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Using the Clipchamp video editor on a Chromebook

Clipchamp is designed to work in the Chrome browser without any software installations, so it's an ideal video editor for Chromebook users. It also works with your files locally, which can make it faster than other online video editors.  

Before using it on your Chromebook, we highly recommend you update your Chrome operating system to the latest version to ensure the best performance. You also need to be connected to the internet.

Note: some Chromebooks can struggle with projects that are longer than 10 minutes or that use very large (e.g. 4K) video files, so we recommend keeping videos short.

Adding media to edit on a Chromebook

A) Importing media files from your device

In the your media tab on the toolbar, click on the import media button to upload media assets from your device. You can also import media using the browse files and from phone options, or using one of our integrations like OneDrive or Google Drive.

Image of user clicking on the plus button to add media files

Your videos will be located in the your media tab

User clicking on the add media files

B) Importing media files from Google Drive 

After selecting the Google Drive import option, you'll see a popup window asking to access your account. Select your Google Drive account so you can use our integration. 

Option 1 – Adding from Google Drive

In the window that opens, go to Google Drive > My Drive and find the file you want. Click on the file you would like to import, then click on the open button.

In the window that opens, go to Google Drive > My Drive and find the file you want. Select the file and click Open.

If this doesn't work on your Chromebook, go to Google Drive, download the file into the Downloads folder of your Chromebook. Follow Option B below.

Option B – Adding media from the downloads folder

The downloads folder on a Chromebook is the blue folder icon in the bottom toolbar. 

User clicking on the Chromebook downloads folder

You can add files to your downloads folder by right-clicking on the file, then click on the download button. 

User clicking on Download

The media asset will be saved to your downloads folder. Add your media to Clipchamp by clicking on downloads, then select your media, then click on the open button.

choose Downloads in the left-hand menu, select the file you want and click Open.

Your video will now appear in the your media tab on the toolbar. 

User clicking on the add media files

To start editing, drag and drop your media onto the timeline. 

User dragging the video on the timeline

Exporting and sharing your video on a Chromebook

When you're finished, click on the export button and select a video resolution to save your video. To save your video to your Chromebook, in the exporting page, click on the save to your computer button

User clicking Save to computer

On a Chromebook, this will save the video to your downloads folder (the blue folder in the bottom toolbar). From here, you can attach it to an email, upload it to Google Drive, or share it on social media.

User saving video to the Downloads folder on Chromebook

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