Clipchamp is designed to work in the Chrome browser without any software installations, so it's an ideal video editor for Chromebook users. It also works with your files locally, which can make it faster than other online video editors. To learn more, see: What is Clipchamp?
Before using it on your Chromebook, we highly recommend you update your Chrome operating system to the latest version to ensure best performance. You also need to be connected to the internet.
Note: some Chromebooks can struggle with projects that are longer than 10 minutes or that use very large (e.g. 4K) video files, so we recommend keeping projects short.
Adding media to edit on a Chromebook
First, start a project. Then you can add video, image or audio files to it as follows:
1. Click Add Media
In the left-hand menu of your editing project, click the plus icon or Add Media:
2. Click Browse files or select another import option
After choosing a media file import option, for instance, Google Drive, you'll see a popup where you need to select your account and can then select files from that service.
3. Choose a file
A file selection window will appear where you can choose the ones you'd like to add to edit. In the example screenshots below, we're showing the process of selecting clips from the Chromebook file picker.
Option A – Adding from Google Drive
In the window that opens, go to Google Drive > My Drive and find the file you want. Select the file and click Open.
If this doesn't work on your Chromebook, go to Google Drive, download the file into the Downloads folder of your Chromebook, and then proceed with option B.
Option B – Adding from the Downloads Folder
The Downloads folder on a Chromebook is the blue folder icon in the bottom toolbar:
You can add files to your Downloads folder by saving attachments from emails, or going to a website (e.g. a Dropbox link or your Google Drive), right clicking (two-finger clicking on a touchpad), and downloading the files. In the below example, we right-clicked on a video in our Google Drive and then chose "Download".
This saved it to the Downloads folder.
We then went to a video editing project and clicked Add Media. In the window that appears, choose Downloads in the left-hand menu, select the file you want and click Open.
4. Wait for the video to appear and drag it to the timeline
Once you click "open" your video, image or audio file will be added to your media library. It may take a few moments to process.
If you experience problems and it doesn't load properly, try reloading the page.
Once the media has loaded, you can drag it to the timeline and start working with it.
Exporting and sharing your final video on a Chromebook
Once you finish editing your video in Clipchamp and export it, click Save to your computer:
On a Chromebook, this will save the video to your Downloads folder (the blue folder in the bottom toolbar). From here, you can attach it to an email, upload it to Google Drive, or share it on social media.