Why we can't access your videos
We don't have access to your media files because our technology doesn't upload them to a server for processing. They get processed locally on your machine and don't leave your computer unless you decide to make use of one of the sharing options or Cloud Sync.
The processing of editing projects is all happening inside your browser. It basically works like a desktop application, except the browser is the platform Clipchamp runs on.
That's the key difference between us and other online video editors. These upload your files to their servers, process them and then you have to download them again and assume that they delete them off their servers.
With Clipchamp, you have full control over what happens with your files.
But if videos don't get uploaded, why do I see my old projects when I log in to Clipchamp?
We save project data (e.g. edit information, titles, file names) in your online account, but not the associated video, audio and image files that you added (unless you enable cloud sync). Instead, our system accesses these files locally on your computer when you log in and open the project (or if it can't find the files, it will ask you to relink them).
So why do I need to click Save if it's all on my computer anyway?
When you click the "Save" button after exporting a video, the video gets saved to a folder on your computer (of your choice) from the temporary local browser folder it was stored in behind the scenes. Once you save the video or refresh the app, those temp files get deleted automatically by the browser after some time.