How to Edit Videos Using Free Software in Windows 8

In the past, completing daily tasks on devices running Microsoft’s Windows operating systems required users to download all kinds of software and tools. Sometimes these software tools cost hundreds of dollars and were not that user friendly. For example, tools like Premiere Elements are the standard by which all other video editing applications are judged. Unfortunately, it’s not as user-friendly as new video makers could ask for. It’s also not cheap.

Fortunately, Windows 8.1 users have two options when editing videos. Here’s how to edit videos using free software for Windows 8.

Movie Moments

The first way to edit videos in Windows 8 is Movie Moments. Movie Moments is a free application that comes preinstalled on all Windows 8.1 hardware. It is also installed for free when users download the Windows 8.1 update from the Windows Store.

your Windows 8.1 device to access Movie Moments. start screen by pressing the Windows key at the bottom of your screen or by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard.

Click The arrow in the lower left corner of the Start Screen. You can also place your finger on your device’s touchscreen and swipe up to see the list of installed apps. Tap or click the app labeled Movie Moments.

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You will be immediately greeted by the main screen of Movie Moments. To save the video and edit it now, tap or click . take video. Tap or click to select a video you’ve taken before. Choose a video. Depending on what type of device you are using, Windows 8 will take you to your webcam after you give permission. Devices with front-facing and rear-facing cameras have a button at the bottom right that allows them to switch between cameras.

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To edit any video, simply set the two round dots that represent the beginning and the end of the video. You can also add music to a video by tapping the music button.

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movie maker

While Movie Moments lets novice users step in and quickly edit video complete with music, it probably won’t satisfy users who need more options. Users of Windows 8 devices that allow them to install desktop apps also have a second option. With Dubbed Movie Maker, Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can quickly and easily edit video on their computer without having to purchase any extra software.

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Users can download Windows Essentials for free, the package that includes desktop versions of Skype, SkyDrive, Mail, Writer, and Photo Gallery. here.

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Once the download is complete, open the file and click or tap on it. Install Windows Essentials to install the full application package. Click or tap on Select the programs you want to install just to install Movie Maker and its sister desktop app Photo Gallery.

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Click or tap on Close when the download is finished.

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Press the Start button on your device or device’s keyboard to return to the Start Screen. Click the arrow at the bottom left of your Start Screen to open the list of installed apps. Touchscreen users should take their finger and place it at the bottom of the screen and then swipe up.

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tap or click movie maker.

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tap or click Accept.

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Here you go, you have successfully installed Movie Maker on Windows 8 Desktop. From here, you can use the File button to open the videos you have recorded, or click the Webcam video button to immediately record new videos using your webcam.

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It’s important to note that although Movie Maker has more features than Movie Moments, the advanced options included with software like Premiere Elements may be missing. That’s why it’s best to test both Movie Maker and Movie Moments. Then you can decide which solution is right for your video editing needs.