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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.
The moment you add a photo to your Movie Maker Project, certain default attributes are assigned for you-- for example, a default duration of seven seconds. Sometimes photos will be rotated for you; sometimes they won't, if that information is not stored in the photo. So we are going to look at those two options right now, continuing with our BeachMovie. Now if we were to hover over any one of the photos here-- let's go to beach_5, which is some tracks in the sand here-- you'll notice the duration is set to 4.76 seconds.
If we move to the next one, you'll notice that duration is exactly the same, 4.76, and so on. The reason for this is we decided to make our project fit the length of the music choice we made. So in this case, all of those seven second durations were knocked down to 4.76 seconds, but we can adjust that manually. So let's go back to beach_5 and just click to select it. Now any changes we make will be applied to this one selected photo. And you might not see it in the preview-- you'll probably see the end of the previous clip--but you can move your marker halfway across to see a preview of that photo.
Now we are going to make some adjustments, starting with the rotation. This is actually turned on its side, and it needs to be rotated a little bit to the left. So you'll notice, in the Editing group here with the Home tab selected, there are two rotate options: Rotate Left and Rotate Right. Each time you click this button, it will rotate either left 90 degrees or right degrees. And it looks like we need to rotate this to the left 90 degrees, so we'll click the Rotate Left. You can see that looks a little bit better. Now, of course, we end up with black on the sides, but that's the way the photo was taken.
That's the way it should be displayed. If you rotate left again, you can see it goes back the other way, so we can rotate right 90 degrees to bring it back. So that looks much better. Now of course, you can be doing this with many photos if you select multiple photos using your Shift or Ctrl keys, but we are just applying it to this one clip. And because it has a transition and a duration, it's really treated as a video. So the other options we are looking for will appear under the Video Tools > Edit tab. We'll click the Edit tab, right under Video tools.
Most of the video options don't apply here, but the Duration does. And you can see those 4.76 seconds. So if you wanted to knock this down or bring it up, just click the dropdown. You'll see a number of presets to choose from. So if you wanted to bring it down to three seconds, you could click 3. And you will notice that takes us to the next clip, which is set to 4.76. So we'll go back and click the previous clip. This is our beach_5, and you can see the duration is set to 3. If you wanted it to be 3.5 seconds, that's not a preset when you click the dropdown, so just come in here and type in "3.5" and press Enter, and you now have a three-and-a-half-second-long clip.
So that's all there is to rotating and changing the duration defaults that are assigned to your photos here in Movie Maker.
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