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How to Edit Video with Basic Ways

With HitPaw Video Editor, you can edit videos, audios, images, GIF easily and add texts, stickers, transitions, filters to make your video more interesting. 

  • Editing Videos

    Want to edit your videos? Follow the below detailed guide.

    Add Video to the Track

    Click to select the video, right-click to choose “Add to New Track” or just drag the video to the main track at the timeline.

    add video to the track

    Delete the Video

    Add the video you do not want? Click on the added video, right-click to choose “Delete” or click on the “Delete” button at the quick toolbar to delete it.

    delete the video

    Preview the Video

    Click on the “Play” button on the preview windows to see the video content you are editing. Or you can enable the “Preview Line” to view or target the place you want to find. 

    preview the video

    Split the Video

    Delete one part in the video is easy to achieve via splitting. Just go to drag the playhead to the start point of the unwanted part, then, click on the “Split” icon at the quick toolbar. Now head to find its end point, click on “Split” again. Select the unwanted part, click on the “Delete” button to delete it.

    split video

    Tips: If you only want to trim from the beginning or the end of the video, you can click on the video at the timeline, drag the start edge or the end of the video clip forward or backward to remove the unwanted part. 

    Change Video Speed

    HitPaw Video Editor’s speed controller can help you slow down or speed up the video with several steps.

    You only need to click the video on the timeline to select it. Click “Speed” icon at the quick toolbar. In the pop up window, you can drag the slider or set the video duration to change the speed.

    change video speed

    Crop the Video

    The video contains some area you do not need? Click on the “Crop” icon at the quick toolbar after choosing the video at the timeline. Drag the selection to keep the part you need or you can change the Aspect Ratio to set the selection size, then, move it to select the part you need. Play to check if you are satisfied with the result. Click “OK” to crop the video.

    crop the video

    Rotate the Video

    Rotate the video directly via entering the angle you prefer. You can also move your mouse on the circle rotate icon to click on the angle you want it to rotate or just move your cursor to the big yellow circle of the line on the preview window, then, drag to the angle you want to rotate. 

    rotate the video

    Mirror the Video

     When your video at the timeline is selected, you can find the mirror options: flip horizontal or flip vertical at the right-top properties part. Click on the flip horizontal of flip vertical to mirror your video. 

    mirror the video

    Zoom the Video

    If you do not want the video occupy the whole canva or want to play only one part, you can zoom in or zoom out the video via dragging the slider under “Zoom”. 

    zoom the video

    Change the Video Opacity

    The video is 100% opacity by default. But if you want to adjust the opacity and show the media or the background behind the video, just go to drag the slider to change the opacity to achieve it.

    video opacity

    Change the Video Background

    Sometimes, your video cannot be 100% cover the background. For this case, you may want to have one beautiful background. HitPaw Video Editor can help you change the background without effort. Just make sure the video at the timeline is selected. Navigate to the view window, scroll down and you will find the background option. Select “Guassian Blur” “Color” or “Image” to change the background to the color or image as you request.  

    change the video background

    Create Picture in Picture

    To create a picture in picture video, you can add one video at the main track, then, drag another one video that you want to set as the smaller video to one new track, go to the preview window, drag the corner of the video to adjust the size and move it to the place you want to put it. Now, you can play to check whether it is what you need. 

    picture in picture
  • Editing Audios

    Add Background Music to Video

    Add background music to a video can help you make stunning videos. You only need to add the video to the main track firstly, drag the audio from the media, your computer or audio library to the track below the main video track, then, play to listen whether it is what you need. 

    music background

    Delete Audio

    If you find your audio was added by accident, you can click on the audio track, right-click to select the “Delete” or click on the “Delete” icon at the quick toolbar to delete this audio.  

    delete audio

    Mute Video

    When your video is with audio that you do not want, you can mute the audio directly via clicking the audio icon at the start of the video track to disable it.

    mute video

    Extract Audio from Video

    Detach audio from video can succeed to do it via click on the video, right-click to select the “Detach Audio”, and you will find the audio and video will be separated and in two tracks. 

    extract audio

    Split Audio

    The audio is too long or only need one part of this audio? Use the split to delete the part you do not want. Drag the playhead to target the start of the unnecessary part, click on the “Split” at the quick toolbar, drag the playhead to find the end of the unnecessary part, click the “Split” again, then, select the part to delete it.  

    split video

    If you only need to delete the part from the start or the end of the audio, you can drag the edge of the beginning or end to do it. 

    Change Audio Speed

    Select the audio at the timeline, click on the “Speed” icon, drag the dot or change the audio duration to slow down or speed up the audio, click on the “OK” button to save it. 

    change audio speed

    Change Audio Volume

    You can make your audio louder or quieter by dragging the slider forward or backward.

    change audio volume

    Fade in Or Fade Out

    Just go to click the audio to keep it in the selected status at the timeline, then, you will find the “Fade in” and “Fade Out” button at the right-top window, drag the slider to make it fade in/out. 

    fade in or out
  • Editing Images

    Add Image to Track

    Go to the media library, click on the image, right-click to select “Add to New Track” or drag the image to add it to the timeline. 

    add image

    Delete Image

    Select the image at the timeline, click on the “Delete” icon or right click to select “Delete” button to delete the image.

    delete image

    Zoom the Image

    You can easily find the zoom setting after you select the image. Just drag it to adjust the image or you can drag the corner of the image in the preview window to zoom in or out. 

    zoom the image

    Change the Opacity of the Image

    In some cases, you need to change the opacity of the image, just drag the slider under “Opacity” at the right top window to change the opacity after select the image at the timeline.

    change the image

    Rotate the Image

    There are three ways to rotate the image: Before choosing one method, you need to click to select the image in order to find all options. 

