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WeVideo: Basic Editing

WeVideo, 2020. Be aware that different versions of WeVideo will vary in appearance and functionality.

Importing Media

To import media from your computer: 
  1. Navigate to the My Media tab to the top-left.
  2. Click the “Import” button to the top-left. A new window will appear.
    import button
  3. Click the “Browse to select” button.
  4. Locate the desired media files and click “Open.” The files will appear in the Browser.
    • To select multiple files, use the Shift or Command(Mac)/Control(Windows) keys.

Adding Media to the Timeline

Video projects are constructed in the Timeline.  The Timeline is organized into tracks for video and audio. By default, two video tracks and one audio track are available. Video clips can’t be added to audio tracks and vice versa. Add media to the Timeline to begin editing.
To preview a clip before bringing it into the Timeline, select it from the Browser and use the controls in the Preview Window.

To add media to the Timeline, click-and-drag a clip from the Browser into the Timeline. Place it in the appropriate track at the desired location.

To add more tracks, click the plus button to the top-left of the Timeline and select “Video” or “Audio.”
plus button

Re-ordering & Stacking

To re-order clips in the Timeline, click-and-drag them left-or-right. This will change their position.

Clips in the Timeline can also be stacked on top of each other in separate tracks. Be aware that if visual clips are stacked, the top clip will cover the bottom clip. Stacked audio clips, however, do not cover each other up; they will play simultaneously and will all be heard playing at the same time.
stacked clips


Clip trimming refers to shortening or lengthening a clip to change the visible or audible portions in the Timeline. For example, if the last couple of seconds of a clip are unwanted, they can be trimmed out. 

To trim a clip, click-and-drag the start or end points of the clip. The start and end points are the beginning and ending edges of the clip.
  • To trim the beginning, click-and-drag the start point to the left
  • To trim the end, click-and-drag the end point to the right.
The portions that are trimmed out can be retrieved at any time by extending the clip back out. A red line at the start or end point of the clip in the Timeline will indicate its maximum length, beyond which the clip can’t extend.


Splitting can be used to divide a clip into multiple clips, which can be edited and moved independently of each other.

To split a clip:
  1. Click within the Timeline at the desired moment for the split to move the playhead.
  2. Click the scissors icon, which is the split button, from the blue pop-up at the top of the playhead. The clip will be split into two separate pieces, which can be moved and edited independently of each other.

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Keywords:production, video, editing, movie   Doc ID:105856
Owner:Tommy S.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2020-09-15 14:28 PSTUpdated:2020-09-25 14:13 PST
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