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Creating a snapshot from existing video

From: Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

Video: Creating a snapshot from existing video

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.

Creating a snapshot from existing video

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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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

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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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