Quick Guide to Movie Maker

Quick Guide to Windows Movie Maker

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx

Microsoft guide: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Getting-started-with-Windows-Movie-Maker

Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_movie_maker

Windows Movie Maker is a video creating/editing software, included in Microsoft Windows Me, XP, and Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. 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.

When importing footage into the program, a user can either choose to Capture Video (from camera, scanner or other device) or Import into Collections to import existing video files into the user’s collections. The accepted formats for import are .WMV/.ASF, .MPG (MPEG-1), .AVI (DV-AVI), .WMA, .WAV, and .MP3. Additionally, the Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Movie Maker support importing MPEG-2 Program streams and DVR-MS formats. Importing of other container formats such as MP4/3GP, FLV and MOV, MIDI, AIFF, AAC and SWF are not supported even if the necessary DirectShow decoders are installed.

After capture, any clip can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the timeline. Once on the timeline, clips can be duplicated or split, and any of the split sections deleted or copied using the standard Windows keyboard shortcuts or clicked and dragged to another position. Right-clicking any clip brings up the range of editing options. An AutoMovie feature offers predefined editing styles (titles, effects and transitions) for quickly creating movies.

How To Add Videos, Photos and Audio:

Click Capture Video:

Several options will appear as to what you want to import:

Videos and Pictures can be imported from a flash drive by clicking “import video” or “import”

A box will appear of where you would like to upload your videos and photos from:

Then you can find your files by clicking on the appropriate hardware your file is stored on:

If you are uploading from a flash drive you can click on your device from the “Devices with Removable Storage” and open your pictures or videos.

Videos and photos can also be uploaded from a digital camera or camcorder by inserting the device into the computer using an adaptor or the USB slots.  The hardware can be clicked on under the “Devices with Removable Storage”.

If you would like to import audio from Audacity:

Click “Import Audio”:

The same box will appear as to where you would like to upload your audio files from.  Click on the device you have stored your Audacity project on to find your Audacity project file.

How To Drag and Drop Videos and Pictures

Once you have uploaded the videos or pictures you want, you can drag and drop them into your storyboard at the bottom of the screen to place your pictures and movie where you want in your story:

How To Edit

You can edit your movie in multiple ways by clicking on the “Edit Movie” tab:

How to Create Transitions

You can also create Transitions by clicking on the “Edit Movie” then “View Video Transitions”:

How to Create Effects

To create Effects

Click on “Edit Movie” then “View Video Effects”:

How to Save

You can save your project in multiple forms by clicking on “Finish Movie”.  Then you can decide which format to save your movie as:


Downloading pictures and music from the internet may be in violation of copyright. Please see the section Finding Content for Reuse for more information on finding content, which can be used for the purposes of a digital story.

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