Both Windows 10 and Xbox have the worst video editing tools on the face of the Earth. Maybe even in the history of the universe. There are primitive alien species on a hitherto undiscovered planet — aliens who have yet to master the art of firecraft — who yet still have better video editing tools than Windows. Alas, that could be about to change, thanks to Clipchamp.
Clipchamp is a web-based video editing suite used by companies large and small to quickly and easily build professional-looking clips. It has a free trial, but typically costs $9 per month for 720p videos. It's a tad expensive, but there's every reason to believe Microsoft will probably roll it into Microsoft 365 or Xbox Game Pass, given how utterly desperate Windows and Xbox are to get vaguely decent video editing capabilities.
Indeed, in comments on the announcement blog (opens in new tab), Chris Pratley from the Office group at Microsoft heavily implied that Clipchamp will head to the Microsoft 365 subscription service.
Xbox used to have a semi-decent video editing tool called Upload Studio, which was shuttered after years of neglect. Windows itself has long struggled to come up with a decent competitor to what Apple's MacOS offers, with many Mac users citing exclusive tools like Final Cut as a primary reason they avoid Windows.
Microsoft is updating the Photos app for Windows 11, but its current video editing features are truly abysmal. Lack of multi-track layering, poor performance, weak features and tools, and crash-frequency makes it difficult to use for anything but the lightest trimming and composition. I get better free video editing tools on my Samsung phone right now, which is both hilarious and sad. Thankfully, this new partnership with Clipchamp may finally solve one of Windows' biggest weaknesses in the social media age, where youngsters are growing up with creative video tools like Snapchat and Tiktok as a standard part of socializing and expression.
For Windows to be so far behind the curve has been frustrating, but the acquisition of Clipchamp could prove a big boost for Microsoft's efforts in this space.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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