Windows Movie Maker is a movie creation,
editing and sharing application provided within
the Windows Live Essentials suite of software
utilities. Windows Movie Maker allows users to
build movies from photos, videos and animations,
providing built-in sounds and effects like typical
You can use Windows Movie Maker to capture
audio and video to your computer from a video
camera, Web camera, or other video source,
and then use the captured content in your movies.
You can also import existing audio, video, or still
pictures into Windows Movie Maker to use in the
movies you create. After editing the audio and video
content in Windows Movie Maker, which can include
adding titles, video transitions, or effects, you can
then save your final movie and share it with friends
1.Open Windows Movie Maker from
“All Programs” on the Start menu,
or click the Windows Movie Maker
Icon on your desktop.
2.Click on the "Tasks" button on the
top to open the "Movie Tasks" bar
on the left.
3.Make sure the program is in timeline mode.
You should see a place below for Video, Audio/Music,
and Title Overlay. If you see a horizontal line of boxes,
4. Under the "Capture Video" category,
click "Import video" to start uploading
videofiles to Windows Movie Maker.
5. Browse for and select the files that
you want to include in your video.
6. Drag the first video you want into the "Video"
area of the timeline at the bottom of the screen.
7. To cut a video file into two pieces, play the video file and pause
it at the place you want to cut it. Then, click the "Split" button below the
video playing area, or press Ctrl+L. You can do this either in the timeline or
in the "Collections" area.
8. To upload picture files, such as for a slideshow, click "Import pictures"
and follow the same procedure. To reduce or increase the length of time a
picture plays, drag the ends of the picture file in the timeline.
9. To add a music or other sound file, click "Import audio or music".
Drag it to the "Audio/Music" area of the timeline.
10. To add an effect to a picture or video file, such as grayscale, film age, fade
in, speed up, etc., right click the file in the timeline and click "Add Video Effect".
You can also click "View Video Effects" in the sidebar under "Edit Movie" and drag
an effect onto the desired file in the timeline.
11. See the left sidebar for additional options,
like adding transitions and credits.
12. Add title or credits by clicking on the appropriate link on the left panel.
To add credits, there is a big empty bar on the form; you should put either the
title of the movie, or credits. The left side of the form should go positions, like
Director, or Producer, or the character. Then, the right side, will be the names
of the people that play or direct in their position.
13. Click the view “timeline” and you should see the time
line with the song, the title, the clips, and the effects and
transitions. Then, you can view the movie that you have created
by pressing play on the left panel with the screen.
14. If you are satisfied, click “Save to my computer”
or if you have a CD/DVD you could also save it to that,
and it should again, take a few moments to save, then
you are done with your movie.
Shortcut keys are available for many
of the commands in Windows Movie
Maker. By using shortcut keys, you
can quickly accomplish common tasks.
The following table provides an overview
of the tasks you can complete by using
Task Shortcut key
Save a movie CTRL+P
Capture video CTRRL+R
Clear the storyboard/timeline CTRL+DELETE
Play video in full screen ALT+ENTER
Play or pause clip SPACEBAR
Stop playback on the storyboard/timeline CTRL+K
Rename a collection or clip F2
Select all clips CTRL+A
Next frame ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Previous frame ALT+LEFT ARROW
Forward CTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Back CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW
Nudges clip to the left CTRL+SHIFT+B
Combine contiguous clips CTRL+M
Split a clip CTRL+L
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.