Edit a movie in Windows Movie Maker

After importing video, pictures, and music into Windows Movie Maker, you’re ready to start editing.

You can begin by adding and arranging clips on the storyboard, and then add titles, transitions, and effects, if you want. The picture below shows a project with a video clip, a picture, a transition, and an effect on the storyboard.

Picture of a project on the storyboard
Project on the storyboard

Then you can use the timeline to fine-tune your project by editing the different clips. The picture below shows the same project with the same video clip, picture, transition, and effect on the timeline instead.

Picture of a project on the timeline
Project on the timeline
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To add a clip to a project

Adding clips to the storyboard/timeline is the first step to editing your project.

  1. In the Collections pane, click the folder that contains the clip you want to add to your project.

  2. In the Contents pane, click the clip that you want to add.

  3. Click Clip, and then click Add to Storyboard or Add to Timeline, depending on the view that you are using.

Tips

  • To quickly add a clip to your project, drag the clip to the storyboard/timeline.

  • To add consecutive clips, click the first clip in the Contents pane, press and hold SHIFT, click the last clip in the Contents pane, and then drag the selected clips to the storyboard/timeline.

  • To add clips that are not consecutive, press and hold CTRL, click each clip that you want to add in the Contents pane, and then drag the selected clips to the storyboard/timeline.

To move a clip on the storyboard/timeline

When editing your project, you might want to change the order of clips on the storyboard/timeline. For example, you might want a video clip to appear later or earlier on in your movie.

  1. On the storyboard/timeline, select the clip that you want to move.

  2. Click Edit, and then click Cut.

  3. Do one of the following, depending on the view that you are working in:

    • On the storyboard, click the next empty cell.

    • On the timeline, move the playback indicator to the point where you want to paste the clip.

  4. Click Edit, and then click Paste.

Tip

  • To quickly move a clip on the storyboard/timeline, click the clip and drag it to a new place on the storyboard/timeline.

To undo changes to the storyboard/timeline

If you make a change (or many changes) that you don’t want to keep, you can undo the change or changes that you made. Likewise, if you undo changes accidentally, you can redo them.

  • Do one of the following:

    • To undo one or more changes, on the toolbar, click the arrow next to Undo, and then click the change or changes that you want to undo.

    • To redo one or more changes, on the toolbar, click the arrow next to Redo, and then click the change or changes that you want to redo.

To clear the storyboard/timeline

If you add clips to the storyboard/timeline and then decide that you want to start the project over again, you can quickly remove everything that appears on the storyboard/timeline.

  • Click Edit, and then click Clear Timeline or Clear Storyboard, depending on the view that you are using.

To zoom in or out on the timeline

You can change the level of detail on the timeline by zooming in or out. When you zoom in, the time scale appears in smaller intervals, and you see your project in greater detail. Conversely, when you zoom out, the time scale expands, which gives a greater perspective on the timeline and its contents as a whole. This makes organizing and editing your project easier.

  1. Click View, and then click Timeline.

  2. Click View, and then click Zoom In or Zoom Out.

To fit the timeline on the screen

If you add long videos or have a lot of clips on the timeline, you might not be able to see all the clips without scrolling. To view everything on the timeline without scrolling, click Zoom to fit. This can make editing easier because the whole project appears on your screen.

  • Click View, and then click Zoom to Fit.

To increase or decrease the size of the storyboard

You can change size of the storyboard to make the clips appear larger or smaller. When you make the storyboard larger, the clips appear larger as well. When you make the storyboard smaller, the clips appear smaller, which lets you see more clips on the storyboard.

  • Point to the top blue border of the storyboard, and when the pointer becomes a double-headed arrow, do one of the following:

    • To increase the size of the storyboard, drag the top border of the storyboard up.

    • To decrease the size of the storyboard, drag the top border of the storyboard down.