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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 you use photos in a Movie Maker project and you haven't chosen to apply an AutoMovie theme, photos just sit there stagnant as they're viewed for whatever duration is set. For example, in our Escape project here, we'll go to the very first photo, our beach_22 picture, right after the title, and click Play. You'll see the transition, but then the photo just sits there. Let's go back to that clip now. We'll just click the actual image. And let's increase the duration by going to the Edit tab, under Video Tools, and we'll change it from two seconds to six seconds, so we can really see the effects we're about to apply.
So instead of the picture just sitting there stagnant, we can add some motion to it so it's almost video-like. Those are pan and zoom effects. We access those by going to the Animations tab and then move to the right side of the Ribbon, where you'll see the Pan and zoom group. Now effects that you choose here can be applied to all of your pictures, or if you prefer, just selected ones. In this case, we've only selected one clip, and we are going to test this out. Now you will see some of the effects, like the Automatic pan and zoom. When you hover over it, you see a quick preview on the left-hand side, in your Preview pane.
Same thing goes for the next one, which is a Pan up and a long left. You can see there are a few options for panning. Click the dropdown though, to see there's Automatic. Then there is Pan only options, so different panning options for your photo. Now we'll pan across, up, down, diagonally. Or you could go to Zoom in effects, where you're only zooming in to the photo by choosing one of these effects in this group. You choose what area of the photo you want to zoom in to. Now, this is great if you have a subject, for example, that's on the left-hand side of the photo.
You might want to a pan into the left side. If you choose that, you'll pan down in left, for example, into our birds. There are also some zoom out effects. So in this case, it starts zoomed in to the photo and zooms away--almost like there is some motion being applied. It will feel very much like video, even though it's a still photo. So let's go to Automatic and just click there. That then is applied to our single photo. You'll see these little rectangles in the top left-hand corner, indicating that a Pan and zoom effect has been applied.
To really see this, we'll click the Play button now. So there's the transition from our title. You can see the panning and zooming that happens, and we'll click Pause. So if you find one that you do like, you can apply it to every single photo in your project, by using the Apply to all button. Or if you prefer, just go in there and select the ones that you want by using your Ctrl or Shift keys on the keyboard and then choosing an effect to apply it to all of those. You'll see those little icons appear in the top-left corner of your clips.
Now you can test it out by clicking Play. So although these are still photos, there's motion attached to them now to make them feel like vide-- a very cool effect that is applied when you use the AutoMovie themes, or as we did here, apply them yourself.
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