Video Editing – on a Computer


Although not every video will require editing, at some point you may need to perform some basic edits such as: removing parts of a video, splitting a video into clips, combining various video clips into one video, adding titles, etc. Below are some editing tools and resources that can help you.

YouTube Video Editor (Windows, Mac)

If you’re posting your video to YouTube and only require minor edits, YouTube’s built-in Editor might be all that you need.

Video Editor (Windows 10)

Windows 10 comes with a built-in video editor tool that is part of the Photos app. Video Editor can be opened directly from the Windows menu or accessed from within the Photos app. Visit this Microsoft resource Create films with a video editor and expand the “Video Editor app” section to learn more.

Clipchamp (Windows, Mac)

Clipchamp is a video editor that has been added to the Microsoft family. There is a browser version available to both Windows and Mac users and a desktop app for Windows. Clipchamp also comes as part of Windows 11. Learn more about Editing with Clipchamp.

PowerPoint (Windows, Mac)

Did you know that PowerPoint can be used as a video editor? Watch this video to see how PowerPoint can be used for minor video editing: Using PowerPoint for Video Editing.

iMovie (Mac)

iMovie comes installed on all Mac computers and is a powerful, yet simple application for editing videos. Learn more about editing in iMovie.

OpenShot Video Editor (Windows, Mac)

OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor that is known for its ease of use and wide array of video editing capabilities.

Quicktime (Mac)

Quicktime can do simple edits such as trimming or combining videos. If you are already using Quicktime to capture your webcam video, you might find the editing options helpful. Learn more about editing in the QuickTime Player.

Camtasia (Windows, Mac)

Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor all-in-one. It also has the ability to capture webcam video. If you are creating a lot of videos and looking for an all-in-one capture and editing solution, Camtasia might be worth considering. Educational cost is approximately $230.

If you believe that Camtasia can meet your teaching and training needs, full time faculty may be eligible to request a license for the full version. Please consult the One Off Software Requests for Full Time Faculty Use document for information on how to obtain a license.

“Help, my editing software won’t import my video file!” With so many applications and video formats available, you might run into a case where your editing application won’t open or import your video file. If this happens to you, an application like HandBrake can usually help to convert it into an acceptable format. It is free and does a great job of converting to and from a wide range of formats.

Keep it Simple There are so many options for devices and software - it can get a bit overwhelming. Keep it simple for starters and see what works best for your scenario. You can always build on the complexity of what you create the next time.

If you are not able to edit video on a computer or laptop or just have minor edits that you would like to make and prefer to use a Smartphone, Tablet or iPad to accomplish this, please visit our Video Editing – on a Smartphone, Tablet or iPad page.

If you are ready to share your video, visit our page on Video Sharing.