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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 plan on viewing your Movie Maker project on a mobile phone, or maybe you have a Zune mobile device and you want to be able to view your movie there as well--maybe even send it by e-mail-- there are some lower resolution formats you can save your movies to. We are going to take a look at those now, as we continue to work with our By the Sea project. We'll go up to the Ribbon with the Home tab selected, and click the Save dropdown button, and you'll see, as we move down to the bottom of the Common settings group, a For email option. Now when you hover over that, you are going to see some information.
The Display size is quite small. The resolution is not so good: 426 x 240. But if you look at the Estimated file size, that's important. If you are going to be sending a video by e-mail, you want a smaller file size, so in this case 11 megabytes per minute of video. Other options also appear under Mobile device settings. So we have Windows Phones: we have a large version which is 854 x 480, and a small version that will work on a Windows Phone 426 x 240. And like I said, if you have one of those Zune mobile devices, there is a 720p display option or the Zune HD (for device).
Now these are high-definition versions, but in low resolution they will look great on the Zune mobile device. So let's say we want to e-mail our movie out. We'll choose For email. Again, you'll be prompted to save your movie file. Let's give it a name. I am going to add a 3 to the end this time, because we have done this a couple of times already. Click Save and off it goes. You can see it's saving the movie. Now it will be saved to the location you chose, using the name that you chose, and then it will be a matter if you are launching your e-mail application and simply attaching that file.
The nice thing though, is you'll have a file size that's ideal for sending via e-mail. As always, the Windows Live Movie Maker dialog appears, giving you some options to play your movie, open the folder where it exists or close. And in this case, opening the folder is a good idea, because it will allow you to go to that actual file and find it easily, so you can attach it to your e-mail. We'll close that up when we are done. So there are a number of lower resolution formats that are ideal for different types of devices, and they are all selectable right here from within Movie Maker.
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