Objective

At the end of this training, learners are able to understand & operate functions in Windows Movie Maker (WMM) such as:

  1. Identifying operational features & interface in WMM;
  2. Importing various medias such as videos, images and / or audio into WMM;
  3. Editing WMM project, such as adding effects, transitions, titles and credits;
  4. Finishing & publishing WMM projects as:
    1. Windows Movie Maker (MSWMM) format;
    2. Windows Movie Video (WMV) format.
  5. Tips on making a good video for teaching & learning purposes.

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Introduction

About Windows Movie Maker (WMM)

Windows Movie Maker, or also known as WMM is a basic video creating / editing software included in Microsoft Windows. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles / credits, audio track, timeline narration and Auto Movie.

Have a look at the following WMM icons for the respective operating systems;

Windows Movie Maker Icon for Windows XP

Windows Movie Maker Icon for Windows 7 / Vista

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Importing Videos, Audios and Images

When importing footage in WMM, user can either select to Capture Video (from camera, scanner or other device) or Import into Collections to import existing video files into the collections. Accepted formats of imported videos, audios and images are the following:

  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .dvr-ms, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv
  • Audio files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav, and .wma
  • Picture files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff, and .wmf

You can also import files into Windows Movie Maker that have a different extension from the ones listed above, but not all file types will work when you try to use them to make a movie.

💡 HANDS-ON

1. Importing video & audio into Video bar & Music bar
a. Import video into Collections ➡ drag Video into the Video bar.
b. Import audio / music into Collections ➡ drag audio / music into Audio / Music bar.
c. Import image(s) into Collections ➡ drag image(s) into Video bar.

2. Adding titles or credits to videos
a. Click Make titles or credits ➡ click Add titles at the beginning of the movie.
b. Type Sample Video Production. Enter & on the next line By: (your name).
c. Scroll down ➡ click Done, add title to movie.
d. Play the video in the Preview Screen.

3. Adding titles on the selected clip
a. Click Make titles or credits ➡ click Add title on the selected clip.
b. Type This is flower in motion.
c. Scroll down & click Change the title animation ➡ select Subtitle.
d. Scroll down & click Change the text font and colour.
e. Select Yellow for text colour ➡ click small A to decrease font 1 size smaller.
f. Drag & move the subtitle align with the sample flower video.
g. Click Done, add title to movie.
h. Play the video for preview in Preview Screen.

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Editing in Windows Movie Maker

After capturing, any clips can be dragged & dropped anywhere on the timeline. Once on the timeline, clips can also 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.

WMM can also be used to edit and publish audio tracks. If no video or image is present, then you can just export the sound clips you have as a .wma file. 😉

💡 HANDS-ON 

1. Editing the length of title
a. In Title Overlay bar ➡ click & select title This is flower in motion.
b. The title is checked. Drag the end of the title to extend the length & align with the length of video.
c. Play the video for preview in Preview Screen.

2. Editing the length of audio
a. In Audio / Music bar ➡ click & select audio Sample Music.
b. The audio is checked. Drag the end of the audio to extend the length & align with the length of the song.
c. Play the video for preview in Preview Screen.

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Adding Effects and Transitions

By adding transitions and effects, you can make sure that your movie flows nicely from one scene to the next and give it the look you want.

Transition controls how your movie plays from one video clip or picture to the next. You can add a transition between two pictures, video clips, or titles in any combination on the storyboard / timeline. Choose to use a popular and great-looking transition like a Fade or use more brash transitions; Bars, Shatter, or Zig Zag (to name just a few).

💡 HANDS-ON

1. Adding effects to the movie project
a. In Video bar ➡ right click & select video Sample Fire.
b. The video is selected. Click Video Effects. A pop-up will appear.
c. From the list: select Sepia Tone & Speed Up Double. Click Ok.
d. In Displayed Effects, you may rearrange the list based on a preferred sequence.

e. Play the video for preview in Preview Screen.

2. Adding transitions to the movie project
a. Under Edit Movie ➡ click View Video Transitions. A list of video transitions will appear.
b. Scroll down & select Circles ➡ drag it to the video Sample Flower in Video bar.
c. Play the video for preview in Preview Screen.

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