You put in the effort to make several videos and want to merge them into one. The question now is—can you do it on Windows 10 without downloading a third-party video editing app? Since Microsoft discontinued the Windows Movie Maker from the Windows Essentials apps, you might be scratching your head over the feasibility of video editor without buying another piece of software.
Although you can’t use the good old Movie Maker, you can still play around in Windows 10 and merge your videos without downloading and installing separate video editing software.
With our step-by-step guide, you will learn how to combine any number of videos into one in Windows 10 using more than one method.
It would not be wrong to say that Microsoft made an unfortunate slip-up when it launched Windows 10—at least in relation to the built-in video editing functions it offers to users. Even though you can perform simple functions, such as merging photos into a video or combining multiple clips into one video, Windows 10 does not make it easy for you to figure out how.
Many would argue that relying on a third-party video editing software takes less effort and provides more functionality.
Windows 10 does not only lack feature-rich video editing options but it also “hides” its built-in video creation and editing tools in the Photos app.
Merge Your Videos Into One File in the Windows Photos App
You might have cropped, rotated, or added effects to your photos in the basic Windows Photos app before, but did you know that you could also use the tool to edit your videos, including merging multiple videos into one file?
Windows 10 makes it hard for users to discover this function, which is a misstep on Microsoft’s part.
Here is our step-by-step tutorial—one among many of our video editing tutorials—on how you can combine your videos into one using the Windows Photos app:
- Open the Photos app
- Start a video project
- Name your project
- Add the files you want to merge into one
- Trim the individual videos as needed
- Remove sound or add music to your project
- Add text to your clips
- Save your video
Launching the Photos App
Before you go to the Photos app, you might want to put all the videos or photos you want to merge into a single video in one folder on your computer. You do not have to take this step, but it will speed up the entire process if you do.
In the search tab of your computer, type in Photos, and open the app when it pops up.
Starting Your Video Project
When you have opened the Photos app, you want to launch your video project. To do so:
- Click on the New Video option on the top right side of your screen
- Select New Video Project to launch the editor mode
Other versions of Windows 10’s Photos app have different names for the second step of this process, such as:
- Create a video with music
- Create a video with text
- New video project
If you are using photos in your video project, you can also launch the editor mode directly from the photo. In that scenario:
- Open your file in the Photos app
- Click on Edit & Create
- Go to the Create a video with text option
Naming Your Video Project
You are now in the Photos app’s video editor mode. At this stage, you have to name your project before you start adding files to it. You can name your project by typing the title in the top left corner of your screen—the name tab. You can edit your title anytime you want by clicking on the pencil icon next to your project’s name.
If you can’t work out how to add the name to your project on your own, the Photos app’s video editor will not let you add files before you title your project. It means that a pop-up option will appear when you try to add a file, and you can type in the project’s name then and click OK or Create a Video to proceed.
Adding Your Files
To add files to your video project, you have to click on the plus icon in your screen’s top left corner—this section is called Project Library.
The Photos app’s video editor mode allows for three options when adding new files. You can add files from:
- This PC
- My collection
- The web
If you have all the files you want to merge into one video in one folder, you can choose from this PC option, select all the files, and add them to your project. You can also add files one by one.
The tool will merge all your files into a single video automatically. You can edit them and rearrange their order in the storyboard.
To begin working on your project, you need to move all the files you added to the video editor from your Project Library into the Storyboard section. The storyboard section is at the bottom of your screen, and you can drag and drop the files onto it immediately upon adding them to your Project Library.
If you are uploading many files or clips that last longer than several minutes, be prepared to wait while Windows 10 adds them to your Project Library and then into the Storyboard section.
Trimming Your Files
If you need to trim your clip, you can do it in the Photos app. Here’s how:
- Select the Trim icon in your Storyboard
- Shorten or extend the duration of your clip as you want by using the handlebar
- Click Done
Removing Sound and Adding Music
Now you might want to add music to your project or remove the existing sound from your videos. Take these steps to do so:
- Click on the Background Music option in the top-right corner of your screen
- Mute the sound of your video or optimize its volume
- Select different audio from the Microsoft library
If you want to add your own audio or voice-over to a clip:
- Go to the Custom Audio option in the top-right corner of your screen
- Choose to Add an audio file
- Select the file you want to import
- Click Open
- Edit the audio file as you wish
- Select Done
You can now choose from the Windows library of different music options or upload your own.
