How Cut An Avi File

AVIs are one of the more popular video formats amongst Internet users; they are also common file types for video camera clips. You may want to cut down an AVI clip you shot for storing on your hard drive, or for uploading to the Internet. There are several programs you can use to edit your AVIs; however, if you want to use software that comes standard with your PC, you will need to convert your AVI to the WMV format before you edit your clip, since Windows Movie Maker cannot edit AVI footage. Other video editing or conversion programs allow for cutting your footage, but these must be downloaded from the Internet. Be sure to rename your shortened AVI after editing so you don’t overwrite your original file.


Windows Movie Maker (PC)

1. Import your AVI into Windows Movie Maker by clicking “Import Into Collections,” located under the “File” menu. Find your video clip in the pop-up window and press “Import.”

2. Save your AVI as a WMV (do not edit your AVI) by clicking “File” and “Save Movie File.” Re-open your WMV in Windows Movie Maker.

3. Click on your clip’s picture in the contents panel and drag your cursor to the point where you want to cut your clip. Click the “Split” button. Each video clip will now appear in the contents panel. Select the clip you want and save your movie file.

4. Open your WMV in a conversion program after downloading and installing the software. Choose to export your video as an AVI if you want to retain the AVI format.

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Editing AVIs (PCs or Macs)

5. Load your AVI in the program’s interface after downloading and installing the software. You will have to direct the program to your video by clicking “Open File…” and locating your movie in the pop-up window.

6. If using QuickTime Pro, edit your AVI by dragging the half-arrow “In” and “Out” cursors to the desired spots on the timeline and choosing “Trim to Selection” under the “Edit” menu options. If using VLC, you will need to follow the program’s prompts by clicking the “Streaming/Transcoding Wizard” option under the “File” menu. Select the partial extraction box and manually enter your start and stop times.

7. Export your video as an AVI or DivX file under the “Export” options. If using VLC, you will be prompted to choose from a list of options once you enable the “Transcode Video” and “Transcode Audio” options. Rename your file, select its output destination and save to your computer.