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If you're a premium subscriber with the lynda.com, you'll have access to the exercise files, and the exercise files allow you to follow along with me step by step as we move through the various chapters in this title. If you are going to use the exercise files, I highly recommend placing them on the Desktop where they'll be easy to find, because every project in Movie Maker references the various assets, such as photos, video, and music. And unless you have the exact same path that I'm using, that reference will be broken. But I'm going to show you how to fix it.
First of all, double-click the exercise files. You'll notice that each of the chapters is represented by its own subfolder, and double-clicking one of those folders reveals subfolders for each of the movies in that chapter. You may also see an Assets folder here, or it may be hidden right within the Chapter folder. So, if we double-click 01_02, you'll see the project My Beach Movie, and you'll also see the Assets folder containing all of the photos, the video, the music that might be used in that project. But like I said, if you're not storing the exercise files in the exact same path that I have, which means my username David Rivers, on the hard drive, on the Desktop, et cetera, when you go to open up a project, this is what you'll see.
You'll see a number of exclamation marks for each of the clips or assets used in the project. That's because the reference link has been broken, but it's easily fixed. If you hover over any one of these clips, you'll see information about it. For example, this one is called beach_1.JPG. It's a JPEG photo. It's not found right now because we've moved it. So double-clicking allows you to fix that. Double-clicking brings up the Fix Item dialog, and all you have to do is find it by clicking the Find button.
Now it's just a matter of going to that exact same location for the Assets folder, by going to your Desktop, your Exercise Files, Chapter1, the 01_02 subfolder. There's the Assets folder. Double-click and you'll see beach_1 right there. Now, double-click again: not only does it find that one asset, but it restores the link or reference to each of the assets in the project, and you're ready to continue on, following step by step with me. Now, if you don't have the exercise files, not to worry. You can still learn a lot by using your own files. Or if you prefer, simply sit back, watch, and relax.
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