Video 101: Trimming & Cutting with Windows Live Movie Maker

Now that you've got your files on your computer and into a timeline in Windows Live Movie Maker, it's time to begin editing. Woo!

You can drag the files around in the timeline to set the order you'd like. This will help you create a coherent storyline and help you rearrange the video clips into the order you want. If you want to cut a clip, or shorten it, click on the place on the clip where you want to cut and a line will appear where you clicked. You can then click 'Edit' and use the 'Trim' or 'Split' tool to perform the action of your choice. Play around, anything you do can be reversed and you never edit the actual original video files, just copies of them.

If you choose trim, you can then choose your start and end points in the preview window on the left using the play bar below the video. Choose 'Save Trim' to save your changes. This tool is helpful to sort of trim the fat at the beginning and end of clips, or if there is a mistake, in the middle of a clip. It's easy to just cut it right out!

Let's Recap!

  • Drag clips around in the timeline to put them in the order you want

  • To cut a clip, click where in the clip you want to cut and use the 'Trim' or 'Split' tool

  • Make sure your clips are nice and tight with no extra footage leftover that you don't want

Continue to the next step, Editing Sound and Music

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Michele Gare

Michele Gare Plus

Is there a way to do a video only cut/edit? I have four clips assembled in my 'project' but one of them features a 'jump-cut' from the original television video shoot. I have a close-up shot to cover this but can't seem to find a way to insert a video only shot and keep the audio the same.

I have tried to insert the c.u. shot but this makes a break in the audio; which in this case is an interview. I just need to lay the c.u. over the existing video jump cut.

Thanks for any help.

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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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