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Clipchamp video editor to be installed on Windows 11 by default

The new inbox app offers Adobe-like features and Azure-powered functions for all video editors

Microsoft has revealed that video editing service Clipchamp will arrive on Windows 11 as a pre-installed app.

The announcement came via the tech giant's dev channel as part of a new Insider Preview. Users are directed to check their start menus for the Clipchamp logo, though it might not appear immediately for everyone.

Based in Brisban, Australia, Clipchamp was acquired by Microsoft in the middle of 2021, for an undisclosed fee. Initially, the plan was to integrate Clipchamp into Office 365, but it will now come pre-installed on all Windows 11 devices as an inbox app.

Clipchamp is seen as a long-awaited replacement for the Windows Movie Maker, which was discontinued in 2017. It offers features similar to Adobe Premiere Pro, as either an app for desktops, mobiles, or even as an in-browser application. 

The app features some basic tools, such as trimming and splitting, but also has more advanced features like transitions and animated text, as well as real-time content capture with functions to record straight from the user's screen and webcam.

The app's user interface, which looks not too dissimilar to Adobe's Premiere Pro, offers a "refreshingly simple" video editing experience, according to Microsoft, which has specifically drawn attention the apps' editing timeline, which it claims "sets Clipchamp apart from other video editors".

Clipchamp's timeline

Windows Insider Preview

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Along with a library of more than a million royalty-free videos, audio tracks, and images, users will also be able to tap into Azure services when editing with Clipchamp on Windows 11. This will include the cloud service's text-to-speech generator and integration with OneDrive to "quickly and securely" share files and videos.

Alongside Clipchamp, Microsoft's latest build also included changes to some legacy Windows applications, such as Print Queue, which will have an updated design to match Windows 11 and new "fluent" icons for both Quick Assist and Windows Sandbox.

There is also a name change for Windows Media Player, which will now be dubbed 'Windows Media Player legacy'. This may also signal the beginning of the end of the Media Player, which may soon disappear from the OS completely.

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