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Directors Cut - Photo Story and Movie Maker


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This is a presentation to accompany a 3-hour hands-on training session for digital storytelling with Photo Story and Movie Maker.

Directors Cut - Photo Story and Movie Maker

  1. Director’s Cut Photo Story & Movie Maker 1
  2. Digital Storytelling vs. Making Movies • Point of View • Dramatic Question • Emotional Content • Gift of Your Voice • Power of the Soundtrack • Economy • Pacing Brennan, Joe. “Digital Storytelling vs. Making Movies.” [weblog entry] Digital Storytelling. Discovery Educator Network. December 19, 2006 ( April 22, 2009.
  3. Point of View Mr W
  4. The Rule of Thirds It’s not tic-tac-toe Avoid the middle Use the intersections
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  6. The Rule of Thirds in Action
  7. Creating Movies with Photo Story
  8. Tip: Before you begin downloading media, create a folder on your computer to store all media and your Photo Story / Movie Maker file. Stick Figure Thinking. . 2009. Discovery Education. 7 July 2009 <>
  9. Find Images • Log into Discovery Education streaming and find the images that you want to use • Download the images into a folder on your computer
  10. Click or right-click on the download size for your video (Medium for typical videos and Large for higher-quality videos)
  11. Be sure to copy the citation information for each image.
  12. Tip: It’s a good idea to maintain a working bibliography for media resources during the collating process. It will save time when creating the project’s bibliography and credits. Stick Figure Thinking. . 2009. Discovery Education. 7 July 2009 <>
  13. et’s Make Some Magic • Open Photo Story and click “Begin a new story” • Click “Next”
  14. mporting Images 1. Click on the “Import Pictures” button 2. Navigate to the images that you want to import 3. Click on the “next” button *Tip: Use your shift key to select multiple images.
  15. dding Your Own Narration 1. Click on the Red Button to begin narration *TIP: Use the text area to type in a script of your narration first – this will help eliminate the um-s and ah-s.
  16. dd Titles
  17. dd Music or Sound Effects 1. Either from your computer… 2. Or create your own music in Photo Story!! * Tip: Adjust the volume level of your audio so that it doesn’t overwhelm your narrations.
  18. inish Your Story • Save your story to your computer. • Save project for future editing.
  19. Creating Movies with Movie Maker
  20. Find Video 1. Log into Discovery Education streaming and find an Editable Clip 2. Download the clip and save it into a folder on your computer with the rest of your content.
  21. When searching for video content, select Editable under Narrow My Results to filter your results for Editable content to use in your digital stories.
  22. Set your Download Type to Media Player. Click or right-click the Download icon.
  23. Don’t forget to copy the citation information.
  24. Tip: If you right-click on the video file after you have downloaded it and select Properties, you can paste the citation information into the Description section to make creating your Bibliography and/or Credits easy! Stick Figure Thinking. . 2009. Discovery Education. 7 July 2009 <>
  25. Basic Vocabulary Collection Project Movie Storyboard Timeline
  26. Collection A collection contains audio clips, video clips, or pictures that you have imported or captured in Windows Movie Maker.
  27. Project A project contains the arrangement and timing information of audio and video clips, video transitions, video effects, and titles you have added to the storyboard/timeline. A saved project file in Windows Movie Maker has an .mswmm file name extension.
  28. Movie A movie is the final project you save by using the Save Movie Wizard. Note: A movie will open in Media Player.
  29. Storyboard view is great for organizing your media assets.
  30. Timeline view is great for layering audio, text, transitions, and special effects.
  31. Let’s Make Some Magic 1. Open Windows Movie Maker 2. From the task bar on the left, choose “Import Video”
  32. Tip: You can also drag and drop files directly into your content “collection.” Stick Figure Thinking. . 2009. Discovery Education. 7 July 2009 <>
  33. 1. Navigate to your movie file – it must be .asf, .avi, .wmv, or mpeg file. 2. Click “Import”
  34. Drag and Edit Note that the video segment is now broken into tiny pieces 1. Drag the clip that you want to edit into boxes below 2. Click on the icon that says “Show Timeline”
  35. Tip: You can import video, images, and audio using the same basic process. Stick Figure Thinking. . 2009. Discovery Education. 7 July 2009 <>
  36. Adding Your Own Narration 1. On the Audio track line, choose a section of audio that you want to mute and right-click on that section 2. Choose “Mute”
  37. Record Your Narration 1. Click on the microphone icon to record your narration 2. Record your narration and save the file in your content folder on your computer
  38. Finish your movie 1. Choose “save to my computer” 2. Save your project for future editing.
  39. Extra Movie “Magic”
  40. Screenshots Use this tool to take a screen shot from a video file.
  41. Zoom to Fit Timeline To fit the timeline on the screen: On the View menu, click Zoom to Fit.
  42. Splitting Video Clips Use this tool to split the clip.
  43. Trimming Video Clips Drag the sides of the video clip to trim the length.
  44. Trimming Video Clips
  45. Combining Clips You can combine clips to make them easier to edit and organize.
  46. Adding Titles and Credits 1. Select where you want your title to appear in your movie. 2. Enter text for the title. 3. Select an animation style for the title. 4. Select the font and colors for your title. 5. Add the title to your movie.
  47. Adding Titles and Credits
  48. Title Before a Clip/Image
  49. Title Overlay
  50. Credits
  51. Enter Text
  52. Select Animation
  53. Choose Font and Color
  54. Video Transitions A video transition controls how your movie plays from one video clip or picture to the next. You can add a transition between two pictures, video clips, or titles, in any combination, on the storyboard/timeline.
  55. Special Effects A video effect determines how a video clip, picture, or title displays in your project and final movie. Video effects let you add special effects to your movie.
  56. Special Effects A video effect is applied for the entire duration that the video clip, picture, or title displays in your movie.
  57. Transitions & Effects Transition Two Video Video Effect Effects
  58. Chroma Key in Movie Maker
  59. Learn More Jason Ohler’s Storytelling Resources Bernajean Porter’s DigiTales Joe Brennan’s Digital Storytelling Blog Hall Davidson’s Media Matters Blog Jen Dorman’s Digital Storytelling Page: