How to Edit YouTube videos in Windows Movie Maker

Wondershare Editor By Feb 20,2017 11:33 am

Windows Movie Maker is a very popular option for a video editor, as it comes free with every version of Windows. This video editor is easy to use, mainly because it does not come with most of the features that other editors come with. While being very popular, Windows Movie Maker does not support the input or output format of YouTube videos. To edit YouTube Videos in Windows Movie Maker, you have to use other programs to have the right type of file.

How to Edit YouTube Videos in Windows Movie Maker?

Step 1: Convert the Video Files

As Windows Movie Maker does not support the input formats of MP4 or FLV, you are going to have to convert the files into a format that Windows Movie Maker supports.

To do this, you will need to use a video convertor like Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate downloads and converts the video saved as a format that Windows Movie Maker supports on your computer.

You should know that Window Movie Maker only supports the following file formats: .wm, .mpe, .mpg, .mpeg, .asf, .mp2v, .mp2, .m1v, .avi, and .wmv.

Check this article to know how to convert/download YouTube videos.

Step 2: Import Video Files Into Windows Movie Maker

Once the files are converted, you will need to import them into Windows Movie Maker. This can be done by clicking on the button that says ‘Add Videos or Photos’ located at the top of the program. A file window will open, and you can select the videos from any area of your computer. Once you have the files selected, click OK to import the files.

Step 3: Snipping The Clip

The snip tool is used to remove any parts of the video that you do not want in the final version of the video. To use the snip tool, click on the area you want to remove and drag the sliders to the start point and the end point of the video that you want to remove. This can be done as many times as you want.

Step 4: Apply Transitions and Effects

Once you have all the clips that you want in your video, you can then add transitions to the video. At the top of Windows Movie Maker, there is a button that says ‘Animations’. This will open a menu that has different options. You need to select the clip, and the transition that you want. The program does the rest of the work. You can see how it looks by clicking play.

Applying effects work in the same way, but you click on ‘Visual Effects’, which is located at the top of the window. You can apply effects to any clip as along as the clip is selected first.

Step 5: Audio Edits

If you are planning on adding music to your video, you should think about muting the video. This can be done in the Video Tools located is above the Edit button. Click on the edit button, then click on the volume button. You can adjust the volume as you need to. This will affect the all the sounds on that clip. If you want to mute all the clips, you need to select all the clips, or you will end up with one clip with no sound, and the rest of the clips having sound.

Once the sound has been adjusted on the clips, you can add music to the video. To do this click on ‘Add Music’ and select the music to import it. In the ‘Music Tools’ tab, there is an ‘Option’ tab, you can control the volume and other options about the music.

Step 6: Title and Text

If you click the ‘Home’ Button, on that bar are 3 buttons that allow different areas of text. There is the option for a stationary title, captions and rolling credits. After selecting the type of text you want, you just need to type the text that you want in your video.

Step 7: Publish

Once all the edits are done, you can save the video by clicking on ‘File’ then clicking on ‘Publish Movie’. You will need to select where you want to save the file and the file type. Once the file is done saving you can watch it or upload the video to YouTube.

Check this video tutorial to know more:

A Better Way To Edit YouTube Videos

Many people edit YouTube videos in Windows Movie Maker, but there is a better way of editing videos for YouTube. Wondershare Filmora supports many formats including MP4 and FLV, which means that you will not need to convert the files before and after editing. Like Windows Movie Maker, Wondershare Filmora is easy to use but comes with many more features that allow for professional-grade videos. One of these features is the animated captions. There are also built-in presets that you can use to quickly edit your videos. There is also the option to directly upload a video to YouTube from Wondershare Filmora, so no time is wasted waiting for a video to process.

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