program we will be using is Windows Movie
Maker. It is already installed in Windows
and is a pretty easy-to-use application. We
will demonstrate certain techniques that
help your movie look professional such as
transitions, trimming the clips and effects.
A tip to make editing easier is to use a
camera with high quality and convert your
videos to .wmv.
How to edit:
to import the clips:
option is to click Import clips from the
can simply drag-n-drop the video on the
to trim the clips:
Drag-n-drop your clip on the storyboard.
Click now "Show Timeline":
what is trimming?
procedure of hiding unwanted parts of an
audio or video clip or file. When you trim a
clip, the information is not removed; it is
hidden from your audience, so unwanted parts
do not appear in your project and final
By trimming clips,
you can edit the starting and ending
point—and therefore the length—of any video
or audio clips that you have added to your
project on the timeline. When trimming, you
can set the start and end trim points. The
start trim point determines when the clip
will begin to play, and the end trim point
determines when the clip will stop playing
in your project. You can drag the trim
handles, which are shown in the following
illustration, to trim the unwanted parts of
Or to just remove a
specific part of the film without losing the
start or end you can use the split function.
There are two different ways to do it.
In the Contents
pane or on the storyboard/timeline, click
the clip you want to split.
On the Play
menu, click Play Clip, and then click
Pause Clip on the Play menu to
pause the video at the point you want to
split the clip -or- On the monitor, move the
playback indicator on the seek bar to the
point you want to split the clip.
On the Clip
menu, click Split or click this
How to mute a
clip and add background music:
On the Audio or
Audio/Music track of the timeline,
select the audio clip that you want to
mute. On the Clip menu, point to
Audio, and then click Mute or
right-click the video and select mute.
To add background
music drag-n-drop the music file here:
Click on "View video
effects". This should take you to the video
Now simply click on a
effect and you can see it on the preview
monitor. If it is the one you need
drag-n-drop it on the video to use it.
Titles & Subtitles:
To add a title just
click on "Add titles or credits" on the task
It should take you to
the title menu:
If it's the opening
credits that you want, click "Add a title at
the beginning of the movie"
If it's a subtitle on
the selected clip, click "Add a title ON the
selected clip on the storyboard"
If it's the closing
credits you want, click "Add credits at the
end of the movie".
For our example we
will create a title at the beginning of the
What you write on the
top box will appear on top and what you
write on the second box will appear as a
subtitle, as shown:
Now let's click where
it says "Change the title animation and
color" and choose "Subtitle":
You will notice that
only "my" (what we wrote on the top box)
appears. That's because not all title
animations use two boxes.
Click on "Change the
title font and color"
Here you choose the
font, color, transparency and size of your
How to add
Click on "View video
Choose the one that
suits you and drag-n-drop it on your video.
(Remember if you click on it once, you can
How to save your
Click on "Save to my
Choose the name of
your video and a place to save it:
Then we highly
recommend that you choose "Best fit to file
size" and increase size to the maximum to
avoid loss of quality.
things we do to help us and will most likely
help you too:
project, not video, every once in a
while by clicking Ctrl+S (That format
cannot play in other computers)
your video files from one folder to
try to move frame-by-frame so you have
total control of what you are doing
timeline so you can see all that's going
on in your video/music
You can do it, you
know you can,