Google Photos Video Editor

30+ controls to fine tune your videos

Google recently rolled out its much awaited Video Editor, which has been baked directly into the Google Photos app! With multiple, quick and easy to use features, the video editor is a handy feature for people on the go, or those who are getting into video editing but are wary of full feature editing software. Read on to find out more!

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Google Video Editor 101

Take your videos to the next level with the brand new editing tools, that include 30+ controls such as cropping, filters, colour grading, stabilisation, contrast and brightness adjustment and more! Google had originally unleashed the power of its mobile video editing on iOS but now Android has joined the party.

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Edit your video with Google Video Editor

The App features a fairly straightforward layout which is intuitive enough for newcomers and video veterans alike.

Basic Edits

  1. Open the video you want to edit. 
  2. Tap Edit Edit. Edit
  3. Trim your video to a different length: Tap and Drag the Trim Handles to select the portion of your video you want to keep.
  4. Tap Save Copy to save a copy of your video with your new edits!
  5. To mute your video: Tap .
  6. To Stabilise your video: Tap .
  7. Export a frame from your video by tapping Export frame


  1. Open the video you want to edit. 
  2. Tap Edit Edit and then Crop.
    • To crop the video to a different aspect ratio, like a square: Tap Aspect ratio .
    • To change the video’s perspective: 
      • Tap Transform
      • Drag the dots to the edges of your video or tap Auto.
    • To rotate a video 90 degrees, tap Rotate .
      • To make minor adjustments to straighten the video, use the dial above Rotate .
    • Automatically straighten the video, tap Auto.
      • Tip: Auto straighten availability depends on the video.
  3. When done, save a copy of the video with your edits, at the bottom right, tap Save copy.

Adjustments and Effects

  1. Open the video you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit Edit and then Adjust.
  3. Select the type of effect you want to apply to your video and move the dial to make changes.
  4. When you’re finished, tap Done.
  5. To undo an effect, deselect the option or tap Cancel.

Effects you can Adjust

  • Brightness to adjust the exposure.
  • Contrast to adjust the difference in tones.
  • White point to adjust the brightest value.
  • Highlights to adjust the detail in the brightest areas.
  • Shadows to adjust the detail in the darkest areas.
  • Black point to adjust the darkest value.
  • Saturation to adjust the intensity of colors. 
  • Warmth adjust the color temperature.
  • Tint to adjust the hue.
  • Skin tone   to adjust the saturation of the skin-colored tones.
  • Blue tone to adjust the saturation of the blue tones, like sky or water.
  • Vignette to reduce the brightness around the edges of the video.

Filters and more Filters!

  1. Open the video you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit Edit and then Filters.
  3. Select a filter.
  4. To change the strength of the filter on the video, tap the filter again and move the dial.
  5. To undo a filter, select None.


Now that you’ve understood the nitty gritty of the newly launched Google Photos Video Editor, you’re well on your way to making masterpieces and sharing them with the world! You can even use the Google Editor on the videos you extract via Eklipse, and edit your gaming highlight clips on the flight!

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