Getting Started with the Kapwing StudioLast Updated: August 26, 2019
Nearly every one of Kapwing's tools can be accessed in the Kapwing Studio. Whether you want to edit photos, videos, a video's audio, or GIFs, the Studio gives you more editing functionality than any other editor on the web. In this article, I'm going to go through the basic editing functions in the Studio and show you how to use them. For more in-depth tutorials, take a look at our Tutorials collection.
Uploading Content to the Studio
Kapwing supports video and photo uploads of nearly every file type (enumerate). All you need to do is go to Kapwing.com and either click "New Project" and "Start with Studio" if you're signed in, or "Get Started" if you aren't.
Now you need to upload your content! If you want to import a video, photo, or GIF from somewhere on the internet, then all you need to do is paste its URL in the field on the right. And if you're uploading your content from your own device, just select "Click to Upload" and find the file in your file browser. If your file is accessible, you can even drag & drop it into the Studio window!
Remember: Whenever you add new content to the same scene, you can rearrange your layers by clicking on a layer and choosing "Bring Forward" or "Send Backward" on the right side of the Studio window.
If you want to add another video, picture, or GIF, all you need to do is click on the "Add Scene" button on the left side of the Studio window. To edit your new scene, you'll need to select it on the left side of the window. You can either select "Upload" from the top toolbar to import new content for the scene, or you can add text, pictures, shapes, or audio to the blank canvas. To reorder your scenes, just drag & drop them into the correct order.
The Studio also gives you Kapwing's best audio editing tools. To mute a video, simply select "Mute" from the right toolbar while the video clip is selected. To add a different audio track, click "Audio" from the top toolbar. In the Add Audio window, you can upload music from your device or from web sources like YouTube and SoundCloud.
Once you've added your audio track, you can trim it, choose its starting point, adjust its volume, and loop it. If you haven't muted your video, the new audio track will play on top of the existing audio – if you'd like to hear only the new track, just mute the video!
Adding & Editing Text
Adding text is just as easy in the Kapwing Studio. Simply select the scene you'd like to add text to and select "Text" from the top toolbar. Double-click on the text box to add and edit your text. In the Add Text window, you can enter your text and choose its font, style, arrangement, and color. Just click "Done" when you're finished!
Outside of the text editing window, you can click & drag anywhere on the text box to reposition it, and you can click & drag a corner of the box to resize and rearrange the text inside the box. The rotation button on the bottom edge of the box allows you to rotate your text box to any angle.
You can also enter a precise hex value for your text's color and edit its outline. And you can click "Animate" to add exciting and eye-catching animations to your text!
To adjust the time that your text is visible, make sure the correct scene is selected and choose "Timeline" from the top toolbar. Here, you can drag & drop the beginning and end buttons for each layer to change when your layers appear on the project.
Adding & Editing Shapes
Adding shapes to your project is a lot like adding pictures or text. Just select "Shapes" from the top toolbar and choose one of the available shapes. Once you've added your shape, you can rotate it with the rotate button on the bottom edge, change its color precisely, edit its outline's color and thickness, resize it by clicking & dragging its corners, and change when it appears and disappears in the timeline.
If you want to add pictures, click on "Images" from the top toolbar. Here, you can search the internet for pictures that you can import directly to your Studio project. You can also click "Upload" in the top toolbar to paste a link or search your file browser for images. And if your pictures are easily available, just drag & drop them into the Studio window! Once they're in the Studio, you can resize, crop, reposition, rotate, and adjust your pictures.
Cropping, Resizing, & Rotation
The Studio gives you tons of options to crop & resize your content. If you want to change the size or dimensions of your canvas, first deselect all layers. Now, you can select one of the preset aspect ratios from the right side of the window, or add additional padding to any side of the canvas. You can also click & drag a corner of your content, deselect it by clicking anywhere outside it, and click "Remove Padding" on the right side of the window to trim the canvas to the dimensions of your content.
If you'd like to enter exact dimensions for your project, select "Custom Size" from the right menu. Here, you can enter the precise dimensions you'd like for your project, or choose other preset aspect ratios.
If you want to change the size and dimensions of your content and would also like to control what parts are shown, click on a layer and select "Crop" from the right menu. Now, you can click & drag the corners and edges of your content and shift the object's "mask" to control the visible portion of your content.
Nothing is easier than trimming a video in the Kapwing Studio. Once your video has been uploaded to the Studio, make sure it's selected and click "Trim" in the menu on the right-hand side of the window. Now, simply drag & drop the beginning and end buttons to select the portion of the video that you want to use!
You can even add precise, custom visual adjustments to your photos and videos in the Studio! Just click on the layer you'd like to edit and choose "Adjust" from the menu on the right side of the window. Here, you can change the opacity, brightness, contrast, saturation, and blur of your photo or video.
If you want to change the playback speed of your video, select the video layer and click on the "+" and "-" buttons under "Speed" on the right side of the Studio. You can make your video play at any rate from .25x to 4x speed!
Making a GIF
If you want your output file to be a GIF, click on the Settings icon near the top right corner of the window (it looks like a gear). Here, simply change your output file type to "GIF" and exit the Settings window.
Publishing & Downloading
Once you're done creating and editing your project, click the red "Publish" button in the top right corner of the Studio. Kapwing will immediately begin processing your project. Keep in mind that for longer or larger videos, this could take several minutes. But images and shorter videos should only take a few seconds to process!
Once your project is finished processing, just select "Download" from the right side of the screen to save the project directly to your device. From this page, you can also share your content directly to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or get a short, shareable link to your project!
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