Sunday, 13 March 2011

How do I edit MOV Video files from the Canon 600D/550D/Canon 7D/60D using Windows Movie Maker

A common question about the MOV video files that are produced from the Canon 600D/550D/Canon 7D/60D cameras is how to edit them. For people who only have software such as Windows Movie Maker on their PC it is not simply just a case of adding the files and editing them. MOV files cannot be processed in Windows Movie Maker without some changes.

The best way that I have found is to use some software called Cineform Neoscene. This will convert the MOV files which are highly compressed into a more usable AVI format that Windows Movie Maker can edit. You can get a free trial of the Neoscene software from the Cineform website and to purchase is around £70. This may seem a lot of money but remember that with this software you can then edit the video on your PC using Windows Movie Maker without having to purchase any further software. Buying something like Adobe Premiere would add around £100 and still not easily be possible without the conversion to AVI.