Video Editor User Guide
Video Editor is easy-to-use yet power-packed video editing software that lets you effortlessly edit videos, images and audios to look amazing. It’s easy, utilizing classic editing functions like trim, crop, rotate, and professional extras like stylish title screens, colorful filter effects, transition/motion effects. Also, it takes your video even further with special features like intro/credit screens, tilt shift effects, mosaic blur effects, face off and more. You could save and share media files you’ve edited in any way as you like. In one word, Video Editor enables you to edit home videos like trim, rotate, crop, merge, etc. and personalize your videos with rich text, filter and transition effects for any use.
Video Editor offers 2 editing modes for you to choose from: Easy Mode and Full Feature Mode.
Part I – How to Edit Medias in Easy Mode
On the main interface, select an aspect ratio from 16:9 and 4:3. Then click the “Easy Mode” button to enter Easy Mode editing procedure.
Step 1Set a template
After clicking “Easy Mode” option, Video Editor shows a the interface as below. Under “Select Template” tab, select one template. You could click the “Download More” button on the dashboard to download more templates from online database.
Step 2Add Media File
After setting a template, click the “Next” button to enter the “Add Media File” tab, where you need to click “Import” button to add source media files into this Video Editor. You could also directly drag and drop source media files for adding. After loading, you could check a media file and then click “Delete” trash icon to delete it.
Step 3Preview media files
Click the “Next” button on the “Add Media File” window after you’ve loaded media files. You could get preview of output media files. On the “Preview” tab, you could customize the “Opening title”, “Closing title”, music, add Smart Transitions, and get instant preview via the internal player.
Step 4Save and Share
If you’re satisfied with the output media files, you could then click the “Next” button to enter the “Save and Share” window to output media files. Click “Export directly” to output your movie directly to computer, device, DVD or upload it to Internet. If you want to get more editing features onto your movie, click “Advanced Editing” button. The Video Editor would automatically turn you to the Full Feature Mode editing.
Part II – How to Edit Media Files in Full Feature Mode
On the starting interface of Video Editor, set aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) and then click “Full Feature Mode” button to get advanced editing features. If you’ve already saved a project via Video Editor before and you need to open it for re-editing, on the left side, select the project name under “Open Recent” title to load saved project for editing.
Add media files:
After entering the Full Feature Mode editing panel, click the “Import” button to add source media files into dashboard of this Video Editor. You could also click the “Record” icon to record a live video for editing. The loaded media files could be displayed in different ways: Name, Duration and Type. Video Editor also provides sample colors and sample videos via the “User’s Album” drop-down box. For easy editing, you could choose to display video, image and audio separately. Every loaded media file could be previewed via the built-in player. The built-in player even offers a camera for you to snap screenshots of loaded videos while preview.
By right-clicking a media file on the dashboard, you could Add clip to Timeline, Apply to PIP, do Scene Detection, Play it back, Rename it, Delete it, show its Audio Track, Find it on your local folder, view detailed Properties.
After loading source media files to the Media Library dashboard, to start editing, you need to add media files to the Timeline/Storyboard panel. 2 ways to do this:
1. Directly drag and drop a media file from dashboard to the Timeline;
2. Right click a media file on the dashboard and then select “Add Clip” option.
Note: Don't drag and drop a file to the existing media on Timeline unless you want to split it.
After adding to Timeline, you could make use of the “Zoom In” and “Zoom Out” slidebar right before the blue “Export” button to adjust the view size of media files for easier and more precise editing.
Basic editing features:
Video Editor offers several basic editing features, including: split, crop, rotate, join, add transitions, insert effects, adopt text, add sound, etc.
Split media file
Video Editor provides 2 ways to split a clip: directly split on the Timeline or use the scene detection feature to detect different scenes in a video file and automatically break it down into several clip files.
A) To split a clip via Timeline:
1. Select a clip in the Timeline Viewer;
2. Drag the Split Maker on either side of the clip to change the length. The Preview Window reflects the position of the Trim marker in the clip;
3. Click the Split button or right click and choose the "Split" option split icon from the context menu;
4. If you want to delete the unwanted segment, right click and choose "Delete".
B) To split a clip via Scene Detection:
1. Right click the clip on the dashboard and then select “Scene Detection”;
2. On the popup window, click “Detect”.
3. Click the “Apply” button to add separated clips to the Timeline for editing.
Crop a clip
Video Editor allows you to remove the black margins or unnecessary parts of a clip and keep only the content you need via Crop function. It’s easy to crop a video clip. You simply need to:
1. After you drag the clip to the Timeline, right click it and then select “Crop” option;
2. On the popup “Crop” window, drag the rectangle on the left window to decide the desired frame area. You could get instant preview on the right window. Also, you could choose 16:9 or 4:3 at the bottom to let Video Editor automatically crop the clip. After cropping, click “OK” button to save it.
