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Windows Movie Maker is a video creating/editing software, included in Microsoft Windows. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. New effects and transitions can be made and existing ones can be modified using XML code. Windows Movie Maker is also a basic audio track editing program. It can apply basic effects to audio tracks such as fade in or fade out. The audio tracks can then be exported in the form of a sound file instead of a video file.
Some of the projects we will be using Movie Maker for in this class include group video clips, photo slideshows, and narration audio tracks.
  1. Select and import photos
  2. Arrange photos in the Storyboard
  3. Add animated effects and transitions
  4. Design motion titles and credits
  5. Select and import audio/music tracks
  6. Edit audio tracks in the timeline
  7. Understand the uses of AutoMovie tool
  8. Save files in the correct format for publishing and sharing
  9. Import video
  10. Cut video clips
  11. Understand the purpose/difference among video shots
  12. Create storyboards for video
  13. Prepare professional multimedia presentations
Film Making Vocabulary

Camera Shots 
  • Establishing 
  • Longshot 
  • Fullshot
  • Midshot
  • Close Up
  • Extreme Close Up 
Camera Angles
  • Eye
  • Low
  • High
  • Overhead Shot
  • Undershot
Camera Movement
  • Pan
  • Track
  • Dolly
  • Zoom
  • Tilt
  • Point of View
  • Dolly In, Zoom Out
Conversation Shots
  • Two-Shot
  • Over-the-Head
  • Over-the-Shoulder
  • Face-to-Face

Projects /Worksheets
  1. Moviemaker Vocabulary - You will need to know the vocabulary on this worksheet to work on your project(s). In order to find definitions to the terms you will need to search for definitions on the web. 
  2. Photo Slide Show - You will create 2 photo slideshows in Movie Maker. The first will be a personal slideshow in which you may choose a theme of nature, sports, or yourself through the years. The second will be an educational science related slideshow on the double helix, frog/pig dissections, or mitosis vs. meiosis. Use Story Board Template to help you plan your movie.
  3. Final Project - For this project you will work in groups to create a 60 second video. You will choose between making a commercial or highlight video. Use Story Board Template to help you plan your movie.