video” in the top right corner of the editor, choose the video quality you would like to export it in, then select “Export.”

A Better Way to Edit Videos on Windows 11

While the built-in editor in Windows 11 is easy to use, it does not include all of the tools you need to create really engaging videos. This editor is better suited for a simple video project but does not offer much when creating higher-level videos.

If you’re looking for a more professional, high-quality editing program, we recommend downloading PowerDirector. PowerDirector is a powerful video editor with an impressive range of tools and features. This program also includes several AI-powered tools that allow you to apply top-quality edits to your video footage with just a few clicks of a button.

PowerDirector goes above and beyond the basic features in the built-in Windows 11 editor. Along with allowing you to make base-level crops and adjustments to your footage, PowerDirector includes the following pro-level features:

  • Motion tracking
  • Green screen editing
  • Keyframing
  • Masking and blending
  • Video stabilizing
  • Video collage designer
  • Stock library of 8,000,000+ videos, photos, and music tracks
  • AI-powered tools
  • And more

You can follow these steps to edit videos in the PowerDirector interface:

1. Import your videos and add them to the timeline.

First, select all of the videos you would like to include in your project and import them into the PowerDirector library. Then drag the videos you would like to work with to the timeline.

PowerDirector - Importing a video

2. Trim or splice your clips in the timeline.

Before you apply any video effects or filters, you should arrange your videos in the correct order on the timeline and adjust their duration to reflect the final length of your video project. You can trim and splice video clips by moving the timeline slider to your desired position and clicking the arrow button directly above the timeline.

PowerDirector - Trim your video

3. Add transition effects in between video clips.

Next, you can add transitions between your video clips from PowerDirector’s “Transition Room.” Simply click the transition you would like to add and drag it between the two video clips in the timeline.

PowerDirector - Using Transitions

5. Export your video in your preferred format.

Finally, save and export your video creation in your desired file format.

Here is an in-depth look at the basics of editing with PowerDirector.

Windows 11 Video Editing Software

Many users will find that the built-in Windows 11 video editor suits their basic editing needs. But if you want to create high-quality edits you will need to download a more robust editor like PowerDirector.

PowerDirector includes all the editing tools and features you need to create a clean, high-quality video creation from start to finish. Instead of having to switch back and forth between several editing programs, you can count on PowerDirector for all your editing needs.

Now that you know how to edit videos on Windows 11, you can begin transforming your video footage into visual masterpieces. Download PowerDirector today or check out our guide to free video editors for Windows to learn more.

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