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Once you finalize the details of your Movie Maker project and you've saved those changes, you're left with a project file. You actually haven't created the movie yet, so now it's time to save your project to a movie format, and there are many formats to choose from, including a new one in Windows Live Movie Maker for high definition. That's where we're going to start. To save your movie to any of these formats, including high definition, you have a couple of options. One option is to go to the Ribbon with the home tab selected; you'll notice the Save Movie button.
Click the bottom half of this button to see the different formats you can choose from, including the default at the top, which is the Recommended format for this project. If you hover over that, you'll see some details, 1280 x 720, for example, 72 MB per minute of video. So all of this information is important, depending on how you're going to use the end product. As we move down to the Common settings, right at the top is our 1080 option for high-definition display, and this is 1920 by 1080 pixels, 173 MB per minute of video-- probably not the type of file you'd send in an e-mail, for example.
But if you're going to be using it on a high-definition display--maybe on your computer, or you want to burn it eventually-- this is one option. Let's choose For high-definition display. Now when you do this, you get to choose where you're going to save the movie file to. I am just going to my Desktop; you can pick your own location. The name is going to be the same as your project name--in this case By the Sea. Notice the format is wmv, a Windows Media Video file. It's the only option-- when you click the dropdown, you will see it's the only option.
It's just the format is very high-resolution. So now it's just a matter of clicking the Save button and sitting back and waiting for the movie to be saved. Now depending on the length of your movie, this could take a while. If you're working with something that's fairly short and in high-definition, it could still take some time, and you can see the progress bar here. It might be the time to go get a coffee, sit back, relax, and wait for your movie to be saved. Now as you're saving off your movie approaches the end, you will be presented with some options.
So a little window opens up saying you can play the movie using the Play button. You can open the folder--that's the location you chose to save your movie in. It allows you to go and work with the file. If you want to copy it somewhere, copy it to another device, or maybe even burn it. You could simply close up this window and continue with your project. But we are going to see what it looks like. By clicking the Play button, we don't have to exit Movie Maker, go find it in the location we stored it, double-click it to launch it in the Windows Media Player; simply click Play from here and watch what happens.
(Video playing.) We can close that up at any time to return back to Movie Maker. So you saw with the high- definition how it fills your screen up. It's a very high quality, but again it's a very large file size--something to consider depending on how you're going to use that file.
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