PC's running Windows used to have a good option for amateurs who needed to make and edit video content: Windows Movie Maker. Unfortunately, the software was discontinued in 2017, so video editing options for PC users are more limited. Unless you want to work with advanced software like Adobe Premiere, you might need an alternative to edit your videos in 2020.
I recommend using Kapwing on your PC computer as an alternative to Windows Movie Maker, since it's completely free, online, and gives you free cloud storage for your projects. I'm going to go over the three main things that you'll need to know:
- Uploading your videos to Kapwing
- Adding videos, music, & photos
- Editing your video
Converting Old WMV Files from Movie Maker
One of the most frustrating things about editing video content since Movie Maker was deprecated is dealing with old WMV files. They were only useful in Movie Maker, take up a lot of storage space, and aren't commonly supported by many video players and editors.
Kapwing can convert your WMV videos in under a minute, reducing file size without reducing file quality. Just go to Kapwing, enter the Studio, and press "Click to Upload" to find WMV files on your device. They'll take some time to upload fully, depending on video length.
Make any edits you need and hit "Publish" to finish converting the file. Once Kapwing is finished processing your project, you can download the MP4 file of your video, which can be played, uploaded, and shared anywhere.
Adding Videos, Music, & Photos
Kapwing's Studio allows you to add all kinds of media to the same project. To add other videos, just click the "Scenes" button in the top toolbar of the Studio window. Select a new scene and choose "Upload" from the top toolbar. Here, you can add another video the same way you added the first, and reorder your scenes by clicking & dragging them into the positions you want.
To add a new audio track to your video, select "Audio" from the top toolbar. In the Add Audio window, you can upload music from your device or from web sources like YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and SoundCloud. Once you've added your audio track, you can trim it, choose its starting point, adjust its volume, and loop it. If you haven't muted your video, the new audio track will play on top of the existing audio – if you'd like to hear only the new track, just select your video and choose "mute" from the right-hand toolbar.
To add photos to your project, you can click "Images" from the top toolbar. Here, you can search for pictures on the web, upload images from your file browser, or import any other project you made in Kapwing. To change the picture's duration in your video, select its scene and choose "Timeline" from the top toolbar. You can change the length of the image clip and move the beginning & ending buttons of the image layer.
Editing Your Video
When you click on a layer of your project in the Studio, you can see all your editing options on the right side of the screen. With a video layer selected, you can trim, crop, resize, add padding, and add filters.
You can also custom text and shapes to your project. Just select "Text" or "Shapes" from the top toolbar. Once you've added a text box, choose "Edit" from the right toolbar to change its text, font, color, style, and alignment. You can even animate it by selecting "Animate" from the right toolbar. If you've added a shape, you can edit its color, outline color, and outline thickness using the tools in the right-hand toolbar.
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