Can the Chromebook do the video editing

The best video editing tools for Chromebooks

Chromebooks are generally believed to be no good for anything but internet surfing, which is not the case. If you need to edit videos from your Chromebook, there are definitely a few tools that can do the job.

Of course, we're not solely talking about Adobe's top-notch functionality - Chromebooks are more useful than they appreciate, but dedicated Windows and Mac software will still be a more powerful solution. That doesn't mean you need Premier (or similar) of course. If all you have to do is edit a little, a Chromebook is very capable. So if you happen to have a super sick video of, say, a guinea pig eating a banana, you can easily socialize it on your Chromebook.

The best option: PowerDirector (Android, Free / Subscription)

While Kinemaster made our pick the most, PowerDirector is a powerful video editor for Android and it seems to work a bit better on a Chromebook. The layout is very similar to that of a full desktop editor and seems to feel a little better with a mouse.

If you've ever used the computer version of PowerDirector, you already know the user interface - it's very similar, just on a less robust scale. You can trim video clips, add audio, add slow motion effects (and others), and much more. It uses a very intuitive drag-and-drop interface that works very well with both the touch and the mouse.

You can try PowerDirector for free, but to get the most of it, you'll need to pay a subscription fee: $ 4.99 per month, $ 9.99 for three months, or $ 34.99 per year. Well worth it if you want to edit videos from your Chromebooks.

The most powerful option: KineMaster (Android, Free / Subscription)

Just because it's not the best option ā€¯doesn't mean we can completely ignore KineMaster. In fact, it's more powerful - that is, it has more features - than PowerDirector. The user interface is a bit more confusing, however, and doesn't translate as well to the larger Chromebook screen as PowerDirector.

That said, if most of the features you can get out of a single package here is your endgame, KineMaster is definitely worth a look. You can add multiple layers and effects, trim by frame, add audio, adjust lighting, and much more. It packs a wallop, especially for a "mobile" editor.

However, as with PowerDirector, you have to pay for this type of functionality. It costs $ 4.99 a month or $ 39.99 a year, making it more expensive than PowerDirector for the annual subwoofer. If you like watermarks and advertising, you can use KineMaster without paying for it.

The best web-based option: WeVideo (free / paid)

If your Chromebook doesn't have access to Android apps then the first two options on our list don't really help, do they? Don't worry, we have something for you too: WeVideo. This is likely the desktop-like option on the entire list. Because it's in the browser, it doesn't have the same restrictions as a mobile app.

WeVideo has a free tier that lets you do simple things like trim clips and the like, but beyond that, it's really quite limited. For example, videos are limited to 480p and you can only create five minutes worth of publications per month.

There are paid tiers that offer more flexibility, however: the $ 4.99 / month power tier gives you 30 minutes of posting time and can boost the resolution to a modest 720p. It also opens the door to other WeVideo editing tools and enhancements, such as slow motion, green screen, voice over, and more.

If you still need more, there are $ 7.99, $ 17, $ 99, and $ 29.99 (per month) options that remove most of the lower tier restrictions. Even so, they are quite expensive for what you get. If your device has access to Android apps, it is better to at least start there.

Best to trim clips easily: Google Photos (Android, free)

If you just want to cut out a video and nothing more, Google Photos is the best option. Unfortunately, the web version doesn't offer video editing, so you'll need the Android app. In addition, video cropping is very easy. You don't need any additional apps or costs to do something this simple.

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