How to Use ApowerEdit

You have hundreds of self-shot movies and photos. And with ApowerEdit, you can create your own Hollywood-Style movies with stunning cinema-quality. Whatever skill levels you are, it’s never been easier to make great videos. Choose your own video clips, touch up it with titles, texts, filters, overlays, effects and templates. Your video will come alive. Check out the manual to have a better idea about it.

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If you prefer to watch complete video tutorials, then you can go to ApowerEdit YouTube Channel. You’ll quickly get all the tips and tricks about how to use this video editor.

A Full Guide to Use ApowerEdit

Get Started

Register and Activation

For fully utilising the functions of this video editor, you’ll be asked to be a VIP user to remove all limits. After you make the purchase of this software, the license information as well as initial password will be sent to your mailbox immediately. If you’ve hold an Apowersoft account, you just need to open the software and sign in with your account. Then follow the instruction in the email to complete the process for activating the software.

Register and activation

Settings and Configuration

Before you start your editing job, it’s highly recommended to configure the default settings according to your preferences. Click “Settings” on top right corner of the interface, from there, you can:

  • Change the way to close the main interface and auto-save modes.
  • Select the language based on your countries. There are 20 languages available.
  • Update your software to the latest version if there is a new version released.
  • Know the details of the software, for example, the current version, etc.

Settings

Feedback and Logs

Some accidental issues might happen when you are editing. If this happens, you need to send us the software logs to help the technician figure out the problem. Click “Help” > “Feedback” and you can submit the log file to our ticket system.

Software feedback

Navigating ApowerEdit Interface

Two Editing Modes

Open ApowerEdit, you’ll see there are 4:3 and 16:9 modes for your choice. Select the correct mode based on your original video aspect ratio or the websites that your video will be uploaded to.

Two modes

On the top right corner, click the Folder icon and you can open the project you have modified before.

Full Feature Introduction

Media/Text/Filters/Overlays/Transitions: There are five tabs in this section. You can import the media that you are going to edit, apply texts/filters/overlays/transitions to the video clips.

Media Library

Real-time Preview Window: The player will let you play the media you add inside the software. This will allow you to preview the videos before, during and when finished so you can make sure your movie looks great from beginning to end.

Realtime preview

Toolbar: The toolbar offers direct access to some editing commands.

Toolbar section

  • Undo: Click the “Undo” button to cancel the last edit you made to the media file.
  • Redo: Click the “Redo” button to restore the last edit you made to the media file.
  • Edit: Click the “Edit” button to edit the video clip including the video playback speed, rotation, flipping and visual effects and the audio/music like volume, fade in/out effect, etc.
  • Split: Click the “Split” button to cut the whole video/audio clip into parts.
  • Delete: Click the “Delete” button to delete the video clips, filters, overlays, pictures, texts, and the music, etc.
  • Crop: Click the “Crop” button to crop the video screen size.
  • Mosaic: Click the “Mosaic” to add a mosaic to the video.
  • Set Duration: Click the “Set Duration” to set the start and end time to an effect.
  • Export: Click the “Export” to export the media file you edit/create.
  • Zoom to fit the timeline: Click the “Zoom to fit the timeline” to fit the entire contents of the sequence into the timeline size.
  • Zoom out: Click the “Zoom out” button to decrease the length of the entire contents of the sequence in the timeline.
  • Zoom in: Click the “Zoom in” button to increase the length of the entire contents of the sequence in the timeline.

Timeline: The timeline is the place where you can edit the media files.

Timeline section

  • Video Track: This track is for editing video(s) only. Click the “Lock” button and the sequence will no longer be editable. Click “Mute” and the soundtrack of the entire video will be muted.
  • Filter Track: This track is for editing filter(s) only. Click the “Lock” button and the filter(s) in the timeline can’t be edited.
  • Overlay Track: This track is for editing overlay(s) only. Click the “Lock” button and the overlay(s) in the timeline can’t be edited.
  • Image Track: This track is for editing images(s) only. Click the “Lock” button and the image(s) in the timeline can’t be edited.
  • Text Track: This track is for editing text(s) only. Click the “Lock” button and the text(s) in the timeline can’t be edited.
  • Audio Track: This track is for editing audio(s) only. Click the “Lock” button and the audio(s) in the timeline can’t be edited. Click “Mute” to mute the sound.

Import media file(s)

Import file(s)

Three kinds of files are supported in this software: audio, video and image. You can directly drag the file folder or files to the media zone for editing. Or you can import them manually by clicking the “Import” button on top left corner. Organise them by name, duration, type and date imported if you need it.

Import media file

Delete file(s)

In the Media Library, right click the clip and select “Delete” to remove the file that you imported just now. Note that the file has just been deleted from the software. The actual file still remains in its original location.

Context Menu

When the file is imported into the Media Library, right click it and you’ll find many useful functions there.

Context menu

  • “Add to project” to add the file to the timeline.
  • “Preview” to view the file in the built-in media player.
  • “Rename” to create a new name for the file.
  • “Open File Location” to check concrete location of the added files.
  • “Details” to check detailed information of the loaded files.

