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How To Edit Your Videos With Google Photos


Little by little, mobile phone capabilities are gradually taking on what used to be done only with desktop computers. The rise in video editing capability with smartphones has been a major enabler of content creation in the past decade.

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For PC users, video editing software such as Davinci Resolve, InShot, ActionDirector, are used to embellish videos and add effects Now, creators on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and so on make use of video editing tools from their smartphones.

A variety of useful techniques using in-built applications on Android such as Google Photos (crop or trim your videos), YouCut (cut or slice your videos), Premiere Rush, Kinemaster or Adobe to add multiplayer effect are some of the tools now available for editing videos on Android.

Editing Videos With Google Photos

Google Photos is an in-built app for smartphones operating on the Android OS. And Android users who may not have Google Photos can simply download it from Google Playstore.

Using Google photos, you can cut or trim videos you recorded through your camera app.

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The following steps walk you through;

  1. Ensure that the video you intend to edit is saved and easily accessible on your Android smartphone.
  2. Open the Google Photos App. Locate the video you want to edit.
  3. Tap on the video you want to work on and you will be presented with a screen that has options such as ‘Edit’.
  4. Once you have clicked ‘Edit’ that appears on your screen, you are now free to work your video through editing options such as Crop, Filter, Adjust, Markup, etc.
  5. With Crop, your video can be rotated and trimmed. The ‘Adjust’ button can be used for brightness, contrast, white point adjustment. The filter can be used to shade your video in diverse built-in hues. Markup can be used to write on your video with a pen or highlight your videos.
  6. Once you are done with your edits, tap ‘Save Copy’ to save the video.

In advanced editing modes, usually, only accessible with desktop editing software, you can add a filter, add Closed Captioning, add stickers and emoji, add artistic touches, change colouring and temperature, adjust the video playback speed, add music to the video, change video resolution as well as reduce video file size.

One of the good sides of the Google Photos editing option is that both your original video and your trimmed video are saved and available in Google Photos.

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Macaddy is mostly a farmer in the day who also dabbles into technology at night, in search of other cutting edge intersections. He's on Twitter @i_fix_you

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