Edit Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker

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Edit Video Clips in the Windows Movie Maker Timeline

Edit video clips in Windows Movie Maker timeline
Edit video clips in Windows Movie Maker timeline. Image © Wendy Russell

Note - This tutorial is Part 3 of a series of 7 tutorials in Windows Movie Maker. Back to Part 2 of this Tutorial Series.

Change to Timeline View to Edit Video Clips

Now that you have imported your video clip into Windows Movie Maker in the previous tutorial, you now have the option to edit that video clip, by deleting portions of the clip or trimming it to a smaller size.

  • Click the Show Timeline button to switch to the Timeline view of Windows Movie Maker.
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Zoom In to Edit Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker

Zoom in to enlarge video clip in Windows Movie Maker timeline
Zoom in to enlarge video clip in Windows Movie Maker timeline. Image © Wendy Russell

Zoom In to Edit Video Clips

In the Windows Movie Maker Timeline, click the Zoom In button (click once or several times) to enlarge the video clip. This will make it easier to fine tune your editing.
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Windows Movie Maker Preview Screen Buttons

Windows Movie Maker preview window buttons fr editing video clips
Windows Movie Maker preview window buttons for editing video clips. Image © Wendy Russell

Windows Movie Maker Preview Screen Buttons

The Windows Movie Maker preview screen shows the complete movie in progress. The buttons below the preview screen operate as follows:

  1. Play button - becomes a Pause button once the movie is in progress.
  2. Stop - The small square is the Stop button.
  3. Fast Rewind - This button skips the movie back to the beginning.
  4. Previous Frame - This button will move the movie backwards, frame by frame. This is helpful to zero in on exactly the correct frame of the movie.
  5. Next Frame - This button will move the movie forward, frame by frame. This is helpful to zero in on exactly the correct frame of the movie.
  6. Fast Forward - This button skips the movie to the end of the last frame.
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Pause the Video to Edit the Video Clip

Clip video into smaller parts in Window Movie Maker
Clip video into smaller parts in Window Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Pause the Video to Edit the Video Clip

  1. Click the Play button to start the video clip.
  2. The Play button toggles to become a Pause button. Click the Pause button at the appropriate frame to edit the video clip.
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Split Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker

Split video clips in Windows Movie Maker
Split video clip in Windows Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Split Video Clip at Selected Frame

Once the video clip is paused at the correct frame, you can split the current video clip into two parts.

  1. Choose Clip > Split or use the keyboard shortcut keys Ctrl + L
  2. The video clip is now split into two sections.
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Split the Windows Movie Maker Video Clip at Second Location

Split video clip into several smaller clips in Windows Movie Maker
Split video clip into several smaller clips in Windows Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Split the Video Clip at a Second Location

The video clip is now split into two sections.

  1. Click the Play button once again to advance the video clip.
  2. Press the Pause button when the video clip reaches the spot where you want to split again.
    Note - Instead of playing the clip, you may choose to advance the video clip frame by frame, by using that button. (Refer to Step 3 for a description of the Forward and Rewind buttons.) This will allow you to reach the precise location to make the next split.
  3. The original video clip should now be split into three sections.
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Delete Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker

Delete a portion of the edited video clip in Windows Movie Maker
Delete a portion of the edited video clip in Windows Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Delete Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker

  1. In the Timeline view or Storyboard view (either will work), click on the portion of the video clip you wish to delete.
  2. Press the Delete key on the keyboard. The unnecessary part of your video will be deleted and the remainder of the video clip will move to the left to take up the empty space.
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Trim Windows Movie Maker Video Clips

Trim a video clip in Windows Movie Maker
Trim a video clip in Windows Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Trim Windows Movie Maker Video Clips

You may wish to trim the length from a video clip, (rather than delete that portion), to hide those portions of the clip from view. This can be done at either the beginning or end of any video clip.

  1. In the Timeline view of Windows Movie Maker, click on the video clip to select it.
    Note - You might consider zooming in on the video clip for more accuracy.
  2. Hover the mouse over the end (or beginning) of the video clip. The mouse point becomes a red, double headed arrow.
  3. Drag the mouse to the left (to shorten from the end), or to the right (to shorten from the beginning) of the video clip. As you drag the mouse, the portion you will be keeping will turn dark blue. When you release the mouse the clip will be trimmed.

Note - Although you have trimmed the video clip, the trimmed parts are still there, but hidden from view.

How to Return the Video Clip to its Original Size

  1. Click on the trimmed video clip to select it.
  2. Choose Clip > Clear Trim Points from the menu.
  3. The video clip will be returned to its original size.

Next Tutorial in this Windows Movie Maker Series - Adding Music or Sounds In Windows Movie Maker

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Russell, Wendy. "Edit Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker." ThoughtCo, Jun. 20, 2017, thoughtco.com/edit-clips-in-windows-movie-maker-2766969. Russell, Wendy. (2017, June 20). Edit Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/edit-clips-in-windows-movie-maker-2766969 Russell, Wendy. "Edit Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/edit-clips-in-windows-movie-maker-2766969 (accessed January 22, 2018).