Windows Movie Maker is a FREE program that
comes with Windows.
With Movie Maker, you can
create, edit, and share your
movies right on your
computer with a few simple
You can save your movie to
your computer, your school
account or a flash drive.
Pictures in Movie Maker are
graphics that don't move.
They can be
photographs, drawings, ma
ps, or clip art. The first step
for learning Movie Maker is
to bring pictures into your
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Before you start taking graphics from
the internet, you must consider
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Before you can import pictures into your
project, they must be either on the hard drive of
your computer or in your folder on the server. If
you already have some, you can use them.
Otherwise you can either find your own on the
internet. You will need at least four pictures, and
at least one video.
Now that you have graphics ready, look at
Movie Maker. There is a column on the left side
called 'Movie Tasks.' There, under 'Capture
Video', click 'Import Pictures.' Navigate to the
folder in which you saved your graphics, and
select all of the pictures.Click 'Import' to bring
them into the program.
Now you see the pictures in the middle of the
screen in a section called 'Collections.' Your
next step is to drag the pictures onto the
timeline in the order you want them in your
movie. First, make sure your program is in
'Timeline' view. The bottom section of your
screen should look like this:
If the bottom of your screen looks like this, click
on 'Show Timeline'
Now, click on pictures and
drag them down to the
If you would like to see the
movie so far, you can click
on the Play button on the
small player on the right
side of the screen. Notice
that each picture plays for 5
seconds by default.
You can change that to almost any amount of
time if you want to. To make a picture stay up
for more or less than five seconds, click on the
movie in the timeline. Move your mouse to the
right side of the picture. When the cursor turns
into a red two-way arrow, click and drag the
picture to the right to make it last longer, or to
the left to make it last for less time. Note that
you must change the duration by clicking on
the right border of the picture, not the left.
Saving your work
You need to save your work often in Movie
Maker! You should always save often in any
program, but Movie Maker freezes more often
than the average program. So as a rule of
thumb, every time you feel pleased with what
you have done, click the save icon.
Don't lose your work!
When you save by clicking the save icon or by
clicking 'File-Save,' you will save your project
as a Movie Maker file. That means you can still
edit it in Movie Maker, but you can't use it in any
Video is imported in much the same way as still
pictures. Click on 'Import video' in the Capture
Video section of the Movie Tasks pane. If your
video is very long, it may be divided into several
parts by Movie Maker. If you want the entire
video in the project, drag each part, in the order
it appears, into your project.
You can shorten a video clip by dragging it from
the left to trim off the beginning, or from the
right to trim off the end. If your video has audio
attached to it, it will show up in the 'audio' row
under the picture on the timeline (There should
be two audio rows. If you only see one, click on
the + next to the word 'Video' to the left of the