Since Microsoft decided to stop including Movie Maker with the newer Windows releases, some users are left without an intuitive way to edit short videos taken by themselves.
Most users looking to edit a video turn to a third party solution believing that Windows isn’t equipped to do this by default. If you’re a new Windows 10 user, you might be unaware that the operating system has built-in capabilities to trim or split portions of a video.
Fortunately, Windows is perfectly capable of trimming and splitting various videos, but the path of doing so is not as straightforward as one might believe.
If you’re looking for a way to edit a video without installing any additional software, follow the guide below on using the Photos app to split and trim videos:
How to Cut or Split videos with the Photos App on Windows 10
Editing videos under Windows 10 is a little counter-intuitive. Since the default app for opening videos is Movies & TV, one might expect that this app is equipped with video editing capabilities. Well, it isn’t.
The only way to trim and split videos in Windows 10 is via the Photos app. Here’s a quick guide on how to do this:
- Navigate to the location of the video that you’re trying to edit, right-click on it and choose to Open With > Photos.
- Once the video is open in the Photos app, hit the Edit & Create button in the top-right corner and choose Trim.
- Next, you should notice the appearance of two new sliders. Adjust them to remove the unnecessary parts from a video and focus on the best moment. When you’re satisfied with the result, hit the Save a copy button located in the top-right corner of the Photos app.
Note: When you hit the Save a copy button, the selected portion of the video will be saved in a separate file alongside the whole video. Windows will automatically add a “Trim” termination at the end of the name so you’ll know which is what.
If you wish to split a single video into multiple smaller pieces, you’ll need to open the video with the Photos app, trim it once and then re-open the original video to trim it once again. You’ll need to do this systematically until you manage to split your video into as many pieces as you want.
As you can see, the Photos app is an extremely basic editing tool. But it’s easy to use, intuitive and works pretty fast. If you only need to trim a video or split it into multiple sections, it will get the job done in no time. If you’re looking for something more elaborate, you have little choice but to use a 3rd party solution.