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Trimming and splitting video clips

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Video: Trimming and splitting video clips

When you use a video camera to capture footage you're going to use in a Movie Maker project, you might just capture things you don't need. Maybe it's at the beginning of the video clip, or at the end, or even smack-dab in the middle. Well, the good news is here in Windows Live Movie Maker you have some video editing tools. We're going to take a look at those now. Still working with our BeachMovie. The first thing we're going to do is insert a video clip. Let's go to the storyboard, and we'll just click the picture labeled beach_15 as you hover over it. It's the rope that's tied up in a knot.

Trimming and splitting video clips

When you use a video camera to capture footage you're going to use in a Movie Maker project, you might just capture things you don't need. Maybe it's at the beginning of the video clip, or at the end, or even smack-dab in the middle. Well, the good news is here in Windows Live Movie Maker you have some video editing tools. We're going to take a look at those now. Still working with our BeachMovie. The first thing we're going to do is insert a video clip. Let's go to the storyboard, and we'll just click the picture labeled beach_15 as you hover over it. It's the rope that's tied up in a knot.

When you click this, it's selected so you know anything you're about to add we'll go right after it. That's what we're going to do. With the Home tab selected on the Ribbon, in the Add group click Add videos and photos. Now navigate to your exercise files in the 03_06 subfolder. You'll find surfers.wmv, a Windows Media Video file. With that selected, click Open. And sure enough, it gets added to the storyboard, right after the picture of our rope. So this is our video clip. As you hover over it, you see it's about 10 seconds in length.

There is a marker that we can click and drag to move across the video. And of course, if you prefer, you can preview it using the Play button. (Clip playing.) So it does look like there might be parts at the beginning here we can trim off as well, as the end--maybe even a little bit in the middle. So let's start by trimming off the beginning of our video clip. Click Play. You can see that surfer on the left. As he brings his arm down, that's the spot where we really want to start this video clip. Right about there.

So to trim off the beginning, you'll notice with video selected, we have Video tools up here on the Ribbon, with an Edit tab down below. Click the Edit tab. You will see options for working with the audio--that's in our video clip--adjusting, as well as editing. We're going to focus on audio first. We really don't need to hear that interfering audio in the video clip, because we have a song playing in the background. So let's choose Video volume and drag this slider all the way to the left. This mutes out any audio that's part of the video clip.

So we only hear our song. Perfect. Let's go back to the video clip, where we moved our marker to the exact spot that we want to trim. You'll notice we have two buttons here: Set start point and Set end point. Well, what we've done, by moving the marker to the exact location where we want the video to start is we have set our start point. Now to trim off the beginning, we click the Set start point button. Go ahead and do that, and you got a new beginning. Click Play to preview it. (Clip playing.) Looks good! Now, as we move to the end of the video, we could do the same thing.

When that camera starts to move quickly to the other surfers, maybe you want to leave that out. And that would be a good spot to trim off the end. Again, we could use the Set end point this time button. Or, if you prefer, go to the Trim tool. The Trim tool lets you go in and actually see, in the Preview pane here, areas that might need to be trimmed off at the beginning and the end, and you can do it all in one step. Right there for the beginning, right there for the end, and then all you'd have to do is click the Save trim button.

Now you also have the Set start point and Set end point buttons here. You could also set them by using the arrows, change the time to be very precise-- even type in those Start and End point markers. Once you've got it exactly the way you want it, click Save trim, and you're taken back to the storyboard, where you can preview this by clicking Play. (Clip playing.) So, there is one little spot in the video that we might want to take out, where the surfer, again, brings his arm up.

In this case, it's in the middle, so we need to move across to do point where he starts to move the arm up--right there--and we're going to split the video here. When you click Split you're actually turning it into two clips: the first part and the second part. If we just play this, you'll see it's actually very smooth. It doesn't even look like it's being split up at this point. Very smooth. Now, we'll go to the second clip in the storyboard and click. And we'll move our marker across to the point where he is done, bringing his arm back down there, and we'll Split again.

So what we have are three parts now, and it's the middle part that we don't want. That's the arm motion. So click the middle section, press Delete on your keyboard, and it's gone. Now, we can do some fancy transitions to smooth out that motion between these two clips. Or another trick is just to move the second part somewhere else. Let's just drag it after our photo, and now we've got a video, photo, and then the remainder of the video.

Let's see what that looks like by previewing it with our Play button. (Clip playing.) That looks much better. So that's all there is to working with video. If you have video footage, and you need to take out parts at the beginning, the end, or even in the middle, remember your video editing tools available to you here in Movie Maker.

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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

35 video lessons · 10822 viewers

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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files and restoring missing links
      2m 24s
  2. 15m 51s
    1. Installing Windows Live Movie Maker
      2m 19s
    2. Touring the Movie Maker interface
      6m 50s
    3. Starting and saving a new project
      3m 52s
    4. Adjusting the view
      2m 50s
  3. 24m 9s
    1. Understanding what files you can use
      2m 43s
    2. Adding and organizing video and pictures
      5m 17s
    3. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 46s
    4. Importing video from a camcorder
      3m 10s
    5. Importing content from other devices
      4m 22s
    6. Adding music to a project
      3m 51s
  4. 36m 53s
    1. Creating an AutoMovie
      4m 48s
    2. Adding and modifying titles in a project
      4m 26s
    3. Adding and formatting captions in a clip
      3m 17s
    4. Adding and modifying credits in a project
      5m 32s
    5. Adjusting music options
      4m 40s
    6. Trimming and splitting video clips
      5m 53s
    7. Adjusting photo duration and rotation
      3m 3s
    8. Adjusting and mixing video and audio volume
      2m 15s
    9. Creating a snapshot from existing video
      2m 59s
  5. 18m 41s
    1. Creating transitions between clips
      5m 44s
    2. Panning and zooming photos
      3m 9s
    3. Adding visual effects to photos and video
      3m 40s
    4. Adding multiple effects to a single clip
      3m 31s
    5. Removing effects
      2m 37s
  6. 17m 9s
    1. Saving your movie in high definition
      3m 18s
    2. Saving your movie to DVD
      5m 26s
    3. Saving your movie in lower-resolution formats
      2m 14s
    4. Uploading a movie to YouTube
      4m 42s
    5. Publishing a movie to other web locations
      1m 29s
  7. 9m 53s
    1. Making a movie from Windows Live Photo Gallery
      2m 2s
    2. Creating slow-motion video
      3m 2s
    3. Adding additional audio tracks
      4m 49s
  8. 1m 37s
    1. What's next?
      1m 37s

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