Whether you’re making a home video montage or a carefully crafted promotional video, the ability to combine video files is essential.
Merging multiple videos together into one is a powerful way to create meaning for your audience. Director Alfred Hitchcock famously showed the power of combining footage in this amusing demonstration of montage technique from 1964.
Clipchamp gives you this power to knit separate segments into a new single video with just a few clicks and here’s how.
Combining video files online for free with Clipchamp Create
Step 1: Open an account
If you haven’t already, open a free account at app.clipchamp.com/signup to combine video files online with our video editor. It is getting used by millions around the world for their video projects and includes all the basic tools such as splitting, rotating, cropping and of course merging MP4 and other video formats such as MOV and WebM.
Just use your Facebook or Google account to register with one click. Alternatively you can also sign up with an email address.
Step 2: Getting started
Now it’s time to create your first project in Clipchamp Create!
Click ‘Start a new project’:
Next, you can choose a name for the project and select the best aspect ratio. If you’re putting videos together for an Instagram post that would be 1:1. For a short film the cinematic 21:9 ratio will work better and for websites and YouTube videos, 16:9 is the one to select.
Step 3: Add the videos you want to merge
Once you’ve signed up, click ‘Add Media’ to import video files into your new project:
You can either drag and drop videos from your computer or click ‘Browse my files’ to select videos in the Finder/Explorer window. In addition to your own, you can also add professional stock media into the project through our built-in collection of more than 100,000 assets.
With Clipchamp, you can work on files in your browser without the need to upload them to any servers first, so your videos are available to work with as soon as you add them to a project in the clip combiner and editor!
Step 4: Drag your videos to the timeline
One of your videos will appear in the timeline at the bottom of the screen automatically, then you can drag others down. You should see the timeline highlighted once the video is in the right place:
Keep doing this with as many videos as you like, until you have all your shots assembled one after the other in the sequence you’re after!
Step 5: Rearranging your videos
If the videos need to be reordered on the timeline, simply drag and drop to get them to the right spot:
Make sure you drag the rearranged videos back to the start of the timeline. This will ensure there’s no blank space at the start when it plays:
When you’re done, export the finished video and save it onto your computer:
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And that’s all there is to it – with just a few simple steps you can combine video files to create a new, longer one. Clipchamp’s video combiner and editor works best in the latest version of Chrome and also runs on Chromebooks.