Editing in Wistia

Make edits to your videos directly in your Wistia account.

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Written by Caroline F
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Need to make easy edits to your videos? You’re in luck! All Wistia users have access to editing right in Wistia! To get started, click into the media you’d like to edit, and select “Edit Media.”

Note

We currently support editing and exporting videos up to four hours long.

Which medias you can edit depends on your permission levels. The Account Owner and all Managers can edit any media, and anyone with Admin permissions on a folder can edit the media there. If a user has Upload permissions in a folder, they can only edit the media they have uploaded. Check out our Users and Permissions page for a breakdown on user access levels in Wistia.

Select "Edit Media"

From here, you can play through your video, trim out content, stitch together intros or outros, add transitions or background music, and more.

Using the Wistia Editor to split, rearrange, and trim out content

Note

We don’t currently offer the ability to edit Channel episodes, but stay tuned!

Navigating within the Editor

Let’s start with some new terminology! The playhead is a visual indicator that shows where you are while playing back your video. As you play your video, the playhead will move across the timeline beneath the video, and the timestamp will appear right below to give you a better sense of exactly where you are.

Media Editor

You can play and pause the video by clicking directly on the play button or by hitting the spacebar on your keyboard. Need to make a precise edit? You can also zoom in (and then out) of the timeline by clicking the zoom icons on the right-hand corner of the screen above the timeline.

To edit or watch any point in the video, click anywhere on the timeline and the playhead will jump to that spot. You can also drag the playhead to your desired location.

Drag playhead to desired location on timeline

Splitting, Rearranging, and Deleting Content

Splitting a video allows you to break up your video into multiple clips, so that you can reach any part of the timeline to trim, rearrange or delete.

To split your video, drag the playhead right to the point in the video where you want to make edits and then click “Split.” From here, you can split your video up into as many clips as you’d like. You can delete individual clips by selecting and clicking “Delete.” Or, you can remove the beginning or end by clicking and dragging either end of a section to trim it.

Edit and split your video into clips

Changed your mind or made a mistake? Click the backwards arrow to undo until you feel better about your edits. If you go back too far, that’s okay! Click the forwards arrow to redo.

Once you’ve split your video in clips, you can click on a desired clip and move it anywhere on the timeline: click on the clip, hold, and drag it anywhere you want.

Want to restart your edit session for a clean slate? Click “revert to original!” This action will take you back to the original state of your video for a do-over.

Stitch Videos Together

Have a bumper waiting in the wings? You can add more videos to your timeline with stitching.

Upload a video into your Wistia Content Library, then you can pop that puppy in as a personalized intro, bumper, or any other clip to your editing timeline. To do that, click “Media” from the lefthand side menu, choose your media, and click the “+” icon to apply! From here, you can continue adding videos, rearrange, trim, and adjust the audio and formatting.

As you’re editing, you’ll notice a “Properties” option in the lefthand side menu as well. That’s where you’ll find things like:

  • Clip Name: Differentiate clips by naming them

  • Volume Control: Make sure your audio levels are…level

  • Clip Transform: The ability to adjust the aspect ratio by individual clip with “Fill Canvas” or “Fit Canvas.”

Add Transitions

Want to add visual transitions between clips?

To get started:

  1. Click to the beginning or end of any clip edges and select “Transitions” from the lefthand menu.

  2. Click “White Fade” or “Black Fade” to add your desired transition (or select a media under “Media”).

  3. And voila! Your transition has been applied.

To see your transitions at a glance, we’ve added an interactive widget right on your timeline. That way, you don’t have to guess where you’ve made them.

Transitions widget in editor

Need to delete? No sweat. Select the transition widget and click the trash icon to delete.

Scrub your video with Text Based Editing

Traverse a transcript to identify sections of your video you’d like to edit. Click into “Transcript” in the lefthand menu to get started.

When your play your video, the playhead move along the timeline as expected, and the text will also be actively highlighted as the speaker talks in the video. You’ll have two distinct ways to scrub the timeline and find moments in your video for precise edits.

