How to Cut Parts of Videos in Windows Live Movie Maker

By Kevin Lee

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.

Cut Video

Step 1

Launch Windows Live Movie Maker.

Step 2

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 3

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 4

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

Step 5

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 6

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 7

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 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Tips & Warnings

  • If you make a mistake or wish to redo a cut, press "Ctrl-Z" to undo your most recent action and try again.
  • Windows Live Movie Maker is not the same as the Windows Movie Maker software that comes with Windows Vista. If you do not have Windows Live Movie Maker, you can download it from Microsoft's Windows Live website.