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Video Editing On Canva: 10 Tips to Know

Since the end of 2021, Canva has made it easier to create video montages, by offering a suite of tools entirely dedicated to video, accessible for free. Here are several tips to know to help you create and customize your video presentations (on desktop).

1. Change the order of slides in your video montage

Just hold a left click on the sequence you want to move, then drag it to the location of your choice in the timeline, a vertical purple line will appear to indicate the location where your sequence will be placed.

If your video editing contains a lot of sequences, you can change the order of your slides by going through the grid view via the icon at the bottom right of your screen. Note: to exit the grid view, simply click again on the dedicated icon.

2. Crop video footage

If you need to reduce a passage: select the slide concerned, put the mouse cursor to the left or to the right of the slide, the cursor turns into a “two-way arrow”, just hold down your click and move your mouse left or right to crop the clip.

3. Split a video clip into two

To split a sequence and obtain 2 separate slides:

  • Place the black cursor at the exact moment you want to “cut” your video,
  • then right-click on the sequence to choose the option: Divide.

4. Add your own music to the video montage

To add your music, go to the Import section, then click Import Media, and choose the music you want from your PC. Once the sound is downloaded, just click on it to add it to your video montage. You can then right-click on the waves (in purple) to adjust the desired sequence. You also have the possibility to reduce the time of the music by clicking on the ends of the sequence of waves (in purple) which is displayed below the main timeline.

5. Animate the text on your videos: swipe, fade…

To apply an animation to a text, just select it and click on Animate which appears in the toolbar. Many animations are then offered in a dedicated pane on the left of the screen: lift, fade sweep, typewriter, explosion, bounce, zoom… You also have the possibility of clicking at the very top of the pane on Page animations to apply an animation to all elements on the page.

6. Add transitions between your video clips

To add an effect between your different sequences, you can click on the “+” in the timeline, then on Add transition. If necessary, to save time, you also have the opportunity to click on Apply to all pages.

7. Easily add a GIF to your video

If you want to add a GIF to your video presentation, click More, bottom left, then GIPHY. The dedicated tab appears, you can then search for a GIF to add to your montage. For digital marketing agency services, please click here

8. Modify the whole style of a video sequence: colors and fonts

Want to experiment with other styles for your video footage? Go to the Styles section (on the far left of the editor), you can easily test new combinations of colors and fonts.

9. View your edited video in full screen

To preview your video in full screen, you can click on the dedicated icon at the bottom right of your screen. It allows you to better visualize the rendering of your video creation. If you want to view a specific moment, you can also place the black cursor in the timeline at the desired location, then click on the Play icon that you find at the top right, near the Download button.

10. Know the keyboard shortcuts for creating videos on Canva

Here are some shortcuts that can come in handy to save time when creating videos in Canva:

  • Select all sequences: Ctrl + A
  • Add sequence: Ctrl + Enter key
  • Duplicate a sequence: Ctrl + D
  • Delete a sequence: delete key
  • Split a sequence: letter S
  • Add text box: letter T
  • Switch to full screen mode: Ctrl + Alt + P


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