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How To Edit Dashcam Footage on Windows 10 Using Free Software

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Want to learn how to compile last week’s dashcam footage to make a "highlight reel" of your family’s recent road trip? Maybe you need to send a video clip to a police officer or an insurance agent but you'd like to remove sensitive audio from the video first? Just want help trimming down a long clip into a shorter one so that it's easier to share? You’ve come to the right place!

This guide is all about making simple edits to dashcam footage. Here’s what you’ll learn from reading our how-to guide:

  • How to remove audio from a video file
  • How to trim down a longer video file into a shorter one
  • How to merge (combine) 2 or more clips into one continuous video clip
To jump ahead to a specific section that is relevant for you, please use the links below




Our full instructional video which covers all three dashcam video editing topics is below, or you can scroll down past the video to see each process broken down, step-by-step.



Using Windows 7? No problem, click here to to learn How to Edit Dashcam Footage on Windows 7.

Mac user? We've got you covered too: click here to view our How to Edit Dashcam Footage on iOS


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How To Remove Audio from a Dashcam Video Clip

Begin by opening the "Photos" application, found in your start menu. You can search through your individual program files or narrow your search by typing "Photos" in the search programs and files bar.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
After opening the application, navigate over to the right-hand corner of “Photos” and click on “Create.” You’ll then be presented three options.

  • "Automatic video with music" which will be a video created from a template of your liking, automatically put together by Windows "Photos"
  • "Custom video with music" allows users 100% control over their footage, letting you cut, trim, and combine several videos together.
  • "Album" which allows for the gathering and organizing of your videos and photos.
Today we’ll be proceeding with the "Custom video with music" option because, we want 100% creative control over our footage.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Mouse over and navigate through your catalog of footage to find the video you want audio to be removed, then click on it. Selected videos will be indicated by the check mark in the top right corner of the video clip. Then scroll back up to the right-hand corner of the application and click on "Create" to begin editing your clip.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Now give your project a name and take notice of the text "Drag photos and videos here to start your video" at the bottom of the screen. All videos will have to be dragged into the project timeline or "Storyboard" to begin editing.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
All added videos will appear in your "Project library." After dragging your video from "Project library." in the top left-hand side of the photos application into the storyboard timeline we can begin removing audio from your video.

  • Double click on the speaker icon to remove your audio or drag the volume marker to "0".
  • Either path will remove audio from your video, muted audio will be indicated by an "X" on the speaker icon.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
By default, all videos imported into the "Photos" application will have music attached to it. To remove this music, click on the "Music" button at the top right-hand side of the application. Then select the option "None" and the default music will be completely removed.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Then click on the "Export or share" button to save your edited video. You’ll then be prompted with three options.

  • S - is stated to be the quickest upload best for email and sharing on small screens. This option degrades your video’s visual quality for quicker sharing speeds.
  • M - is stated to be “Best for sharing online” such as posting videos on social media sites.
  • L - is stated to have the “Longest upload time and is best for big screens.” This option is focused on retaining your video’s visual quality at the cost of upload time.
You’ll have to decide which option best fits your needs but, today I’ll proceed with the "L" option to retain the video’s visual quality.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
After you finish saving your clip through one of the three save options, by default "Photos" will save the footage in your pictures folder.

  • On this screen you can view your edited clip in the "Photos app" or click on "View in file explorer" to go the root of where your file is saved.
  • And there’s also the option to "Share to social media, email, or another application."
Now that our video is saved and edited we can move onto the next part.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
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How To Trim Down Your Dashcam Video Clip

In this section we’re going to go over how to trim our video’s duration to shorten a clip.
Once again in the "Photos" application click on the “Create” button and select the custom video with music option.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Then select a clip you want to trim, remember all selected videos will be indicated by a checkmark in the right-hand corner of the video. Then click on the "Create" button to move forward.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Now give your project a name and take notice of the text "Drag photos and videos here to start your video" at the bottom of the screen. All videos will have to be dragged into the project timeline or "Storyboard" to begin editing.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
After dragging your footage into the "Storyboard" timeline click on the "Trim" button to edit your video.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
To trim your video, adjust the markers by dragging them inward or outward. Everything outside of the markers will be cut from your video. Then click on done when you’re ready to finalize your edit.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
By default, all videos imported into the "Photos" application will have music attached to it. To remove this music, click on the "Music" button at the top right-hand side of the application. Then select the option "none" and the default music will be completely removed.

