Import Video Clips into Windows Movie Maker

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Import a Video Clip into Windows Movie Maker

Import Video clips into Windows Movie Maker
Import Video clips into Windows Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Note - This tutorial is Part 2 of a series of 7 tutorials in Windows Movie Maker. Back to Part 1 of this Tutorial Series.

Import a Video Clip into Windows Movie Maker

You can import a video clip into a brand new Windows Movie Maker project or add a video clip to an existing movie in the works.

  1. Important - Make sure that all components of this project are saved in the same folder.
  2. In the Tasks pane on the left side of the screen, click on Import video under the Capture Video section.
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Locate the Video Clip to Import into Windows Movie Maker

Locate the video clip to import into Windows Movie Maker
Locate the video clip to import into Windows Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Locate the Video Clip to Import

Once you have chosen to import a video clip in the previous step, you now need to locate the video clip saved on your computer.

  1. Navigate to the folder that contains all the components of your movie.
  2. Click on the video file you wish to import. Such file extensions as AVI, ASF, WMV OR MPG are the most commonly selected video types for Windows Movie Maker projects, although other file types can also be used.
  3. Check the box to Create clips for video files. Videos are often comprised of many small clips, which are marked by the creating program when the file is saved. These smaller clips are created when the video process is paused or there is a very obvious change in the filming. This is helpful to you, as the video editor, so that the project is broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

    Not all video files will be broken into smaller clips. This depends on which file format the original video clip was saved as. Checking this box to create clips for video files, will separate the imported video clip into smaller clips, if there are obvious pauses or changes in the original video clip. If you choose not to select this option, the file will be imported in as a single video clip.
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Preview the Video Clip in Windows Movie Maker

Preview the video clip in Windows Movie Maker
Preview the video clip in Windows Movie Maker. Image © Wendy Russell

Preview the Video Clip in Windows Movie Maker

  1. Click on the new video clip icon in the Collections window.
  2. Preview the imported video clip in the preview window.
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Drag Imported Video Clip to Windows Movie Maker Storyboard

Drag video clip to Windows Movie Maker storyboard
Drag video clip to Windows Movie Maker storyboard. Image © Wendy Russell

Drag Imported Video Clip to Storyboard

Now you are ready to add this imported video clip to the movie in progress.

  • Drag the video clip icon from the Collections window to the desired location in the storyboard.
  • Note - If you wish to place the video clip in a location that already contains another object, such as a still picture, simply drag the imported video clip just before the other object on the storyboard. This will insert the video clip before that object.
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Save the Windows Movie Maker Project

Save the Windows Movie Maker project containing the video clip
Save the Windows Movie Maker project containing the video clip. Image © Wendy Russell

Save the Windows Movie Maker Project

Once the video clip has been added to the storyboard, you should save your new movie as a project. Saving as a project allows for further editing at a later time.

  1. Choose File > Save Project or Save Project As... if this is a new movie project.
  2. Navigate to the folder that contains all of the components for your movie.
  3. In the File name text box, type a name for this movie project. Windows Movie Maker will save the file with a file extension of MSWMM to indicate that this is a project file and not a completed movie.

Next Tutorial in this Windows Movie Maker Series - Edit Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker

Complete 7 Part Tutorial Series for Beginners - Getting Started in Windows Movie Maker

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