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- Importing photos, video, and audio from a camera or other source
- Adding and modifying titles
- Trimming and splitting video clips
- Adjusting music volume, fading, splitting, and timing options
- Creating transitions between clips
- Panning and zooming photos
- Making a movie from Windows Live Photo Gallery
- Creating slow motion video
Skill Level Beginner
By default, Windows Live Movie Maker allows you to hear two different audio tracks at once. That could be audio coming from a video clip in your project, as well as any audio track you add. You are only allowed to add one, though. What if you need to hear maybe three things at one time: music in the background, audio coming from your video and maybe a sound effect-- or maybe a fourth, fifth or more tracks? Is there a way? Well, yes, but you have to get a little bit tricky, and that's we are going to do right now with our California Dream project here.
It does contain some video clips that will have their own audio. Even if we muted them out, the audio track is there. Now we are going to begin by adding a song that plays in the background. So we will just click the Add Music button with the Home tab selected here. Click the top half, and we know whatever we select will start at the beginning of our project. We will go to the Assets folder for Chapter6, where you'll find the Jellybricks' song So Many Times, and we will click Open; double-clicking also inserts it into our project. Now we have way more project than we do song.
So you know the trick for that is to click Project tab and click Fit to music. All of our photo clips now will be shortened accordingly, so that the song fits the project perfectly. So that's our audio track. Now, we can't add an additional audio track on top of the existing track. We could add additional tracks to the end or the beginning, so they play in sequence but not one on top of the other, unless we use our little trick, which is to save our project as a movie and insert that movie into a new Movie Maker project. That's what we are going to do.
So we will go to the Movie Maker tab, give that a click, and we'll save our project as a movie. So let's go down to Save movie. Now typically, you will want to choose a high resolution here-- something in high-def, for example-- because you do lose a little of bit quality each time you export your project to a movie and bring it back into Movie Maker. For the sake of time though, we are going to go to a low resolution, something using a lot of compression here, for e-mail. We will keep the same name, California Dream. I am going to put mine on the Desktop and click Save.
So now, all we have to do is sit back and let this save up as a movie. When it's done, we will start a brand- new Movie Maker project with that movie, where we'll then be able to add an additional audio track. So let's let it take its course here. And as it reaches the end, we see our dialog box where we can play our movie, open the folder where we chose to save it, or simply close this dialog box. That's what we are going to do; we are going to close it up. You might want to save your project at this point; you'll be prompted to when you start the new project, by clicking the Movie Maker tab, choose New Project.
Do you want to save changes to your project? I'm selecting No. You might want to keep it if you want to fiddle around with it some more. But I am going to choose No and start a new project automatically, where we can now start inserting our videos and photos for this new project. We only need one video, and that's the one we just saved, so let's click here to browse for videos and photos right on the storyboard. There is our CaliforniaDream movie we just saved right on the Desktop. I'll select it and click Open. So there is our entire project in one video clip, which has sound.
It could have sound from the original video as well, as the music track we played in the background. And now we are going to add another audio track, but we're going to choose where we want to insert it. So let's just drag our marker across until we hit the beginning of the video, in the video where we see our surfer getting up. There we go--right about there. All right now, it's just a simple matter of going to the Home tab, clicking the lower half of the Add Music button--if you want to add music to the current point which is what we wanted to. You wouldn't typically have two songs playing at the same time.
So in this case, even though it's not music, it is going to be a sound effect. We choose add music at current point. There's our seagulls.mp3. We'll select it, click Open, and it gets added at the current point. So it's going to play over the audio that plays in our movie, which in itself may contain more than one audio track. Let's give it a listen. (Music playing.) Very nice. So that's the trick to adding an additional audio track.
Now if you need another audio track to play on top of the seagulls, you'd do the same process. Save the entire thing as a movie, bring it into a new project, and add an additional audio track. We can add as many audio tracks--one after the other--if we wanted to, but when you need to add an audio track on top of another, this is the routine.