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How To Edit a YouTube Video With Windows Movie Maker

Videos can be easily edited using Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft's free application for Windows. However, editing a YouTube video file requires conversion into a compatible format.


  • TIP: Converting a file from one format to another will cause some loss in video quality.
  • Step 1: Open the Windows Movie Maker program. In the Movie Tasks column, click on the Import Video link. Find your video on your desktop.
  • Step 2: Drag the video to WMM's storyboard viewer. Edit your video. Add video effects like "fade in from black" and "grayscale," and transitions like "dissolve" and "fade."
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  • Step 3: Launch the video converter program to convert YouTube's non-compatible FLV format to Windows Media Video (WMV), a compatible Movie Maker format.
  • Step 4: Check if Windows Movie Maker is on your computer. If not, go to the Windows Movie Maker website to download it for free.
  • Step 5: Select a video on your Uploaded Videos page. Click on the Download MP4 button and download your video to your desktop.
  • TIP: Windows Movie Maker doesn't support the MP4 format.
  • Step 6: Type "freeware video converter program" into a search engine to find a free converter online. Look for online reviews of the various converters you find before choosing one to download.
  • Step 7: Sign into your YouTube account. Click on your username to open a drop-down menu, and click on My Videos.

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