SOURCE MOVIE MAKER
Movie Maker is a free program that comes with Windows XP that can be used for editing basic video clips. Movies are created in the Windows Media file format (.wmv). Recording Video with a Digital Video Camera Video must be captured with a digital video camera. For video podcasting, it is recommended to record video in standard video and not in high definition. When recording, keep in mind that the built-in microphone has limited range (usually between 10-15 feet). If you need better audio or will need to record at a distant range, consider using a remote microphone. Also consider placing your camera on a tripod to ensure steady camera control.
Downloading Video from the Camera to the PC Once your video is captured; you must transfer the video to Movie Maker so it can be edited.
1. Connect your camera to the PC with the USB or Fire wire (iLink) cable provided with your camera.
2. Click the Capture from video device link located under Capture Video in the Movie Tasks window. (You may need to first install the correct software/drivers for your camera).
3. Next, click on your camera in the Available devices section of the Video Capture Wizard. Click Next.
4. On the Capture Video File page, type a name for your video and choose a place to save it. Click Next.
5. On the Video Settings page, click Next.
6. Make sure you queue your video camera to a few seconds before the video you want to capture. Press play on your video camera and click the Start Capture button.
7. Click the Stop Capture button when has finished capturing all the video that you want. Click Finish.
8. Your video clip or clips will appear in the Collection Library. Recording Video with a Web Cam You can also capture video with a web cam. (Follow the web cam instructions for installation.)
1. Click the Capture from video device link located under Capture Video in the Movie Tasks window.
2. Next, click on your web cam in the Available devices section of the Video Capture Wizard. Select your Audio Device and Input Source.
Do a sound check to make sure the Input Level is high enough. Click Next.
3. On the Capture Video File page, type a name for your video and choose a place to save it. Click Next.
4. On the Video Settings page, click Next.
5. Click the Mute Speakers box before you begin. When you are ready to begin recording, click the Start Capture button.
6. Click the Stop Capture button when have finished recording. Click Finish.
7. Your video clip will appear in the Collection Library.
A Quick Look at the Movie Maker Interface
Start a New Project, select File > New Project
Importing Existing Media Files
In the Movie Tasks window under the Capture Video section, Windows Movie Maker gives you 4 options for importing content. Imported files become part of the project’s Collection Library. Capture from video, Import video, Import pictures, Import audio or music, Files supported by Movie Maker
Adding Video Clips and Pictures to the Storyboard
When you import or capture video, Movie Maker places the clips in the current collection. You can then edit or trim these clips to suit your video.
1. View all items in your collection, select View > Collections from the menu.
2. Place the clip you want to edit in the first frame of the Storyboard. Do this by clicking and dragging the clip from the Collection library down to the storyboard located at the bottom of the screen.
3. For a more detailed view while you edit, switch the Storyboard to Timeline View.
4. Select the clip and click the Play button on the Preview Monitor. (If the clip is not at the first frame, click the Back button on the Preview Monitor.)
1. Let the clip play until it reaches the point you want to trim or edit. Select the Pause button and the Previous/Next Frame buttons to get to the exact frame you wish to split.
2. Click the Split Clip button on the Preview Monitor. This cuts your clip into two separate clips at the current point.
3. Delete the portion of the clip you no longer need by right-clicking it and then selecting Delete.
Adding Effects, Transitions, Titles and Credits
In the Movie Tasks window under the Edit Movie section, you will find options for editing your video.
View video effects
Click video effects option to see the effects available to add to your video project such as film age, sepia tone, and fades. To add a video effect: Click and drag the desired video effect and drop it over the Star on a video clip in the storyboard or timeline. To delete the effect right-click over the star and choose Delete Effects.
View video transitions
Click video transitions option to see the transitions available to add to your video project such as dissolve, iris, and slide. To add a video transition: Click and drag the desired transition and drop it between two video clips in the timeline or storyboard where you want the transition to occur. To delete the transition, click on the transition and press the Delete key.
Make titles or credits
If you want to add titles or credits, click the Make titles or credits link under the Edit Movie section of the Movie Tasks window. To add a title or credits:1. First, choose where you want to add your title from one of the following five options:
- Add title at the beginning of the movie.
- Add title before the selected clip in the timeline.
- Add title on the selected clip in the timeline.
- Add title after the selected clip in the timeline.
- Add credits at the end of the movie.
2. Next, enter the text for your title in the provided text box.
3. Click the Change the title animation link and choose an animation from the list. (If you want to edit the text you can click the Edit the title text link)
4. If you want to edit the title colour, background colour, font and position, click the Change the text font and colour link.
5. When you are satisfied with your title, select Done, add title to movie link.
Working with Audio/Music Tracks
- Click the Import audio or music link located in the Capture Video section.
- Locate your audio file, select it, and click Import.
- The file will appear in your Collections window.
- To add the audio to your movie simply click and drag the file from the Collections window to the Audio/Music track of the timeline.