Windows Movie Maker Tutorial – Windows Movie Maker is a free Video Editing Software for professional using provided by Microsoft. It can help us easily and quickly create your outstanding video, and then share it on YouTube, OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr, ect.
There are plenty of tutorials out there geared to helping users better understand Windows Movie Maker, but which ones are the most useful and how to use Windows Movie Maker correctly? Below are a-z steps how to use Windows Movie Maker as beginner for professional using or social media need.
Step 1 : Importing Files
1. Adding Videos and Photos
Open Windows Movie Maker to get its main interface, as shown below.
Now, we can try the following steps to import files to Movie Maker:
Click the Home tab, and then click the Add videos and photos button in the Add group.
In the Add Videos and Photos dialog box, select the photo or video that we want to add and then click on Open button to continue. press the Ctrl button to select more than one file to import.
After adding photos to Movie Maker 2012, then change the Duration of your photos, and the default is 7 seconds.
Sometimes, we may receive the warning “Movie Maker is preparing your files”. Movie Maker will generate preview files to improve playback of some video file types. If the message appears when we import files, wait until the program has finished generating the previews before trying to edit. Depending on the number and size of files in our project, and this might take a few minutes.
Windows Movie Maker can also let us create movies by using photos and videos imported from Photo Gallery, a DVD, a digital camcorder or a smartphone. We can read this post “How to Add Pictures and Videos to Windows Movie Maker” to know more detailed information.
2. Adding Audios
Click the Add music button under the Home tab.
Click Add Music option to add audio to the entire project. (Here, if we want to place the audio at a particular point in the project, we can navigate to the place in the project and then choose the Add music at the current point.)
Select the music file you wish to import and then click the Open button.
3. Adding Narrations
If we want to tell the story in our own words by recording a narration for your movie, we can click the Record narration button in the Add group, and then hit the red Record button and start speaking into our computer’s built-in Mic. It is recommended to record in a quiet place with no background noise.
After importing files, we may want to split or trim our clips to make a cool video. Keep reading the Windows Movie Maker tutorial to find more details.
Windows Movie Maker Tutorial for Beginner
Step 2 : Editing Clips
1. Moving Files in a Project
We can directly drag the files to rearrange them in a different order within a project.
2. Trimming Files
Windows Movie Maker offers the Trim tool to help us remove unwanted frames from the start or end of a clip. Try the following steps to learn how to use Movie Maker to crop a smaller clip out of a larger clip.
- Navigate to the point where you wish a clip to begin.
- Click the Video Tools Edit tab and then click Set start point.
- Navigate to the clip where we wish a clip to end, and then click Set end point.
3. Splitting Files
Is it possible to cut a clip into smaller sections without losing any frames in the process?
Of course. The answer is positive.
However, how to use Movie Maker to split a large video into 2 small clips?
Try the following steps to divide a long clip of footage.
In the Storyboard Pane, choose the video point where you want to split (or drag the Vertical line to the desired place).
Click the Edit tag under Video Tools, and then click on the Split button.
Thus, the video has been divided into 2 small clips.
Watch How to Split and Trim Video in Windows Movie Maker for Beginner to learn how to use Windows Movie Maker to split and trim video.
Step 3 : Adding Transition and Visual Effect
1. Adding Transitions between Clips
Transition effects, amply used in video editing program like Windows Movie Maker, appear when one slide/clip replaces another one, improving video editing skills.
Movie Maker offers numerous transition styles including Diagonals, Dissolves, Patterns and Shapes, Reveals, Shatters, etc. Bellow are steps to use Microsoft Movie Maker to add transitions between clips.
- Select the clip to which you wish to add a transition. After selecting, you will find a blur highlight square, as shown below.
- Click the Animations tab on the ribbon toolbar to bring up the dozens of transition choices.
- Select the desired transition effect. we can hover the mouse over it to see what it looks like in the Preview window before selecting. Then, Movie Maker will automatically add the transition between the beginning of the selected clip and the end of the previous clip. We’are able to adjust the duration of the transition from a quarter of a second to two seconds.
2. Adding Pan and Zoom Effects
While adding transitions between clips, I’m sure you’ve noticed the Pan and Zoom gallery. Pan and Zoom effects (also known famously as the Ken Burns effect) mean viewing a static image as if it is a motion picture. The panning and zooming of the picture brings the illusion of motion. Here is the basics.
- Select a photo.
- Click on the Animations tab, click the More button on the Pan and Zoom gallery.
- Choose the effect. If not sure, we can choose the Automatic effect and Movie Maker will pick one randomly. If we want the same effect applied to all your photos, click the Apply to all button in the Pan and Zoom ribbon area.
3. Adding Visual Effects
Windows Movie Maker also offers a lot of visual effects to give us a deep set of visual flair.
- Select the clip we want to add visual effects.
- Click the Visual Effects tab on the ribbon toolbar.
- Hover the mouse over a specific effect to preview it and select it.
4. Removing Transitions and Visual Effects
Generally, it is very easy to remove transitions and visual effects.
- Removing transitions: Select the target clip, click the Animations tab, and then select No transition button at the far left of the transition group.
- Removing visual effects: Select the clip which has been attached visual effects, click on the Visual Effects tab, scroll to the top of the effects list and select No effect.
Step 4 : Adding Text to Video
We can add titles, captions, and credits to the video to make it more authentic and a showcase people who worked on the production. Here, for instance, show how to use Windows Movie Maker to add caption to movie.
- Select the clip you want to add a caption.
- Click the Home tab and then choose Caption.
- Windows Movie Maker will insert a text box over the top of the selected clip.
- Enter the caption text.
- Choose fonts and styles under the Text Tools Format tab.
- Apply a text effect to those words.
In addition to caption, we also can add title to the front of the clip we’ve selected, as well as add credits (including Credits, Director, Starring, Location, and Soundtrack) to the end of the sequence.
Step 5 Exporting and Sharing Video
With Windows Movie Maker, we sure can save movie in computer, phone, and other devices, directly upload to our YouTube Channel right from the program. Click the Save movie button in the Home tab to save the created video then type a name for the video title, and click Save button.
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