You can edit videos for free using Clipchamp's online video editor. Watch our 2-min tutorial video for a quick demonstration of how it works, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions to help you get started using Clipchamp's editing features:

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For the best experience

Before you start using Clipchamp, we recommend you follow these steps to make sure your browser settings are optimal for the best editing experience.

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Getting started

Create an account or sign in at this address:

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Once you have logged into your account, you will see Clipchamp's dashboard. To create a new video, click on the create a new video button, or record something button. You can also enter the editor by clicking on the + button.


Add videos to the library

Before you can start editing your videos, you'll need to add the video files to your media library. There are three different ways you can import media. Drag and drop media files from your device to import, click on the import media button to import media from your files, or click on the arrow button to import media using one of our integrations like OneDrive or Dropbox.

If you would like to import media from your phone, click on the from phone button and then use your phone's camera to scan the QR code and open the website to select your media.

Once you have imported your media, the your media tab should look like this.

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To start editing, add videos to your timeline

Now drag and drop a video from your media library into the timeline at the bottom of the editor. You can also click on the + plus symbol to directly add the media file to your timeline. Click Add to timeline to all your media files.

User adding image to the timeline

Your timeline should look like this.

An image of the drag & drop media upload menu with red squares around the local file section and other ways to upload media.

Once a video is in the timeline, you can start viewing and editing it

You can add many videos to the timeline, move them around, and edit them. You can also add music and still image files.

An image of a video project in Clipchamp video editor with the transition menu open.

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Clipchamp's Editing Tools

Here's a list of the editing tools we currently offer. For more detailed instructions, screenshots and tips for a particular tool, follow the links below.

  • To trim a video clip, select it in the timeline (click on it so it is highlighted), then click and drag the edges back and forth. 

An image of the video editor timeline with a red circle showing the right edge of the clip and a red arrow indicating the direction of the trim.
  • To split a video clip in two, select the clip in the timeline, then move the scrubber (the white vertical line with the circle on top) so it is positioned where you want to cut the clip, then click the scissor icon in the top left.

An image of the video editor timeline with the mouse hovering on the “split” button.
  • To delete a video clip from the timeline, select the clip and then click the trash icon in the top left (or hit the Delete key on your keyboard).

An image of the video editor timeline with the mouse hovering on and a red circle around the “delete” button.
  • To play the videos in your timeline, move the scrubber (the white line with the circle on top) to where you want it to start playing from. Then click the Play button at the base of the preview window on the right, or hit the Space bar on your keyboard.

An image of the video editor timeline with a red arrow pointing at the scrubber on the left.
An image of the video viewing window with the mouse hovering on the play button.
  • To zoom in and out of the timeline, use the buttons in the top right-hand corner of the timeline: (+ to zoom in, and to zoom out). Alternatively, use the fit to screen button (–><–) to fit everything that's in the timeline to the visible area.

Zoom in and out of timeline in Clipchamp

Zoom in and out of timeline button location in Clipchamp
An image of the video editor with the “transform” menu open at the top.
An image of the video editor with the “speed” menu and normal speed selected.

An image of the video editor with the “filters” menu open.
  • You can also add music or audio files and still images to your video. Simply drag and drop an audio or image file from your computer into the library area (or click Add Media > Browse my files). Alternatively, select an audio file from Clipchamp's stock library. Once the file has loaded, drag it to the timeline, just like you would with a video file.

An image of the drag & drop media upload menu with red squares around the local file section and other ways to upload media.
  • To change the audio level of your music/audio file, add it to your timeline. Click the audio file, then an option will appear above. Click Audio, then drag the slider to change the volume. If that is audio from your video file (e.g. mp4, MOV etc.), just highlight it in the timeline, then the audio option should appear.

An image of the video editor with audio track open at the top and a red square around it, and a red arrow pointing at the audio track at the bottom.
  • To add a title (text) to your video, click Text in the left menu. Select your preferred motion titles from the sidebar by using the drag and drop method or click the + plus icon to get the desired title into the timeline. Click on the title clip to edit it.

An image of clicking on the Text tab on the left sidebar.
An image of a title being clicked by clicking on the + plus button.

Your editor timeline should look like this.

An image of the selected text added into the timeline.
A GIF of the Graphics tab on the left sidebar opened. Drag and drop a background onto the timeline then change the color using the color tab above video preview.
  • To export your finished video, which will save it to your computer as an mp4 file, click the Export Video button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Image of the Export button only.
An image of the video editor showing the export button being clicked in the right right corner of the screen.

Rename your video by highlighting the Untitled video and typing in your desired title.

An image of the export tab opened, renaming video.

Next, select your desired resolution and optimization then click Continue to export video.

An image of the export tab opened, clicking continue.

The exporting screen will automatically appear. Save to your computer or download using one of Clipchamp's saving integrations.

An image of the final export screen. Video is processing. Save to Clipchamp's integrations if desired.
  • To exit your video and start a new one, click on the "C" icon in the top left corner of your screen. A drop-down tab will appear, click on Back to videos. Your screen will return to the Dashboard page.

a GIF of exiting the video editor by clicking on the
  • You can reopen a video at any time by selecting it from the collection on the Dashboard page. Click on its title or image (it should appear under the Your videos heading).

An image of your dashboard.

Videos you edit are automatically saved while you work so there is no need to save them before exiting. 

However, it is IMPORTANT to keep your source video, image, and audio files – i.e. the original files you added. Or enable the content backup feature in that video/project.

Why? Because Clipchamp doesn't upload your videos anywhere, instead it processes them in Chrome (or Edge) locally on your computer. This unique technology makes it fast and private. However, from time to time you may be asked to relink your files – so don't delete the originals!

Enabling content backup has several benefits, which include:

  • No danger of losing your files/projects. If the original media files on your computer are lost, edited, or deleted, you'll still be able to access and work with your videos if you have content backup enabled.

  • No relinking. When working with Clipchamp projects where content backup is turned off, you will sometimes be asked to relink your original media files from your computer. With backed up media files you never have to worry about relinking.

  • Access videos you're editing from any computer. Instead of having to manually move your media files and relink them on a new computer, you'll be able to log in to your Clipchamp account on any computer and keep editing straight away.

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