Movie Maker 2 - Windows XP
Start - Programs - Accessories - Entertainment - Movie Maker
Contents Pane Preview Pane
Timeline or Storyboard View
Storyboard shows sequence of events (clips, effects, transitions) - easily rearranged by
dragging-doesn’t show audio clips
Timeline - Expanded shows all tracks - you may “trim” in this view
To get to the options menu you will click on Tools and then click options.
You might want to change Temporary storage - You will probably keep the default settings. On
this is where you will be saving your projects. occasion you might want to change the picture
You will want to make sure that wherever you duration or the transition duration to meet your
save them to you have enough hard drive specific needs.
space. While the auto recovery feature is a
great feature it will only recover whatever was
last manually saved.
Working With Collections
Collections are where you store media for your video. Collections will help you keep your media
organized so that you don’t have to search for it. Collections are much like folders on your
computer; you can have subcollections just as you can have subfolders. Collections already
come with three main components, Video Effects, Video Transitions and Collections (where you
keep the components of your video - video clips, still images, audio files, etc.). You should keep
your project in the same folder with your collections (similar to keeping your PowerPoint
presentation and its media files in the same folder). Be sure to read about the Collection File.
To make a new folder in collections click on the new folder icon.
Getting Video From Camera into Movie Maker
With the camera turned off, attach it to the computer using a 394 IEEE cable (also known as
firewire or iLINK)
i. Turn camera on
ii. “Found new hardware” message appears
iii. Capture video using Windows Movie Maker - OK
iv. Video Capture Wizard opens
a. file name
b. location (My Documents - My Video) can make new folder
vi. Choose type - next - method - I prefer to do it manually and use preview
so I have to "start" and "stop" capture, but have better control
vii. Patiently wait - it may seem very slow - then - capture has finished successfully -
then wait again while it “imports” the video and makes clips
Importing Video, Pictures, & Audio Into Your Collection
1. Click on the collection that you want to import into.
2. Click on file
3. Click on Import into collection.
4. Browse to the folder where you have the picture or audio file that you want to import. Your
components will appear into your collection folder. You will then drag your picture to the timeline.
You will do this for your audio, music and video.
Take a “Still” Picture From a Video Clip
Get to the frame you want -be sure you see it in the Monitor pane
On the Tools menu - Take Picture from Preview, or
On the Monitor Controls click the Take Picture button
Save - Indicate location (folder) and type file name,
The still will automatically appear in the collection that is
Working with Clips
Once your video is imported you might need to trim the video clip. To trim your video clip you will
be using the controls in the preview pane. You can use the arrow buttons or the slide lever to get
to the position. Once you are at the position you want to edit you will click on Clip and select start
trim point or set end trim point. If you find that you have trimmed too much of the clip off you can
click the undo arrow. If the undo arrow is not highlighted you can import the clip again.
Split a Video Clip
Get to the frame where you want the splt (use the seek bar)on the Monitor Controls
On the Monitor Controls click the Split Clip button
Combine Video Clips
The two clips must be contiguous (they must have been recorded together so the end time of the
first is the same as the start time of the second.
In the collections pane, select the two clips. On the Clip menu, click Combine.
Adding Elements to the “Movie”
Drag the desired video clip unto either the storyboard or the timeline. Do this for any pictures
Video Effects and Transitions
To view video effects click on Video Effects in the collections pane and video effects will open up
in the contents window. Click on the video effect you want to preview and it will show in the
monitor. Dealing with transitions is similar. When you want to view a video transition click on
Video Transitions in the collections pane. Video transitions will open up in the contents window.
Click on the video transition and you can preview it on the monitor area.
Video Effects Video Tranisitions
Applying Video Effects and Video Transitions
Applying video effects and video transitions to the timeline is much the same as applying a
picture or video to the timeline. For a video effect, drag it unto the clip in the timeline where you
want it. For a video transition, also drag it to the timeline where you want it. Notice there is a
“transition” track on the timeline below. The duration of the transition equals the amount of
overlap between the two clips (see the “shaded” area shared by the two clips in the timeline
You can change the transition length: Click on the second clip. To increase the time, drag it
more over the first clip. To decrease the time, drag it to the right to reduce the overlap.