Rotate and enhance a clip
A) Rotate a clip
If you need, you could rotate video clip you’ve loaded to the Timeline to a special angle. To rotate a clip, you need to:
1. Drag the clip onto the Timeline panel, and then double click it. Or check a clip on the Timeline and then click the “Edit” button right above the Timeline.
2. The “Rotate” panel would show up on the dashboard. You could then choose to “Rotate 90° clockwise”, “Rotate 90° anticlockwise”, “Flip horizontal” and “Flip vertical”.
3. After rotation, just click “Return” button.
B) Enhance a clip
Video Editor offers 2 ways to adjust clip properties like Contrast, Saturation, Brightness and Hue to enhance clip appearance: Manual adjustment and Auto enhancement. To access to the clip enhancement panel, you need to double click the clip on Timeline, or check a clip on Timeline and then click the “Edit” icon on the tool bar.
1. To manually enhance a clip: Directly drag the sliders on Contrast, Saturation, Brightness and Hue.
2. To automatically enhance a clip: Check the “Auto denoise and enhance” option.
Playback speed could also be adjusted here. You could adjust it from 0.5x, 1x, 1.5x and 2x original speed.
Once you drag images to the Video Timeline for editing, you could rotate, enhance, adjust image duration and apply motion effect. To do these, you need to double click the image, or check the image and then click the “Edit” button on the toolbar to get image enhancement panel out.
A) Rotate images
4 special rotation angles are available: “Rotate 90° clockwise”, “Rotate 90° anticlockwise”, “Flip horizontal” and “Flip vertical”. Select the one you need.
B) Picture enhancements
Just like video clip, image properties could also be adjusted and enhanced. Drag the sliders on Contrast, Saturation, Brightness and Hue to adjust image effect manually. Or check the “Auto denoise and enhance” option to enhance image automatically.
C) Change image duration
Any image added onto the Video Tim eline has default duration of 5 seconds for playback. But you could change the image duration. 2 ways are available:
1. Directly drag and drop the edge of the image on the timeline to change the duration.
2. Double click the image and modify the Duration box. You can click “Apple to all” to apply the same duration time to all the images in the project.
D) Apply Motion effect
You could apply Motion effect onto the loaded image on Video Timeline from still to animated one. On the picture enhancement panel, slide to “Motion” from “Photo” and then you could select and apply desired motion to image by double click. To remove a motion on an image, just right click the image on the Timeline and select “Delete Motion” option.
Video Editor allows you to drag audio files into the Music Timeline panel and/or record a voiceover as background music. Meanwhile, the audio file you loaded to the Timeline could be edited and enhanced.
A) Add a voiceover
On the toolbar above the Timeline, click the “Record a voiceover” button to call out the “Record audio” box, on which you could record a voiceover narration. Hit the big button to start/stop recording. The recorded voiceover would automatically added to the library and Music Timeline. To remove the recorded voiceover, just right click it and then select “Delete” option.
B) Apply audio effects
Video Editor has a Sound library, which has several audio effects for you to apply to your audio files in your project. Open the “Sound” library, browse an effect, double click it to get preview and then apply desired effect to loaded audio files. You could:
1. Firstly drag the slider on the Timeline to the position you want to add an audio effect, and then right click the desired audio effect to select “Apply” option for audio effect adding;
2. Or, directly drag the audio effect to the position you want it be on the Sound Timeline.
After applying, you could double click the added sound effect on the Sound Timeline panel to adjust its Speed, Volume, Fade In, Fade Out and Pitch. To remove the sound effect, just right click it and select “Delete” option.
C) Other audio adjustments
1. Split audio clips
Use the Split Maker to indicate where you want to split the audio clip. Then right click the clip and select “Split” or click the Split button above on the toolbar.
2. Mute audio
To mute the video clip which contains audio track, just right click the video and choose "Mute" from the content menu.
3. Detach audio from video
To detach audio from video, simply right-click the video and choose “Audio Detach" —the detached audio track will automatically appear on the Audio Track.
Besides the basic editing functions such as Rotate, Crop, Split and Cut, Video Editor also provides more advanced functions like Tilt-shift, Mosaic, Face Off, Jump Cut at Beats (which are included in the Power Tool) and Flash and Hold.
Power Tool includes four powerful editing effects: Tilt-shift, Mosaic, Face Off and Jump Cut. Choose the clip on the Timeline and click the “Power Tool” button on the toolbar or right click the clip and choose “Power Tool” option to enter the Power Tool panel.
A) Apply Tilt-shift effect
Click Tilt-shift and tick “Apply Tilt-Shift to the clip” check box, and then a focal area appears in the image. You can adjust the size of the focal area by dragging the yellow line or adjust the tilt direction by controlling the white circle between the two yellow lines. When all the adjustments finished, just click “OK” button.
B) Apply Mosaic effect
Click Mosaic and check “Apply Mosaic to the clip”, and then click on “Add” button. Now a mosaic area appears on the clip. You can move it to the desire position and drag the yellow frame to adjust the size. Or drag the Percent slider bar to get the effect you want. When finished, just click “OK” to save your editing.
C) Apply Face Off effect
Click Face Off and tick “Apply Face Off to the clip” check box. Then choose a funny face you like and it will be immediately put on the face the program detected. You can preview the video by hitting on the Play button, then click “OK” to save the editing.
D) Apply Jump Cut at Beats effect
Click Jump Cut at Beats and tick “Apply Jump Cut at Beats to the clip” check box. Then drag the Jump time length and Play duration sliders to customize the effect. Preview the video by clicking the Play button, then click “OK” to save the editing.
Apply Close-Up (Flash and Hold)
Flash and Hold effect will add a brief flash transition to the selected clip and its last frame. The last frame is then turned into a still image that remains on screen for 4 seconds, but you can change this duration if you want.
To apply a Close-up, drag the slider on the Timeline to the position you want to put the close-up and then click the “Flash and Hold” button on the toolbar, or directly right click the clip and then select “Flash and Hold” option. The program would automatically add a close-up on your desired position. To remove the close-up, just right click the clip and then select “Delete” option.
Other editing features
Video Editor offers you more editing features besides the basic and advanced video editing features. You could insert transitions between 2 clips, apply special effects, use texts and Intro/Credit, and create PIP (picture-in-picture) clips.
Transitions can help your video move smoothly from one scene to the next. They can either be applied to single clips or in between all clips on the timeline. Click the “Transition” tab to enter the transition adding panel. To add a transition, you need to:
1. Move the slider between 2 clips and then right click desired transition and select “Apply” option;
2. Or directly drag desired transition between 2 clips on the Timeline.
B) Related Transition settings
1. By right clicking a transition, you could choose to apply the selected transition to all clips through “Apply to all”, or apply random transition to all clips through “Random to all” option.
2. You could also right click a transition and then select “Add to favorite” to collect it.
3. By double clicking the transition you’ve added to the Timeline, you could adjust the Transition duration.
4. To remove a transition, right click the transition on the Timeline and then select “Delete” option.
Add Text and Intro/Credit
With Text and Intro/Credit functions, Video Editor lets you easily and quickly create beautiful-looking titles, complete with special effects. You can add captions as well as Intro and credit.
A) Add Texts
Open the “Text” library above the toolbar and then directly drag and drop target text to the desired position of Text Timeline panel. Or move the slider to the desired position on the Timeline, then right clicked desired text in the Text library to select “Apply”. By right click, you could also “Add to Favorites” of text you like.
Custom Text: Video Editor also allows you to customize Text upon font, color, size, position, etc. Double click the text clip on the Text Timeline to call out the Text editing panel.
Apply Preset text: Go to the “Preset” tab on the Text editing panel, select one and right click it for applying.
Apply Customize text: Under the “Customize” tab, you need to set Fill, Border, Shadow and Background one-by-one.
You can tick the Fill option and then choose from “Color Fill”, “Image Fill” and “Gradient".
Color Fill: Pick the color swatch to set the background color.
Image Fill: Choose from the built-in images or load your own image as image fill.
Gradient Fill: Set the start and end color and click an arrow button to set the direction.
Border/Shadow/Background: Choose the respective options and change the attributes using the dialog box.
Apply animation: Go to the Animation tab. Browse and double click a specific preset animation to apply.
Change text position: Drag the frame box on the preview window to reposition the text to the place you like.
Change text duration: On the Text Timeline panel, drag the edges of the Text clip to change text duration.
Remove text: On the Text Timeline panel, right click the text clip and then select “Delete” option
Add Intro and Credit
Video Editor offers Intro/Credit function to help create chapters, intro, credit and casts for your video. Go to the Intro/Credit Library to choose and apply the effect. Actually, Intro/Credit is a combination of a photo and a text clip, you can double click on them to edit just like editing photos and texts.
Apply Special Effects
Video Editor offers over 70 classic and creative visual effects to change video clip appearance or style.
A) Add effects
To add effects to your video or image clips, you need to:
1. Open the “Effect” library to select desired effect. You could make use of the filters and get preview of selected effects via the internal player by double click.
2. Drag and drop selected effect to the Timeline or right click it and select “Apply”. You could see an E icon on the Effect Timeline panel. As you like, you could drag the effect icon on the Effect Timeline to any position. Of course, you could add as many effects as you like.
B) Custom Effect
Video Editor enables you to customize the Effect elements, including its duration and parameters.
