How to Use Windows Movie Maker

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Here is a Series of Windows Movie Maker Articles and Tutorials designed with the absolute beginner in mind. This series will show you the basics of how to use Windows Movie Maker and take you through all the steps to make your first Movie Maker presentation.

1) What is Windows Movie Maker?

Windows Movie Maker is a fun and easy to use video editing program that allows you to make home movies, automated photo albums, and business presentations.

It is included as part of the Windows XP operating system.

Version 2.1 of Windows Movie Maker can be downloaded for free, to upgrade your existing version.

2) Common Terms Used in Windows Movie Maker

There are terms that are specific to video editing software types of programs. The nice part is that once you learn terms used in Windows Movie Maker, those same terms are used in many other similar software programs, so they are easily transferable.

3) First Steps in Windows Movie Maker

A first look at the Windows Movie Maker screen. Get to know the Storyboard view and the Timeline view of Windows Movie Maker. This Windows Movie Maker tutorial will also show you how to import pictures to begin your movie.

4) Import Video Clips into Windows Movie Maker

Import an existing video clip that you have saved previously on your computer. This video clip will have a file extension of one of the many compatible video file types, such as AVI, MPG, ASF or WMV, to name a few.

This imported video clip can be added to existing still pictures already in your movie project.

5) Edit Video Clips in Windows Movie Maker

Once you have imported a video clip, you may wish to edit it by trimming or deleting extraneous parts. It is a simple matter to edit the video clip by splitting it into smaller parts.

6) Adding Music and Sounds

These two audio file types and can be imported into Windows Movie Maker to enhance your movie. Audio files reside in their specific location on the Timeline of the project window. This Windows Movie Maker tutorial will show you how to add music, sound or narration to your movie.

7) Add Narration to Your Movie

This Windows Movie Maker tutorial shows you how to create a narration audio file and place it in your movie. You may choose to narrate portions of the movie, placing the audio file between other sound files, or you may narrate the whole movie.

8) Video Transitions and Video Effects Enhance Your Movie

Video Transitions and Video Effects add additional visual interest to your movie presentation. This Windows Movie Maker tutorial will show you all the steps to add transitions and video effects to your movie.

9) Titles and Credits Complete Your Movie

Titles and credits are the final touches to apply to your Windows Movie Maker project. These can be animated and colorful on their own or can be placed as overlays on top of photos or video clips in your movie. This Windows Movie Maker tutorial will show you how to add titles and credits to your movie.

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Russell, Wendy. "How to Use Windows Movie Maker." ThoughtCo, Jan. 21, 2018, Russell, Wendy. (2018, January 21). How to Use Windows Movie Maker. Retrieved from Russell, Wendy. "How to Use Windows Movie Maker." ThoughtCo. (accessed February 22, 2018).