How to Cut Parts of Videos in Windows Live Movie Maker

Professional film editors use a variety of techniques to engage movie audiences. One of these techniques is the "cut." By trimming footage from movie sequences, editors propel the narrative and remove unwanted scenes. For instance, if a stray animal wanders into a scene during filming, editors can use software to remove that segment from the final movie. You can polish your own video creations by using Windows Live Movie Maker to cut and trim your videos.

...
When your videos don't turn out perfectly, edit out the bad parts.

Cut Video

Step

Launch Windows Live Movie Maker.

Step

Click the icon labeled "Click Here to Browse for Videos and Photos." The "Add Videos and Photos" window opens and lists your computer's files and folders.

Step

Navigate to a video file you wish to cut, and double-click it. The program will load the video in the "Preview" window that appears on the left side of the user interface.

Step

Click the window's "Play" button to play the video. Watch closely as it plays.

Step

Click the "Pause" button at the point where you want to begin your cut. The video pauses. Click the "Edit" tab, and then click "Split."

Step

Click the "Play" button to resume playback. The video continues from the point where you paused it. Watch the video, and click "Pause" at the point where you want to end your cut. The video pauses.

Step

Click the "Set Start Point" button. Windows Live Movie Maker removes the video between the two points where you pressed "Pause" to begin and end the cut.

Save Video

Step

Press the "Alt" and "F" keys together to open a drop-down menu.

Step

Click "Save Movie," and then click "For Computer." The "Save Movie" window opens.

Step

Type a name for the trimmed video in the "File Name" text box, and click "Save."