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How to Split and Trim Video in Windows Movie Maker (with Pictures)

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How to Split Video in Windows Movie Maker
Step 1. Open the video in Windows Movie Maker. Watch the video and make a note of where you want to split your video.

Here, for instance, I have imported video from my camera to free Movie Maker. The single video is shown as one continuous icon in the Storyboard Pane on the right side. I want to split my video into 3 small parts and then remove a small clip. I note down as follows:

00:00 – 00:08.50 OK

00:08.50 – 00:18.37 Remove

00:18.37– end OK

Step 2. Drag the Vertical Line in the Storyboard Pane till the Current location in the Movie shows 00:08.50.

Step 3. Once the Vertical Line is dragged to the desired place, click the Edit tag under Video Tools, and then click on the Split button.

Now, you can see 2 icons in the Storyboard Pane of the best free video splitter software. The first icon is the first 8 sec of the video and the 2nd icon is the rest of the video.

Step 4. In the Storyboard Pane, choose the video point where you want to split (or drag the Vertical line till 00:18.37), right-click the video clip, and click Split feature from the drop-down menu.

Note: if you mistakenly split video, you can press the Ctrl +Z to undo this change.

Now, you can see this long video has been split into 3 small separate sections. At this time, you can edit separate videos as you like and drag and drop to move their locations.

For instance, if you want to remove the unwanted clip in Movie Maker, you can right-click the portion of the footage you no longer wish to use, and then choose Remove button from the drop-down menu to delete the selected clip. For more information, please see Part 3-some useful tips.

How to Trim Video in Windows Movie Maker
In addition to the Split feature, Windows Movie Maker also offers another excellent feature – Trim tool to help you trim your awkward laugh out of the beginning or pull out short highlights from a filmed sporting event.

The Trim tool helps you crop a smaller clip out of a larger clip, allowing you to use just the best part of a clip in your movie. For example, if you only want to take a brief scene out of a larger video or if there is blank space in the front and tail end of your video clip, you can use the Trim tool to crop your clip.

By using Windows Movie Maker, you can try the following 3 ways to trim a video.

Note: when you trim footage, your original file is not altered at all. Therefore, if you don't like what you are left, you can re-import the file and start from scratch with the whole file.

Method 1.

Drag the black Vertical Line along the track to the point where you wish a clip to begin.
Then, click on the Video Tools Edit tab, and click Set start point.
Finally, drag the Vertical Line to the point where you wish a clip to end, and click Set end point.
move the vertical line and choose Set end point
Note: if you are not satisfied with your trimed video, you can press Ctrl + Z buttons on your keyboard to cancel the new start and end point.

Method 2.

Select the video, or footage you would like to trim.
Go to the Video Tools menu (found on the Edit tab within the editing group) and click Trim tool.

In the Preview Pane, you can see the play bar with a handle on each end. Now, you can move either one or both handles as per your requirement.

(Note: If you drag the left handle, it will move the start point of the video farther. Dragging the right handle will clip the end of the video.)

Finally, click Save trim to save the changed start and end point and close the trim tool. Once you have saved, you'll again be returned to main Storyboard Pane. Note: if you don't like these changes, you can click the Cancel button in the trim group.

Method 3.

Select the video, or footage you would like to trim.
Click Trim tool.
Change the values in the Start point and End point boxes. You can directly enter your values, or you can use the Up/Down arrows to change values. Please note the values have to be in seconds.
Preview the trimmed video by clicking the Play button.
Click Save trim if you are satisfied with your trim to return to the main Storyboard. Or, you can click Cancel to close the trim tool without saving any new start and end point.

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