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Video Editing with Wondershare Filmora

Looking for a cheap and easy to understand video editor for Windows? If you can spare a bit less than £35 a year, you may be interested in this amazing desktop app, which has some pretty nifty features. There’s a few niggles which I’ll explain, but for the most part it’s been a really positive experience. In today’s article, I’ll take you step by step through editing a video, through to publishing on YouTube, using Wondershare Filmora.

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Select Your Content

Filmora Create New Movie

Filmora startup screen

With an intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI), Filmora is an easy way to get started in editing your very own videos for YouTube. If you’re a gamer, looking to show off your pro skills, or if you’re looking to just make a video for you and your family to treasure, it’s a really simple and straightforward program. When you start off, you will be given two options to choose from: Easy Mode and Full Feature Mode. Even if you just try out the demo, you will have access to both of these modes, although as a warning, if you download the Demo, exporting your video will have a very large Wondershare watermark.

You’ll notice at the top right hand corner of the above image, there is a small list under “Open Recent”. Pretty useful if, like me, you are making videos and dump a lot of content in one go so you can split it to make multiple videos. Simply drag in any file you want available in your video: This can include video clips, audio files, images and more. Alternatively, there’s an import button which, when clicked, allows you to import a file from your hard drive, or even from alternative sources such as a phone, Facebook, Instagram or Flickr.

Filmora Imported Files

Filmora timeline with imported files

Editing A Video

As with all good video editing software, the basics come with Filmora. You are able to crop and scale a video (Which has been a blessing in disguise for recording Stonekeep (YouTube Link)). But as well as this, you’re able to move around the timeline with a frame by frame precision. As well as being able to stretch the timeline (Simply click and drag on the times written at the top of the timeline), you are able to click the buttons underneath the video preview to move one frame forward and one frame backward. You can also use the left and right arrow keys to achieve this.

As well as this, you’re able to do some pretty nifty transitions, as well as some awesome features with text. This might be the hardest part of Filmora, but basically to do your own custom text, from what I’ve seen you need to click on one of the many pre-made text styles and then edit that style. You click to add the text, then right click on the text either in the video or (even easier) right click on the text snip on the timeline and click Edit. From here, you can change the style of the text, then save it as a custom text.

Filmora custom text

Text is really easy to manipulate in Filmora

As well as providing you with plenty of options, such as transitions, filters, text and music, you are able to have up to 3 music tracks, 3 text tracks, a video track and an image track. One thing that kind of bugs me is that I cannot seemingly find a way to get two video tracks or two image tracks… But if I ever find a way to do this, I’ll share it with everyone!

Exporting to YouTube

This is literally the only major aspect left to talk about here: Export your videos directly to YouTube. Instead of exporting to your hard drive, you can simply select an option when you click the Export button to go straight to YouTube. Although it’s worth mentioning that you can still export to your hard drive, which many people who are very serious about editing videos will do, but the direct to YouTube feature is awesome. You just verify your account with Filmora, then that’s it – It’ll do the rest for you.

YouTube Upload From Filmora

Uploading content direct to your YouTube channel is incredibly straightforward

I’d recommend you edit your videos details over on YouTube, so I’d recommend you set your video to private first, edit the videos details, then set it as public after you’ve edited the details. It’s still a really cool feature, which is one of the biggest reasons that I really don’t mind paying less than £35 a year. But what do you think? Do you have any better cheap/free video editing tools? As always, leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. We’ll be back with another episode of Stonekeep tonight!

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