    Way 1. Click in the circle dot under “Rotate” to change the direction of the image. 

    Way 2. Enter the accurate number of how you want to rotate it.

    Way 3. Find the yellow dot at the preview window, move your cursor to the bigger yellow dot, long press to drag it and change the direction.

    rotate the image

    Mirror the Image

    Mirror function is also at the right-top window, you can click on the flip horizontal or flip vertical to mirror it successfully. 

    mirror the image

    Change the Image Position

    As all image editing functions, you need to keep the image in the selected status, then, move your cursor to the preview window and long-press on the image to move it to the place you want. 

    change image position

    Change the Image Duration

    When you add the image to the timeline, it will have the default duration. But what if you want to have this image appear longer or shorter? The only thing you need to do is to change its duration. You can drag the edge of the image to the length you need. This is super easy.

    change the image

    Adjust the Image

    You can find the brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpen, highlight, shadow, temperature, tone options after clicking “Adjust”, just drag the slider to adjust your image. 

    adjust the image
  • Adding Texts

    HitPaw Video Editor provides a lot of text effects to help you get more attention for your videos. Just check the below steps and you will know how easy it is to use.

    Add Text Effect

    Click on the “Text”, you will find a lot of “Texts” effects are available. Click one text effect, you can preview the text on the preview window. Want to add a text effect to your video? Drag one text to the timeline. 

    adding text

    Edit Text Effect

    Select the text on the timeline and you will find the text editor at the right top window, you can input the text, change the text color, font size, character space, line space, opacity, background color, text border size and rotate the text. 

    If you want to change the duration of the text playing, you can drag its edge to make it longer or shorter. Also, you can move or drag the corner of text on the preview window to change the text size and place. 

    edit text effect

    Remove Text Effect

    If you add the wrong text effect or just do not need it, you can click it, then, click the “Delete” icon at the quick toolbar, or right click to select the “delete” icon to get rid of it.  

    remove text effect
  • Adding Stickers

    To make your video much more funny, stickers are necessary elements. 

    Add Sticker

    It is easy to find the stickers you may like via clicking “Stickers”. Drag the sticker to one new track to add the sticker to the video. 

    adding stickers

    Edit Sticker

    You can edit the sticker:

     

    Change the sticker duration via dragging its edge at the timeline.

     

    Adjust the size via dragging the corner at the preview window or drag the slider under the “Zoom” option. 

    Change position with long-press to move or rotate the yellow dot at the preview or enter the actual X and Y position at the view window. 

    Adjust the direction of the sticker via dragging the lever, clicking on the circle dot at the rotate function line, or input the actual direction to rotate.

     

    Mirror the sticker via flipping horizontal or vertical.

     

    Change the opacity via dragging slider below the “Opacity”.

    edit sticker

    Delete Sticker

    Want to delete the sticker? Select it via clicking at the timeline, then, click the “Delete” button to remove it, or you can right-click on the sticker to choose “Delete” to erase. 

    delete sticker
  • Adding Transitions

    Transitions will be a great way to make the scene transition in your video more fluently. Just follow the below guide to learn how to add transitions to your videos.

    Add Transitions

    Navigate to “Transition”, find the transition effect, click to check whether it is what you need, drag the one you want to the place you want to have one transition. Now you can have transitions between you video clips. If you want to have transition in one video, you can split the video firtsly, then, add the transitions.  

    adding transitions

    Edit Transitions

    The transition will have the default length after you add it between your videos, images, gifs. You are also allowed to change it via dragging its edge or input the duration you need at the right top window. 

    edit transitions

    Delete Transitions

    If these transitions you already added are not what you need, you can select it, click the “Delete” or tap “Delete on your keyboard ” to remove. 

    delete transitions
  • Adding Filters

    To beautify your videos, filters are one of the crucial effects you need. 

    Add Filters

    There are two ways to add filters to your media files.  

    Way 1. Click the “Filters” to check all filter effects available, drag the one you need to the video, picture, or gifs on the main video to apply the effect to the entire video clip. 

    Way 2. Drag the filter to one new track and it will apply to the media in the main track. 

    adding filters

    Edit Filters

    You are permitted to drag the edge to decide how long the filter will apply. And also, you can click to select the filter, drag the slider on the view window to adjust the opacity of the filters.  

    edit filters

    Delete Filters

    There is a method to delete the filters based on how you add the filters.   

    Case: If you drag the filter to the main video track to apply directly, you can click to select the media with filters, check the right-top window, select “Filter” in the “View” tab, click on the “Delete” icon to erase the unwanted filter.

    delete filters

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