Basic Editing

Edit video clip(s)

Create a Video Sequence

Add video clips to the timeline panel by dragging and dropping from the Media Library. You can also right click the clips in the “Media” and choose “Add to Project” to load them to the timeline. For combining several video clips together, load all of them to the timeline. Left click the file, hold the mouse and move the file forward or backward to adjust the order.

create video sequence

Delete Video Clip(s) from the Timeline

Select the unwanted part and click the “Delete” button in the Toolbar to delete it. You can also right click the unwanted one and choose “Delete” to get rid of the part from the timeline.

Delete video clip

Split Video Clip(s)

Choose the file in the timeline, move the playhead to where you want to cut, click the “Split” button in the Toolbar or you can right click the file then choose “Split” from the context menu instead to split the long movie into parts.

Split video clip

Trim Video Clip(s)

Move the mouse over the edge of the video displayed in the timeline until you see a double arrow.

Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse left/right to trim your desired/undesired part.

Note: If you want to trim a part in the middle of the clip, you have to split it first.

Trim video

Speed/Rotate/Enhance Video Clip(s)

Select the video clip in the timeline, click the “Edit” button in the Toolbar and a window will appear in which you can adjust the playback speed, rotate/flip the video and adjust the contrast/saturation/brightness/hue.

Edit video effects

Crop Video Clip(s)

Select the clip in the timeline, click the “Crop” button in the Toolbar to change the screen size of the video or right click the clip, choose “Crop” from the context menu instead.

Note: Enable “Keep aspect ratio”, the crop window will change at its original aspect ratio.

Crop video clip

Add Mosaic to Video Clip(s)

Add Mosaic(s) – Choose a video clip and click “Mosaic” button in the Toolbar. Or right click the clip, choose “Mosaic” from the context menu instead. After that, click “Add” and a yellow rectangle will appear onscreen in the left window. Move the yellow rectangle to the place you want to blur. Drag the edge of the screen to adjust the mosaic size. You can preview the real-time effect in the right player window.

Delete Mosaic – Click “Delete” to take out the mosaic. Or click “Cancel” to stop the changes.

Note: The mosaic will appear from the beginning to the end of the video.

add mosaic to video

Add Text to Video Clip(s)

Choose the Text style you want to use, drag it to the Text track in the timeline or you can right click the Text style and “Add to Project” to apply the feature to your video as well.

Add texts to video

Then select the Text in the timeline, move the mouse over the edge of the Text until a double arrow appears. Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse left/right to set the beginning/end time of the text or you can directly select the Text in the track and then click “Set duration” in “Toolbar” instead.

Edit texts

Double click the Text in the track or right click it, choose “Edit” from the context menu instead, in the real-time Preview window, you can edit the words, position and in the left edit window, you can set the style, motion, font, size, type, and color for the texts.

Rewrite video texts

Click “OK” to make the changes work. Click “Cancel” to stop the changes.

Note: Repeat these steps if you want to add multiple texts to different parts of the video.

Add Filter to Video Clip(s)

Choose the Filter style you want to use, drag it to the Filter track in the timeline. Or you can right click the Filter style and “Add to Project” to apply the feature to your video as well.

Edit filter

Then select the Filter in the timeline, move the mouse over the edge of the Filter until a double arrow shows there. Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse left/right to set the beginning/end time of the filter. You can directly select the Filter in the track and then click “Set duration” in “Toolbar” instead.

Double click the Filter in the track or right click it, choose “Edit” from the context menu to edit the parameters available.

Click “OK” to make the changes work with your video.

Note: Repeat these steps if you want to add multiple filters to different parts of the video.

Add Overlay to Video Clip(s)

Choose the overlay style you want to use, drag it to the overlay track in the timeline. Or you can right click the Overlay style and “+ Add to Project” to apply the feature to your video as well.

Then select the overlay in the timeline, move the mouse over the edge of the overlay until a double arrow shows there. Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse left/right to set the beginning/end time of the Overlay. You can directly select the overlay in the track and then click “Set duration” in “Toolbar” instead.

Double click the overlay in the track or right click it, choose “Edit” from the context menu to edit the available parameters.

Click “OK” to make the changes work with your video.

Note: Repeat these steps if you want to add multiple overlays to different parts of the video.

Add overlays to video

Add Transition to Video Clip(s)

Choose the Transition style you want to use, drag it to the end of the video that will transit to another video or you can right click the style and select “+ Add to Project” instead to apply the transition effect.

Note: Repeat these steps if you want to add the transition effect(s) to different parts of the video.

Add transitions

Add Element to Video Clip(s)

Choose the Element style you want to use, click the “Download” button to download it. Or you can also right click the element and in the context menu: “Download this element” to download the one you selected; “Download All” to download all elements this software offers. To preview the downloaded element, double click on it, or you can also right click on it and “Preview” to play the element in the player.

After that, you can apply the available element(s) to the project. You can drag it to the timeline. Usually, if you put the element in the Video track, it will be used as an interesting opening or ending of the video. While if you put the element in the PIP track, it will be used as an animation effect.

