Free & Simple Video Editing Tool for Beginners

Software Review on Windows Movie Maker for beginners-newbie video editors

I have often seen students who doesn’t have a knowledge of professional video editing software or tools like Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro(FCP) or be it Pinnacle Studio Suite (as they belong to other streams) often look for help or outsource for a basic video creation, like a graphic show-reel presentation for interviews or an intern having trouble making video demo for his project to create a first impression, or even a basic family/ friends get together videos (I don’t mean a wedding film or video – in that case you need professional’s help). Many ask questions in such situations about what can be done – a quick remedy.

There is one which I am going to reveal to my readers. Windows Movie Maker is a pre-installed application for Windows XP user, and for Windows 7 user you need to manually download & install from Windows Live (download from here), it’s completely free.


Use this table to find the right version of Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker for your system.
Snapshot: Windows Official Site


Let’s talk about Windows Movie Maker(Video Editing) tool::

Movie Maker tool helps you to import and edit slideshows and videos very easily and quickly, even a novice can take a chance, all you need to know is to copy & paste still or video from a camera to PC then import it into the editing software. You can trim, split scenes, add still image to video clips, add effects and transitions, slow motion videos and you can also add beautiful pre-installed themes to add variety, but the unsaid part is that you can also add background sound or voice over track beneath the videos and give life to the presentation or movie. Share it in your circles after you complete in many professional video formats, isn’t that awesome!



Let’s follow the step by step methods to know various edit functionality::

You have the liberty to cut short the unwanted beginning or end part of a video and the best part is that your original footage won’t get affected – this means that all the stock videos will remain in the original folder you saved.


How to trim a video footage in Windows Movie Maker:

Step 1.  Go to the Home tab where you will find add group option >> import your favourite still photos or videos.

Step 2. Add videos or photos – dialogue box will open where you will find your saved folder containing photos and videos, add them by selecting (to select multiple footages – hold ctrl key + select desired visuals) then click on open button (right bottom)

Step 3.  Go to Edit tab >> Video tool >> Editing group do either of the following

3.1 – If you want to set a new beginning point for a video, you need to drag the slider below the preview monitor to the point that you want the video to start, and then click on the Set start point.

3.2 – On the other hand, if you want to set a new end point for a video, then you need to drag the slider below the preview monitor to the point that you want the video to stop playing, and then click on the Set end point.


How to split a video clip in Windows Movie Maker::

In many times you need to split apart a video clip and rearrange their position at par your story script, following these steps will make things easy.

Step 1. Click your video footage, and then drag the playback indicator (or the cursor) to the point where you want to split the video.
Step 2. Go to Edit tab >> Video tool >> Editing group, then click on the Split option.


Process to create a slow motion or speedy video::

Everyone loves to juggle with their moments in videos, you can too create pretty good slow motion to give your intro a boost, find how::

Click on the video, then go to Edit tab >> Video Tools >> Adjust group, click in the Speed list, here you have the liberty to control the amount of slow motion or fast pacing your video speed.


Do also try out the other effect control and present features and share those movies or presentations with me on my Facebook profile or send video links in the comment section below. If you find this blog post helpful & easy to understand or if you have something to add do leave them in the comment box.

Your feedback will help me improve the website to help you better.

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    1. Abhirup Post author

      Sumanta, if you are on the latest version of Movie Maker (2012), then you can now use video files as your additional audio. This should allow you to treat the audio separately for whatever purpose.
      if you are adding a video to your project is to decide if you want to use its original audio at all. If not, then mute it (right click on the audio track)

    2. Abhirup Post author

      However, if the audio is embedded in the video, it is not possible to extract the audio from the video because Movie Maker doesn’t have the ability to that. You may need to search for an application that has the capability to extract the audio from the video and save them in a different format.

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