The Motionshows Video Editor

One of the most important areas of Motionshows is the easy to use video editing interface designed to take the hassle out of traditional video editing. When you begin exploring the interface you will notice the common areas being the ‘Media Library’ and the ‘Timeline’. All your imported media content is imported into specific folders in your Media Library when is then dragged into the Timeline using our simple Drag and Drop feature. Watch the following video which provides a quick overview of the entire Motionshows video editing interface, its features and the methods in which media is imported.

Importing your Media for video editing

Motionshows allows you to import images, mp4 video clips and music tracks to your project.


The import icons are very easy to locate and provide you with a very user friendly working environment without any complex or unnecessary tools.
Importing Images

In addition to the various import sources, this video editing software also allows you to choose from over 1000 pre-installed professional images via the Image Library.

Importing Videos

Motionshows now supports the importing and video editing of Mp4 format video clips up to 50Mb in size. In order to import your video clips, simply click the on the video import icon and ‘Browse’ for your desired video clip.

In addition to uploading your own video clips, there are over 750 pre-installed short video clips available to instantly import via the Video Library and are arranged in various categories such as Business, Food, People, Transport etc. These video clips are commercially purchased and are free to use and implement into any Motionshows project.

Importing Music

Motionshows allows you to import Mp3 audio files into your project up to 20Mb in file size.  Once imported into your media library, the Mp3 audio file is then able to be dragged to your timeline. Multiple Mp3 files can be imported and dragged into the timeline and from there arranged in the sequence of your choice.

In addition to uploading your own music tracks, there are over 500 pre-installed audio tracks available to instantly import via the Music Library and are arranged in various categories such as RnB, Pop, Rock etc. These tracks are commercially purchased and are free to use and implement into any Motionshows project.

The Motionshows Timeline

Once you have imported your media into the Media Library, you will then be required to drag and drop your media into the Video / Audio timeline located under the Media Library. The timeline is split into two areas, the Image / Video Area  and the Audio area.

When you drag and hover your file over the appropriate area, the timeline will visibly show you media slots where you simply drop the file onto.

Dragging and Dropping Media

When all your required content is imported into your Media Library, you’ll then need to start dragging and dropping your media into your video editing timeline.

drag-drop-function To do this you simply click on your imported media file, hold and drag using your mouse device to the timeline. Repeat this method for all your Image, Video and Audio files. Take a look at the short video below and watch the drag and drop video editing feature in action.


Image / Video Thumbnail Commands

Image Thumbnails

Once your image file is dragged into the timeline, upon hovering over the thumbnail, you’ll notice 3 icons.

The image-thumb-commands-zoom icon is the zoom command which opens a preview window to better show you your image.

The image-thumb-commands-settings icon is your image settings command that opens the Image Settings Panel (Explained in Configuring Image Settings).

The image-thumb-commands-select icon is the featured video title command that once pressed, will nominate that image to be the video’s preview title when it is shared on sites such as Youtube, Facebook.

Video Clip Thumbnails

Once your video clip is dragged into the timeline, upon hovering over the thumbnail, you’ll notice 3 icons.

The video-thumb-commands-config icon is the video config command which opens the Video Config Panel (Explained in Configuring Video Settings).

The video-thumb-commands-settings icon is your video settings command that opens the Video Settings Panel (Explained in Configuring Video Settings).

Deleting Media


When working with your media files you may at one stage need to delete a particular file or files that are no longer in use.

The clever Motionshows ‘Drag to Bin’ features makes it very easy to delete content permanently by simply clicking on, then dragging the unwanted file directly over the bin to remove it from your media library. Take a look at the short video below and watch the drag to bin video editing feature in action.

Editing your Video Title

When you either start producing your Motionshow video or towards the end of your process, you’ll want to give a title to your video because no one wants an untitled video 🙂 .

For video editng title video title, simply click on the small edit icon (It looks like a small pencil) that appears when hovering over the title area. Once the Pencil icon is clicked on, the default ‘Untitled’ title will now become editable and allow you to call your video anything you prefer.

Managing your Video Time Limits


Depending on your subscription plan you will have a predetermined time limit for the maximum video length you can create with Motionshows. If you are starting out and have the free basic subscription then you will have a maximum 30 seconds of video time to work with. This can be very good for short ‘Vine’ style videos and promotional highlights.

In Motionshows, the minimum default time duration per image is 4 seconds. So if you say imported 3 images to the timeline, your timer will show up as 00:12 / 00:30 as 3 x 4 seconds equal 12 seconds in total. Whether you choose to extend the 4 seconds or import other media that is longer the timer will change accordingly.


Should you import a file which makes you go over your allocated time you will be prompted with an alert that tells you that your video length exceeds the allowed video length.

In this case you would either need to keep your media files as is, replace current files with other media, or upgrade to either the Plus (Max 3 Mins), Pro (Max 5 Mins) or Ultimate (Max 10 Mins) subscription plan.

Saving your Video

Every time you make a change to your work you will need to click on the ‘Save’ Button in the top right hand corner of the video editing tool.

Once the Save button is pressed it will thereafter become a ‘Saved’ button indicating to you that it has successfully saved your work.
Please note that if you are going to leave your work for more than a few minutes PLEASE make sure you press ‘Save’ first prior to leaving as the system may timeout and you then will need to log in again and start off from when you last saved the project.

Previewing your Video

After compiling your media files and adjusting settings within the timeline, you will come to a point where you need to preview your work so far in order to determine if any further changes are required. To preview your video you will need to FIRST ‘Save’ your video. Then simply click the preview button which will commence the processing period. Be patient while this is in progress.

When it is complete you will be able to preview your video and have the option to either ‘Produce’ and finalise your video OR ‘Continue Editing’ if further changes are required.

Managing your Videos

my-video-area Once you have produced and finalized your video editing it will be saved into your ‘My Videos’ area. From here you can share, embed, download & delete produced videos and / or edit and delete unfinished videos that have been saved.

NOTE: If you still havent as yet subscribed to Motionshows we recommend you first read the Quick-start Guide which is an excellent starting point in understanding the basic knowledge required when using the Motionshows website and video editing system.