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    -          Start by clicking and dragging a video to the collection area or go to import video

    -          Click and drag it to the time line

    -          Edit clip by clicking on the small triangle at the end of the clip on the timeline.

    -          To cut the clip at the curser, click the cut button under the video >l<  Now that clip is in two sections.

    -          Transitions can be done by going up to movie tasks and under edit movie, select transitions and find the one you want or click on the movie clip and drag it onto the end of the previous clip to create a fade.

    -          Add music or sound effects, go to import music and select.  Then it will be added to the collection area.  Once there you can click and drag your music or sfx to the audio line and place it where you want it. 

    -          Right click on the audio clip to fade in or out.

    -          Titles and credits


    Cool Intro – after selecting the video loop and music, drag them to the timeline.  Now go to tools and select Titles and Credits.  Select the style and enter title, you can change font and size then click add to timeline.  Right click on video clip to fade out then do the same to the audio. 

    Cool Effect – Split the beginning of the video into two sections (be sure to take off any transition on the first section).  Now go to tools and select effects.  Try corner zoom out.  Drag and drop the effect onto the clip.  If the effect is not enough then repeat the drag and drop a couple of more times to increase the effect.


     Movie Maker 101

    Technology in Motion Specialist

    University of South Alabama


    Tip # 1: Save and Save Often!!!

    Part 1: Working With the Storyboard

    Create Your Collection

    1. Open Microsoft Movie Maker and click “Import pictures”. Navigate to your desktop folder, hold down the control key and click on every picture that you want to import into your Movie Maker collection. Later you can import more if you change your mind. All photo editing must be done ahead of time.

    2. Now click “Import video” if you have video clips. Navigate to your desktop folder, click on your clips and click “import”. (Important note, import only one clip at a time) You will notice that when you import clips they are now subdivided into several smaller clips. You will be able to trim them up later.

    3. Now click on “Import audio or music”. Once again navigate to your folder and import your music. You can import more that one piece of music but only one selection at a time.


    Tip # 2: Save and Save Often!!!

    You have now created your collection for the project that you will be working on. You may go back later and add to the collection or even delete items that you do not want to use. Now is the time to take a good look at your video clips and decide if you want to edit them.

    Editing Video Clips

    1. When you imported your video clips you will notice that they were broken into separate smaller clips as it was imported. You can drag the clips down to your story board as is, split or trim the clips and also add transitions later. If you drag them down as is and line them up in order it will be just like 1 big clip. As you begin to think about trimming your clips pay close listen to your music. Think about how long you want your clips and pictures to play and how it fits in with the music. In other words think about the story that you want to tell.

    2. To trim a clip, click on the clip and click play in the viewing screen. You can trim from the beginning or end of a clip. Play the clip several times until you decide where to trim it. As you play the clip, click pause and use the forward and back frame buttons to find the right spot to clip. After



    you are satisfied click the split clip button and split your clip. You should now have 2 clips in your collection that came from the clip that you split. If you are trimming out pieces that you will not need (Uncle Fred’s sneeze, your most embarrassing moment etc.) right mouse click on the unneeded clip and delete it from your collection.

    3. If you decide to trim a clip after placing it on the storyboard, click view timeline and simply drag the beginning or ending of a clip.


    Tip #3: Save and Save Often

    Putting Together Your Storyboard

    1. At the bottom of the screen you should be in Storyboard view, if not click show storyboard.

    2. Decide how you want your pictures and clips arranged on the storyboard at the bottom of the screen. You will go back later and put in titles and effects.

    3. Start at the beginning of the storyboard and begin dragging and dropping video clips and pictures onto the storyboard. If you change your mind about placement simply click on a picture or clip and drag it where you want it. To delete something, right mouse click and click delete.


    Tip # 4: To periodically view your movie click the play storyboard button that is located over the storyboard on the left of the screen.

    Special Effects

    There are many special effects and transitions available in Movie Maker and these effects and transitions can add sparkle and emotion to your movie if you don’t go overboard. It is very easy to make your movie “too busy.” If you use a special effect on a clip or picture you might not want to use a transition that is too busy.

    Video Effects

    1. Click on “View video effects” and click on an effect to see it.

    2. Pick an effect and drag in down to the storyboard and drop it onto a clip or picture. To remove an effect right mouse click on the picture or clip and click on “video effects”. Then click “remove” and OK.

    3. Remember to use effects sparingly or they become distracting.


    Make Titles or Credits

    1. Click on a clip where you want some text to appear, before, on or after.

    2. Click “Make titles or credits” and click where you want your text to show up.

    3. Type you test in the boxes, (top box titles, bottom box subtitles)



    4. Click “Change the title animation” for animation changes and click on an animation for titles or credits

    5. You may now change the background, font color, style and text for your title or credit.

    6. Click “Change the text font and color” and make your changes

    7. When you finish, click “Done, add title to movie.”


    Video Transitions

    1. Click on “View video transitions”

    2. On your storyboard you will see small boxes between all of your titles, pictures and video clips.

    3. Click on a transition to view it and then drag it down to the storyboard and drop it between two clips.


    Part 2: Working With the Timeline

    At this point you have actually completed most of the work and are now ready to add a last few finishing touches.

