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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training
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Creating an AutoMovie


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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Creating an AutoMovie

By far the fastest and easiest way to get started in a Movie Maker project is to use AutoMovie themes, something we are going to look at right now as we start a brand-new project from scratch. If we have anything onscreen, click the Movie Maker tab, select New Project, and you'll see what I see. So let's add our videos and photos. We can do that by going right to the storyboard because we started a new project and click where it says, "Click here to browse for videos and photos." We will go to the Assets folder in Chapter3, where we do see a number of photos and a couple of videos.
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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

Creating an AutoMovie

By far the fastest and easiest way to get started in a Movie Maker project is to use AutoMovie themes, something we are going to look at right now as we start a brand-new project from scratch. If we have anything onscreen, click the Movie Maker tab, select New Project, and you'll see what I see. So let's add our videos and photos. We can do that by going right to the storyboard because we started a new project and click where it says, "Click here to browse for videos and photos." We will go to the Assets folder in Chapter3, where we do see a number of photos and a couple of videos.

We will just click inside there, and to select everything, use Ctrl+A. Notice everything is now selected, so you can click the Open button, and everything gets added in the order we saw it in the folder. Now let's scroll down near the bottom, where you will see the last two video clips. Just click the second-to-last one. So now it's the only clip that's selected, and we could drag this up to the beginning, and as you drag it you'll notice the Move tooltip appears. As you reach near the top of the storyboard, it starts to scroll for you.

Now the other option is to right- click this, cut it, move to the top of the storyboard, and paste it there. So depending on the length of your project and how much scrolling you have to do, you might want to choose that option. But when you see the divider at the beginning of the first clip, you can let go, and you can move it to the very beginning. So we've got our video and our photos. Let's go to the AutoMovie themes now, and I am just going to click the first photo, so after the video clip-- because when we go to the AutoMovie themes you're going to see a little preview. Contemporary.

Go to the next one. Cinematic. And you'll notice as you hover over these, you'll see a preview. Some of them add titles. Now the very first option, which is the default, has no special effects. No transitions. No credits. No titles. The rest do, and you can click this little dropdown to see the other ones, like Pan and zoom. There's the title. Black and white. Sepia as well. Let's go to Pan and zoom, and select it. Now you'll see this little message saying that music hasn't been added yet.

Now we could have done that ahead of time, or we can do it now. If you say Yes to this, you'll be adding music and let's say the music isn't long enough. It will loop around and start over, so it is long enough. In this case, our project is over 7 minutes and 20 seconds, so we can add it now and have it automatically looping around for us, or you can say No and do it yourself. Let's click No. Now you are going to see things like these little triangles, indicating transitions. You are also going to see the little squares in the top left corner of each clip, indicating it's using the Pan and zoom, AutoMovie transition, and special effect.

So all of these options now have been applied because you used AutoMovie. It could have been done individually. It could take forever to do it. But now we are going to add our music to our movie, which is 6 minutes and 13 seconds right now. Let's click Add Music, and we'll go to the Assets folder again under Chapter3, where we find the Jellybricks song called So Many Times. It's the full version, and when we click Open, it gets added. And like we saw in that previous movie, it's not quite long enough.

It doesn't reach the end of our entire project, so we can click the Project tab on the Ribbon, choose Fit to Music, and now our project is only 3 minutes and 58 seconds long. It still has the titles. As we scroll down to the bottom, the other thing, when we chose the AutoMovie for Pan and Zoom, we see Directed By, Starring, Filmed On Location; all of these were added for us. So let's go to the Save button on the Quick Access Toolbar. Ctrl+S is your keyboard shortcut.

We'll save it to the Desktop, and let's just call it "BeachMovie," like so. Notice the extension WLMP. It's a project. So all of the assets we chose have to stay in the Assets folder under Chapter3. As soon as we start moving those around, they will disappear from our project. So if we want to test this out, we can click the Play button. (Clip playing.) That's very cool.

How long did that take us to create a very cool music video using our video, our photos, our song? We even have a title that can be edited, as well as the credits that appear at the end. These are things we are going to do as we continue to work with our BeachMovie project.

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