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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.
When importing photos and video footage, you'll typically be doing so from your digital camera or your video camcorder, but there are other devices you can get media from as well. We are going to take a quick look at some of those options now. As we continue to work with our SurfingUSA project, one option appears with the Home tab selected on the Ribbon in the Add group, and that is a Webcam video. If you have a web cam connected to your computer, you can actually record directly from it into your project.
Now I don't have one connected, and I wouldn't be able to show you how to record while I'm recording what I'm recording right now. But if we click this button, I will see the message saying, "No webcam was found," but I do get to see the controls for recording, stopping, and canceling the recording. You also see a preview in the Preview pane of what you're recording from your webcam. So if you want to include footage of yourself or anything else you want to record with your webcam, you can do so and have it go directly into your project. We will click Close.
Another option is to go to the Movie Maker tab and down to Import from device. Now we have already seen how it works with a digital camera and a video camera, but maybe you have a scanner. Maybe the photos you want to use in your project are not digital; they're printed. Well, in that case, you can put them on your scanner and scan them directly into your project. Or they could be on other devices, like USB drives, for example. Let's check out the Scanner option. If you don't have a scanner, don't worry about it. You can just sit back and watch.
I do have an HP Photosmart scanner attached to my computer, and I do have a paper copy, a printed photograph, sitting on the scanner bed. So I click Import, and I'm going to see a window that pops up based on my particular brand of scanner. In this case, I'm going to be creating a new scan with my HP Photosmart 3100. I do have some options. I can change to another scanner if I wanted to. I have profiles here, including Photo, Documents. This is a photo, so I am going to keep that selected on the Flatbed.
I can choose the format, Color Grayscale or Black and white. The file type is going to be a JPEG. I can even change the resolution from here. Adjust brightness and contrast. First thing though, I should do is click Preview, which will allow me to get a preview of the image on my flatbed. Now in this case, I see a preview over here of the entire flatbed scanner. You can see the image is showing up here. It just takes up a small corner on the top left-hand side. So there it is. There is the preview. Obviously, I don't want all of this white space, so I'm going to just click and drag the handle on the bottom right-hand corner to select the area I want.
Now if it wasn't straight--it was a little crooked--I could do some cropping at the same time here. I am going to do a little bit of that. Take out the edges. Try and center to shell right there, and it looks pretty good. When I am done previewing, adjusting brightness, maybe the contrast a little bit, I'm ready to scan. Clicking the Scan button will do just that. So it's going to scan the area I have selected, and now I'll have a new photo that was, in paper version, added to my project here in Movie Maker.
So let's just give it a second. So it's done scanning now. This little window pops up: Import Pictures and Videos. I can tag the picture if I wanted to. I am just going to call this "Beach100" and click Import. So there it is. It's imported into my library. So you can see a brand-new folder is created. And if this is something I want to be able to use in my project, clicking and dragging it into my project is the easiest way to add it.
In this case, I want to add it near the end, right before the last photo. When I can see that vertical bar between the video clip and my last photo, I let go. It's been added. You can see it's been rotated for me automatically. And now I've got an image in digital format as part of my Movie Maker project that was, just a moment ago, a piece of paper on my scanner. So there are other devices to consider when importing video and photos; scanners, USB drives, external hard drives, and so on can all be plugged into your computer and accessed directly from Movie Maker.
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