How to Edit Video on Windows Media Player

By Cameron Easey

Updated September 28, 2017

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Editing video is typically done by using video editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker that is available with the Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. However, if you do not have this program available, another option is to use Windows Media Player. Using Windows Media Player to edit video files will require you to first install the Solveig Multimedia WMP Trimmer plug-in on your system.

Go to the SolveigMultimedia web page and click the “Download” button. Save the ZIP file for the plug-in to your desktop. Double-click the file to view its contents. Extract the file, if necessary, and double-click the file to install the plug-in on your system.

Double-click the Windows Media Player to open the program. Alternatively, you can click the Start menu and go to “All Programs.”

Go to the Tools drop down and select the Plug-ins option. Click the option for “Solveig Multimedia WMP Trimmer Plugin." This will enable the plug-in for Windows Media Player.

Go to the File drop down and click the “Open” option. Find a movie file on your system that you want to edit.

Navigate to the start of the clip or section of the movie that you want to save. Move the blue slider to the right to forward through the movie. Click the “Start” button that is on the plug-in.

Navigate to the end of the clip or section of the movie that you want to save by moving the blue slider. Click the “End” button that is on the plug-in.

Press the “Out” button to cut the clip or section of movie from the source. This will display the Save As... dialog box. Enter a name for the edited movie file and click the “Save” button.

Click “Yes” when the confirmation box is displayed to go to the location of the edited movie file.


Windows Media Player is not capable of editing video files on its own without the plug-in.