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A cool effect you may have seen in the real world--whether it be on TV or in the movies--is when a still photo turns into an actual video clip, or vice-versa: a video clip hits a freeze frame and freezes on an exact point in that video. This is an effect you can create in Movie Maker using the Snapshot tool. That's we're going to do right now with our BeachMovie. We're going to go to the video clip of our surfers. So the first step is to click that video clip. Now we can move our marker to any position in that video clip and create a snapshot.
If we want to create the effect of a snapshot coming to life, we'll move it right back to the beginning. So you can just click the clip to make sure the marker is at the very beginning of the clip. Then with the Home Selected on the Ribbon, in the Add group, you'll notice Snapshot. This allows you to create a snapshot of what you're previewing right now in the Preview screen. So we'll click that button. It's going to name it for you automatically and save it. So you can type in whatever name you want here-- let's type in "Surfers"--and choose any location, like your Desktop, for example.
When you click Save, it saves the snapshot, but it also adds it to the actual project. You can see it gets added right after our clip. So what we'd rather see is our photo come to life, so we'll click and drag that clip in front of the video clip. The other thing that happens, as you may know, whenever you add a photo--or in this case insert a snapshot-- certain default settings are applied. In this case, as we hover over it, you can see it's a seven-second clip.
So there are a few things we might want to change, like the transition and the pan and zoom effects that have been applied. So let's start by going to the Edit tab, under Video Tools. We'll change the Duration down to--how about 2.00 seconds? Now the other thing we'll do is go to the Animations tab. We don't want any animations, so we'll click the little dropdown here for transitions and just scroll all the way up to the top where it says None, and click. We're going to be working with animations, transitions, and effects a little bit later on.
But for now, we'll go over to the Pan and Zoom area of the Ribbon, and select the first option, which is No pan and zoom. So we're removing all effects at this point. We're just going to have our still photo clip that will lead into the video clip. Now we're ready to see what this looks like. Click the Play button. (Video playing.) You can see how that photo just came to life as it led into the video clip. So with the Snapshot tool, you can take a snapshot at any point in a video clip and then use that in your project.
Another neat effect you may see is where the video just freezes and then continues on. In that case, you might go into a video clips, split it, and create a snapshot that you place in between. Lots of cool things you can do with the Snapshot tool!
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