Video Editing Applications

University of Idaho
Understanding the basics of video editing can be very useful in the classroom. Knowing how to edit videos and being confident in your ability to teach your students how to do so opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the types of projects your students can complete.

The first step to understanding how to edit videos is finding a reliable video editing software to use. While there aren’t too many reliable, free, AND easy-to-use movie editing software, there are two that I default to:

Windows Movie Maker 2.6:  Windows Movie Maker 2.6 was originally made for Windows XP. However, you can download Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for free from the Windows Site. That link will take you to the download for Vista -- but it works on Windows 7. While Windows 7 and other newer operating systems come with Windows Live Movie Maker, I have found that Windows Movie Maker 2.6 is the most versatile in editing and merging together different clips. Of course, you may find that Windows Live Movie Maker suits your needs perfectly, depending on what type of video you are creating.

iMovie - iMovie comes installed on most Mac devices. If your Mac doesn’t have iMovie, you should be able to download it for free from the App store. iMovie is far more reliable and more user-friendly than Windows Live Movie Maker, but, of course, only available for Macs.

Once you have a video editing software, it’s time to learn how to use it. Click on over to:
“How to use Windows Live Movie Maker 2.6” (in progress)
“How to use iMovie” (in progress)

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