How to use the Clipchamp App in Windows 11 22H2

After installing Windows 11 22H2, you can use Clipchamp, Microsoft’s new free application for creating and editing professional-looking videos. Learn more about Clipchamp’s features.

The Clipchamp logo.
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Whether it’s a quick training exercise or the latest TikTok dance craze, short videos have become an integral part of the always-on mobile digital society. To meet this ever-increasing demand, Microsoft Windows 11 22H2 added a new video creation application called Clipchamp.

Like Mail, Paint and other basic free apps in Windows 11, Clipchamp’s personal version is a functional video editor. Clipchamp isn’t designed to outperform other full-featured third-party apps, but it does help you create and edit professional-looking videos easily and effectively, without overwhelming you with the bells and whistles often associated with dedicated video-editing apps.

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How to use Clipchamp on Windows 11 22H2

After installing Windows 11 22H2 on your PC, you will see Clipchamp in the list of applications in the Start menu (Figure A) where you can treat it like any other application in the list. If you intend to use Clipchamp frequently, pinning it to the Start menu or taskbar is a good idea.

Figure A

Start menu with Clipchamp circled in red.
Start menu with Clipchamp circled in red.

When Clipchamp (Figure B) you’ll see a familiar Windows 11-style application screen highlighted by an extensive list of popular video templates.

Figure B

List of popular video templates in Clipchamp.
List of popular video templates in Clipchamp.

The easiest way to start a video project is to choose one of the templates, which provides you with different template parts that you can use to create your own video. As you can see in it Figure CThe YouTube Clipchamp template provides intro and outro ideas, effect examples, and other presentation ideas to help you create your own video.

Figure C

Intro and outro ideas, effects examples and other presentation ideas that you can use to create your own video.
Intro and outro ideas, effects examples and other presentation ideas that you can use to create your own video.

Whether you select a template or start from a blank slate, the next screen (Figure D) presents you with a fairly standard storyboard interface common to video editing applications. For our sample template, we chose the top 5 countdown list.

Figure D

The user interface is similar to other video editing applications.
The user interface is similar to other video editing applications.

As you can see, the template shows you all the different parts involved in producing a simple countdown list video. Users can simply join in and replace the template samples with their own video footage.

Clipchamp also offers access to free stock videos that you can use to enhance and complement your video productions. This free stock includes shots for special occasions like birthdays and the changing of the seasons, as well as background images like landscapes and colorful geometric patterns.

Clipchamp’s free version includes an example marker kit that users can modify and use in their videos. The Branding Kit allows you to ensure that your name, logo, address, and other branding information is included on all of your videos.

Requirements for using Clipchamp in Windows 11 22H2

The Clipchamp available to all Windows 11 22H2 users is the free personal version; a fuller version of Clipchamp is available as an upgrade. The upgrade version of Clipchamp (Figure E) costs $11.99/month and includes more access to standard videos, additional branded kit templates, and expanded access to special features and effects.

Figure E

Price and feature comparison between Clipchamp Free and Clipchamp Essentials.
Price and feature comparison between Clipchamp Free and Clipchamp Essentials.

Access to any version of Clipchamp requires users to sign in to the application with a valid Microsoft account. As far as I can tell, there is no exception to this requirement. Clipchamp will ban users who do not have a Microsoft account.

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