How To Use Filmora9 : Guide For Beginners

How To Use Filmora9

September 3rd, 2020   |   Updated on September 7th, 2020

Developed by one of the renowned IT giants and available for both Windows and Mac platforms, Wondershare Filmora9 video editor is an efficient and robust video editing tool that gives tough competition to the applications like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, etc.

Since the software is equipped with several powerful tools, some of which are not even present in the two major competitors listed above, in the following sections, you will learn how to use Filmora9 to produce industry-standard outputs that can be used for both personal purposes and professional distributions.

How To Edit Videos In Filmora9 Video Editor [Quick Start Guide]

You can follow the detailed instructions given below to learn how to edit videos in Filmora9 easily and efficiently right from importing footage from any of your devices, editing it, applying effects, adding your recordings, and finally exporting it to your preferred format:

1. Import Video Footage From A Device

Import Video Footage from a Device

Connect your device to your PC with the USB cable (a Windows 10 computer is used here for illustration), launch Wondershare Filmora9, go to File > Import Media, and click Import from a Camera or a Phone.

On the Import from Device box, choose the connected device from the Import from the drop-down list, select Video from the Media Type drop-down list at the bottom-left corner of the box.

And then select the footage that you want to edit from the left section, optionally click the Play button from the right to preview the clip, and click OK to import the videos to Filmora9.


Note: If Filmora9 displays a confirmation box asking you to create media proxy files, click YES to make your editing experience smoother.

2. Preview The Video And Choose The Mark In And Mark Out Points


Double-click the thumbnail of the clip in the Media window to previeiw it in the Preview window on the right. Roughly position the progress slider at the point from where you want to start the clip in the final video, and click the Mark In icon from the right (or press ‘I’ on the keyboard). Now position the slider roughly at the point where you want the footage to end, and click Mark Out (or press ‘O’).

Next, drag the footage from the Preview window to the Timeline at the bottom, and when the Project Setting confirmation box appears, click the button under the Match to Media label to use the movie at its maximum available resolution.


3. Fine-Tune The Video Footage


Expand the Timeline by dragging the Zoom slider present at its upper-right section (or by pressing the Ctrl + = keys on the keyboard).

In the Timeline, position the Playhead exactly at the frame you want to start your clip from, and click Split from the upper-left section of the Timeline.


Right-click the unwanted portion of the clip, and click Ripple Delete from the context menu. Next, place the Playhead exactly and the frame you want your clip to end, and repeat the process to trim off the unwanted section from the end of the video.

ctly at the frame you want to start your clip from, and click Split from the upper-left section of the Timeline.


4. Record And Add Audio


Place the Playhead at the frame you want to begin your voice from, click Record from the upper section of the Media window, and click Record Voiceover.

On the Record Audio box, choose your preferred microphone from the Device drop-down list, ensure that the Mute box is checked from under the Input drop-down list to avoid capturing any additional sounds, click the red Mic icon at the center of the box, and start recording your voice.


Click the Stop button when done to stop the recording, and to automatically add the recorded voiceover to the Media box and to the Timeline. Click OK to close the Record Audio box. On the Timeline, select the audio clip, and use the method explained earlier to fine-tune the recording as needed.

5. Add Title To Video


Place the Playhead at the frame you want to appear the title from, click Titles from the standard toolbar at the top, and drag your preferred title template and drop it on a blank, top-most track.


Double-click the title track in the Timeline, use the available options to customize its preferences as needed, and click OK.

6. Add Transitions, Effects, And Elements


Click the Transition button from the standard toolbar, drag your preferred transition template from the window, and drop it on the footage track to add the transition effect.

Click the Effects button from the top, and drag and drop your preferred effect on the footage to apply the selected effect to the video.


Next, place the Playhead at the frame in the Timeline you want to add and begin an Element effect from, click the Elements button from the standard toolbar, drag your preferred Element from the available templates to a different, top-most track, move the Element close to the palyhead, and release the mouse button when the Element snaps to the Playhead.


7. Preview And Export


Place the Playhead at the beginning of the Timeline, and press Spacebar on the keyboard to preview the entire video with all the sounds and effects applied to it.

To export, click EXPORT from the top-center area, go to the Local tab on the Export box, select your preferred video format from the Format list in the left section, use the options and buttons available in the right section to customize the output preferences, and click EXPORT from the bottom-right corner of the box.


Bonus: How To Make Creative Split-Screen Videos In Filmora9

Once you have learned how to edit videos in Filmora9, it would be an added advantage to know how to use the split-screen feature that the application offers. Filmora9 has 30 presets for you to choose from, and allows you to use as many as 6 videos for split-screen. You can follow the instructions given below to learn how to pick a template, and easily apply the split-screen effect to the videos:

Step 1: Import Media

Follow the instructions given above to import media clips to Wondershare Filmora9. Make sure not to add them to the Timeline yet.

Step 2: Pick A Split-Screen Template


Click Split Screen from the standard toolbar at the top, and click each template to preview its layout in the Preview window in the right. Once you find a template of your choice, hover mouse over to it, and click the + icon at the bottom-right corner of its thumbnail to add it to the Timeline.

Step 3: Add Footages To The Screens

Select the split-screen template in the Timeline, select the first part of the split-screen in the Preview window, and drag and drop the first footage from the Media window to the selected split-screen part. Repeat the process for all the remaining footages that you want to participate in the split-screen effect. Click OK from the lower-right section of the Media window to accept the changes.

Step 4: Preview And Export The Footage


Place the Playhead at the beginning of the Timeline and press Spacebar to preview the entire footage. Next, follow the method explained in the previous section to export the video to your preferred format.


Unlike other complex applications, learning how to use Filmora9 is pretty straightforward. The software not only has simple UI, but it also has several built-in object templates such as split-screens, elements, etc. that are not present in other programs designed for video editing purposes.

Furthermore, fine-tuning the footages in the app is relatively convenient as compared to other competitors available in the market today. This makes your entire post-production experience more fun, and the outputs you come up with look more professional.