Filmmaking is an amazing realm of possibilities today, anyone with a camera has the possibility to make an original project come to life. But once you dive into this realm you will find that the recording side of it, is just the beginning and probably the stage that may even take up the less of your time. Once you are happy with your recorded footage, it needs to be edited and then encoded before it is even near ready to be promoted around the internet! How can you put all your recorded videos together easily? Well there are a never ending amount of tutorials and software around that answer this question & which will teach you how to put videos together and create smooth transitions between your merged clips.
If you are using Windows 10, then look no further, we will teach you 2 simple ways that you can easily put different videos together.
Using Movavi Video Editor to join videos
You can actually use the Movavi software on Windows or Mac OS, and will find from our tutorial that putting together videos with it is as easy as counting to the number 3. It is a powerful tool & will let you edit your videos in many ways which can really give your project an added flare.
Step 1: Install Video Joiner
Following the installations instructions step by step menu you should have the program installed within a matter of minutes.
Step 2: Locate the files in the program
Once we have launched the program, select “Create Project” while ensuring it in full feature mode. You select the files you wish to put together by clicking “Add Media.” You will see the timeline at the bottom of the window will automatically be populated with your video. Another way to do this is to simply drag your video from the saved folder location and drop it on the timeline. In the working area by dragging and dropping different clips you can change the order they come in.
Step 3: Creating transitions
Once you have your clips in the order you need, the next thing to do would be to add in some sleek transitions. Transitions helps smooth out the joining of the clips and make it easier on the eyes when watching your movie. Navigate to the transition tab and select the transition you want. To add it you simply need to click on its icon in the library and again drag it onto the timeline. Drop it between the two video clips where you want the transition to be created. Above the timeline you will also see a transition wizard icon, this icon allows you to do open the transition library quicker & create transitions for all your clips in one go.
Step 4: Complete your edited video
You can save your completed video in any format you prefer, this is done by clicking Export. Once you have the export window open, in the upper section you will see some helpful export functions which are already set up for you and help you export your project for mobile devices or to be upload on the web for example. You can save your video in HD or select any of the formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV or even MOV. Click on your preferred choice and select the target format or what the project is intended for, then click start. Depending on the size of your project it may take some time to export and encode the file.
And there you go as easy as counting to 3, Movavi Video Editor lets you join your clips together whilst adding in simple transitions. You can also use it to merge different video files or to add in filters or titles. Actually the options are limitless and we have found it very intuitive to use so definitely our recommendation for when you need to put videos together.
Using AVS Video editor to put videos together
AVS Video editor is some very powerful software which allows you to easily put videos together or even split them apart. Built for Windows and lets you save your video in all the widely used video formats such as WMV, MPEG, MOV, Quicktime, MPEG2, FLV, MP4, 3GP, YouTube, and Flash. Because it supports so many formats, it really helps getting your project out to a wider audience and gives your video editing even further enjoyment.
Step 1: Install AVS Video Editor
You can find the download for the installation file here. Once the file is finished downloading simply click on AVSVideoEditor.exe to start the installation wizard which will take you step by step through the installation process.
Step 2: Open the program and select your videos
There are 3 ways for your to select your video and load it into your new project.
- The Import Media Files button will allow you to select files that you have stored on your local computer.
- Capture from camera will use live recording to capture video from your camera.
- Capture screen will also use live recording but will capture the video from your desktop.
Step 3: Starting your project
To start your project and allowing you to edit and add different filters to your video first you need to add your clip to your project’s timeline. Once you have imported a new file it will automatically be added to the timeline, however, to add more videos you will need to do this manually by dragging & dropping them into the timeline area. You need to be sure that when you drag and drop you drop the file and the beginning of the timeline.
Step 4: Adding a transition to your project
Click on the Storyboard button which you will find above the time timeline, this takes you into the Storyboard view which is much easier to navigate when adding transitions to your project. Once you are in the Storyboard view, you will find the transition central button which will give you all the different transition you could use. They are broken down by categories on the left side of the window, you can flick through the categories to find a transition that works for your project.
Then you simply need to use the right click menu:
- Select the position between the two videos where the transition is needed, right click in the Files and Effects section and choose Add or Replace Transition. You can repeat this operation as much as you want to add in all your transitions.
- If you want to use the same transition between all your clips or photos then you can right click on selected transition and choose the Apply Transition to All tool.
- In the same manner there is also a Apply Random Transitions tool which will as its name suggests add a random transition.
Step 5: Transition speed
Once you are happy with your transition and they have been added to the Storyboard. It is possible to change the speed of the transition, the duration by default will be two seconds. Simply select with transition you wish to modify in the Storyboard & click on the transition box which you will find above the Storyboard toolbar. To change the speed of the transition from one clip to another, you need to change the value in the Transition Duration box. You can do this by using the up & down arrows or by manually entering the value into the field. What is useful about this tool is it also allows you to playback the modification so you can see the result of the changed transition speed and keep adjusting it until you are happy.
There you go, just follow those 5 steps and you will have put your videos together in no time. Once the project is completed you are able to preview it first to be sure you are happy with the outcome, then you just need to save your project files so you can always come back to it if needed. The final step is using the export function to select how you wish your video to be rendered, choose the format and quality and then export your video as desired.