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8.4. Windows Movie Maker

You can use the Windows Movie Maker program to edit the boring parts out of your camcorder footage, add crossfades, and save the resulting production as a digital file that you can email to friends or save onto a disk. Movie Maker is not to be confused with such "real" video-editing programs as StudioDV or Adobe Premiere; Movie Maker is extremely limited, offering only a single kind of transition between clips, no special effects, no way to add credits and titles, no way to edit audio, relatively poor picture quality, and no way to send your masterpiece back out to the camcorder. But for just-for-fun, here's-what-the-new-baby-looks-like projects, it may be just the ticket.

Doing the actual editing is the easy part. The hard part is getting equipped to do so, since the standard PC can't communicate at all with the standard camcorder. To use Movie Maker, proceed in any of three ways:


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