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Before we get started, take a look at our diagram below to discover what everything is called inside Clipchamp.

An image of the editor explained with labels.

After you've added files to Your media library, you'll need to move them to the timeline to start editing your video. 

  • This is the space where you edit together video, image, or audio clips to create your final video, and where you can add texts and effects.

  • What you add to the timeline is what will be exported when you click export and save your finished video.

Adding media to your timeline

Your video timeline is located at the bottom of the editor. If it is empty, it will have a drag and drop media here symbol and message in the center.

An image of the editor with an arrow pointing to the timeline.

To add your media assets to the timeline, either drag and drop the media onto the timeline or click on the green + button.

Showing the zoom in and out and fit to screen buttons on timeline

Zooming in and out

If you add several clips to the timeline, they may disappear off the right edge of the screen. In this case, you might want to zoom out to see all your clips at once and add more clips. Alternatively, you might want to zoom in to more easily edit a specific clip. 

To do this, use the zoom buttons in the top right-hand corner of the timeline:

Use the plus (+) button to zoom in, and the (–) button to zoom out. Or use the fit to screen button (–><–) to fit everything that's in the timeline to the visible area.

Close up of plus, minus, and full screen buttons

Close up of plus, minus, and full screen buttons

You can also use the scroller at the bottom of the screen to scroll to the left or right to view different parts of the timeline.

Arrow pointing to the play button under the video preview

Playing what's in the timeline

To view the videos, images, or music you are putting together in the timeline, move the scrubber (the white line with the circle at the top) to the start of the timeline, or to wherever you want the video to start playing from. 

Then click the Play button that appears at the base of the preview window when you hover over it or hit the space bar on your keyboard. The video will start playing.

Close up of timeline with text, two videos, and two audio tracks

Working with tracks

The timeline can contain multiple tracks. For example, video clips will appear in a separate track from audio clips in the timeline. Titles will also appear in their own track. This is so you can layer things like music and titles over your videos.

Close up of multiple videos, titles, and audio tracks

You can have multiple videos, titles, or audio tracks if you like. Simply drag a clip up or down to drop it into a new track or to add it to an existing one.

If you have several visual tracks (tracks with videos and images in them), the upper track will always be the 'topmost visible one, and lower tracks will be covered (i.e. not visible when there is a clip above them). Their sound will still be heard unless they are muted. 

However, if the clip in the upper track does not fill the entire frame (e.g. it's a video or image that hasn't been cropped to fill) or is partially transparent (e.g. it's a title with a transparent background, a logo, or png image, a semi-transparent 'background' or a video that fades) you will see the unobscured parts of the clips in the tracks below it. 

Editing in the timeline

If you would like to know how to trim, split and add effects to your clips once they're in the timeline, see how to edit your video.

If your files won't add to the timeline

If you have problems adding your video to your project or your timeline, or playing back your video, see: what to do if your assets aren't loading.

Try it out

Head over to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself. 

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