On Apple devices, macOS has iMovie, a simple and free video editor that anyone can use to create movie projects. But since Microsoft removed the old Movie Maker app, there hasn’t been an equivalent bundled app for Windows users.
Now that changes. Clipchamp, the video-editing software Microsoft bought last year, is coming to Windows 11 as an “inbox app,” meaning an app that pops up when you install the system operating for the first time, like Notepad.
As of this writing, Clipchamp is only included in the preview version of Windows 11, but it should hit everyone soon. Even before it officially becomes a bundled app, you can find and install it from the Microsoft Store (search for “Clipchamp” or follow this link).
Here we are going to introduce you to some of the features and capabilities of Clipchamp. It’s not a difficult app to master, and you might find that it gives you everything you need in terms of video editing features.
At the moment, Clipchamp is freemium software: you can use it for free, but some options (including high-definition exports) and the majority of stock content require a paid subscription. That might change as the program rolls into Windows 11, but for now a premium subscription starts at $9 per month.
find your way
Clipchamp has been designed to be as easy to use as possible, so you won’t have to scratch your head for too long wondering where everything is. At the bottom is your movie timeline, above is the preview window to watch clips and your movie as a whole, and on the left side of the screen you can drop in media files to create your project.
You have the option of loading videos, images, and audio from disk, or you can record directly into the app using cameras and microphones connected to your computer. Clipchamp also comes with a variety of clips, images, and sounds that you can insert into your project. Some of them are free, but most require a Premium Clipchamp subscription.