How to Edit MOV Files

MOV files are specifically made for QuickTime players, which makes them easy to edit on a Mac but not as easy to adjust on a PC. With that in mind, it may be best to convert your MOV file into something easier to handle, such as an AVI file if editing on a Windows computer. Using a third-party conversion tool will allow you to change your file format and still manage to edit your files efficiently.

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Edit MOV files on a PC or a Mac.

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Use a file conversion tool to switch your MOV file into a supported file type, such as an AVI or an MPG.

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Navigate to "Programs," "Accessories," "Entertainment" and "Windows Movie Maker."

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Import your video by choosing "Import Video" from the Movie Tasks menu. Your video will now show up on a screen on the left.

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Scroll the video over to where you wish to make your first cut and hit Ctrl + L. The file will show up in the window where you imported your first video.

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Continue cutting down your desired files until they are as small as you'd like them to be, and drag them to the storyboard at the base of the program.

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Place the files in the order you want, and add any transitions using the "View Video Transitions" option in the "Edit Movie" menu under "Movie Tasks."

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Drag your transitions onto the storyboard.

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Save your movie. From here, you can either convert your file back using the same file converter and risk losing some quality, or you can keep it as is.

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Navigate to "File," "Import Movie" and choose your MOV file. Select "Create a New Event" and choose Import. Frames of your new files should all be displayed.

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Highlight and select your frames and pull them up to the main window. Each clip will have its own icon.

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Arrange the order of frames by clicking the icons and moving them around. You can also pull in clips from other projects by importing them to the existing project.

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Adjust the volume of each clip by clicking on the sound icon that appears when your mouse hovers over each clip.

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Navigate to "Share" in the Menu. Decide in which format you wish to save your file and choose it from the options.