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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.
If you have photos on a digital camera that you haven't uploaded to your computer yet, you can import them directly from your camera into your Movie Maker project. We are going to do that right now using our SurfingUSA project. The first step, of course, is to connect your camera to the computer. When you do that in Windows, the AutoPlay window shows up, offering some options for importing your pictures and video. But we are not actually going to use any of these options. We are going to close that window, and we are going to import directly from Movie Maker.
So here we are with our Movie Maker project. We are going to go up to the Movie Maker tab, because that's where you're going to find Import from device. When you select this, you'll see a list of devices connected to your computer. For me, I have a scanner and what appears to be a removable disk. Under Other Devices, if your camera brand is not recognized, it may show up as a removable device-- in this case, Disk F:. Well, that's the device. That's my camera.
I am going to select it by clicking it and then click Import. What this will do is show you a little window with some options for importing your photos and/or video-- some digital cameras also have video capabilities. The first option is to allow you to review the contents of your camera, organize, and group items to be imported, so you can pick and choose. Or, if you just want everything from your camera, you might select Import all new items now. Let's leave the first one selected.
If you have a camera, you can follow along with me. If you don't have a camera, you can actually find the pictures that we are going to be importing in your exercise files. But with review, organize, and group selected, we will click Next. Now this is going to show you a list of items and groups all based on time. In other words, the amount of time in between taking the pictures, you will see different groups, and that time can be adjusted. You can see Adjust groups down below has a slider. You can move it to the right if we want to increase the time--16 hours between groups, for example--or to the left if you want to see more groups and less time in between groups.
I am going to move mine to about 20 hours. Now I do see some thumbnails, and you'll see the same thing for the different groups. And I know what I'm looking for is some more beach photos. It looks like the first group might have some--11 items altogether--and I can view them all by clicking the link. As I scroll little further down, here's another one with 49 items. So I can actually just click the actual thumbnails to expand the group, or click view all 49 items and then scroll down to see thumbnails for each of the images. There we go! Notice that everything has a check mark in the check box.
Everything is selected by default. So you will be importing everything unless you deselect the Select all check box. Now nothing is selected. As you hover over the thumbnails, you will see their names, and you will also see the check box is unchecked. So let's just scroll down and choose a couple of these. I am going to click the check mark next to that. Then I am going to find 61 and check that one as well. Like I said, if you don't have a camera connected right now, you can access these exact photos from your exercise files. We'll click Import now, and you can see each of the items is being imported.
Do I want to erase them after they're important? No, by default that's not checked, and you probably don't want to remove them from your camera if you are ticking them directly into Movie Maker. Now what's going to happen is Windows Live Photo Gallery will launch by default. You'll see your two images. Would you like to use Windows Live Photo Gallery to open these types of files? You can choose Yes or No, and you can choose not to see this message again. I am going to click No. With our Photo Gallery open, as we look over to our project here, we are missing these two photos.
All we have to do is drag them over. And we can drag them to the exact location where we want them. So this one here, which is the photo 75, we will just drag it over, and we will slip it in between the first photo in the first video clip, and release. You can see how that gets added. Now we can switch back to Photo Gallery to get the other one. There it is! We will move it just after the video clip with our surfer taking a look at the ocean.
So now we have combined some video clips and photos, and we've got them in the right order. We're able to take photos directly from our camera. Of course, you'll want to save up your project, clicking the Save button before moving onto the bringing in video clips directly from a video camera.
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