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Video 101: Importing your videos with Windows Live Movie Maker

Mark Cersosimo
February 15, 2013 by Mark Cersosimo Staff

If you've shot a video on your camera but have no idea where to go from there, the first step is getting your footage from your camera to your computer. It's a really simple process, so let's get to it.

There are two ways you can get the footage off of your camera. First, you can connect your camera directly to your computer with a USB cable. Your camera probably came with one. Once it's connected, turn your camera on and you should be good to go! If your computer has a card reader built in, you can take the memory card out of the camera and place it into your computer. Either way will achieve the same thing. Alright, are you following so far? Awesome, moving on.

The next step is to take the footage off of your camera and transfer it to your computer. Navigate to the card or camera by going to the 'Computer' icon in the start menu. Highlight the folder containing your video clips and drag it to the desktop. This can take some time, so go grab an iced tea and come back. Ahhh, isn't that refreshing? Just make sure not to spill on your computer, that would be bad.

Now it's time to open up Windows Live Movie Maker and begin editing. Once you're in the program, click on 'Browse Video Files' and find the videos on your computer, highlight them and choose 'Open'. This will add them to the timeline and then you can begin editing!

Let's Recap!

  • Connect your camera or card to your computer

  • Drag and drop your files onto your desktop

  • Open Windows Live Movie Maker

  • Find and open your files to add them to your timeline

  • Don't spill your ice tea on your computer Continue to the next step, Trimming & Cutting

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  2. 2.
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  3. 3.
    You can edit the sound in your videos and add music to create a more dynamic feel to your videos and add a little extra emotion. Let's learn how!
  4. 4.
    It's time to learn the basics of editing. If you're on a PC, you can use Windows Live Movie Maker to take your videos from your camera, all the way to Vimeo. It's really simple!
  5. 5.
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  6. One of the first steps to editing a video is getting that footage into your editing program. This lesson will show you how to import your videos into Windows Live Movie Maker so you can start editing
  7. 7.
    This lesson covers the basics of editing a video together in Windows Live Movie Maker. It's not that hard, I promise.

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