Chapter 13. Digital Videos and DVD Movies

In This Chapter

  • Learning how to manage your digital movies

  • Using Windows Live Movie Maker to import content, edit video, and publish completed movies

  • Editing TV shows and removing commercials with Windows Live Movie Maker

  • Sharing your videos on the Web

  • Using Windows DVD Maker to make DVD movies

  • Copying and ripping DVD movies to your PC

Just a few short years ago, the notion of consumers using PCs to edit their home movies into professional-looking productions was science fiction. But then Apple came along with iMovie, proving not only that it was possible, but that high-quality video-editing tools could be both elegant and user-friendly. At that time, Microsoft had just released its first Windows Movie Maker tool, a crippled Windows Me application that was aimed only at the low end of the market. In Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a variety of tools for managing, viewing, editing, and publishing digital video of all kinds. Now, in Windows 7, video editing has come full circle: thanks to the new Windows Live Movie Maker application, which is included as part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite, and Windows DVD Maker, you can even edit TV shows, remove commercials, publish videos to the Web, and make your own movie DVDs. And because this is a PC, with a rich ecosystem of third-party applications, it's possible to perform other related tasks in Windows 7 as well, including duplicating DVDs and "ripping" DVD movies to the hard drive. You ...

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