To set the duration for the element, select the element in the timeline, move the mouse over the edge of the element until an arrow shows there. Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse left/right to set the beginning/end time of the element. You can also directly select the element and then click “Set duration” in “Toolbar” instead.

Double click the element in the track or you can also right click it, choose “Edit” from the context menu to edit the parameters available.

Click “OK” to make the changes work with your video.

Note: You can also split, crop, zoom and mosaic the element.

add elements to video

Add Watermark(s)/Logo(s) to Video Clip(s)

Click “Import” in the top left corner in “Media” to add images or watermark(s) to the software, right click it, choose “Add to Project”, and the image will be inserted into the video clip. If you want to use the image as a watermark/logo, you can directly drag it to the Image track. Double click it to edit its motion and mask. In the right Preview window, you can directly adjust its position and size on the video. To edit its duration, select the image in the timeline, move the mouse over the edge until a double arrow appears, drag it left/right to set the start and end time.

add watermark to video

Replace Original Video Sound

Click the “Mute” button on the video track to remove the original video sound first. Drag and drop the imported audio file in the Media Library to the audio timeline. Select the audio file and double click it to bring out the window for editing audio where you can adjust the audio speed, increase/decrease the volume and set the fade in/out effect.

Replace audio

Edit Audio Clip(s)

Create Audio Sequence

Add audio clips to the audio track through a drag-and-drop from the Media Library. You can also right click the audio clips in the “Media” and choose “Add to Project” to load them to the timeline for audio. They will conbine several audio clips together and load all of them to the timeline. Select the file, hold the mouse and move the file forward or backward to adjust its order.

Create audio sequence

Split Audio Clip(s)

Choose the audio file in the timeline, move the playhead to where you want to cut, click the “Split” button in the Toolbar or you can right click the file then choose “Split” from the context menu instead to split the audio clip into parts.

Split audio clip

Trim Audio Clip(s)

Move the mouse over the edge of the audio displayed in the timeline until a double arrow appears there.

Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse left/right to save your desired part from the whole file.

Note: If you want to trim a part in the middle of the audio clip, you have to split it at first.

Trim audio sequence

Detach Audio from Video

Right click the video clip in the video track, choose “Audio Detach” from the context menu. The audio clip you just detached will show in the audio track immediately. The original video clip is well kept.

Detach audio from video

Speed up/Slow down Audio

Double click the audio clip in the track to bring out the window in which you can adjust the playback speed of the audio clip. You can also right click the audio clip and choose “Edit” from the listing to adjust the speed.

Edit audio

Adjust Audio Volume

Double click the audio clip placed in the track. The window in which you can increase/decrease the audio volume will pop up immediately. You can also right click the audio clip and choose “Edit” from the listing to bring out the editing window.

Audio Fade in/out Effect

Double click the audio clip in the track to bring out the window where you can adjust the second(s) for applying a fade in/out effect. You can also right click the audio clip and choose “Edit” from the listing to make the settings.

Editing Image(s)

Add Image(s) to Video Track

Move the playhead to where you want to add an image, right click the image that has been imported to the Media Library, choose “Add to Project” to load it to the video track. If you wish you can also directly drag and drop it to the video track. To add the image to the middle part of the video, split the video clip first.

Add images

Set Image(s) Duration

When the image is added to the video track, the default duration for displaying the image is 4 seconds. Choose the image, and click “Set Duration” in the Toolbar to change the duration.

Set duration

Adjust Image(s) Contrast/Saturation/Brightness/Tone

Right click the image in the video track, select “Edit” from the listing or you can choose the image and click “Edit” in Toolbar to bring out the window where you can adjust the visual effect for the image, including contrast, saturation, brightness and tone.

Edit images

Rotate Image(s)

Right hit the image in the video track, select “Edit” from it or you can select the image and click “Edit” button in Toolbar to bring out the editing window in which you can rotate and flip the image.

Apply Image(s) Motion

Right click the image in the video track, choose “Edit” from the context menu or you can select the image and click “Edit” button in Toolbar to bring out the editing window. Under “Motion” tab, you can apply the style for the image(s).

Export Project(s)

Click “Export” in the Toolbar to export the project. There are four available ways to save the project.

Export as a Project File

Save the file as a project file if you think it needs further editing. The next time you want to adjust it, you can directly open it in the software to edit it again. Note that the project file is not a real media file.

Export as a Video File

This software supports five available video formats to export the project file into: MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV and MOV. After you have set the preferred format, you can rename the file, choose the output folder, and configure the parameters of the file, for example, quality, video codec, bitrate, framerate, etc. When all are well set, click “Export” in the lower right corner to save the file in your computer.

Export as video

Export to Device(s)

Under the “Device” tab, there are options for Apple and Android to export to. You can also edit the quality, and other parameters.

Note: The file will not be transferred to your Apple or Android devices automatically. It is still stored in the computer.

Export to device

Export as an Audio File

Under the “Audio” tab, there are MP3 and AAC format to export your file to. As well, you can edit the quality and its parameters.

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Posted by: Apowersoft on to Video Editor. Last updated on December 14, 2018

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