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How to create videos with the Windows 11 Photos app

One of the coolest features of Windows 11 is the Photos app, which is great for creating photo albums. But did you know that you can also easily create videos with this tool?

Not only can the Photos app automatically create videos for you, but it even has a video editor that lets you create custom videos with motion, 3D effects, music, and more. Learn how to do it with Thewindowsfan.com in the following article!

How to create interesting videos with the Windows 11 Photos app

You can create a quick video, like a happy birthday or family vacation, in the Photos app.

On the main screen of the Photos app, click the New double Image icon. Select Automatic Video and then select photos by ticking their respective checkboxes. Then click Create.

Choose photos for videos automatically in the Photos app
Choose photos for videos automatically in the Photos app

In the prompt that appears, add a suitable name, such as Windows 11 Themes, as shown in the example. Then click OK.

Set a name for automatic video creation in the Photos app
Set a name for automatic video creation in the Photos app

The video will automatically be created and you’ll see a preview of it in the window, complete with animation, background music, and stylized text for the video title.

Video automatically generated with theme and music
Video automatically generated with theme and music

And if you don’t like the video you’ve created, just click Remix it for me, and the AI in the Photos app will instantly create another version with both a new theme and new music. You can continue to remix until you are satisfied.

Then click Finish video and choose a resolution (1080p is recommended), then click Export to save and enjoy the video.

Create new videos with Windows 11’s Video Editor

Now, let’s see how to create a custom video, using videos and images. You can start a new video in two ways:

1. On the Photos app’s home page, just click the New Double Image icon and select New video project.

2. Search for Video Editor and click Best match. On the homepage of Best match, click New video project.

Both of these actions will open the New Video page with a prompt to name the video. Name the video and then click OK.

Now you need to add videos and images, so click the + Add button in the Project Library. You can choose From this PC, From my collection (from the Photos app), and From the web (this will open Bing search to find online media).

Add photos and videos to the project library
Add photos and videos to the project library

For this tutorial, the author chose to add media content from a PC. Click From this PC, File Explorer will open. To add a video, first, click the Videos system folder. There is also a folder called MyGarden that contain videos that the author has shot from his phone.

Add videos from folders to Project Library
Add videos from folders to Project Library

Open the folder and select the video you want, then click Open.

Video added to Project Library in Video Editor of Windows 11
Video added to Project Library in Video Editor of Windows 11

The added videos will show up in the Project Library. You can add photos from your PC in a similar way.

The next step is adding the title tag to the video. So go to the Storyboard menu, which has the options to Add title card, Trim, Split, Text, Motion, 3D effects, Filters, Speed and Remove or Add Black Bars.

Click Add title card, and a three-second title card will appear. Now click on Text, and on the page that opens, you can enter your video title, choose your font style, layout, and background color..

Add and customize title tags in Windows 11's Video Editor
Add and customize title tags in Windows 11’s Video Editor

You can also change the duration of the title tag by right-clicking the tag and choosing one of the duration options.

You can now add videos and photos to Storyboard. You can right-click each clip in the Project Library and choose Add to Storyboard, or drag and drop them onto the Storyboard.

Remember, videos and images will appear in the order they were added; the first one added will appear first in the video. But you can always change their order by dragging and dropping on the Storyboard.

Videos and photos added to the Storyboard
Videos and photos added to the Storyboard

How to cut and split video clips

You can trim the video if you want to create a product of a specific length or feel that a long clip can be boring to watch.

Click the Trim option, and the Trim page with the video preview window will open. Simply drag the left and right sliders on the timeline to trim the clip from start to finish and keep the part you want.

Trim video in Windows 11 Video Editor
Trim video in Windows 11 Video Editor

Then preview the trimmed clip and, if you’re satisfied, click Done.

You can also split a clip into two to use them at different times in your video. Just click the Split option and drag the slider on the timeline preview. The duration of both clips will show up in the right pane.

You can also split a clip in two
You can also split a clip in two

Then just click Done, and both clips will appear on the Storyboard.

How to add text to a video clip

To add meaning to the video, you can add subtitles. Click on the Text option and then select the font style and layout as done in the Add title card section above.

You can also choose how long the text will appear in the video by dragging the slider in the timeline preview.

Add text to video clips
Add text to video clips

Preview the changes and then click Done.

How to add motion to photos

If you also use images in your video, you can add motion to them for an enhanced effect. Click on the Motion option and choose from multiple options like Zoom In, Zoom Out, Pan Left, Tilt Up, etc.

Add motion to photos
Add motion to photos

Then preview the added motion, and click Done.

How to add filters and 3D effects to photos or videos

Adding filters is easy and fun. Click on the Filters option and choose one of the options like Classic, Adventure, Sepia, or Energy. Then preview and click Done.

Add filters
Add filters

You can also add cool 3D effects. Click on the 3D effects option and choose from several creative effects that go with the music like Atomic motion, Birthday balloons, Laser well and Confetti fountain.

Cool 3D effects
Cool 3D effects

You can also add cool 3D effects to make the video more interesting. Then preview them and click Done.

How to add background music and custom sounds to videos

An interesting video needs thrilling music and sound effects. On the video home page, you have options to add Background music and Custom audio.

As you can see in the image below, clicking Background music opens a list of built-in music options that you can select and add to your video. Just select a track and the music will automatically adjust to the video length. Then click Done.

Add background music
Add background music

The Custom audio option allows you to choose your favorite music and even sound effects. Just click Add or drag and drop the audio files into the right pane. Then click Done.

Thêm tùy chọn yêu thích
Add favorite option

This is a great option because you can also record a video description with your voice and add it to the video.

Furthermore, you can even change the style and music of your videos with the built-in themes. And also slow down or speed up the video for more effect.

That’s it. You can click Finish video and choose a resolution for it. Then click Export.

Finished video
Finished video

Exciting new videos will be ready for you to enjoy!

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