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Chapter 44. Creating Digital Video > Video-Editing Software

Video-Editing Software

Once you capture video into your PC, the fun—and the work—begins. I say “work” because editing video can be very time-consuming. Whether you find it to be a job or a joy depends on your interest level and how you like to spend your time. Video-editing software can be used to do just about anything you can imagine. You can edit scenes to make them shorter, move scenes around and insert titles, compensate for flaws in your footage, and add all sorts of special effects or a sound track to a movie. Even the most rudimentary video-editing software has plenty of things to keep you busy.

Windows Movie Maker

Speaking of rudimentary, Windows XP comes with a very basic video-editing program called Windows Movie Maker. There are plenty of programs on the market that are far more sophisticated, but before you spend money on new software (or even invest in hardware) you might want to give Movie Maker a spin. It's good enough to give you a feel for what you can do with a PC and some video. You'll find Windows Movie Maker on the Accessories menu. If you don't find it there, go to the Help and Support system and search for “movie.”


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