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Windows Movie Maker

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What is Movie Maker? Windows Movie Maker is a fun and easy to use video editing program that allows you to make home movies, automated photo albums and business presentations. It is included as part of the Windows XP operating system. What steps will I have completed by the end of this course? • get the pictures, video and sound on the computer • import them into a “collection” in Movie Maker • edit the clips by arranging them in order, trimming them, adding titles and narration and any special effects • render the result, converting it into a movie that can be stored on the computer's hard drive, a CD, or the web

Step 1 Import Your Pictures Transferring your still pictures to your PC is the first step in making your own slide show. Then you'll need to import them into Windows Movie Maker. A tip before you begin to assemble your slide show: Pictures that are wider than they are tall (landscape orientation) fit the shape of computer monitors better—so use horizontal pictures whenever possible. Create a new folder on the desktop and label it My Stuff. Any pictures, video or sound you would like to use, you will need to save to this folder first. Now you will need to open Movie Maker. It is probably under the start menu, sometimes it is listed as WMM.

HINT Creating a new folder: 1. Use the pointer and rightclick anywhere on the desktop. 2. Click on New then on Folder. 3. Name it My Stuff.

Once you have Movie Maker open, you will need to tell the program where the files are that you will be using. It is important to keep in mind, the program only uses the files from the original location. If you move to a different computer to work on the project, the files will not be there in the location originally specified. YOU WILL GET BIG RED X’s!!!

To import pictures into Windows Movie Maker: In the Movie Tasks pane under Capture Video, click Import pictures (1). Click desktop (2), then doubleclick on My Stuff (3). You can select several pictures in a single folder by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking each picture.

Windows Movie Maker

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When you've selected your pictures, click Import. If you have pictures in other folders to import, click Import pictures again and repeat the process. Your pictures will appear in the Collections pane of the Movie Maker window. We're actually working with representations of your pictures, so there's no risk of damaging your original images. Important note: If you edit the source file in another program after it is already imported into Windows Movie Maker, the changes that you make to the file automatically appear in Windows Movie Maker and in any Windows Movie Maker projects that include the edited clip or picture. Don't worry about the order of the pictures just yet—you'll have the chance to specify their sequence in the slide show later.

HINT Change the view: To see the actual pictures you will need to click on the far right folder icon.

Click on thumbnail and you should now see the pictures.

Step 2 Add Your Pictures/Video to the Storyboard When you import pictures, they're added to Movie Maker as collections. Collections aren't automatically added to your video, so you should drag your pictures from the Collections box into the storyboard at the bottom of the window. Now is the best time to put them in the correct order, but you can always reorder them later simply by dragging and dropping them on the storyboard. You will add video the same way. Click and drag the video down to where you want it. We will edit the actual video in another step.

HINT How do I know it is video?: Video has a filmstrip edge.

Step 3 Add Titles and Credits Once you've added all your pictures to the storyboard and put them in the right order, it's time to add a title. A title is a great way to tell viewers a little about the pictures before the show begins. While you're at it, add Hollywood-style credits (without the Hollywood-style budget)! To begin, in the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make titles or credits. You'll be prompted to choose where to add the title and select a style for your title screen. There's room for creativity here, because a title can be one line of simple text or several pages that fade into the distance.

Windows Movie Maker

October Smith Distance Learning Coordinator 832-223-0207

Take some time to explore, and choose a style for the title that sets the mood for your slide show. To edit the text after you have inserted it into your movie, simply double click on the text box that you see on the storyboard.

Step 4 Add Creative Transitions Now that you've added a title and (possibly) credits, you've got all the content you'll need in your slide show. You can preview your slide show by clicking the Play button in the preview window. The transitions between the pictures are a bit abrupt right now and don't stay on screen long enough to get a good look at them. We can fix that by creating new transitions: In the Movie tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click View video transitions. The Collections pane will become the Video Transitions pane. Drag the video transition to the video transition cell between two pictures on the storyboard. It is best if you transition between pictures, and not video clips (unless it is 2 completely different clips).

Step 5 Adjust the Timeline Your slide show is almost ready. You'll probably want to make the pictures stay on the screen for more than a couple of seconds, however. This is easy to adjust by using the timeline to modify the timing of clips in your project. Your Timeline shows the pictures that you've added and how long they'll each be displayed. The time is displayed as hours: minutes: seconds. hundredths of a second (h:mm:ss.hs).

HINT Show timeline: You will need to change how you are viewing your project to adjust the timeline. Click on Show Timeline to see a different view.

The individual pictures probably appear too narrow on the timeline, so click the button with a magnifying glass and a plus (+) sign a couple of times to zoom in on your pictures.

Windows Movie Maker

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To make a picture appear on the screen longer, select the picture, and when the pointer becomes a red arrow, drag the picture's right border to the right.

HINT Mute Audio: If you are adding sound other than the video clip, you can mute the audio for the video. Right click on the audio section, click on mute. The only way you will know it is muted, is to right click on the audio track again and there will be a check next to mute.

