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Ep. 1: Introducing Windows Movie Maker

Andrea Allen
June 17, 2014 by Andrea Allen PRO

If you’re a PC-owning person and you’ve shot some footage, it’s time to start editing. Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker is free to download and easy to use. In this Vimeo Video School series exclusive to Plus and PRO members, we’ll illustrate the basic steps for importing, editing, and sharing your masterpieces with the world.

We’ll cover:
*Essential tools and where to find them
*Importing your media
*Starting your edit
*Troubleshooting problem clips
*Adding music and voice-overs
*Blending clips with transitions
*Applying effects and themes
*Creating titles and captions
*Adding still images
*Saving and exporting your video
*Uploading to Vimeo

Up next : Ep. 2: Learning the Interface

  1. Video editing basics for beginners who own PCs.
  2. 2.
    We explain what you’ll see and where you should click upon opening the program.
  3. 3.
    Get your video clips off your phone, camera, card, etc. and into Movie Maker.
  4. 4.
    Add clips to your timeline, then trim or split them to fit just right.
  5. 5.
    Rotate or flip your clips, adjust the color and brightness, and stabilize videos.
  6. 6.
    Learn to add, mix, and fade music and voice overs.
  7. 7.
    Blend your clips together with dissolve, wipe, and fade transitions.
  8. 8.
    Apply basic visual effects and design themes to your videos.
  9. 9.
    Add title cards, captions, credits, and other text.
  10. 10.
    Add still images to your clip timeline and learn to create slideshows.
  11. 11.
    Best practices for saving, exporting, and sharing your final work.



Am using it with a fairly good rate of success.

Mike Hill Plus

Great series - but how about catering to the much larger number of Vimeo users who use Final Cut Pro ?

Harold Endo Orejuela

No funciona el video que está disponible. El texto de abajo del video está en idioma Inglés. Gracias por sus preocupaciones de enseñar.

Emotion Dynamics PRO

Darnit -- Windows Live Movie Maker isn't supported in Windows 10. I'm looking around for a substitute.

Hadrian Nava Embalsado Plus

You can still download it and it still works. The only quirk I found is that the "Add Photos and Videos" text when the storyboard is empty, is gone.


Very helpful and practical. Thanks so much!

AMS Nicaragua

Windows Movie Maker only works with Windows 7 and 8 (not 10). Final Cut only works on OS X. Why don't you present programs that are cross-platform and free like Lightwoks (for advanced users) and Shotcut (for beginners)????

AMS Nicaragua

Why don't you present programs that are cross-platform and free like Lightwoks (for advanced users) and Shotcut (for beginners)????

Ashley Molloy

I keep getting a message that says I cannot import my videos because the codec is required?

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