Have you ever wished you knew how to upload a DVD into Windows Movie Maker? Putting DVD clips in Movie Maker can let you splice together your favorite movie scenes, create your own montages, or edit your own home movies that have been stored on digital discs. Although the software doesn’t have a built-in way to import DVD files, the process is simpler than you might think.
- Find a DVD ripping program. A “ripper” will extract the video files off your DVD and store them as files your computer can use. Before you can upload a DVD in Windows Movie Maker, you’ve got to find a good ripper. Typing “free DVD ripper” into your favorite search engine should turn up some good options that won’t cost you a penny.
- Use the ripping software to extract your video. Follow the instructions on your new software to get the videos you need off the disc. Use “trim” or “crop” functions to only select the clips you’ll be using. This way, you won’t have to spend time ripping the entire disc.
- Save the files in an appropriate format. If you’re going to upload a DVD in Windows Movie Maker, you need to make sure your files are saved in a format that Movie Maker accepts. Depending on the ripping software you use, you’ll have a number of options, but .avi, .wmv, and .mpeg are the best choices to use with Movie Maker.
- Import the clips to Movie Maker. Now you’re ready to upload your DVD clips, so open up Windows Movie Maker, click “File” and select “Import” Locate the files your ripping software just saved and import them. It may take a minute or two to get them in, but once they’re ready, you will have successfully uploaded your DVD to Windows Movie Maker. Now you can edit, combine, and have fun with your favorite movie moments.