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Video Editing with Windows Live Movie Maker


Video Editing with
Windows Live Movie Maker


Welcome to this tutorial, which is aimed at Mount Saint Mary College students looking to use the Curtin Memorial Library's lab computers to edit a video shoot.

You should have your video completed and have the data ready to be moved from your camera to the lab computer.
You are welcome to use your own camera, although you can check out the Library's Canon G9 if you need to.

Most cameras will have some sort of connecting cable that ends in a USB plug. If you are using a media card, a USB adapter will be necessary. You'll be connecting your camera or media card into the lab computer by using a usb port.




Once you plug in your camera, Windows should detect it. If you click on the "my computer" icon on the desktop, it should appear in your list of devices:

(It may appear in different parts of this screen, but should have the name of your camera listed.)


Now open Windows Live Move Maker. You can find it by clicking on the "start bar" (windows logo bubble) at the lower left:

Here is the program! The first thing to do is click on "Click here to browse for videos and photos."

This will open an explorer window. You should navigate to your camera and start selecting the video files there.

A note about video formats:

Your video may be listed across several files, and may be in different formats. To be able to use Windows Movie maker, you'll need your video data in:

  • .avi
  • .wmv
  • .mpeg-2 or .mpeg-4
  • .mov

There are many other video formats out there. If your video files are in a different format, try to bring them into the program all the same. But you may have to get them converted to one of the formats in the bulleted list above. Speak to the good folks at the IT Support Center for assistance in this.

If you see that your shoot is "splintered" into several different files, just bring them in in the order they're listed. Most cameras create new video files every time the record button is started and stopped. If you've pressed the record button several times, you'll have several files. Just bring the video files as they're listed - cameras will create files in the chronological order in which they're shot.


When the video is brought in, the files will show up in the workspace on the right. On the left is a preview pane.

Note that a "video tools" area is above. (red arrow)

By dragging the "pointer" (in the yellow circle) leftwards and rightwards, we're able to move through the ribbon - "through" the video. (green arrows)


To edit, delete, and move video around in the workspace, first click on the "edit" tab at the top of the screen.

Note the "split" icon underneath. We will be using that.



Move the pointer across the workspace to where you'd like to "cut" your video. (yellow arrow) Then click on the "split" icon (red arrow) and you'll see the clip split.

After split (green arrows):

It doesn't cost anything to make a split, so make as many as you'd like. When you've used splits and made "chunks" of your video, you can delete them, or move them around at will:


You'll be using the split tool a lot!

When you are done re-arranging your video, simply go to the "home" tab and select "save movie."


Here you can save your video as a file (it will default to the ".wmv" video format) or to a dvd. Several  buttons on the left can let you post directly to Facebook or Youtube!

This concludes the tutorial. Please speak to a staff member or the IT Support Center if you have further questions!

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