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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 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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