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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.
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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