Change Effect duration: The default length is 5 seconds. But you can drag the edge of the E icon on the Effect Timeline to change the duration.
Adjust Effect parameters: Double click the applied effect on the Effect Timeline to adjust its parameters. Available parameter options depend on the selected filter. Some of the filters don’t have this option.
C) Save and delete
Add Effect to Favorite: Right click one filter effect from the list and select “Add to Favorite”. The selected effect would be marked with a heart icon and saved in Favorite tab.
Delete Effect: Right click the applied effect on the Effect Timeline panel and choose “Delete” to remove it from the project.
Create PIP (Picture-In-Picture) clip
PIP, short for Picture in Picture, in Video Editor, means that you could place multiple clips into the same frame. Works just like the name—layer many movies into on frame to tell many threads of one story. Video Editor allows you to either add your own clips or select from preset PIP resources to PIP creating.
A) Add PIP
Add personal clips to PIP track: Directly drag the overlay clip that you want to add to your project to the PIP Timeline panel.
Add PIP recourse: You could also choose to create PIP clips with preset PIP resources. Open the “PIP” library and then drag desired PIP element to the PIP Timeline or right click the desired PIP element and choose “Apply”.
B) Customize PIP clips
Video Editor allows you to adjust PIP clips on the size, position and direction, apply a PIP motion, add a mask frame, etc.
Reposition PIP clip: On the preview panel, after you’ve dragged an image to the PIP Timeline panel, you could drag the PIP frame box to the desired position you prefer.
Resize PIP clip: On the Preview Window, drag the handles of the PIP clip to resize it.
Apply a PIP motion: By double clicking the PIP clip on the PIP Timeline panel, you could see a PIP motion library. Select one and double click the selected one to apply motion to PIP clip. You could play it back to get preview on the preview panel by clicking the play button. To remove the motion, just right click the PIP clip on the PIP Timeline panel and then select “Delete Motion” option.
Add a mask frame: You could also add a mask frame to the PIP clip within this Video Editor. Click the “Advanced” button on the PIP motion selecting panel and then select a mask frame under the “Mask” tab. Select one and double click it to apply. You could adjust the mask Width, Height, Left and Top elements.
Adjust PIP clip effect: Video Editor enables you to adjust the PIP clip effect by setting Chroma key, shadow, boarder, and flip angle. To adjust a PIP clip effect, double click the PIP clip on the PIP Timeline panel, on the popup panel click the “Advanced” button and then open “Effect” tab.
Add Chroma Key effect: Under the Chroma key tool tab, tick “Make parts of the clip transparent” and use the picker tool to choose the color to be rendered as transparent in the Preview Window. Move the slider in the Intensity Level option to adjust the range color to be rendered transparent.
Add a shadow: Open Shadow option, tick “Apply shadow to the clip” and then adjust the settings below upon your needs.
Add a border: Open the Border option, tick “Apply border to the clip” and then adjust the settings below as per your needs.
Flip or rotate: Click Flip option, click the four buttons to flip or rotate your PIP clip.
Save and Share
With all editings finished, click “Export” button to save or/and share your work. Video Editor enables you to output your edited media files in multiple ways. You could directly output edited media files to various Devices, convert to different Formats, upload to YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo, or burn to DVD.
Export to mobile devices: Go to the “Device” tab, select your target device via the drop-down “Device” box, Name the file and then fill the “Save to” directory. If you want to adjust the default settings, click the “Advanced settings” button. Then you can change settings such as encoder, resolution, frame rate, bit rate and more. After that, click the blue “Export” button at the bottom right.
Export to common formats: Open the “Format” tab, select desired format in the “Format” drop-down box, type a file name in the Name box, set the “Save to” directory to save output media files. For video and audio parameters adjustment, click the “Advanced settings” button. Then you could custom encoder, resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. Click “Export” button to start exporting then.
Upload to YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo: Video Editor also enables you directly export edited media files for uploading to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo for sharing. Go to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo tab, Video Editor would then pop up a sign-in window to ask you sign in with your own account. Fill in the necessary information like title, description, quality privacy settings and additional tags. If everything is OK, click “Export”.
Note: If it is the first time you are signing in, you will be asked to authorize the connection between Video Editor and your online account. This authorization allows for the exchange of limited information related to the successful upload of your video. If you don’t have an existing account, you will be prompted to create an account.
- Add media files
- Basic editing features
- Split media file
- Crop a clip
- Rotate and enhance a clip
- Picture editing
- Audio editing
- Advanced editing
- Power Tool
- Apply Close-Up (Flash and Hold)
- Other editing features
- Insert transitions
- Add Text and Intro/Credit
- Add Intro and Credit
- Apply Special Effects
- Create PIP (Picture-In-Picture) clip
- Save and Share