Microsoft removed Windows Movie Maker from Windows 10, so until Story Remix arrived you were left to find your own video editing software. But despite being a handy tool, it’s hidden away in the Photos app so you might not have even noticed it’s there.
Here we’ll show you how to quickly create an edited video, as well as how to customise clips, music and effects – including 3D - to your liking.
Where is Story Remix?
It isn’t a standalone app. Rather, it’s a feature within the native Photos app. And that’s the Windows 10 ‘modern’ app as opposed to the old Windows Photo Viewer. You will, however, need to be running at least the ‘Fall Creators Update’ which was released towards the end of 2017.
Search for Photos in the Start menu and launch it. It should show the photos and videos that are stored in the default Pictures folder, arranged with the newest at the top.
Story Remix isn’t obvious because you have to click on the Create button from the menu across the top.
How do I create a Story Remix?
Click the Create button from the menu across the top of the Photos app and choose ‘Automatic video with music’ and then pick the photos and videos to include.
Click Create and you’ll be asked to name your video. After a short wait, your video will start playing. If you don’t like the music or style, click the blue button above ‘Remix it for me’ and a random new style and music will be chosen.
You can save or share the video when you’re happy, or you can click the blue Edit video button at the bottom to get to the full editor.
How do I edit a video myself?
As we’ve just explained, you can edit an automatically created video or, if you want control from start to finish, then head to the ‘Collection’ view within the Photos app.
Hover over a photo or video and a square box will appear in the top-right corner. Click that to select the item, then select the other photos and videos you want to include in your video.
Now click the + Add to button at the top and choose New video with music.
Type a name for your video and you should see a link appear to ‘View video’. If not, click Video projects at the top and click on the video you just created.
Now the full editor will open up.
The interface is clean and simple: a very modern version of the old Windows Movie Maker.
Your chosen clips are shown at the top left, and a preview with playback controls top right. Below, on the Storyboard, is the sequence of clips which have been automatically added to the video which will play in order from left to right.
You can click and drag clips to re-order them and you can add new ones from the Project library section. To delete a clip from the Storyboard, hover over it and click the ‘X’.
How do I select which part of a clip is shown?
Click on the clip in the Storyboard, then click Trim. This opens up the clip editor where you can drag the blue handles to the places where you want the clip to start and end. Click Done if you’re finished.
But before you click Done, notice that at the top of this window are some of the controls from the main editor - namely Filters, Text and Motion.
Click on any of these and their options will be shown on the right-hand side. Filters are obvious: click on one to see how it will look.
If you want to add text to the clip, click Text then type in the box at the top. Choose one of the styles from down the side, then pick where you want it to appear under ‘Layout’ at the bottom.
How do I add 3D effects to my videos?
From the main editor, select the clip you want, then click 3D Effects from the menu just above.
Browse through the effects on the right, or use the search bar. Now, drag the slider below the video to the point where you want the effect to start.
Click on the 3D effect you’ve chosen and it will be inserted into the clip at that point. You can resize it, and use the 3D handles to rotate it to the exact position and orientation you need.
If the effect should follow an object in the video, click the ‘Attach to a point’ toggle, then drag the blue anchor point to the exact point that it should move with. Hopefully, the ‘AI’ will manage to do a good job of keeping the effect in sync.
How do I change the music and music volume?
From the main editor window, click Music from the menu at the top. Pick a song, and use the tick box below to decide if you want the video to sync with the beat of the music or not. If you choose sync, then the cuts will be made so the next video starts in time with the drum beat.
If the music is too loud and you can’t hear someone speaking in the video, click on the speaker icon next to Music and drag the slider to a more appropriate volume.
How do I change the theme?
As you might have guessed, clicking on Theme at the top lets you choose between the available styles for your video. This mainly affects the style of the text and titles, but also which music is automatically chosen.
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