If you want to add text to your video project, you can do that in the Windows video editor, but there aren’t many font style options. You also need to add and optimize your text to your liking for each clip individually, which certainly isn’t a time-efficient option.
To add text to your clips:
- Select the little box icon on the clip you want to add text to
- Choose Text
- Type in the text you want to add in the empty box
- Choose the font style
- Customize where in the video you want your text to appear
You can also add 3D effects and filters by clicking on the little box of your clips. If you want to do that, you also need to customize each clip separately.
Exporting Your Finished Project
When you are satisfied with your project, you can download it to your computer. To do that:
- Click on the Export or share or Finish video option in the top right corner of your screen
- Choose the resolution in which you want your video to be saved
- Click Export or Save
There are three resolution options the Photos app offers:
Don’t be surprised if it takes a while for Windows to save your file. The built-in editor will export your file either quickly or slowly, depending on your video size and duration.
It may seem surprising, but you can also crop and rotate a video in Windows without third-party video editing software.
Combine Multiple Videos Into One Using Windows Media Player
You might not have known this, but you can also combine videos into one file in the good old Windows Media Player. The only catch is that you first need to download and install the Windows Media Joiner. This app is free.
Here a step-by-step guide on how you can merge your videos using the Windows Media Player tool:
- Open the joiner program
- Go to the File section
- Click Add File (you will need to repeat this process for every clip or photo you want to merge into one video file)
- Type in the title of your video project in the Name tab
- Click Combine
You should now wait until the joiner saves your new video. When the video is downloaded, you can watch it in the Windows Media Player by:
- Opening Windows Media Player
- Clicking on the File option
- Selecting Add File
- Opening the video you have made
- Clicking on Play
Merge Clips Online and Create Stunning Videos Fast and Easy
You can only go so far with your video editing endeavors if you are relying on Windows 10 built-in apps alone. Even if you are a beginner in the field of video making, the default apps will exhaust your creativity quickly since they offer shamefully limited features and video editing tools.
You do not have to download third-party editing software to have better-looking videos than the ones you can make in the Windows Photos app. You can instead use efficient editing platforms online for free!
InVideo is one such cloud-based video editing solution that you can use in your browser. As soon as you make a free account on InVideo, you enter a world in which video editing is fun, quick, and efficient.
Here are some of our video editor’s characteristics that will make you fall in love with making videos:
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How To Combine Videos Into One File Using InVideo
When it comes to video editing options, InVideo lacks none. Merging multiple clips and photos into one video file is only one among many feats you can accomplish within ten minutes using our platform.
InVideo was designed to help beginner video editors, which means our platform is easy to master, yet it has countless innovative editing features for video-making veterans too.
To combine your videos into one file using InVideo, here’s what you will do:
- Log in to your InVideo account
- Click Blank Template on the homepage and choose a format
- Select the Upload option in your Asset Library on the left side of your screen, as shown in the image above
- Upload your files
- Edit your video to your liking (InVideo merges your files into one video automatically)
- Select Export when you are satisfied with your project to download your new video
InVideo offers a large number of media and special effects you can use to spice up your project so that it is even more gorgeous-looking than you have imagined at first.
Some of the most popular InVideo features that bring efficiency and functionality into video editing are:
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- Handy voice-overs
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Adding Elements to Your Clip in InVideo
Your video can look so much better if you add elements to it. Our video editing platform provides you with countless effects and royalty-free music for videos that will make your videos stand out. You can make your project more entertaining by adding:
- Social Posts
You can also upload any element from your personal library and add it to your video.
Adding a Voice-Over in InVideo
Our voice-over feature lets you record your voice and attach it to your video as you are editing. If you are not a fan of your voice, no problem! You can let one of our custom voices deliver your speech. You have several options to choose from in terms of the voices and the languages you want your voice-over to be in.
To add a voice-over to your video, all you need to do is click on the Add VO button in your video editor, and all the options will be presented to you.
Using the Intelligent Video Assistant (IVA) in InVideo
If you’re not sure if you’re going in the right direction with your video, you can always let our Intelligent Video Assistant (IVA) give you feedback on the spot. IVA is an AI-driven tool you can use in InVideo to level up your video editing game.
Using Customer Support in InVideo
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Become a Master at Video Editing
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