Trimming a .WMV file


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Dr J R Stockton

How, in Windows 7 or Windows XP, can one shorten a .WMV file? I
have a forty-second YouCam video in that format; the first portion
is superfluous and the last portion is superfluous and inelegant.
It id Real Life which cannot be re-shot.
 
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Ed Cryer

Dr said:
How, in Windows 7 or Windows XP, can one shorten a .WMV file? I
have a forty-second YouCam video in that format; the first portion
is superfluous and the last portion is superfluous and inelegant.
It id Real Life which cannot be re-shot.
I use Avidemux open source freeware;
http://download.cnet.com/Avidemux/3000-13631_4-10829933.html
I don't use it too often, but it can always do trimming jobs such as the
one you want to do quite easily. It can read .WMV files but not save
them; but MP4 format is available for output.

If I did more video editing I'd try out some other freeware programs;
something from this list;
http://www.ezvid.com/21-best-video-editing-software-for-free-download
Perhaps other people might have recommendations.

Ed
 
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BobbyM

How, in Windows 7 or Windows XP, can one shorten a .WMV file? I
have a forty-second YouCam video in that format; the first portion
is superfluous and the last portion is superfluous and inelegant.
It id Real Life which cannot be re-shot.
You need a video editor. Windows offers "movie maker" as part of its
windows essential package. It usually doesn't come pre-installed; you
can download it here,
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/windows-essentials-help?t1=t3#v1h=tab1.
You may have to opt out of other parts of essentials that you don't
want to install.

Info on how to use movie maker to edit a clip:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/movie-maker-trim-video-how-faq
 
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R. C. White

Hi, John.

As BobbyM said, Microsoft includes a Movie Maker program in what was known
as Windows Live Essentials, which you can download from the link he gave.

But, as Microsoft does so maddeningly often, they've assigned practically
identical names to two (or more?) similar-but-quite-different programs.
Since you still have access to Windows XP, you should be able to find an
older Movie Maker program at:
C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\moviemk.exe

The older MM can do some things - or do them better - than the newer
Essentials version. You might want to try both programs. I'm an extremely
novice user of such programs, but even I have managed to trim out
commercials from some shows that I have recorded with Windows Media Center.
I've even managed to create a movie or slide show from my own videos and
photos using Photo Gallery (also available in multiple versions and also
from Essentials).

Good Luck - and I hope you get as lucky as I did with these. ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3508.0205) in Win8 Pro


"Dr J R Stockton" wrote in message

How, in Windows 7 or Windows XP, can one shorten a .WMV file? I
have a forty-second YouCam video in that format; the first portion
is superfluous and the last portion is superfluous and inelegant.
It id Real Life which cannot be re-shot.
 
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John Williamson

Dr said:
How, in Windows 7 or Windows XP, can one shorten a .WMV file? I
have a forty-second YouCam video in that format; the first portion
is superfluous and the last portion is superfluous and inelegant.
It id Real Life which cannot be re-shot.
Download Movie Maker from the Micrsoft website, It's their free, basic
movie editor.
 
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slate_leeper

You may have to opt out of other parts of essentials that you don't
want to install.

There was something in essentials that I decided I wanted. I unchecked
the boxes for all the other items. They were all downloaded anyway,
just not activated. I did a system restore to get rid of it all.

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Mike S.

How, in Windows 7 or Windows XP, can one shorten a .WMV file? I
have a forty-second YouCam video in that format; the first portion
is superfluous and the last portion is superfluous and inelegant.
It id Real Life which cannot be re-shot.
ASFbinWin is free and does ***LOSSLESS** cut-and-paste.

www.radioactivepages.com
 
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Quilljar

Free Realplayer has a useful trim function. I use it all the time.
Quilly
 
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Dr J R Stockton

In alt.windows7.general message <O_-dnXMA6ILVm73PnZ2dnUVZ_tudnZ2d@posted
But, as Microsoft does so maddeningly often, they've assigned
practically identical names to two (or more?) similar-but-quite-
different programs. Since you still have access to Windows XP, you
should be able to find an older Movie Maker program at:
C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\moviemk.exe
No download needed, as preferred. Almost incomprehensible interface so
far, but I have achieved what was wanted with this my first attempted
laptop-camera-captured movie clip - removal of run-in before anything of
interest appeared, and removal of trailer after item of interest
departed, since that just shows me contemplating how to stop the
recording.

Thanks to you, and to others too.
 
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R. C. White

Hi, John.

You are welcome; glad I could help. And I'm glad it worked for you, as it
did for me. ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2012 (Build 16.4.3508.0205) in Win8 Pro


"Dr J R Stockton" wrote in message

In alt.windows7.general message <O_-dnXMA6ILVm73PnZ2dnUVZ_tudnZ2d@posted
But, as Microsoft does so maddeningly often, they've assigned
practically identical names to two (or more?) similar-but-quite-
different programs. Since you still have access to Windows XP, you
should be able to find an older Movie Maker program at:
C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\moviemk.exe
No download needed, as preferred. Almost incomprehensible interface so
far, but I have achieved what was wanted with this my first attempted
laptop-camera-captured movie clip - removal of run-in before anything of
interest appeared, and removal of trailer after item of interest
departed, since that just shows me contemplating how to stop the
recording.

Thanks to you, and to others too.
 
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