Video Editing

How to combine video files online

Posted July 16, 2018
Written by Joseph Tafra
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**** Last updated on 19th May 2020 ****

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 the power to knit separate segments into a new single video with just a few clicks and here’s how.

How to combine video files online with Clipchamp Create

Step 1. Create an account

Log into your Clipchamp Create account, or sign up for free to get started.

Step 2. Create a new project 

Select the Create a Video button on the left side bar. We offer five different formats to choose from. Select the video ratio that best suits your project. We recommend using widescreen 16:9 if you are wanting to upload to YouTube.

Step 3. Add the videos you want to merge

Once you’re in the editor, click the Add Media button in the left toolbar 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 add professional stock media into the project by clicking the Stock button in the left toolbar and selecting from our offering. Once you’ve selected your videos they will appear in the editor.

Step 4. Add your videos to the editor timeline

Click, drag and drop each video clip to the editor timeline. Once you’ve dragged the clip to the correct position, a green frame will appear around it and a green + button will appear, this means it’s safe to drop.

To add additional clips, drag and drop them after one another in the timeline. If your video is getting long enough, you may need to scroll across the timeline to find space to drop additional clips.

Step 5. Rearranging your videos

If the videos need to be reordered on the timeline, simply drag and drop to place them in the correct spot. If you need to trim your videos, we have a tutorial for that too!

Step 6. Review and export

Now it’s time to review your video. Once you’re happy with it, click the Export button at the top right corner of the editor, then select your resolution and click Continue. After this, you might want to edit and export your video in other aspect ratios to share across different platforms.

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.

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