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Inspiration Lab - Video Editing with Windows Movie Maker

How to edit simple video projects with user-friendly Windows Movie Maker software.

Introduction to Windows Movie Maker

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.

Windows Movie Maker is a simple video editor that comes with Microsoft Windows.  With it you can create movies or slideshows:

  • Create movies or slideshows
  • Use a variety of video, photo, & audio files saved on your computer or another source, such as your camera, USB drive, or media card
  • Add transitions, titles, captions, credits
  • Crop & cut video/audio & change visual effects
  • Save or share directly to social media

Check out Inspiration Lab - Video Recording for information on our video recording equipment.

Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab is a self-directed, Do-It-Yourself space in the library to help you create and experiment with digital media.

Recording studios, equipment, and computers are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library. To use the studios, you will need to have a library card with proof of address and no more than $10 in library fees. The Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be used by anyone with a valid card, including an Internet Access card.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours. However, the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library.

  • The recording studios can be booked for a maximum of three hours per day.
  • Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be booked up to three hours per day, but a Creation Station or Digitzation Station session may be extended at staff discretion if time is available and other library patrons are not waiting to use it.
  • Bookings of studios, Creation Stations, and Digitization Stations can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions for recording studios, Creation Stations, or Digitization Stations.

File Size and Saving Time

Videos, espeically when edited with effects and titles, can become large files. Please come to the Lab prepared with a big enough storage device or cloud access to save your work. You cannot save your work on the public computers.

Large files may also take a while to save. Be sure to leave enough time within your booking to save your project. 

File sizes and saving times can vary wildly depending on the file format selected:

File format Types file size estimated saving time
20 minute video, small format (eg. WMV, Mp4) 500MB -2 GB   7-15 minutes

Additional time will also be required if you wish to burn any of these projects onto a disc (10-15 minutes for a 20 minute video).