Basic Editing with Windows Movie Maker Part 2

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1. This is the first thing you’ll see on the Windows Movie Maker screen after you’ve transferred your tape to the hard disk on your computer.

2. Click on your raw footage, and then drag and drop it into the storyboard at the bottom of the Windows Movie Maker window. You should see the video thumbnail there now. (Repeat this step each time you want to make a clip from the same raw footage) Click on the button above the storyboard that says “Show Timeline.”

3. It’s time to make your first clip! Position your mouse cursor at the beginning of the video in the timeline (see thumbnail), then click and drag to the right. In the video preview box on the right side of the program window you will see the frame you’re at so that you can stop where you want your clip to begin.

4. Position your mouse cursor at the end of your video, then click and drag to the left. In the video preview box on the right side of the program window you will see the fram you’re at so that you can stop where you want your clip to end.

5. This is what you should see after you’ve made your first clip in Windows Movie Maker. Depending on the length of your clip, it may be wider or narrower in the timeline. If you want to see all of your distinct clips (at any point in this process) click on the “Show Storyboard” button above the timeline.

6. If you want to add a second clip from your raw footage, drag and drop it into the timeline and repeat steps 3 and 4 above. Be careful to position your mouse at the beginning and end of the new instance of your raw footage in the timeline, so that you do not accidentally adjust clips you’ve already made.

7. If you want to preview the bit of video that you’re working with at any time, go ahead and click on the little play button right above the timeline. This is helpful if you want to check how far into the speech you are when you want to set the beginning of this particular clip.

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