How To Edit Video Using Movie Maker
You might have some great video clips from your last ski trip, but unless you know how to edit video using Movie Maker, it will end up looking more like an disorganized mess than a great presentation. Movie Maker comes bundled with Windows Vista and Windows 7 and turns your home videos into more professional-looking films.
You will need:
- Digital video camera
- Computer running Windows Vista or Windows 7
- Connecting cord that is compatible with your camera and computer
- Footage to edit
- Import your footage. Open Windows Movie Maker and connect your camera to the computer. Press the Import Media button in the top left to import your files from the camera into the Movie Maker workspace.
- Drag clips to the Storyboard. Click the clips you want to use in the workspace and drag them into the Storyboard at the bottom of the screen. Change their placement in the Storyboard by dragging them left and right. View the entire movie at any time by clicking Play in the preview window on the right. Tip: If you don't want to use the whole clip, you can split it into parts using the Split button just underneath the preview window.
- Add effects. Use the Edit tab on the left to add effects, transitions and titles to your film. Manipulate the effects just as you would a clip by dragging them into the Storyboard.
- Add audio. Import audio as you did your video, by pressing the Import Media button and browsing to the file. Select Timeline from the View menu. This changes your Storyboard pane into a multi-layered workspace. Drag your audio into the Audio row of the timeline. Change the position of an audio clip by dragging left or right. Use the Audio Levels window located in the Tools menu to balance audio from your video clips with imported audio. Tip: If you like the Timeline view better, you can edit your entire film in this mode.
- Publish your film. When your are satisfied with your work, press the publish button on the top of the screen. Choose a location for the final movie file, and follow the onscreen instructions. Tip: For YouTube videos, select This Computer, then Best quality for playback on my computer.