You can add media to your video, whether uploading personal files, selecting from videos uploaded from Vimeo, or selecting stock footage (for Standard, Advanced, Pro, Business, Premium, and Enterprise accounts).
In this article, learn about:
- Adding media
- Scaling media
- Using the fit/fill feature
- Cropping media
- Duplicating media
- Reordering media
- Trim or extend media
- Splitting media
- Deleting media
- Deleting gaps between media
How to add media
You can add media in the editor to the timeline.
To add a new media:
- Select Media from the left-side toolbar.
Select the source of your media.
Upload: Upload photos or videos. The editor supports multiple file formats. Supported footage includes:
- Photo file types: JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PNG
- Video file types: 3GP, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MTS, M2TS
- Vimeo Record: Record your screen and/or the camera on your device. Learn more at 'How do I record videos with the editor?'.
- Uploads: Select from photos and videos you've previously uploaded.
- My Library: Select from videos saved in your Vimeo Library.
- Free, Starter, Standard, Advanced, Pro, Business, Premium, and Enterprise subscribers can add footage from our extensive collection of stock footage. Learn more at 'Compare Vimeo plans'.
- Upload: Upload photos or videos. The editor supports multiple file formats. Supported footage includes:
- Select the thumbnail of the media to add it to your Timeline. You can also select and drag the media to the Timeline.
You can also add pre-designed elements to your video and edit to customize for your video’s needs . Learn how at 'What are Presets in the editor?'.
How to scale media
After adding a photo or video to your video, you can scale your media to fit in or alongside other media, text, or graphics.
To scale your media:
- Select the video or photo.
Select and drag one of the anchor points on the media and drag to resize the media.
- If the size of your media does not take up the entire space in your, the rest of the stage will be filled with your stage’s background color.
💡Tip: To change the background color of the stage, select the background and select the canvas color button in the inspector toolbar.
How to use the fit/fill feature
You can also use the Fit Types button in the inspector toolbar to scale your media on the stage.
- Fit: Resizes your media to best fit the stage. There is no cropping of the media.
- Fill: Expands your media to fill the entire stage. There may be some cropping of the media.
How to crop media
You can crop your media from the inspector toolbar. You can choose to manually crop your media or you can auto-crop based on ratio.
To crop media:
- Select the media that you want to crop.
- From the Inspector Toolbar, select Crop.
- When in Custom crop mode, a bounding box will appear around your media. Use the anchor points on the bounding box to crop your media.
- Select the blue checkmark when you have finished cropping your media.
Select Custom in the inspector toolbar to change the crop feature to Ratio mode. Here, you can select to crop your media by ratio (16:9, 9:16, 1:1).
How to duplicate media
Media can be duplicated in the Timeline.
To duplicate media:
- Select the media that you want to duplicate in the Timeline.
- Right-click the media and select Duplicate from the menu.
A copy of the media will appear above the original in the Timeline. Select and drag the media to the position you’d like it to play
💡Tip: You can also select Copy from the same menu and Paste the media on the Timeline in the position you’d like.
How to reorder media
To reorder media, select the media from the timeline and drag it to its new position.
⚠️Note: Stacking media on top of one another will overlap the media and cause them to play at the same time. If you would like the media to play chronologically, ensure that they are horizontal on the timeline.
How to trim or extend media
You can trim or extend media in the Timeline.
To trim or extend media:
- Select the media in the Timeline that you would like to trim or extend.
- Select the edge of the start or end of the media and drag to the left or right to trim or extend its duration.
💡Tip: You can re-extend a media that you have previously trimmed.
How to split media
The Split button divides media. The media that you would like to split must be longer than 0.5 seconds.
To split media:
- Select the media that you would like to divide in the Timeline
- Drag the time indicator needle to the position that you would like to split the media element.
- Select the Split button on the top-left of the Timeline.
- Your media will be divided into two parts.
💡Tip: If the Split icon is grayed out, select and drag the needle indicator at least 0.5 seconds from the beginning or the end of the duration of the clip.
How to delete media
You can delete media in the Timeline by selecting the media in the Timeline and selecting the Backspace/Delete key on your keyboard.
You can also delete media by selecting the media, right-clicking, and selecting Delete from the menu.
How to delete gaps between media
After reordering or trimming media, you may find that you have a gap between media.
You can delete this gap by hovering over the blank space and selecting the Delete gap button.
How to fade the audio of the media in or out of scenes
Whether you are using stock footage from the Media library or you uploaded your own media, you can control how your audio track fades in or fades out of your video.
To adjust the audio fade in/fade out:
- Select the media that contains background audio.
- Select the Media Sound button in the media inspector toolbar. This will expand the Media Sound menu.
- Under the Fade In/Fade Out headers in the Media Sound menu, select and drag the slider to mark where the media should fade in and fade out of your media clip in seconds. You can also manually type in the number of seconds that you would like the audio to fade in or out.