Editing a Video With Movie Maker

OK so you've learned how to create a video ( http://www.thebusysaver.com/2009/12/creating-video-with-movie-maker-in-3.html ). I showed you three easy steps to create and compress your video. We simply moved our video into MovieMaker and saved it. Now you want to get a little fancier and start editing. It's easy.

Open MovieMaker and import video. If you don't remember how, here's the link again: http://www.thebusysaver.com/2009/12/creating-video-with-movie-maker-in-3.html

Decide what you want to do with the video clip.

Split your video with Movie Maker

Did you start the video rolling and kept it rolling while you waited for the action to start? Want to get rid of the first part where nothing is happening or simply add a break between the two parts of the video?

We want to work in the Timeline view (refer to my last article again if you need to).

Start playing the video in the preview screen. As soon as you do, you will see the "split" icon turn dark. That means it is ready to work for you. When you click that icon, it will split the movie at that point into two separate videos. You can now use both of them or click on one in the Timeline and go to Edit > Cut (or right click and choose cut). Cool, huh?

By splitting the video, you can do many things. You can add titles between parts of your video or use fancy transitions between parts of your video. You can even get rid of part of the video. But there is an easier and cleaner way to get rid of part of your video.

Trim your video with Movie Maker

Again, we want to work in Timeline view. If you move your cursor to the beginning of the Timeline or to the end of the Timeline you will see a double red arrow. Simply click and hold down your left mouse button and move the cursor to the spot you want to trim. When you release your mouse button, your video is trimmed!

Add titles and credits

Titles can be added at any point in your video - not just at the beginning. You control how long the title is displayed and whether it is an overlay on the image or if it is on the screen by itself. In the task pane, choose "Titles and Credits" under the "Edit" menu. Movie Maker will walk you through creating a title.

Add music to your video

You can import audio files with the following file name extensions into Windows Movie Maker: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav, and .wma. Click "File", then click "Import Media Items". A window will pop up allowing you to choose the location of the music file you want to use.

Click "Import". Now drag that file into the Timeline in the Audio/Music section. You can preview your video and drag the audio track back and forth until you get it synchronized to your video.

Add narration to your video

To add narration you will want to be in the Timeline view. You will want your microphone connected to your computer. Now move the playback indicator (this is the vertical line with a box on top that moves across the Timeline when you play a preview) to the point you want to start narration. Click "Tools", then click "Narrate Timeline". Click "Start Narration". When you finish your narration, click "Stop Narration". In the "File Name" box, you will type a name for this narration and then click "Close".

Both narration and music can play at the same time if you want. You can then adjust the audio levels to determine which audio will play louder than the other in your movie.

Saving your video

While you can save your video into many formats appropriate for e-mailing and web viewing, (see my previous article above to compress) you will probably want to save a high quality version to CD or DVD for viewing full screen or on your TV. Movie Maker can encode your final movie into DV-AVI format. The quality is outstanding.

Keep in mind that videos saved in this format are very large … every minute of video can take 200 megs of space. That will fill your hard drive quickly. If you can spare the space, I would create a DVD with this format and then delete the project from your hard drive.

I've given you enough to play with for a start. If you want information on a specific subject, please leave a comment and I'll post the answer.

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