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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training
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Importing video from a camcorder


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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Importing video from a camcorder

If you have video footage on your video camera that you haven't uploaded to your computer as of yet, you can import directly from within Movie Maker. That's what we are going to do now, and the first step is to, of course, connect your video camera to the computer. And when you do, Windows will display the AutoPlay window, giving you options for importing your pictures and video directly into your computer. That's now what we want to do; we want to bring them right into our projects, so we are going to close this up, and we'll go to our Movie Maker tab.
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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

Importing video from a camcorder

If you have video footage on your video camera that you haven't uploaded to your computer as of yet, you can import directly from within Movie Maker. That's what we are going to do now, and the first step is to, of course, connect your video camera to the computer. And when you do, Windows will display the AutoPlay window, giving you options for importing your pictures and video directly into your computer. That's now what we want to do; we want to bring them right into our projects, so we are going to close this up, and we'll go to our Movie Maker tab.

I am still working with our SurfingUSA project. Click there and go down to Import from device. You will see the device is connected to your computer, and under Other Devices, my Canon video camera does appear as G. I am going to select it and click Import. And just like we saw when working with photos, the Import Photos and Videos wizard begins here. The first question is, do we want to be able to review, organize, and group the items that we want to import, selecting maybe one here or there, or do we just want bring everything in by selecting Import all new items now? If there are select clips you want to bring in, make sure Review, organize, and group items to import is selected before clicking Next.

Now you are going to see different groups, all based on time, and you'll see thumbnails for those groups. You will also see the number of items in those groups. And if you want to expand, you can click View all items or click the thumbnails to see the groups of clips. But as you scroll through looking at the thumbnails, you'll notice there's one here, for example, on my camera that fits with my SurfingUSA project; it's the ocean. So Select all is probably checked off for you. If it is, you will want to deselect that, so you can go down to the individual items and select them by clicking their check boxes.

If there is a group with multiple items, you can click to expand and then select the check box for each item. In this case, we are taking our beach video here and bringing it in by itself. So with that selected, I am clicking Import. If you have something you can bring in, go ahead and do it. You can see what happens, just like what we saw with photos: the Windows Live Photo Gallery opens up. In this case, we see our imported clip. You will also see this little dialog box, asking if you would like to use Photo Gallery moving forward, to open up different types of photos and video files.

You can say Yes or No. That's up to you. I am choosing No, but I do want to be able to see that video clip and then just simply drag it into my project over here on the right. So in this case, it's just the ocean, and I'm thinking maybe that that would look good right after our image here, beach_61. I will click and drag that in, and release. See the vertical bar. And because it's a video clip, we see the Playback quality dialog down at the bottom, as it prepares for improved playback performance.

So that just takes a moment. You can close up this message, clicking the Close button, and you've got your new video imported directly from your camera.

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