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Untitled Document Disclaimer: The workflows here are offered as guides for further experimentation and learning. The technological landscape for Audio/Visual editing changes rapidly; the products and methods mentioned are for illustrative purposes only.


In this example, we will use the Windows Movie Maker (free) to clip a section out of a WMV video.

Note: Most online video is presented in Flash format, including videos on Youtube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video, Metacafe, and others. Powerpoint slides however can only accept certain video formats (such as AVI, MPG, and WMV). Although it is possible to use other video formats, Powerpoint works well with the WMV format.

  1. If your video is not in the WMV format, click here for instructions on how to convert it.
  2. Launch Windows Movie Maker. It is a simple video editing program that is supplied by Microsoft on both Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. It can be found under the Windows Start button in your Program list.

  3. In Windows Movie Maker, click on Import Media and select your input video file.

  4. Once your video has been imported, select Timeline view, and drag your video onto the timeline.

  5. To clip a section out of your video, first select the starting point of the clip. Use either of the following methods:
  • Play the video until you reach the starting point of your clip, and then click pause. You can step through the video one frame at a time to fine-tune your clip's starting location on the timeline.
  • You can also click directly on the timeline and drag the insertion bar with your mouse.

  1. Click on Clip > Split.

  2. Using the same procedure as in Step 5, now place the insertion bar in the timeline at the end point for your clip. When you have it, click Clip > Split for a second time.
  3. You now have sliced your video into three pieces, with your chosen clip in the middle. Delete the extraneous segments and you will be left with your selection. Simply right click on the segments you want to delete, and choose Remove.

  4. To save your clip, go to File > Publish Movie.

  5. Select This Computer. Click Next.

  6. Give your clip a name and select the destination folder.

  7. Select Best Quality, and Click Publish. The information under Movie settings will show that the clip has been published in WMV format.

  8. For instructions on how to insert the clip into a Powerpoint slide, click here.
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Last Updated 10/10/09

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