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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training
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Adding and formatting captions in a clip


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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Adding and formatting captions in a clip

When we add titles to a movie, clips are automatically created for those titles, with background colors, and so on. Another option is to use a caption. A caption is text that can appear right on top of existing content, like photos or video. That's what we're going to do right now, as we continue to work with our BeachMovie. We do have two titles: one should be your name, presenting, and then in the second one, the name of the project--in this case My Beach Movie. What we're going to do is remove the second title.
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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files and restoring missing links
      2m 24s
  2. 15m 51s
    1. Installing Windows Live Movie Maker
      2m 19s
    2. Touring the Movie Maker interface
      6m 50s
    3. Starting and saving a new project
      3m 52s
    4. Adjusting the view
      2m 50s
  3. 24m 9s
    1. Understanding what files you can use
      2m 43s
    2. Adding and organizing video and pictures
      5m 17s
    3. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 46s
    4. Importing video from a camcorder
      3m 10s
    5. Importing content from other devices
      4m 22s
    6. Adding music to a project
      3m 51s
  4. 36m 53s
    1. Creating an AutoMovie
      4m 48s
    2. Adding and modifying titles in a project
      4m 26s
    3. Adding and formatting captions in a clip
      3m 17s
    4. Adding and modifying credits in a project
      5m 32s
    5. Adjusting music options
      4m 40s
    6. Trimming and splitting video clips
      5m 53s
    7. Adjusting photo duration and rotation
      3m 3s
    8. Adjusting and mixing video and audio volume
      2m 15s
    9. Creating a snapshot from existing video
      2m 59s
  5. 18m 41s
    1. Creating transitions between clips
      5m 44s
    2. Panning and zooming photos
      3m 9s
    3. Adding visual effects to photos and video
      3m 40s
    4. Adding multiple effects to a single clip
      3m 31s
    5. Removing effects
      2m 37s
  6. 17m 9s
    1. Saving your movie in high definition
      3m 18s
    2. Saving your movie to DVD
      5m 26s
    3. Saving your movie in lower-resolution formats
      2m 14s
    4. Uploading a movie to YouTube
      4m 42s
    5. Publishing a movie to other web locations
      1m 29s
  7. 9m 53s
    1. Making a movie from Windows Live Photo Gallery
      2m 2s
    2. Creating slow-motion video
      3m 2s
    3. Adding additional audio tracks
      4m 49s
  8. 1m 37s
    1. What's next?
      1m 37s

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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training
2h 7m Beginner Dec 02, 2010

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In Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training, David Rivers shows how to make eye-catching movies from home videos and photos. This course will demonstrate how to make a movie quickly using AutoMovie, using its themes, transitions, effects, and titles. The course explores how to take movies to the next level, using more advanced features for formatting content and adding special effects. After creating a movie, learn how to share it online or on DVD, even in high definition. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos, video, and audio from a camera or other source
  • Adding and modifying titles
  • Trimming and splitting video clips
  • Adjusting music volume, fading, splitting, and timing options
  • Creating transitions between clips
  • Panning and zooming photos
  • Making a movie from Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Creating slow motion video
Subject:
Video
Software:
Windows Live Movie Maker
Author:
David Rivers

Adding and formatting captions in a clip

When we add titles to a movie, clips are automatically created for those titles, with background colors, and so on. Another option is to use a caption. A caption is text that can appear right on top of existing content, like photos or video. That's what we're going to do right now, as we continue to work with our BeachMovie. We do have two titles: one should be your name, presenting, and then in the second one, the name of the project--in this case My Beach Movie. What we're going to do is remove the second title.

Couple of ways to do that: You can click the title itself--My Beach Movie--and press Delete on your keyboard. That removes the title, but we still have the clip, which was the background. So another thing we can do is click the clip and press Delete on the keyboard, or right-click to get a pop-up menu and choose Remove from there. Now we're down to our first title, and then it's right into the video footage for our project. This is where we want the caption to go. Now notice the Timeline marker kind of overlaps the title and the beginning of our next frame.

So what we're going to do is just drag that across until we're done with the transition of the title, and into the video itself. Right at about--let's try and get it close to four seconds. 4.03 is good. Here is where we want our caption to go instead of a title. So we go to the Home tab on the Ribbon, in the Add group, and click Caption. Now by default, captions will appear with certain formatting and effects. You'll see it at the bottom of your frame, in this case our video footage.

The text is already selected, or highlighted, so we can type right over that. We're going to type in "My Beach Movie". Of course, this is text that can be edited now. So you can click to the left of it, and you will notice the Format tab under Text tools is selected, so we can change the font if we wanted to. Let's go to a fancy font. We can bold it. Let's bump it up to nice big size. Maybe 36. Let's move it up near the top where it's visible, just above the horizon, our ocean.

If we wanted to, we can add transparency-- let's leave it as is-- change the alignment, the duration--all things we saw when working with a title. What's different though is the effects. The effects appear over to the right-hand side. There is many to choose from. The default, you can see is right here. (Music playing.) It's called Fade. We get to see a preview of that. Let's click the dropdown though, because there is quite a few, and they're categorized. We can go down to the Cinematic (Music playing.) and apply the exact same effect we saw with our title, Cinematic - burst 2.

So we'll click that to select it. Now we can go right back to the beginning by dragging our marker all the way to the left, and see what that looks like by clicking Play. (Music playing.) Very good! So it's just another option, another way of getting text into your presentation. In this case, we've added it on top of the existing content, as opposed to creating a title, because we have the ability in Movie Maker to use captions.

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