Make It Perfect: Editing Tips for Windows Movie Maker

If you’ve never edited digital video before, you may think that the process is hard; however, with some simple tips, editing in Windows Movie Maker can be a breeze. Windows Movie Maker has simplified the editing process so that virtually anyone can put together high-quality videos fast. Below are some simple tips to help you get started:

Trim Your Videos for Length

The trimming process in Windows Movie Maker is there to allow you to trim off footage from each clip. This is helpful for clips that don’t start or stop exactly where you want them to. A handy way to use the trim tool is to plan ahead when filming your video. Consider using a marker of some sort to designate on camera where you want the scene to begin. This gives you the chance to begin filming whenever you would like. When you import the footage into Windows Movie Maker, trim the clip back to where you displayed the marker on screen.

Use Transitions to Keep the Viewer’s Attention

Transitions are important tools when it comes to editing. A transition is how scenes change from one to the next, and they can go a long way in changing an ordinary scene change into something that will get and keep your viewer’s attention. When editing, it’s a good idea to use different transitions for different scene changes. Using the same transition over and over can become repetitive and boring.

Compare Multiple Takes

Another tip for editing is to compare multiple takes of the same scene. Once again, this begins with filming as you’ll want to do multiple takes to get the best one. Then import each take into Windows Movie Maker and play them back to back to compare. All you have to do from there is choose the best scene and repeat the process with the next scene. Once you have all of your best takes together, arrange them in sequence and export.

Consider Jump Cuts on Action

A jump cut is a simple transition where one scene suddenly turns into the next. This can be a bit jarring for the viewer, but if you make this transition during an action shot, it is less likely to be noticed. This is because the viewer will be able to follow the action from one scene or camera to the next, making it virtually seamless.

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