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Adjusting music options


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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Adjusting music options

If you're going to be working with a music file in your Movie Maker project, there are number of tools that you have at your disposal for doing things like fading the music in and out, trimming, splitting the music clip, even adjusting the volume-- things we're going to look at right now with our BeachMovie. You'll notice when we go to the storyboard, the tune called So Many Times by the Jellybricks does appear. We inserted it in a previous lesson, and it starts right at the beginning with our very first clip, which is a 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

Adjusting music options

If you're going to be working with a music file in your Movie Maker project, there are number of tools that you have at your disposal for doing things like fading the music in and out, trimming, splitting the music clip, even adjusting the volume-- things we're going to look at right now with our BeachMovie. You'll notice when we go to the storyboard, the tune called So Many Times by the Jellybricks does appear. We inserted it in a previous lesson, and it starts right at the beginning with our very first clip, which is a title.

Now we can adjust where it starts, where it ends, and what it sounds like by going to the Options tab, under Music tools. So long as your marker is somewhere in music in your storyboard, you will see the Music Tools > Options tab. Let's give it a click. Well, we have two groups here: one for adjusting the audio and one for editing the actual clip itself. Now here we see the beginning of the song, starting right at the beginning of our very first clip, but maybe would be better if it started a little bit later.

So we can change the start time. One option is to use Set start time by moving our marker. So we'll just click and drag to the spot where we want the music to start and then click Set start time. You can see it changes the start time in this case to about 1.5 seconds. Now, the other option is to click and drag the actual music clip itself. Right on the storyboard, click anywhere inside and then just click and drag. You're actually moving the start marker to the left, in this case, and when you let go, that's where it's going to start.

You've just adjust the start time. The other option is to use the up and down arrows, or simply type in an exact number that we want it to start at. 1, for example. Type in 1. You can press Enter, and you've locked in at one second. So you can be very precise with this. Now you can also trim the music, so that is to cut off the beginning or end of the song using Set start point and Set end point options, or typing in, or using the Arrow keys to set a start point and end point.

This is going to actually cut off parts of the song though, when you do this. So, for example, if we clicked at the end of our first clip or just dragged the marker to the end of our first clip-- which is the title--and we choose Set that as the start point, we would actually be trimming off the beginning of our song. Same thing goes for working with the end of the song, if we were to go to the end of our project and set the end point. You can see numbers will be inserted for start and end points. The other option is to split it up.

Maybe we don't want to hear the song when our video clip is playing, so we'll just click the video clip itself, and that moves the marker right to the beginning of the clip. This might be good spot to split it. Now we're going to split in this case because the Options tab under Music tools is that we're just splitting the music, not the video clip. So now it's split. Now, if we didn't do anything, it would continue to play smoothly. But what we're going to do now is just move this over to the end of our video clip. You can see now the music starts, there is a pause, and then it kicks up again at the end of our video clip-- something you might want to do when you're going to be inserting video where there is audio and you don't want them competing with each other.

Of course, if you don't like that, you can always click Undo. Let's click Undo twice to bring it right back to a solid stream. There we go. Now, let's work with fading in and out. Fade in they're obviously is going to fade in the music, and it can be Slow, Medium, or a Fast fade. Let's choose Fast. For the fade out at the end, we'll do a Slow fade, so it gradually goes out to nothing. We can also adjust the music volume.

If you find it too loud, just bring it down to an acceptable level. You can always listen to that by clicking Play. (Music playing.) At anytime if you don't like what you hear, you can always go back and make adjustments. Let's go back to the Home tab. So when you're working with music in the background, you have many tools at your disposal.

Remember that Options tab that pops up whenever your marker is placed over music in the storyboard. If we were to move our marker away from the music and back into our first clip, notice the options tab has disappeared for working with music tools. Your marker has to be inside the song.

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