Join Date: Dec 2009
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making doubles won't help unless you're literally backing up the project file twice every time.
It's hard to explain without knowing how the application works, but basically you import your raw video files and then you create a movie by cutting, splicing, splitting, editing, etc. MovieMaker holds something in memory I think, because when you start trimming/splicing them, your original, raw, unedited files are never altered. What I suspect MM does is: keeps a database of the alterations/etc. that you've done to the files, but doesn't actually do anything to the file itself.
Be careful if you move the files or re-name the folder they're in, MovieMaker won't be able to "find" them. You'll be able to point it to the right place and reset it and everything will work, but it's best to establish a "Projects" folder and use that to keep all project-related files like still pictures, videos, songs, etc. I organize mine by date, but YMMV.
So you only ever risk losing your "project", not the underlying video clips.
Another word of caution: I think the kodak shoots .MOV which will need to be converted and you lose some quality. There are a ton of freeware conversion packages that work decently enough, but you might want to get a program that can natively handle .MOV files. Also, having to convert these files (which are enormous in size) is a major pain in the ass every time.