Crop Video with Windows Movie Maker

WMM provides facility for you to easily crop any videos, if you are not familiar with Windows Movie Maker before, it might be a little difficult for you for using this tools. The below step-by-step guide is especially written for you to learn how to crop videos in Windows Movie Maker. Check it out right away.

Step 1. The first step will be installing the program to your computer system and then launch it. After that, importing all the files to work on into the timeline of Windows Movie Maker should follow. You should use the “import video” command available on the tasks list to have the video selected and then click “import” button.

Step 2. From the filters window of the program, you will see a button named “cropping” which you should click on. The button remains unusable until the point when you have added the filters and open them. Up to four controls will be visible on the cropping window which you will use along both X and Y axes to cut the video frame.

Step 3. Once you have attained the required size of your video after cropping, press on the “ok” button to complete the process. You will have done nothing if you don’t save the changes effected to the video and that should be on a standard format like AVI. The cropped file must be saved to a folder where accessing will be the easiest thing to do.

Step 4. Lastly, export your cropped video file or enjoy it right in the Windows Movie Maker.

To know the magnitude of your cropping, do a comparison of the edited video and original one and you will get a clear picture of that.

After effects in editing video

After effects is an important step to create a professional video. Follow the detail guide in the video below for more information.

Adobe After Effects is a great tool to replace Windows Movie Maker for video post-production which enables you to add professional looking special effects and retouches. If you use Adobe Premiere to edit your videos, then After Effects is the perfect complement to add special effects to your videos. Note that Adobe has now upgraded After Effects to the Creative Cloud (CC) suite which is based on a subscription model rather than a one-off license purchase.

A complete professional special effects suite

Whether you’re working in broadcast and film or delivering work online and to mobile devices, Adobe After Effects is one of the most professional consumer suites out there for helping you finish the job. Since Adobe After Effects is part of the Adobe CC suite, it integrates with the rest of Adobe’s products seamlessly meaning you can add unique touches to your effects in Illustrator or Photoshop for example.

In fact, Adobe After Effects features many tools that are similar to Adobe’s industry standard image editor Photoshop, but adapted for video. For example, the RotoBrush works in a similar way to Photoshop’s Magic Wand, enabling you to select silhouettes and place characters against any background without requiring a chroma screen. Adobe After Effects also includes more video-specific tools, such as Auto-Keyframe, which creates key frames automatically where you apply a video effect, and the Mesh warp effect in 3D, thanks to which you’ll be able to warp and distort your video as it if was a plain image.

What makes Adobe After Effects even better is the availability of third-party plug-ins Mocha, for example, is an advanced tracking system that helps you in the creation and adjustment of scenes. Another excellent Adobe After Effects plug-in is Color Finesse, with which you can work with color in your video like you’ve never done before.

With the upgrade to Creative Cloud, After Effects has also been improved with a number of other new features. These include the Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers and the ability to share work directly with others from within the application. Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creative minds from around the world. With Creative Cloud, you also get instant access to new features the moment they’re released. Most recently, Adobe have also added Live Text templates, Masking and Tracking, Master Clip effect and a faster editing workflow.

Steep learning curve

As you might expect from an Adobe design product, After Effects is a very complicated package and takes hours of study and use before you can become competent in it. However, once mastered, Adobe After Effects’ choice of special effects and templates mean that your special effects will be as close to the professional thing as possible on a budget. However, anyone who is already familiar with Adobe’s video editing suite Premiere or will find the After Effects interface familiar and logically organized.

In addition, Like all of the Creative Cloud Suite, Adobe After Effects requires an ongoing subscription to Creative Cloud in order to use it. This offers advantages in that you can edit on the move and your work is always synced and backed up to Creative Cloud. The disadvantage is that you are locked into Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription model.

A powerful package for stunning special effects

Adobe After Effects is an incredibly powerful package which enables you to produce stunning special effects for your videos.

What’s New

The latest version of After Effects integrates Adobe Stock, the new image service from Adobe. There’s also enhanced use of real 3D objects with Cinema 4D as well as various improvements in scenes preview, among other changes.

