Top 10 Tips for Using Clipchamp Video Editor in Windows 11
Windows 11 contains a Photos app with images and video editing tools. Microsoft has always lacked a dedicated video editor on Windows. Last year, Microsoft acquired Clipchamp, a web-based video editor, to integrate its functionality into Windows 11 over time. You can use Clipchamp to edit videos like a pro.
So don’t worry if you see Clipchamp on your Windows 11 computer. Instead, you can get the most out of it as one of the native Windows video editors.
1. Add media from phone
Clipchamp offers one of the quick ways to import videos from your smartphone to the desktop. When you try to import videos into Clipchamp, you will see an option to add videos from your phone. Select the From phone option and scan the QR code using your phone.
This opens Clipchamp on the mobile web for you to select media and upload to Clipchamp servers. Once the upload process is successful, you will see the video appear just under the Your Media section in the Clipchamp app on Windows.
2. Use video templates
Clipchamp has dozens of useful video templates to get you started quickly. If you are working on adding quotes, layouts or inserting social handles in a video, you can choose a template and continue editing your video. This will save you valuable time.
From the home screen of the Clipchamp app, navigate to the templates section and select a relevant template for your video. Categories include templates for YouTube, Games, Instagram, Sale, TikTok, and more.
3. Record screen and edit videos
The recording screen is useful if you are a teacher or follow online sessions. For example, while creating an educational course to share with students on online platforms, you can use the built-in tools to record videos and further edit them.
When you select Record & Create from Clipchamp’s edit menu, you get a few options: video only, keep the screen open behind the image thumbnail, or capture the screen area only. Depending on your needs, you can choose one and continue to create a video.
4. Use text-to-speech
Another essential add-on for any video editor is the text-to-speech converter. Using text-to-speech tool in Record & Create menu, you can select language, voice, speech speed, input text and check preview. If you are satisfied with the result, press the Save to Media button.
Add the media to your video and change its position to make it appear on top or bottom.
5. Add music to video
Your videos might get boring if you don’t add good music, especially in the intro. Instead of finding royalty-free music on the web, you can browse Clipchamp’s default music library and select one of the clips for your videos.
In Clipchamp’s edit menu, select Music & SFX and check all well-arranged music clips in different categories like Happy & Upbeat, Dramatic, Jazz, Classical, etc.
6. Use stock images and GIFs
The ability to insert stock images and GIFs directly from the Clipchamp editor is another time-saving addition. Save time by searching and downloading stock images from the web just to import them into Clipchamp. Instead, you can directly search for them through the stock footage section and add them to your video.
Similarly, you can add stickers and GIFs (via GIPHY) from the graphics menu. This means you won’t have to quit the app and then try to import images or GIF data into a project.
7. Play with transitions
Transitions add a smooth change between scenes and images without giving viewers a visual jolt. Clipchamp comes with a bunch of default transitions. Hover the mouse cursor over a transition and you can check its preview in action. If you like any of them, drag and drop the relevant transition onto a video and add relevant details.
8. Create a Brand Kit
If you like a specific set of settings or sequences, you can choose them to maintain consistency across all your videos. You can start using specific fonts, colors, and logos to apply to every video you make. From Clipchamp’s editing interface, access the branding kit and start adding fonts, colors and logos in all future videos.
9. Change video aspect ratio
In the world of TikTok, Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts, we are no longer limited to the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio for a video. You can easily change video aspect ratio from 16:9 to 9:16, 1:1, 4:5 or 2:3 from video editor.
10. Play around with video editing tools
Clipchamp comes with all the standard video editing tools to create the perfect clip. You can add text (in different text styles), change colors, apply filters, trim video, adjust colors, and more.
While editing videos, you may want to memorize Clipchamp hotkeys to navigate the editing process. Open the hamburger menu and select keyboard shortcuts.
Mastering Video Editing on Windows 11
The free version of Clipchamp on Windows with an export limit of up to 1080p resolution only. To enable unlimited cloud storage and stock audio, you’ll need to subscribe to a $9 monthly plan and you can check prices on the Clipchamp page.