Using Google Photos for video editing on your Chromebook

Video editing on the Chromebook just a few years ago was not easy. This was mainly because you would have struggled to find a video editor that could be used in the cloud. You may have found a video editor to use locally via Linux Apps, but none works without glitches.

Thankfully, things have changed a lot in the last couple of years. This is thanks to online video editing apps such as ClipChamp. ClipChamp works without too many issues and you’ll also find other online video editors available. If you like using MS Office on your Chromebook, signing up for a paid version of Microsoft 365 provides ClipChamp as part of your subscription cost, which is a great way to save some money.

Google Photos is a good option if you’re looking for a video editor that is easy to use and learn for casual editing. In the last couple of months, the ability to edit videos using Google Photos has been rolled out to Chromebooks, so update your Google Photos Android app and you should see the ‘Creations’ option.

Google Photos video editor is a great way to show off your pics

If you’re anything like me I bet you have thousands of images stored in Google Photos. Days out in the park with your friends and family, holiday snaps and all the other things we like to take pictures of. We tend to use Google Photos to store our photos, but it’s really easy for them to be forgotten about.

Using the Google Photos video editor is a great way to bring these photos back to life. Whether you want to create a video of a family member growing up over time or pics of your pet; Google Photos makes it really easy.

Using Google Photos to bring your pictures to life is great fun, and there are plenty of editing options available that are easy to use. You can be as creative as you like, and adding pictures to the timeline is easy to get to grips with. In fact, you could have a video created in a matter of minutes, but you might want to spend a little more time on it if you want it to really stand out.

Videos can also be added to the timeline

We all love taking pics but many of us also hit the record button to capture our favourite moments. Mobile phone cameras have gotten so good that you can capture some great quality videos.

What I like about Google Photos is that it makes it really easy to add videos to your project. Therefore, you can show some pictures then a video and then some more pictures. Alternatively, you can use Google Photos just for video editing.

If you have a selection of videos you can easily add and trim each video just the way you want. You can choose to keep the video audio or remove it. Considering it’s free to use and really easy to pick up it really is a great way for anyone to get creative.

Bring your photos to life in a video

The great thing about creating a video of your photos or videos is that you can share it. Instead of posting hundreds of photos on Facebook from your latest holiday. Make it more engaging by creating a video.

Google Photo video editor on ChromeOS
Google Photos on the Chromebook

It isn’t just about a video showing one photo after another either, which would be a little like a slideshow. You can make your video more engaging than that by adding effects to certain images such as pan & zoom. Another way to avoid your video just showing one image after another is to play around with how long each picture is visible in the video. Essentially, the more creative you are the more engaging your video will be.

Add music to make your video stand out

Once you have finished editing your video you can add some music to make it stand out. This is a great idea if you’ll be sharing the video on social media. By adding music you will instantly make your video more engaging.

You can add any music you like, but you need to be careful not to use copyrighted music if you’re thinking of sharing it online. It’s perfectly fine if it’s for a video you’ll be sharing with your family at home. However, most of us share our videos on social media, and therefore, you will want to avoid using copyrighted music.

The good news is there are plenty of default music tracks that you can add to your video. These are provided by Google and therefore are free to use and share without worrying about copyright. Whether you want to add a classical or pop soundtrack there are plenty to choose from.


If you want to try your hand at video editing without it getting too technical. Then Google Photos is a great starting point. Once you understand how it works you’ll be surprised how quick and easy it is to create your very own video.

It’s a great way to use pictures you already have stored on Google Photos. We live in a world where it’s all about sharing your life on social media, and using videos of your photos is a great way to do this.

It’s great to see that we now have more options to edit videos on ChromeOS. Also, Google Photos for video editing will only get better over time as Google constantly looks at ways of improving its software.