When we talk about VSDC, we like to describe it as a professional-level video editing software. Partly because of the non-linear video editing technique it allows for using, and partly because of its mighty feature-set (have you checked our color correction tools yet?
On the other hand, before you jump into exploring all these fancy video editing tricks, you’ll need to get familiar with the basics. Especially if you’ve never worked with a non-linear video editor before.
And that’s exactly what we’ll cover below. We’ll show you how to perform the most essential basic actions in VSDC: cutting, cropping, rotating, and more.
- So, prepare yourself a large mug of coffee (or whatever helps you stay focused), sit back, and launch VSDC on your PC to practice new skills right away.
- By the way, we encourage you to always make sure you’ve installed the latest version of VSDC from our official website.
- Here is where you can do it. There are several ways to import files to VSDC.
- First, you can use the “Import content” icon on the start screen when you launch the program (illustrated above).
- This is an optimal way because VSDC will automatically detect all the parameters of your video and adjust the project parameters accordingly.
- After you choose a file on your PC, a window will pop up asking whether you’d like to change resolution, framerate, or other parameters.
Once ready, hit “Finish”. You can also add files to your project in real-time while working on it. To do it, use the dedicated “Add object” buttons located at the top and on the left-hand side of the program menu - see the illustration below. Note that when you add a new file this way, a window pops up to confirm object’s position settings and layer’s position.
The latter allows you to choose whether the file should be added as a new layer or placed on the current one. If you select “Add a new layer”, the new layer will be added at the very top.
The “Insert new layer” option will add one right below the selected layer. Finally, you can use hotkeys:. Shift + I – to add an image. Shift + A – to add an audio file. Shift +V – to add a video.
Each time you select a file on your computer, it’s automatically placed on the timeline. Keep in mind that you can have files on the same layer (linear sequence) or on different layers (non-linear sequence).
Still feeling a bit confused? Check out this video tutorial to get a hang of VSDC timeline.
- The reason these features are united in one chapter – they all are available in the same quick-access menu.
- It’s located at the top of the program interface and called “Cutting and Splitting tools” – see the illustration below.
- The first icon is an image of scissors – the cutting tool. It’s especially convenient when you need to trim the beginning of a video or its ending.
- Place the cursor precisely where you need to make a cut, open the dropdown cutting menu (the little triangle near the scissors icon) and choose “Trim start” or “Trim end”.
- Now, if you need to split a video into parts, use the next icon – the one looking like a razor.
- Keep in mind, that when you need to delete a fragment, you should first click anywhere on the timeline to remove the selection from the entire file (otherwise you’ll delete the file entirely) and then select the fragment you want to get rid of.
- A very detailed guide on splitting videos into parts in VSDC is published here.
Cropping is quite easy too. If you have recorded too much extra space around the scene object, just click on the file you need to crop and use the cropping icon from the “Cutting and Splitting” menu.