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Understanding what files you can use

From: Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

Video: Understanding what files you can use

As you get ready to create your project in Windows Live Movie Maker, it's important to first understand the different file formats that can be used. For example, if you're going to be bringing in photos, what formats or file types are acceptable here in Movie Maker? Same thing goes for video and audio files. It's really simple to find out. Here we are, ready to start a new project. We'll just go up to the top right-hand corner, where you'll see the Help button-- the little question mark. F1 is the keyboard shortcut, if you prefer. But this is going to launch your default browser and take you directly to the Windows Live Movie Maker Help Center.

Understanding what files you can use

As you get ready to create your project in Windows Live Movie Maker, it's important to first understand the different file formats that can be used. For example, if you're going to be bringing in photos, what formats or file types are acceptable here in Movie Maker? Same thing goes for video and audio files. It's really simple to find out. Here we are, ready to start a new project. We'll just go up to the top right-hand corner, where you'll see the Help button-- the little question mark. F1 is the keyboard shortcut, if you prefer. But this is going to launch your default browser and take you directly to the Windows Live Movie Maker Help Center.

As you look at the Frequently Asked Questions, as you scroll down to the third one, you'll see a question: What kind of files can I use in Movie Maker? Well, click the link to the answer. You'll see three categories: one for video files, photo files, and audio files. You can show them all, expanding them all, or go one by one. So let's start with video files. We'll just click that link. Now, as we scroll down, you're going to see quite a long list of video file formats that can be used in Movie Maker. So you can be bringing in Windows Media files, you can be bringing in Apple QuickTime files, AVI files, and so on.

AVCHD files come directly from your camera if you're using a video camera, for example. There will be a couple of things to consider as you scroll down this list--which, by the way, gets longer and longer with every version of Movie Maker. There are some notes down below. For example, if you have any files, whether they'd be audio or video files, that are protected using digital rights management, they won't be accepted into Movie Maker. Keep that in mind. Also, if you're going to be using AVCHD video files coming from your camera, you won't be able to use them unless you're using one of the following versions of Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.

There are other notes about the various formats. So depending on the format you plan on using, you might want to read a little bit about those formats. As we scroll further down, we get to the photo files. We'll click that link. Look at the photo file types and formats that can be used. You'll see their extensions over here on the right-hand side: JPEGs, TIFFs, GIFs, BMPs, and so on. Then we get to audio files. You might be adding music to a project, for example. What types of files can be used? Quite a long list again. You can see the WMA files.

They are popular, as are MP3 files, and a few others in between. There are a couple of notes down below about the audio files to consider. When you're done, just simply close up the Browser window, and you're back to Movie Maker, ready to start your new project with a good understanding of the different file types that can be used.

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Windows Live Movie Maker Essential Training

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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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