    1. To work in the timeline first click “Show timeline.” You have now gone from 1 line at the bottom to 5 lines. You will already have something on the video line, something on the transition line and possibly something on the audio line.

    2. On the audio line if you imported video and it had sound this is where it will appear. You can right mouse click on any of the audio clips on this line and click delete to cut out any unwanted audio or just mute the audio. (If you are going to use music you will probably want to delete most if not all of the audio on this line.

    3. On this audio line you also have the option of inserting narration however, you will need a microphone. For narration, go to the top and click on narrate timeline.

    4. Drag the playback indicator (blue line) on the timeline to an empty point on the audio/music track, click “start narration” and begin your narration

    5. When you have finished click done

    6. You also have the option to add music to your movie. You know, set the mood! You may use more than one piece of music however remember tip # 5


    Tip # 5: If you use it you must own it! You may only use music that you legally own. Copyright law states that only 10% of a piece of music may be used and you can only use up to 30 seconds of a piece of music. You may not sell your movie and make money or profit from the movie in any way without copyright permission from the owners of the music. Hollywood will just have to wait!


    7. To add music click on your audio titles in your collection and drag them to the “Audio/Music” line at the bottom. To shorten a clip, drag the clip in from either side of the clip. To make your music transitions smooth, right mouse click on a music clip and click fade in or fade out. Make sure that there are no gaps in your audio/music line if you are using music. Also make sure that if you are changing music it coordinates well with your video and music changes are made in appropriate places.


    At this point you should be just about finished with your project and should have viewed the project in its entirety several times. You can adjust the viewing length of any picture by dragging the edge of the picture in or out. Also remember that dragging the edge of a video clip shortens the content of the clip. Make sure that someone else has viewed your project and checked for spelling, grammar etc.

    Part 3: Finishing Your Movie

    Once you have viewed your movie several times and have had someone else proof it you are now ready to finish it.

    1. Click “Finish Movie”

    2. Click “Save to My Computer” and name your movie

    3. Browse to your desktop folder and click on it to open it

    4. Click Next

    5. Choose “Best Playback on Computer” even if you are going to convert it later to DVD


     5 Tips for Successful Windows Movie Maker Projects

    This is the second in a series of articles from the Student Multimedia Studio intended to help faculty and students with their multimedia project assignments. For more information about Windows Movie Maker projects visit the SMS Tutorials pages on our website at http://www.library.kent.edu/sms.

    1. Create a Project Folder Create a folder for your movie project and put all the pictures, video and audio files that will be used in your Movie Maker project into that folder THEN immediately open and save the WMM “Project” into the same folder before importing media into the project. This will help assure that you have all the media available for your project if you move from one computer to another.

    2. Start and Finish your WMM Project on the same computer When you move a WMM project from one computer to another, 3 problems might occur:

    Compatibility Issues. Windows Vista and Windows XP versions of WMM are not compatible.

    Collections Disappear. WMM Projects saved on one computer will not reopen on a different computer with the “collections” you imported into the project. You will have to re-import all media if you reopen your WMM Project on a different computer.

    Red X = Missing Files. Sometimes, Red X’s will appear on “clips” on the timeline. To fix this, right click on one of the Red X’d clips and choose “Browse for Missing File”. If you followed Tip #1 above, then after finding just one “missing file”, all the rest will open.

    3. WMM can only edit WMV and “most” AVI Format Videos: Quicktime Movies (.MOV or .M4P), Real Media movies (.RM), and most MPEG movies (.MPG) are not supported by Windows Movie Maker. If you have this type of video, you must CONVERT it to .WMV before you can import it into WMM. “Free” software for converting video formats to .WMV is “Prism Video Converter” available on the web from: http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/

    4. Want BOTH Narration AND Music? WMM only has one audio track for either music or narration, not both simultaneously. The “work around” is to SAVE the MOVIE as a .WMV video file with either the narration or music, then start a new WMM PROJECT, import the MOVIE you just saved into the new project then add the narration or music to the now empty music/narration track. Finally, resave the MOVIE again with all the audio.

    5. Know the difference between saving a .mswmm “PROJECT” file and a .wmv “VIDEO” file. This may seem like a “duh” moment but there are literally 100s of students and faculty who contact the SMS wanting to know why the .mswmm file they saved or were sent won’t play the “video” that was created. Emphasize that, after saving their “video”, they need to try to play it. If the file opens and plays in Windows Media Player it’s a “video”. If the file reopens Windows Movie Maker, it’s NOT a video… it’s a project!