How to Merge Multiple Videos into One [A Beginner’s Guide]

Are you a complete novice when it comes to video editing but want to put together a quick behind-the-scenes video or share some candid footage with your audience on social media?

Well, with the software available these days, you can easily string together several clips to make one project.

In this post, we’ll explain how to combine video files into one using the following:

  • Online video editing tools
  • Android smartphone
  • iPhone
  • Computer (Windows and Mac)

 

How to combine your videos using online video editing tools

Video editing is no longer reserved for the filmmaking elite. Technology has made it possible for almost anyone to shoot and edit a video.

If you don’t want to download editing software on your smartphone or computer, you can opt for online tools instead.

Here are a few great options:

All three have free versions, but if you use those, your video will have the company’s watermark on it.

You can lose the watermark and get access to additional features by paying for the basic plan.

This is how much each software will set you back.

Here’s a breakdown of how to use these online tools:

  • Sign up to one of the platforms.
  • Log in to your account to access the video editor.
  • Upload your footage.
  • Organize your clips.
  • Add text, effects, and background music.
  • Export

To personalize the video, you can insert your logo, too.

Read more: Top 5 DIY Video Production Tools to Create Eye-Catching Videos

 

How to merge video clips on your smartphone

It’s generally better to edit videos on your computer because smartphone apps offer fewer features and your hand-held devices have a slower processing speed.

But if you’re trying to put together a simple video on the go, then a smartphone will get the job done.

 

Merge videos on your Android phone

For Android users, InShot is a great option for combining multiple videos.

Transitions, effects, stickers, etc. are limited in the free version of the app.

Here’s how to get started:

 

1. Open the app and select the video option

The other options aren’t related to video.

how to combine video clips in inshot

 

2. Pick the videos you want to combine from your library

Select the videos in the order you want them to appear.

combine vieo clips in inshot-select clips

 

3. Trim and cut your clips to polish the video

Trim the clips by tapping on the video clip sections.

 

4. Add a transition effect between video clips

To add transitions, all you have to do is select the white icon you’ll see on your timeline where one video clip ends and another begins. Once you click on that, transitions will appear.

With the free version, you’ll only be able to use the Basic transitions. Super and Glitch are available for Pro users.

How to add transitions in inshot

 

5. Insert text and add stickers

Sticker options available in the free version of the app are limited.

 

6. Color correct your clips

Select your clips(s) and hit the Filter option.

Switch to the Adjust tab and fix the lighting, saturation, etc. of your clips.

adjust color in inshot

 

7. Save your video

In the top right corner of the screen, hit Save and select your desired video quality.

save and set quality in inshot

 

Merge videos using iMovie on your iPhone

Your iPhone comes with iMovie already installed.

In a few simple steps, combine multiple video clips into one project.

Here’s how:

 

1. Open the app and create a New Project

Select Movie from the options you get on the screen.

 

2. Click on Media at the top left

Select your video files in the order you want them to appear.

imovie select video clips to combine

 

3. Start editing

Click on the white icon in the middle of your clips and add a transition effect.

add transitions in imovie

 

4. Select Done on the top left corner of the screen

Your video is saved.

Note: you can apply a filter to make sure all your video clips look similar.

 

How to combine video clips on your desktop

We’ll take a look at the software already present in your computer and how you can use it for merging video clips.

 

Put together video clips on Windows 10

For the most basic editing, you can use the video editing feature in the Windows 10 Photos App.

This is how you can get started:

 

1. Launch the app

Write ‘video editor’ in the Search bar and launch the app.

 

2. Create your video

From the window, select New video project and give it a name.

combine clips in windows photo app

 

3. Select your video clips

Add your videos to the storyboard and organize your clips’ sequence.

select videos to add to timeline-WIndows Video Editor

 

4. Edit your clips

  • Adjust dimensions and remove black bars on the sides of your video.
  • Trim and cut your clips to get rid of footage you don’t need.
  • Insert title cards and add text to those, or write on sections of your video.
  • Other features you can play around with include adding motion, 3D effects, filters, and speed adjustment.
  • You can also add background music or a custom clip and sync it to your video.

Note: Transition effects between clips can’t be added.

 

5. Save your project

Once you’re happy with what you’ve put together save your video.

  • Hit Finish video.
  • Select your video quality (1080p recommended).
  • Click on Export.

save and select video quality-windows video editor

 

Voila! Your new video is saved.

We must admit that the Windows video editor is limited with what it can accomplish.

If you’re looking for more video editing features, you could check out DaVinci Resolve 16, HitFilm Express, and Shotcut.

They are free; offer powerful editing, and are easy to use.

 

Combine video clips in Mac with iMovie

 

 

Mac users can use the pre-installed iMovie app to combine their video clips into one.

It’s quick and simple. Here’s how:

 

Import your clips

Select the clips from your library.

 

Drop the clips into your timeline

Drag and drop your video clips in the right sequence.

 

Trim and cut

Get rid of all that unnecessary footage!

 

Add transitions automatically

  • Go to Settings in the top-right corner of your timeline and select the Automatic content
  • If you select a theme for your movie, iMovie will add a title and transitions according to the theme you picked.

 

Add transitions manually

  • To do this manually, you’ll have to deselect the Automatic content
  • Next, in the timeline, select Transition above the browser. You can add a transition between two clips or a transition to both ends of a clip.

 

Export

Once you’re done with editing, export your new video.

 

Tips for combining video clips

Here are a few things to keep in mind to finish your project efficiently.

 

Create a storyboard first

If you’re juggling several video clips. Make a storyboard to map out how you’ll combine your clips and what you want the result to look like.

 

Dimensions

Generally, it’s best to shoot videos in landscape mode. Horizontal videos fit well in most social media feeds and platforms, such as YouTube and Vimeo.

If you’re going to upload your video as a story, then portrait video is the way to go.

Think about the platform you’re going to publish your final video on and consider those specs before you hit record.

You can change your video’s dimensions during editing, too.

 

Consider the quality of your source files

Your combined video’s quality will depend on your source files.

If you reduce the size of your final video, it will reduce its quality, too.

 

Understand codecs

If you’re working on a simple video project and plan to upload it on the internet, use the standard video codec: H.264 with .mp4 or .m4v extensions.

If this sounds a little complicated, don’t worry. Check out this hilariously fantastic video that’ll teach you everything you need to know about codecs.

 

Note: to check your video specs, right-click on your video, select Properties, and switch to the Details tab.

check video file properties

 

Trim and cut

Trimming helps to remove unnecessary footage at the start and the very end of your video.

If you want to remove footage in the middle, use the cut feature to edit it out.

 

Color correct

When you’re combining several clips, they may vary in color temperature, brightness, etc. To make the clips look consistent, adjust lighting and color.

 

Add text

Text and closed captions will help the viewer understand what’s going on even if your video plays on mute.

Read more: Optimizing Videos to Play Without Sound on Facebook and Instagram

 

Use transitions

Transitions are handy when it comes to combining multiple video clips.

 

Add background music or a custom track

Add background music to your video to make it more fun. Some apps will let you pick from a library of royalty-free tracks. You could also upload your own.

Read more: Where to Find Background Music for Your Video Content

 

That’s a wrap

With the software and tools available today, you can gradually improve your video editing skills and move on to more complex editing.

But if video editing seems like a daunting task that you don’t have time for, then you can always let the pros handle it.

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Posted by Maria Saif
09.25.2020

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