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Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2: Visual Quickstart Guide by Jan Ozer

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Working with Audio and Video in the Contents Pane

In certain circumstances, Movie Maker's ability to create clips needs serious manual assistance. For example, when I was shooting the magic act, I shot for about 46 minutes, but I stopped and started the camera only once. Since Movie Maker uses time codes to split DV video, it produced only two clips during importing: one about 31 minutes long and one about 15 minutes. I'll definitely have to break these up manually to find the scenes I need.

Though you can perform this cutting on the Timeline, I find it easier to do in the Contents pane. I also find it useful to copy and paste clips, sometimes into different collections, sometimes into the same collection. Though I'll describe these procedures ...

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