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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.
Adding visual effects to your photos and video clips in your Movie Maker project can add excitement, but when you go to the Ribbon to do it, you can only select one effect at a time. There is a way to apply multiple effects to a single clip, and that's what we're going to do right now. Still working with our Escape project, let's scroll down near the bottom on the storyboard, where you'll find a clip--which is a photo--called beach_79. Currently, the duration is set to two seconds. So with that selected, the first thing we'll do is click the Edit tab, under Video Tools.
Let's change the Duration to 6 seconds. That way we can really see the effect. If we preview this by clicking Play, we'll see the transition to the photo, and then it's just a static photo that sits there as we view it for 6 seconds. So let's go back to that clip and make sure it's selected, and now we'll apply multiple effects. This means going to the Visual Effects tab on the Ribbon. And instead of just selecting one from what we see here on the Ribbon, let's click the dropdown. You don't have to scroll down to see Multiple effects appear at the bottom of this dropdown menu.
Choose Multiple effects, and now you'll see an alphabetical listing of all of the effects above. So you do have to be familiar with the effects and what they do. Now let's go down to near the bottom where we see Posterize. We'll select it and click Add. Now the displayed effect includes Posterize. Now, we get to add more. This is the cool part. Let's scroll up a little bit, and we'll go to one of those Cinematic options. We'll choose Cinematic and add it.
And if you wanted another one, let's go all the way down to the bottom and choose Warp. Now we have got the three we've added, and they appear in the order we added, from the bottom to the top, but we can rearrange those. If we want Warp down in the middle, just click the Move down or move it up. It's totally up to you, the order. Click Apply. You'll want to experiment with the order to see how the effects appear. Now let's preview that. Click the Play button. There we go. Cool effects.
And then it's on to the next picture. So it totally changed what we were looking at. Now if you want to make some changes-- maybe you didn't like some of your selections--make sure it's selected, go back to the Visual Effects tab, click the dropdown, back to Multiple effects, and now you can work with what you've already selected. Maybe Posterize really doesn't look very good at all. We'll remove it. So select it first then click Remove and then click Apply again to apply the changes and see if that makes more sense. So there we go.
There is the Warp, and you may have seen the Cinematic effect in the background, those bubbles appearing to go through the picture itself. Now this can be applied to more than one clip if you wanted to. Hold down your Shift key, for example, so the last three photos are selected, go to your dropdown, Multiple effects, and you'll see the two that are already there. You can click Apply now to apply those same effects to the other two selected photos. Let's go back to the first one, click Play, and there's the Warp with the Cinematic effect, which is barely visible in the background.
Same thing goes on for the other two, which are very short clips of two seconds each. So you see how you can apply visual effects--more than one at a time--to one or more clips in your Movie Maker project.
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