How to Edit Your Videos with Microsoft Photos App

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Microsoft no longer carries Movie Maker as its default video-editing tool in Windows 10. However, did you know that its Photos app, which many use as a default photo viewer, can also be used to edit videos?

I had never thought that this ordinary app could contain so many powerful hidden features. As shown below, editing your videos with the Microsoft Photos app is relatively easy.

Getting Around the Photos App

You wouldn’t have any trouble locating the Photos app at all as you just have to type “photos” in the search box. Unlike other video-editing tools, this app will load in an instant.

Microsoft Photos Location

The best thing about the Photos app is that it is very lightweight. Even while working on a two-hour long video project, I could ignore the file size. Certainly, that is a capability missing in many of the well-known video editing tools.

Microsoft photos app homepage

Creating Your First Video

Click “Create” on the right of the Homepage window to start working on your first video edit. Initially, you can create an automatic video by importing photos and videos into the collection. In the automatic mode you can’t do any editing. This is still helpful if you simply want to convert your vacation snaps into a video.

Create automatic video in Photos App

From automatic videos you can go to the next step where you can tag people in your list. Moreover, you can also import videos directly from your OneDrive storage in “Folders.”

Tag friends and family video automatic photos app

If you want to create a video from scratch, you will have to select “Custom video.” Now you are in a project window where you can “add photos and videos” from your PC or collection. Before starting work, give the project a name.

Create New Custom Video in Photos App

The project will be saved automatically. The next time you open the “Photos” app, you can view it on its homepage. I clearly remember that with Movie Maker one had to allocate a folder in the PC and save the project as a “.MSWMM” file. With the Photos app, it is no longer the case. In case you were wondering, Ctrl + Z works just fine in the project.

Essential Video-Editing Functions in the Photos App

Next, after adding photos and videos to the project, you will have to move them to the storyboard. From there you can edit the videos using a right-click or by clicking one of the icons in the storyboard: “trim,” “resize,” etc. The Resize tool removes black bars from the videos.

Right click selection in Storyboard of Photos App

Trimming the Video

Trimming the videos is easier with the Photos app than with the Movie Maker. You only have to drag the slider and pause at the place where you want to trim the video. Unlike Movie Maker, the entire project window does not saturate with hundreds of mini clips. After you click “done,” save a copy. The Photos app will save the the trimmed version in the same folder.


Adding Text Effects

One of the complaints about Movie Maker was its poor text interface. This gap has now been addressed with a “Text” feature in Photos app. You can have a variety of cool animated text styles with their corresponding layouts.

Text effects Video Editing in Photos App

Choose Themes

Photos app has a useful “themes” feature which can be applied in YouTube videos. No matter your script, you can give your video a robust theme with filters, music and text styles.

Themes Set in Photos App Video Editor

Motion and 3D Effects

With the Photos app, you can have a variety of motion and 3D effects to give the video a classy edge. In fact, some of these effects include “breaking news,” “explosion,” “live,” “live sports” and themes for every occasion.


Exporting Your Video

Exporting your video is very easy from the homepage. You can choose a file size and create your video which will take an instant.

Exporting videos in Photos App


Based on my own experience, once you learn the Photos app, you might not miss Movie Maker that much. Having said this, some of its nuances, such as timeline edits and split tool, are missing. However, the quality of your final video will more than make up for these deficiencies.

I recommend the Photos app as a good quality, free video-editing tool. Do let us know in the comments if you like it as well.

Sayak Boral
Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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