Simple video editing in Windows

Did you know that Windows has hidden embedded video editing functionality?

To edit a video file, open it in the Photos app.

You can do this right from File Explorer by right-clicking the video file, and then selecting Open WithPhotos (1).

How to open a video in Photos from File Explorer

The video will open and play in the Photos app. To edit the video, click Edit & Create (2) on the toolbar.

When video is opened in Photos, click on Edit & Create in the toolbar

You’ll see a variety of video editing tools you can use. Click a tool to use it.

From the Edit & Create menu choose the option Trim

For example, to cut a section out of a video, click Trim (3) in the menu.

The trim handles in Photos before selection

To use the Trim tool, simply drag the two handles on the playback bar (4 and 5) to select the portion of the video you want to keep. You can drag the blue pin icon (6) to view what appears at that section in the video, or click the play button to play back the selected section of video.

The trim handles when a selection is made.

When you’re done, click Save a Copy (7) to save a copy of the trimmed section of the video. To stop editing without saving your changes, click Cancel instead.

The Photos app places the edited video in the same folder as the original with a similar file name. For example, we edited a video named Tertitten.mp4 and received a video file named TertittenTrim.mp4.

Published Mar. 26, 2020 6:39 PM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2021 9:51 AM