When Microsoft decided to shutter Windows Movie Maker a lot of fans weren’t happy. Although it may not have been the best editor available, it was free, relatively easy to use, and could be relied on to fix small problems and create simple videos.
However although the Windows Movie Maker may be gone, the Windows 10 Photos app that has effectively taken its place as the new free video editor for Windows. In fact if you start to explore and understand its features, you’ll see it is a big step up.
Within Photos you can hit the Create button and select Video Remix to access this feature. It will then prompt you to select the photos and videos that you want to use – and will automatically compile them into a video.
The Remix feature will essentially arrange the photos and videos, apply filters to them, adjust their timing, and include background music. If you aren’t happy with the results you can keep clicking on the Remix button till you find a result that you like.
Aside from opening it up through the Video Remix feature, you can click on the Create button and select Video Project instead to open up the editor. It will prompt you to select the photos and videos you want to include, and will take you to the editor screen.
Within the editor there are numerous features that you can use, some of which include:
- Trim will let you select the part of a video clip that you want to include in your video, and can be accessed by selecting that particular clip.
- Filters will stylize your video in certain ways, but need to be applied to each video or photo individually by selecting it.
- Text can be added to photos or videos in a variety of different styles by selecting the media. The text position can be customized as well.
- Motion will let you apply variations of zoom and pan effects to each video clip – which are commonly known as Ken Burns effects.
- Music will let you add one of the built-in tracks or your own music files to use as background music (provided there is no DRM).
- 3D effects allow you to include various 3D overlays ranging from blizzards to balloons.
- Inking can be used on individual videos so you can draw on them. It is possible to ‘anchor’ the ink to a specific object in the video so that it follows it.
As you can see it really is a fairly capable video editor, and it definitely trumps its predecessor in many ways. That being said it isn’t as powerful as third-party video editors, for example Movavi Video Editor where you can apply custom blur effects by following the steps at http://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-blur-video.html.
All in all however now that you understand the features in the Windows 10 Photos video editor, you should be able to use it to create some neat little videos. Considering it is free and built into any up-to-date Windows 10 machine – why not give it a try.