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
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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 10? No problem, click here to to learn How to Edit Dashcam Footage on Windows 10.
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 “Windows Movie Maker” application, found in your start menu. You can search through your individual program files or you can type “Movie Maker” in the search programs and files bar.
Most dashcams have built in microphones. If you don’t want to share your personal conversations between you and your passengers or maybe you just want to post your dashcam footage to YouTube and avoid possibly getting your video flagged for copyright, this is what you need to do.
Click on the "Click here to browse for videos and photos" text to begin removing audio.
After clicking on "Click here to browse for videos and photos" you’ll be able to import the video file that you want to remove audio from.
Now that your clip is imported we can begin the process of disabling the audio track, just mouse over to the "Edit" tab.
After selecting the "Edit" tab mouse over and click on "Video volume" to toggle your video’s audio options. The marker displayed below controls your video clip’s audio.
Now drag the marker all the way to the left to completely remove your video’s sound.
After you’ve finished editing your audio, let’s save your video clip. Navigate over to the blue folder in the top left-hand of "Movie Maker" application.
Once you’ve located the blue folder click on the blue folder and you’ll be presented with saving options. Scroll down to "Save Movie" to save your video. Today we will be proceeding with the save "For high-definition display" option to retain the video’s HD resolution.
Though we are choosing to save our video with "For high-definition display" there are several other save formats you can choose from for your specific needs. Just scroll down in the save options to reveal all the other save options.
After you’ve selected the save option that best fits your needs, name your new audio removed footage and click the "Save" button to save your video clip.
"Windows Movie Maker" is efficient in how it allows users to cut and trim clips, enabling the alteration of video clip durations. This lets users make smaller clips out of longer ones, making it easier for sharing. Maybe you wanted to trim a 2-minute video to fit within Instagram’s 60-second timeframe, for example, or your just want to share a small section of a longer but boring video clip, this is what you need to do.
Click on the "Click here to browse for videos and photos" text, to begin trimming your clip.
After clicking on "Click here to browse for videos and photos" you’ll be able to import the video file that you want to trim.
To begin editing, mouse over and select the "Edit" tab.
After selecting the "Edit" tab, click on the "Trim Tool" to begin trimming your video
As displayed below, after clicking on the "Trim Tool" you can adjust the markers on both ends of the video sequence to cut out footage you don’t want or simply trim the video duration.
Trim Example: I want to trim idle footage of me parked at a red light, before my dashcam records an electrical junction box exploding right in front of me!
You can also trim your video by adjusting the time codes located above your clip by typing in your desired start point and end point.
After you’ve edited your video, don’t forget to save your trim! Mouse over to the "Save Trim" icon to finalize your adjustments.
Now that your video is trimmed to your liking, let’s save. Once again mouse over and click on theblue folder once again. Then scroll down to "Save Movie", again we will be proceeding with the "For high-definition display" option to retain HD visual acuity.
Though, we are choosing to save our video with "For high-definition display" there are several other save formats you can choose from for your specific needs. Just scroll down in the save options to reveal all the other save options.
After selecting the save option that best fits you, name your newly trimmed video file and click the "Save" button to save your footage.