The entire transcript container is interactive. You can click individually on words to scrub to that portion of your video, highlight sections for deletion or generally scroll through the transcript.

Text-based editing

As a user of text based editing, you can take all current timeline-based actions. You can:

  • Delete via Keyboard shortcut

  • Split, which will create a paragraph break in the transcript text as well

  • Undo / Redo

If you edit the transcript (ie, delete/split) the changes will be reflected on the timeline. If you edit directly on the timeline (ie split, delete, rearrange clips), those changes will be reflected visually in the transcript.

Want to remove a quick “uhm” or “ah”? Select the silence indicators directly and click “delete” on your keyboard!

Use Highlights to find Key Moments in your video

With a click of a button, AI generates a list of the most engaging clips in your video and puts them right on the editing timeline for you.

Find highlights in your video

Go to a video and click "find highlights” under the previewer. Then, Wistia analyzes your transcript and automatically generates concise clips.

From here, you can choose which highlights you’d like to use and “Trim to Selected” or “Show on Timeline.”

Select video highlight results

You can trim up the start and end, cut out anything you don’t want, and then share that highlight directly on social media or embed it on your website. We also generate titles and descriptions for your highlights.

Resize your Video

Globally resize your video to fit one of our defined aspect ratios.

In the Editor, click the dropdown under the video preview. You’ll have the option to adjust the aspect ratio to:

  • Horizontal (16:9)

  • Square (1:1)

  • Vertical (9:16)

  • Original

Editor with aspect ratio modal open

Note

“Original” will only appear if the original video has a different aspect ratio than the other 3 options.

If there are multiple clips on the timeline, they will all adjust to the selected aspect ratio.

Changing the aspect ratio will introduce letterboxing to ensure the video fits the new dimensions.

Video after being resized

Add Background Music

Don’t you just love it when a video has the best background music? Don’t you just loathe finding tracks and editing them to fit your videos? Us, too!

Click “Music” in the lefthand menu to discover Wistia’s highly curated, royalty-free background music for all of your webinars, interviews, social posts, and more.

To get started:

  1. First, click into “Music.”

  2. From there, you’ll see a handful of royalty-free Wistia-created tracks

  3. You can tab between Full Track or Intro/Outro based on your needs. Want music for the entirety of your video? Choose a song in the Full track category. Want musical bumpers for the beginning and end of your video? Select a song from the Intro/Outro tab.

  4. Explore by mood to find just the right music and select your track.

  5. Click the “+” icon to add it to your video.

  6. If you'd like to adjust the volume, click into the "Properties" tab.

You won’t have to do any editing to have the track fit your video. Our Smart Track technology takes the heavy lifting out of editing background music, and it auto-magically adjusts to fit the length of your video. If you choose an intro/outro set, you’ll have the ability to customize the duration by selecting the grab handle on the audio timeline and dragging to your heart’s content.

Add and edit intro/outro

Select Layout

If you’re editing a Wistia Recording and you’ve recorded with both your screen and camera, you can decide amongst different layouts for the media.

You can choose to display your camera view within the screen, display them side by side, just show your screen, or just show your camera.

Recording layout in the editor

You can change the layout throughout a recording by clicking to a specific point in the timeline to bring the playhead to that spot. Hover over the playhead and click the layout icon. If you’d like to change the layout of a specific section, click into the icon and select a new layout, or click the trash can to remove the selected layout on the timeline.

Change or delete layout

Saving Your Edits

Once you’re finished with your editing session, you’ll have two different saving options.

Save options for edited media

First, select the “Save” button at the top right of the editor. The “Save” option in the dropdown menu will function as an update to the existing media, essentially replacing the original video with the edited version, and all customizations will transfer over to the newly saved media. Your analytics will start from scratch.

Saving your video

Note

If you select the "Save" option, analytics and time-coded comments will not be retained.

Click "Save as" to save your edits as a brand new media instance. The new, edited media will contribute to your media count. Then, select an existing folder or add a new folder to save your video in.

And that’s it! You’ve just edited a video in Wistia.

Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Support Team and we’ll be happy to help!

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