Applying Titles and Credits
Before your movie is complete, add titles and credits to the project. Click on tools then click on
Titles and Credits. There are several choices for titles. Click on the one that you want, indicate
where you want it placed, and type in your text for the title or credits. You can change the title
animation, change the text font and color.
You might consider creating a slide in PowerPoint to use as a title, credit, or just to insert more
text within the movie. Once the slide is created, save it as a jpg picture, then import it to the
proper collection. Just drag it into the timeline.
You could also create something in Paint, save it as jpg, import it to the proper collection, and
drag it into the timeline.
Title Overlays are titles that appear on top of the video. Just drag a title to the “title overlay”
track on the timeline and it will automatically have the correct amount of transparency.
Working with Audio
Working with audio is the same as working with video effects and transitions. You will drag your
audio to the timeline’s audio track. To trim the song you will place your mouse at the end of the
song (notice the trim “handle” is a two-way arrow) and simply click and drag back to the end of
the picture or wherever you want.
audio that is part of the video clip
Add narration if wanted, by clicking Tools in the menu bar, then “Narrate Timeline”. The timeline
indicator must be on an empty space in the audio/music track, then click Start Narration. Click
Stop Narration when finished. Save (it will appear in the audio/music track). Click Done
Add background music if wanted. The timeline indicator must be on an empty space in the
audio/music track, then drag the sound clip onto the audio/music track
NOTE: You may use only the sound from a video clip by dragging the clip into the audio/music
Audio effects. You may have a video file that contains audio you do not want to be heard in
your project. You can mute the audio on the Audio track or the Audio/Music track, so it is not
heard in your project by clicking on the Clip menu, click Audio, click Mute. From this menu you
could also select Fade In or Fade Out - these effects last about two-thirds of a second.
A great free audio source - www.freeplaymusic.com - mmp3 listed by time length makes it
easy to find background that will “fit” your finished project
midi files may not be used in MovieMaker - iTunes (free download from www.apple.com)
easily converts midi files to mp3 files
The collections file, which has a .dat file name extension, is a database that stores information
about the organization of your collections and the clips within your collections. The collections file
is located on your hard disk in the following folder:
\Documents and Settings\UserAccountName\Local Settings\Application
A collections file is created for each user. The collection file does not contain the source files that
you import into your collections. If the source file is deleted, renamed, or moved from the location
from where it was imported, you cannot use the source file unless you locate the source file or
import it again.
Saving the Project
Be sure to save your “project” often. As long as you have a saved project, you can continue
editing. The project file is saved with an .mswmm extension. Even after you have saved your
project as a movie, you would still be able to make changes to the project as needed - then just
save as a different movie.
Saving as a Movie
Once you are satisfied with your project you will need to save it as a movie. Click on file and Save
Movie File. Be patient, this may take a longer amount of time than you expect. There are several
options for saving your project. You can
Save it to your computer. Many file options are available.
Save it to a recordable CD.
Save it to send in E-mail. Save it to the web.
Save it back to your DV camera.
If you have a DVD burner on your computer you will save your project to your computer
first then you will burn it to the DVD.
Just click on the option that you plan to use and then follow the onscreen prompts.
The following software is required to play back a movie:
Microsoft Windows 98 or later or Windows NT® 4.0 or later
Software that can play Windows Media Video (WMV) files, such as Microsoft Windows
Media Player 7.0 or later.
Screen Capture Recommendation
Snag It! was used to capture the screen shots used in this document. It is
available for purchase at www.techsmith.com - special education pricing is
available (Feb 2005 ed price was $24.95). Snag It! also can capture video of
your mouse actions and keystrokes which is useful for training - you may record
an audio narration with these actions. I realize this can all be accomplished with
Microsoft Encoder also (free download from Microsoft), but I think better results
are obtained with Snag It!
TIMELINE - Keyboard Shortcuts
Action Shortcut Keys
Back to beginning of clip CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW
Forward to end of clip CTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Previous frame ALT+LEFT ARROW
Next frame ALT+RIGHT ARROW
KAB ~~ March 2005