Step 6 Add Sound One of the greatest benefits of using Windows Movie Maker to create a slide show is that you can add your own voice-over. If your radio voice isn't so great, you can always dub in an MP3 or other music file by clicking Import audio or music on the Movie Tasks pane under Capture Video and following the prompts to Add an audio file to your slide show. This step is entirely optional. Your audience probably won't complain if you create a silent slide show, but narrating the contents of the timeline serves as another way for you to enhance your presentation. To add your voice to the slide show, grab your computer's microphone and select the Timeline view. If you're not already looking at the timeline, click Show Timeline above the storyboard. Next, click the timeline where you'd like your voice-over to start. The second button on the toolbar that looks like a microphone is Narrate Timeline. Click this button and the screen will switch to show your narration controls. The Input level control lets you adjust your microphone so you don't sound too loud or too quiet—as you talk, you should see a bar moving. Instead of adjusting your own volume, move the slider up or down so that the bar hovers near the middle of the graph. When you're ready to go, click Start Narration. Your slide show plays as you talk, so you'll know which picture you're talking over. When you're done, click Stop Narration and you'll be prompted to save your recording. The narration you capture is saved as a Windows Media Audio file with a .wma file name extension in the Narration folder under My Videos on your hard disk. Don't worry about this extra file, because Movie Maker has already mixed it into your movie. Click done to add the narration to your project

Windows Movie Maker

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Step 7 Save and Send Your Video All that's left to do now is save your video. This may actually be the trickiest step in the process, because you need to choose a format that your audience can view in a reasonable size, and one that doesn't degrade the quality of your images too much. There are 2 choices, Save Project As… and Save Movie Files… The Save project As…saves the project as a movie maker file so that you can edit the project. Save Movie File…converts your project into a final product. Remember how I mentioned in the beginning that the program only uses the images temporarily? If you save the project and open it on another computer at this point, you will have big red X’s for your entire project. You must save it as a movie!!! In the Movie Tasks pane under Finish Movie, you can choose to save the slide show to your computer (the most flexible choice), send it through e-mail, send it to the Web, burn it to a recordable CD, or send it to your digital video camera. If you choose to send the video through e-mail or burn it to a recordable CD, Movie Maker will help you select a format that fits your use. Select your option, then click next to move to the next screen.

Windows Movie Maker

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For example, videos created for sending through e-mail will be small enough that they can be sent as an attachment. Videos created for recordable CDs, where file size is less important, are created with a higher quality format. Of course, you can pick any format you want if you choose to save the video to your computer. The DV Camera save option lets you record the movie you create to a tape in a DV camera through Windows Movie Maker, so you can watch the final movie on a DV camera or on TV when you connect the camera to a TV. To record your movie to tape, your DV camera needs to be in the playback mode, often labeled VCR or VTR on your camera. If you just want to view your slide show on your own computer, you can use the Windows XP My Pictures Slideshow screensaver. But My Pictures Slideshow won't allow you to send your slideshow to another computer. There is a downside to presenting still pictures using video. Video files, at best, offer 720 x 525 resolution. The most commonly used video file formats only support up to 640 x 480. All but the least expensive digital cameras offer far greater image size, so displaying your images in a video presentation will require you to sacrifice sharpness. Video files include compression, but the compression is optimized for movies instead of still images. The video compression will further degrade the quality of your images, and the file size will be far greater than the combined file size of your images stored in JPEG format. So why use Windows Movie Maker to create your slide show? There are other ways to create slideshows—a quick search of the Internet will turn up dozens of applications. However, many slide show applications designed for photos produce a proprietary file format, so you need a special viewer to watch the slide show. The benefit of using Windows Movie Maker for slide show creation is the convenience and easy interface it offers. It's included with Windows XP and the upgrade to Windows Movie Maker 2 is a free download. The new features and the drag-and-drop interface make Windows Movie Maker 2 the most user-friendly program you'll find. And slide shows you create with Windows Movie Maker can be viewed with Windows Media Player, which most users already have installed. For those times when creative control is more important than image sharpness, the latest version of Movie Maker is a great way to share your pictures. Titles, creative transitions, and narration add new dimensions to your images. Windows Movie Maker brings the tradition of the slide show to the Internet, allowing you to reach friends and family thousands of miles away. With you as the director, your friends, family, and pets can be the stars of the lowest budget movie ever—free! Most of the information you have read was obtained from the Microsoft website listed below: There are short flash tutorials located on this website:

Windows Movie Maker

October Smith Distance Learning Coordinator 832-223-0207 These are examples from Apple using iMovie (Mac’s version of Movie Maker)—this includes lesson plans!!! Unitedstreaming has downloadable clips to use. Microsoft clip art is royalty free! So use the pictures to your hearts content! The web's largest independent music community and home to the definitive charts of the best emerging artists with FREE mp3 downloads.

Movie Maker Instructions Step 1 Import video, pictures, and sound

1. Click Import pictures

1. Click on the picture and then click Import Step 2 Adding to the storyboard Once you have all of your clips in the collection, you need to drag and drop them onto the storyboard.

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Movie Maker Instructions Once you have put the pictures on the storyboard, it may be easier to work with your clips in the timeline.

2. Click Show Timeline 1. Click the + next to video to also see the audio

Step 3 Add music Since I do not want the audio from the movie, I am going to mute that, then add my own music.

1. Right click on the movie audio and click mute 2. Click and drag the new Page 10 of 12 music to the timeline

Movie Maker Instructions Step 4 Add transitions Simply click and drag transitions onto your picture or movie.

1. Click Edit Movie 2. Click View video transitions 3. Click and drag the transition onto the clip

Step 5 Make a title and credit Under Edit Movie, click on Make Title or Credit. A new screen will come up asking you where you want to add your text. *Note- wherever your curser is on the timeline is the clip where the text will be added.

2. Enter your text 1. Choose where you would like your text

3. Change the animation, font and color

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Movie Maker Instructions Step 6 Save your project file by clicking the disk at the top of the screen. Now we are going to save the project as a wmv movie (windows movie file).

1. Click Finish Movie 2. Click Save to my computer

3. Name your movie and select the desktop 4. Click Next

It will take a few minutes for your movie to render. Notes: •

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You need to make the movie on the same computer that you started. When you try to open the project on another computer, it will look for the clips on your original computer. When it can’t find them, you will get big red Xs. This is not in DVD format, you cannot play your movie on the TV, you must use a computer. Be creative and have fun!

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