Chromebook’s do not run Mac OS or Windows, they run Chrome OS, which is closer to Android than conventional computer operating systems which means it doesn’t use the same video editing software as Mac and Windows.
- I have used a few different video editing apps on Chromebook. In this guide I will walk you through how to use what I believe to be the best Chromebook video editing application, Cyberlink Power Director.
- The first step on editing videos is downloading the software. Access the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. In the search bar type in ‘Cyberlink’. The first application that appears should be Cyberlink Power Director.
- Click on install. This can take a bit of time to download, particularly if your internet download speed isn’t the best – be patient.
- Once the application has installed, it will appear on your desktop. Click on the icon. When the application has opened up, click on the clapboard, new project button. This will prompt you to name your new project; name it something memorable and easy to recognize. It will also make you choose your aspect ratio, 16:9 is widescreen, landscape. The chances are you want to select this one. 9:16 is portrait orientation, this will fit phone screens only.
- The next step will be importing the media. There are three tabs along the screen, in order, left to right: Video, Images and Audio. Select video by clicking on the video camera icon. This will open up the videos you have stored on your device. Select the video you want to add to your project.
- Once you have selected the video you want it will be placed just above the timeline on the application. To get this onto the timeline, drag and drop it in.
- Now to edit the clip, do this by right clicking it. Nine effects appear:
- Volume, this changes how loud or quiet the audio on the clip will be.
- Rotate, turn the video 90°, 180° or 270°.
- Colour, add some colouring effects such as sepia or black and white.
- Speed, this changes how fast or slow the video will play. This can be great for video’s of cars that you want to speed up.
- Flip, as the name suggests, the flip tool will flip the visual of the video. This is great for videos taken on a front facing phone camera, as that has a mirrored effect, using flip will turn it back to normal.
- Skin Smoothener, this is a great tool for videos of people, it softens the skin tones and like the name suggests, appears to smoothen the skin.
- Crop, this tool is very basic and gives the functionality to chop the first few or last few seconds of the video.
- Duplicate, the tool simply copies and pastes the video, giving you two copies of it.
- Reverse, finally the ninth tool is quite creative and interesting, reverse will simply play the video backwards.
- When you’re happy with the edit’s you have made on your clip, click the filmstrip icon. This gives you the option to ‘produce video’ and ‘save project’. By producing the video you are exporting it as a finished video, by saving the project, you are only saving it in the app and can come back to edit the video further in future.
TIP – When you ‘Produce video’ there will be a small watermark in the corner, to get rid of this you will have to pay a small fee for the premium version of the application.