How to edit videos on CapCut


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CapCut has finally gathered the user base it deserves. If you're among them, you'll want to know how to edit videos in CapCut.

Editing videos used to be overwhelming, especially for those just starting. It wasn't until CapCut completely changed the game that it became far more user-friendly for beginners.

CapCut provides simple and convenient tools for editing videos. So, if you want to finish and finally export that video in your draft, keep reading.

CapCut video editing features

All it takes to get started is your preferred device and an internet connection. CapCut can be downloaded for free on various devices, such as iOS and Android smartphones, PCs, and laptops.

You can also access the website on your PC or laptop's web browser instead of downloading the app to save storage space.

Once you've installed the CapCut app on your chosen device, you'll find options to either sign up or sign in on your screen. If you don't have an account yet, create one. If you already have one, sign in.

The New Project option will be visible at the top of the screen in no time. Tap it, choose one or more video clips, and click the Add or Import button. You can start editing it and detail it as you see fit.

Here are the four key components of CapCut:

Screenshot showcasing CapCut's four key components
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Screenshot showcasing CapCut's four key components
  • The Preview Window will allow you to watch your videos, engage with them, and tweak them by dragging and pinching to zoom in on the clips to fill the canvas.
  • Timeline is the area designated for modifying the features or tools you've used, such as effects, overlays, text, and so forth.
  • The Main Toolbar is where you can spot all the necessary editing tools. To make sure, it won't appear if you select the clip on the timeline.
  • Like the Main Toolbar, the Sub Toolbar is a handy feature for enhancing editing capabilities. Plus, it offers convenient options to refine your video editing, such as filters, animations, styles, and more.

How to edit videos with CapCut

As CapCut gains prominence in recent years, so too does its advancement. They upgrade the features to a whole new level that you can mainly use for free.

Here's a simple guide to help you start video editing with CapCut's beginner-friendly features doing most of the work for you.

Resize video in CapCut

You may want to modify the size of your videos depending on the platform you plan to post them on in order to improve your audience's viewing experience.

CapCut provides sizes optimized for various platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and more.

At the main toolbar, simply slide to the right and select the aspect ratio option. Choose the preferred size for your video clip.

Adding a background using CapCut

After resizing the video, there's a chance that certain areas will be cropped out or bordered by black bars.

In this case, you can add either images or a color background or make it blurry.

You can locate it once more on the main toolbar by sliding right and choosing the background option.

Trim video in CapCut

When you add a video clip, white frames enclose it. Hold and tap on these frames to easily drag them to shorten or lengthen the video as you like.

You can also drag from the opposite end to restore any trimmed segments if needed.

Split video in CapCut

Splitting is like trimming, but sometimes, we need to cut something from the middle of a video clip, which can't be done with trimming.

Start by tapping the video clip to ensure it's selected. Then, locate and press the Split icon positioned at the bottom of the screen.

This will divide the video and allow you to do various editing manoeuvres on the separate segments.

Mirror, rotate, and crop the video using CapCut

These three tools are as indispensable as the first tools. Simply tweaking their positions or adjusting the frame will improve the overall look of the video.

You can either rotate clockwise, flip horizontally, or remove distractions. Tap the edit icon, move right a little, and you'll see the transform option. Click it to view all three options.

Change the speed of the video in CapCut

Adjusting your video speed in Capcut gives you two options to pick from. The Normal option lets you change the video speed steadily. It can be 0.1x, 1x, 2x, and so on.

The Curve option, on the other hand, can adjust the speed of a clip using a curve or graph. If you're just starting, the normal option is the easier route to take.

Select the clip you want to change the speed of, then tap the speed icon to adjust it as you like.

Add transitions to the video in CapCut

You're likely intrigued by transitions because they're all the rage on TikTok. Transitions are like cool effects or animations that make your video clips switch smoothly or add some visual flair between scenes.

If you're excited to hop on the trend, the first thing to do is import two or more videos into your CapCut. You can also split one long video into two shorter ones.

Once you're done, click the white icon with a line between the clips. There, you'll see all the transitions categorized. There are trending, pro, overlay, camera, and others.

Add and edit the text to the video in CapCut

Text is arguably one of the most important things you can ever include in your videos, regardless of where you intend to use them.

You can use text to share info, emphasize key points, or level up the aesthetic appeal of your video.

Many people incorporate text into their videos for branding, establishing identity, or prompting a call to action.

Add an overlay to the video using CapCut

Overlays are graphics you can add on top of your video clips to give them extra flair.

You can add things like images, overlay video clips, GIFs, etc., to make your video pop and grab attention.

When you're on the main toolbar, you'll spot the overlay icon right away. Tap add, and then you can grab whatever catches your eye from your photos.

Add audio and adjust the volume of your video in CapCut

You can do so much with the audio option. Whether it be adding background music, audio effects, or voiceovers.

You can see the audio icon right next to the edit icon. After that, you'll see different categories, such as sounds, sound effects, extracts, and voiceovers.

There's also a copyright feature available if you're interested in running a copyright check.

If you want to change the volume of your video, make sure you've got the right video selected.

Move to the right, and you'll find the volume icon there. Just adjust the volume to your liking and hit play again until it sounds just right.

Export videos on CapCut

Congratulations on reaching this step. This is surely the most satisfying part, where your efforts finally pay off.

Exporting videos is meant for the drafts where you've already poured in your finest editing efforts and are now ready to share them with others.

At the top of your screen, you'll see an arrow icon. It will give you choices such as preferred quality, media format, and where you want to save them.

The very last thing you'll do is just tap save. CapCut automatically saves your project as a draft. You can pause editing and pick up right where you left off.

There you have it. After going through this guide, you should be pretty comfortable with editing videos in CapCut.

And those tips are just scratching the surface of what it can do. Continue using the guide above, and you'll become a CapCut expert in no time.

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