Or if you want to have "Photo’s" catalog of stock music in your video, you can scroll through and choose a music file of your liking. You can also click on the "Your music" tab to import your own very music files.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Then click on the "Export or share" button to save your edited video. You’ll then be prompted with three options.

  • S - is stated to be the quickest upload best for email and sharing on small screens. This option degrades your video’s visual quality for quicker sharing speeds.
  • M - is stated to be “Best for sharing online” such as posting videos on social media sites.
  • L - is stated to have the “Longest upload time and is best for big screens.” This option is focused on retaining your video’s visual quality at the cost of upload time.
You’ll have to decide which option best fits your needs but, today I’ll proceed with the "L" option to retain the video’s visual quality.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
After you finish saving your clip through one of the three save options, by default "Photos" will save the footage in your pictures folder.

  • On this screen you can view your edited clip in the "Photos app" or click on "View in file explorer" to go the root of where your file is saved.
  • And there’s also the option to "Share to social media, email, or another application."
Now that our video is saved and trimmed we can move onto the next part.

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How To Combine Dashcam Video Clips Into One Video

In this final part we’re going to merge multiple clips into a single video.
Once again in the "Photos" application click on the "Create" button and select the custom video with music option.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Let's begin by selecting two video clips, remember all selected videos will be indicated by a checkmark in the right-hand corner of the video. Then click on the "Create" button to move forward.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Now give your project a name and take notice of the text "Drag photos and videos here to start your video" at the bottom of the screen. All videos will have to be dragged into the project timeline or "Storyboard" to begin editing.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
After dragging our two videos into the storyboard timeline, navigate over to the left-hand corner of the "Photos" application. Then click on the "Add photos and videos" button to add another video that we want merged with our two other clips.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Now select a clip that you want merged with your other clips and when you’re ready click on the "Add" button.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Now that all three videos are merged on a single timeline, we can rearrange the order of our clips by dragging the in front of each other or behind one another.

  1. Here, I’m dragging my first video clip to the end of my video timeline.

    How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
  2. Here, my video clip is now at the end of my video timeline rather than the beginning.

    How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
By default, all videos imported into the "Photos" application will have music attached to it. To remove this music, click on the "Music" button at the top right-hand side of the application. Then select the option “none" and the default music will be completely removed.

Or if you want to have "Photo’s" catalog of stock music in your video, you can scroll through and choose a music file of your liking. You can also click on the "Your music" tab to import your own very music files.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
Then click on the "Export or share" button to save your edited video. You’ll then be prompted with three options.

  • S - is stated to be the quickest upload best for email and sharing on small screens. This option degrades your video’s visual quality for quicker sharing speeds.
  • M - is stated to be “Best for sharing online” such as posting videos on social media sites.
  • L - is stated to have the “Longest upload time and is best for big screens.” This option is focused on retaining your video’s visual quality at the cost of upload time.
You’ll have to decide which option best fits your needs but, today I’ll proceed with the "L" option to retain the video’s visual quality.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
After you finished saving your clip through one of the three save options, by default "Photos" will save the footage in your pictures folder.

  • On this screen you can view your edited clip in the "Photos app" or click on "View in file explorer" to go the root of where your file is saved
  • And there’s also the option to "Share to social media, email, or another application".
Now our video clips are saved and combined into a single video.

How-to: Edit dashcam footage on Windows 10
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Now you’ve successfully learned how to remove audio, trim your video, and combine multiple clips into a single video using a Windows 10 PC. Give yourself a pat on the back!

While we've got your attention, don’t forget you can share your original dashcam footage with us for a chance at a cash reward through our dashcam video bounty program!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. And as always, drive safe!

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