Originally posted by easynow
i guess i am going to have to look at the movie maker program again but it did look overwhelming to someone that is just starting to experiment with
this kinda stuff.
I wrote these instructions a while ago for someone. So, I'll just post them here:
Start >> All Programs >> Windows Movie Maker
Basically, just follow the instructions on the left side under “Movie Tasks”. (If you don’t see “Movie Tasks” Click the “Tasks” button
in the menu bar. That’s a toggle button that shows and hides the “Movie Tasks” area.) Just move from top to bottom, using the functions you
!! Save your project early and often!! I have lost projects when it just froze for no reason.
On the left, under “Movie Tasks” choose either Import Video (see **below) or Import Pictures.
Repeat this step for Pictures until all your pictures are loaded in the Collections area in the center.
At the bottom, you’ll either see a Storyboard or a Timeline. There’s a toggle switch down there, too, that toggles between the two. It has to be
in Storyboard mode to drag and place your pictures down there and in Timeline mode to add music to the pictures.
So do that. Drag and place your pictures in the order that you want them to appear.
**For a video [instead of still pictures], just import and drag the video into the first block on the storyboard and follow the other instructions.
You can only load one video clip at a time, so if you're doing a series of video clips, you have to import the video, add it to the timeline and then
import the next one.
You can then add Video Effects (from the “Movie Tasks” area) by selecting “View Video Effects” and clicking and dragging them onto the
pictures you wish to effect. Keep in mind that Video Effects change the look of your pictures and the length of the overall video.
Then add Video Transitions in the same way between the pictures. Video Transitions are the way the pictures change from one to the next.
(I do all the video effects and transitions BEFORE I import the audio because the video effects change the length of the overall video and I like to
match the audio length with the video length if I can.)
Then click “Import Audio” to browse on your computer and find the music. It is then added to your Collections area. You can click and drag that to
the bottom, too, but the bottom will switch to Timeline mode. It has to be in Timeline mode to add your music.
To “mute” your original audio from the movie (so you hear only the imported music), select and slide the slider all the way over to
Then click “Make Title or Credits” to title your movie, add credits at the end or make comments throughout the movie.
You can click and drag the individual pictures in timeline mode to make them longer or shorter.
Once you have your movie and watched the completed project in the viewer screen on the right, click “Save to my Computer” in the “Movie Tasks”
I messed around quite a bit, had to add and subtract pictures to get it the right length for the music and all, but that’s how we learn.
can you download utube video's on that program and edit them to be reposted on you tube ?
I have never downloaded from YouTube, but if you can get in on your computer, you can load it into moviemaker from there.
[edit on 10-11-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]