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First of all, I must to say that I don't know anything about video editing. I'm a total noob in this field.

I need to make a screencast. Actually, I have made the desktop recording and I have some shorts videos in mp4 format to work with it. Thats what I need:

  1. Cut some fragments of the videos
  2. Join the selected portions into a big video
  3. Make some transicions in the cutting points (A simple fade will do the job)
  4. Put some text in the bottom of the videos during a few seconds making explanations
  5. Adding fragments of sound from a mp3/wav record

That's all... Which "very simple" video editor could I use?

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Windows Movie Maker is simple (sometimes too simple), but as far as I know can do what you want. – pimvdb Feb 27 '11 at 21:34
Thanks, I'm downloading it. Please, put your comment as an answer, and I will accept it if this is the software i'm looking for. :D – Jonathan Feb 27 '11 at 21:44
up vote 6 down vote accepted

You need Windows Movie Maker, it's free, made by Microsoft for Windows, is made to serve "dummies" and does everything you need.

If you have Windows XP, it should already be installed in your computer, look for it in: Start > Programs > Accessories.

If wou've got Windows 7 or Windows Vista, it comes with the Windows Live suite. You can download it here.

Windows Movie Maker:


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doesn't support MPEG4 afaik – Greenleader Mar 22 '13 at 17:34

Sony Vegas will surely fits your needs: I found it very funny and intuitive (being a total noob at video editing!)

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I think $542 is a bit expensive for Sony Vegas Pro which has the same value to the OP as Windows Movie Maker... – BloodPhilia Feb 28 '11 at 11:35

iMovie is amazingly good, and comes with your Mac, or is £2.99 on your iPad2.

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