We show you how to create the perfect home move, complete with titles, music and transitions, then output it to DVD or as an email attachment.
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1. Movie Maker’s Tasks pane lists common actions, while the Collections window is used to access folders of clips. Select these using the View menu. The preview window on the right displays clips and can be adjusted in size by dragging the corners. Playback is controlled with the buttons underneath.
2. The default view is Storyboard – a sequence of thumbnail clips, effects and transitions, which you can drag around and rearrange. Audio is visible only in Timeline view, which has a more detailed option for finer editing such as trimming clips. Clicking the arrow beside the mode title switches between the two views.
3. One of the first things you’ll want to do is organise your clips and split any that need it. Select a clip by clicking on it. Click Play under the preview monitor, then Pause when you reach the point where you want to split it. Underneath the preview monitor click Split. To join two clips choose Clip, Combine.
4. Storyboard transitions appear between clips; Timeline displays them on a separate track. Click a point in the video you wish to enhance with a transition. Choose Tools, Transitions, select one, then add it to your project using the Clip menu. Dragging the sides alters the duration; Edit, Remove deletes it.
5. Effects are added in much the same way as Transitions. Select the clip you want to apply the effect to and choose Tools, Effects. Choose an effect from the Contents pane and click Play in the preview monitor to preview it. Now choose Clip, Add to Timeline or Add to Storyboard.
6. Titles and credits appear on a separate track in Timeline view. To make them appear before or after the clip, place them on the Timeline’s Video track. Place them on the Title Overlay track to make them appear over the top of a clip. Click Tools, Titles and Credits, select your title and type into the Enter text for title box.
7. To alter the title animation click ‘Change the title animation and select an animation from the list’. Adjust the font and colour if necessary by clicking Change the text and font and colour, then click Add Title. You can adjust the duration of the title or credit by clicking the end trim handle and dragging it.
8. It’s easy to improve the ambience of your movie in Windows Movie Maker by adding some background music. Choose File, Import Media Items and browse for the audio file you wish to include. Next, click Import and drag the music file to the Audio/Music track of the Timeline.
9. To add Narration, select Timeline. Move the indicator on the Audio/Music track to where you want narration to begin. Click Tools, Narrate Timeline. Click Show Options and Mute Speakers. Select the audio-capture device, click Start Narration and begin speaking. Select Stop Narration when you have finished.
10. To publish your movie to your PC choose File, Publish Movie. Choose ‘This computer’ and click Next. Type a name in the box. Select where you want to save your published movie in the Publish box. Click Next, Publish. To watch the video after publishing, choose ‘Play when I click Finish’. Click Finish.