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    I am curious about why just about all the various software that comes with an editor for media files allows trimming ends off files the beginning and/or end, but not for removing a block from the middle. I think Microsoft Moviemaker will do it, but it seems to be a feature that nearly always is not in the basic software that I run into for handling media files. So, I have two questions:
    1. Is it true that most of the most-common media editors do not have a feature for removing a segment from the middle of media file even though they have a feature for trimming the ends or beginnings of files?
    2. Is there something about media files that makes removing from the middle more difficult than trimming the ends?

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    Any basic editor allows you to do everything you described

    even iMovie on your phone

    stay away from Windows movie editor

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    Quote Originally Posted by zamiotana View Post
    Any basic editor allows you to do everything you described

    even iMovie on your phone

    stay away from Windows movie editor
    Thank you for your answer. To me, iMovie is not a basic editor. What is the problem with Microsoft Movie Maker

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    Quote Originally Posted by danallen View Post
    Thank you for your answer. To me, iMovie is not a basic editor.
    ... but for what you want to do, I suspect it is. You don't need to know every word in the dictionary in order to write a letter,
    Quote Originally Posted by danallen View Post
    What is the problem with Microsoft Movie Maker
    Nothing. That's just Zam

    Seriously, if you know how to trim the two ends of the video, you need to lern only two more functions in order to do what you want.
    1. How to "split" a clip.
    2. How to move a clip.

    You can now either:
    1. Use (1) split the clip at the bit you want to remove. You now have two clips and you can use the skills you've already learned to trim the clips either side of the cut, or
    2. Split the clip just before the bit you want to remove and again just after the bit you want to remove, then delete the middle clip (usualy clicking on it and pressing "Del" will do the job.

    Then...
    Move the right hand clip towards the left hand clip to fill the gap.

    Then you have to "render" or "export" the completed edit.(We don't actually edit video clips, like we do a text document, we have to create a new video file from the edits we have made.
    Tim

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    Yep, even in a complex program like Sony Vegas it's just a few steps: import, turn ripple edit on, select the appropriate part of the timeline, press delete, export. It can't get much more basic than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danallen View Post
    Thank you for your answer. To me, iMovie is not a basic editor. What is the problem with Microsoft Movie Maker
    Ok you can try using windows movie maker if you want

    when you've finished editing your movie, just export it to a 1080p MP4 file and tell me how it looks

    edit - hmm I just tried it and it looks fine - they must have fixed it
    Last edited by zamiotana; 07-18-2016 at 12:32 PM.

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