Modifying Brightness/Contrast In WMM?

I really don’t have much experience in this area, but wondered if there’s a way to take our small video clips shot with current Kodak/Sony digitals and brighten, add/reduce contrast, and perhaps shorten up these clips with Windows Movie Maker? Or is MS’s program a total bust?

The goal would be to clean up some videos and make them more compact, maybe even something that we could email to friends and family.

For making video enhancements/adjustments, you might take a look at AVISYNTH. There are lots of plugin’s on numerous sites with scripts for doing all sorts of things to your video.