The old saying says that it is better to shoot a lot leave content on the cutting room floor rather than get to editing and realize you need more content. So, with that in mind, shoot as much footage as you possibly can, because with Windows Movie Maker editing, deleting and trimming content is quick, and easy. Here is a guide to a few of the easiest ways to go about trimming the footage you do not need.
Trimming Video in Windows Movie Maker
Section 1: Use Trim Tool
With Windows Movie Maker's trimming options you are able to manipulate your footage and edit it so that your movie looks exactly how you want it to. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using the trim tool.
Using this tool you can shave off parts from the beginning or ending of your footage, so that you only have the chunk of video that you need. One thing to remember is that when you trim footage, your original file is not altered at all, so if you end up not liking what you are left with you can re-import the file and start from scratch with the whole file.
Step 1: Trim Your Footage
Once you have the video, or footage you would like to trim selected, go to the Video Tools menu (found on the Edit tab within the editing group) and follow which ever of the following step suits where you would like to trim.
Step 2: A New Start Point
If you are looking to adjust where your video starts off, you are setting a new start point. To do this you will move the slide bar found underneath the preview box to the place you would like your video to start. Once you have that position selected, you mark it with the Set Start Point function.
Step 3: An Early Ending
If you are looking to cut some of your footage off, you are looking to create a new end point for your video. To do this you will want to slide the slider until it is lined up with the part of your video you would like to be the new ending and then select the Set End Point function.
Section 2: Use Split Feature
One of the other ways you can trim the beginning or the ending of your footage in Windows Movie Maker is by using the programs split feature.
To do this you will drag the vertical line that represents your video's starting point to where you want your new starting point to be. Once you have this new location selected, you will click the Split feature found at the top of your window. This function will then split your video into two separate parts on either side of the vertical line.
From here, you can delete the portion of the footage you no longer with to use by right clicking it and selecting the Remove function.
The Best Alternative for Windows Movie Maker
While it is true that Windows Movie Maker has been one of the cornerstones of video editing for non-professionals and beginners since 2001, it is not true that this makes it the best option for everyone to use. In fact, there are a few fantastic
alternatives out there that not only do exactly what Windows Movie Maker is capable of doing, but can do a little bit more, and all while making the process as easy and stress free as possible.
For example, one of the down sides to Windows Movie Maker is the fact that you cannot trim your video frame by frame. However, with video editing software such as Wondershare Filmora, you can trim or split your video frame by frame, but you can also cut, rotate and crop your footage in any way you see fit.
Why Choose Wondershare Filmora
Wondershare Filmora puts the creative art of video editing and movie making into your hands with its easy-to-use and intuitive user interface. Because of this, Wondershare Filmora is perfect for people who are brand new to video editing, allowing them to use built-in effects to create flawless projects, easily.
How to Trim Video with Wondershare Filmora
In order to trim a video in Wondershare Filmora you hover your cursor over the edge of the clip you are looking to cut. Doing this will make the trim icon pop up. From here, you can drag the icon forwards or backwards until you are happy with where you would like to trim your footage. If you find that you trimmed too much, you can always re-adjust the footage by clicking on the edge of your clip.
Video tutorial on how to trim videos in Wondershare Filmora