Create your first video – Lesson 1

This is the first tutorial in how to create your first video with Windows Movie Maker. In this tutorial, we will try to cover all common effects and features of WMM and put them all together to create a complete video.


00:34 –  Adding video clips
00:41  – Changing volume
00:58 – Splitting and trimming
02:01 – Changing speed
03:21 – Making intro
03:38 – Adding coloured screens
05:34 – Transitions
06:11 – Adding voice over
06:45 – Adding music
07:10 – Editing intro
07:51 – Adding coloured effects
08:56 – Adding and editing text
11:51 – Saving movie

How to use shortcuts in Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker provides a list of shortcuts that enhance the editing process, using shortcuts will help us a lot to create a professional video with WVM.

Action Shortcut key
1. Create a new project CTRL+N
2. Open an existing project CTRL+O
3. Save a project CTRL+S
4. Save a project with a new name F12
5. Save a movie CTRL+P
6. Capture video CTRL+R
7. Import an existing digital media file CTRL+I
8. Undo the last action CTRL+Z
9. Redo the last undone action CTRL+Y
10. Cut CTRL+X
11. Copy CTRL+C
12. Paste CTRL+V
13. Delete DELETE
14. Select all clips CTRL+A
15. Rename a collection or clip F2
16. Clear the storyboard/timeline CTRL+DELETE
17. Show or hide the storyboard/timeline CTRL+T
18. Zoom in on the timeline PAGE DOWN
19. Zoom out on the timeline PAGE UP
20. Add selected clips to the storyboard/timeline CTRL+D
21. Play video in full screen ALT+ENTER
22. Set start trim point CTRL+SHIFT+I
23. Set end trim point CTRL+SHIFT+O
24. Clear trim points CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE
25. Split a clip CTRL+L
26. Combine contiguous clips CTRL+M
27. Nudges clip to the left CTRL+SHIFT+B
28. Nudges clip to the right CTRL+SHIFT+N
29. Play or pause clip SPACEBAR
30. Stop playback on the storyboard/timeline CTRL+K
31. Play content on the storyboard/timeline CTRL+W
32. Rewind content on the storyboard/timeline CTRL+Q
35. Previous frame ALT+LEFT ARROW
36. Next frame ALT+RIGHT ARROW
37. Display Help topics F1
38. Select previous item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard,
or in the Contents pane)
39. Select next item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or
in the Contents pane)
40. Select item above (on a timeline track or in the Contents pane) UP ARROW
41. Select item below (on a timeline track or in the Contents pane) DOWN ARROW
42. Go to the first item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane) HOME
43. Go to the last item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane) END

Import photos and videos into Movie Maker

Windows movie maker support importing videos and photo in multiple different kinds of cameras and devices. after the files has been copied from devices into your computer, you can use them in your movies and they’ll appear in Photo Gallery.
Below are the list of supported devices that can works with Windows Movie Maker software:
  • A digital camera or phone that’s connected to your PC with a USB cable
  • A Secure Digital (SD), mini SD, or CompactFlash storage card that’s in a card reader
  • A data CD or DVD
  • A video camera that records to an internal hard drive or flash storage card
  • A videotape that’s in a digital video (DV) camera or High‑Definition Video (HDV) camera
If you have a webcam built into your PC or connected to your PC with a USB cable, you can record live video from a webcam and add it to Movie Maker.

How to install Windows Movie Maker

This article provides detailed step by step guide for installing Windows movie maker software.

STEP 1: Click on the setup file that you have already downloaded to you computer, if you did not downloaded it, the setup file is available to download here

A welcome dialog will show up as below and you just need to click Next to continue.

STEP 2: Click on “I accept the agreement” and then Next to continue

STEP 3: Select the location to install the application, you can specify any folder you want, otherwise just click Next to continue

STEP 4: Specify the alias name for the shortcut that will be create then click Next to continue

STEP 5: Select where do you want to create the shortcuts to help you quickly access the application, it can be from desktop or quick launch or can be both

STEP 6: Click Install to start installing process

STEP 7: Click Finish and you can use the software now