as you can see from the title i am new to video editing and need some advice and possible help with an avi that i want to edit.

i currently have media studio 10 installed on Vista.
i have an avi which i want to crop down to about 2 mins but also have the sound and video fade in and out. i have tried doing this in various video editing packages but havenít succeeded..

Is there a bit of software around that make this process easy? Or a tutorial that can take me through the process step by step?

once done i would like to save this as an avi and embed it in a flash animation that i am putting together,....

i hope that i have made sense

Thanks in advance