Movie Maker

How do I get Movie Maker?

Movie Maker is a free product from Microsoft and can be downloaded to your own computer from:

With Windows Movie Maker you can make fun homemade videos. You can create, edit and share your recordings in the computer. You can elaborate your own films with easy clicking and dragging actions, erase the bad images and include the best ones.

How do I use Movie Maker?

This software is quite complex and requires a step by step process to learn how to use it effectively. There are three main steps to take in the process;
  1. importing videos, images and audio
  2. editing and enhancing the video
  3. finishing and saving the movie
The web is literally teeming with tutorials and videos on how to use Movie Maker, such as this Microsoft collection of instructional videos.

Here's a simple narrated introduction to Movie Maker.

How do I edit videos in Movie Maker?

YouTube Video

Task One: Prepare for a Movie Maker project

Gather all of your media into a folder on your computer or USB in preparation for building a movie. MM requires all the media to be located in the one place and this is especially important when working with the project between computers. So a USB is advisable if moving between computers before the movie is finished.
(Note: otherwise MM cannot point to the media and you get the red crosses showing.)

Task Two: Create a new collection for your media

Open Movie Maker and select Collections then right click to add a Collection title.
Give this collection a relevant title - it will be the place to import your media.

Task Three: Import your media into Movie Maker

Make sure you have selected Tasks. Select the import icons from the first section of the Tasks and import your images, music/audio and videos.

Note: the videos may import into their own collection areas, depending on the version of MM you are using.

Task Four: Save your Project

Use File Save Project and give the project a relevant file name.
Note: save frequently during the building of your movie project

Task Five: Add your media to the timeline

Change from Storyboard to timeline for more control over the drag and drop.
Select each piece of media from the collections and drag down onto the timeline. MM will guide you with a blue placement line and you can then drop the media clip into place.

Note: Best to work with a segment of the movie at a time to allow space for transitioning, special effects, music placement, audio fades and volume.

Task Six: Edit video clips

You can trim parts of your video clips in MM using the editing tools. Watch the short movie on the left for details on how to do that.

Task Seven: Add your titles, credits, effects and transitions

You can add titles on selected clips for creating visual impact, change the look of an image with effects, change the way the media pieces flow with transitions and add credits at the end.
Preview frequently to check for sequencing and overall presentation.

Task Eight: Save your movie

When you are satisfied with the final project you can save as a movie file of different sizes. Save as a Pocket PC for viewing online, or save for Replay on a Computer if presenting on a large screen.
Allow some time for this 'rendering' process as you will have a substantial amount of media involved.
You can then upload your movie to your selected repository or gallery.

See the tutorials on Ning for the uploading process.

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