Working With Windows Movie Maker Clips

Working with Clips
The movies you create with Movie Maker can contain any combination of clips from any combination of collections. Before you put a clip into a movie, you might want to preview it, and possibly trim some material off the beginning or end. To preview a clip, just click its icon in the Collections area. If it’s a video clip, the first frame appears in the Preview area. You can then use the tools beneath the Preview area to play the clip. To see the name of a tool, just point to it. You can choose from the following tools:
Seek bar: Drag the pointer on the seek bar to the left and right to move frame-by-frame through the video.

Play: Plays the video, or resumes play if the video is paused.
Pause: Pauses playback at the current frame.
Stop: Stops playback and removes the clip from the monitor.
Back: Moves back one frame if the video is paused.
Previous Frame: Moves forward one frame if the video is paused or not playing yet.
Next Frame: Jumps back to the first frame in the video.
Forward: Jumps ahead to the last frame in the video.
Full Screen: Hides Movie Maker and displays the video full-screen. Click anywhere on the
screen to return to Movie Maker.
Split Clip: Tells Movie Maker to split the clip into two clips at the current frame.

System Requirements for Windows XP

System Requirements for Windows XP
To install Windows XP, your computer must meet certain minimal requirements. To simplify matters,
Microsoft has designed the following “non-technical” system requirements:
Preinstalled with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional or Microsoft Windows Millennium
Edition operating system
Displays the Designed for Windows 2000 or Designed for Windows 2000/ME logo
More technically, your system needs to meet these requirements:
A minimum of 64 MB of RAM, although 128MB is much preferred. XP can handle a maximum of

233 megahertz (MHz) Pentium or equivalent microprocessor.
A 2 GB or larger hard disk with at least 650 MB free space available.
VGA monitor.
Mouse or compatible pointing device.
CD-ROM or DVD drive.
Those are the official specs as I write this. However, I’ve found on my systems that once installed, Windows XP eats up about 950 MB of hard disk space. It also seems to eat up more than 64MB of RAM most of the time. So I think the 64 MB lower limit on RAM is probably a bit too tight. These days, RAM is pretty inexpensive. Because too little RAM is often the culprit when a computer runs sluggishly, now might be a good time to consider beefing that up if you’re using less than 128 MB.
If you’re not sure whether your system is compatible with Windows XP, you’ll find out when you start the installation. Windows XP automatically checks the system for incompatibilities before it changes anything on your hard disk and informs you of any potential problems. Before purchasing any new hardware, check the hardware compatibility list (HCL) at to make sure you purchase compatible hardware. Optionally, you can choose Perform Additional Tasks from the Welcome window once the installation starts. Then choose Check System Compatibility or Visit the Compatibility Web Site.