How to Edit a Video on the PC

by Candace Benson

Included with Windows Me, Windows XP and Windows Vista, Windows Movie Maker allows PC owners to import, edit and create videos without purchasing third-party software. Windows 7 owners must download and install Windows Live Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker includes some basic editing tools, such as the ability to trim and split clips or to add effects and transitions to frames. For more robust editing options, you may wish to purchase a third-party video editor.


Open Windows Movie Maker. Download and install Windows Live Movie Maker if you are running Windows 7, as it does not include Movie Maker out of the box.


Click on "Videos" under the "Import" header in the left column. Navigate to and select the videos that you wish to edit. Hold down the "Ctrl" button to select more than one file at a time. Click "Import."


Drag the videos you wish to edit into the Timeline at the bottom of Movie Maker.


Cut or lengthen clips, split clips, add effects (fade, add color filters and patterns, or zoom), and add transitions between clips.


Create titles and credit overlays for your videos.

About the Author

Candace Benson has nearly five years of experience as a volunteer coordinator and has worked for non-profits and state agencies. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Benson wrote for a number of video game websites and blogs and worked as a technical support agent. Benson currently writes for eHow.

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