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Windows Movie Maker Video Tutorials

These movies show you how to edit video with Windows Movie Maker, the video editing program included with Windows XP. You will need to have Quicktime Player installed to view these movies.

  • Windows Movie Maker Interface (1m52s, 2.2 MB)
    This movie shows you the basics of the Windows Movie Maker interface: the Movie tasks pane, the Collections area, the Preview Monitor, and the Storyboard and Timeline. You will learn how to show or hide the Movie Tasks pane, and how to switch between the Storyboard and Timeline modes.

  • Saving a Project (39s, 892 KB)
    The first thing you need to do when you start working on a movie with Windows Movie Maker is save your project file. This is the file you can open at a later time if you need to make additional edits to your movie.

  • Capturing Video (2m36s, 2.5 MB)
    This movie shows you how to use the capture wizard in Windows Movie Maker to transfer video from your video camera to your computer.

  • Importing Content (42s, 960KB)
    In addition to video captured from your video camera, you can use content already on your computer in your movies. This movie shows you how to import still images, audio files, and video clips for use in Windows Movie Maker.

  • Using the Storyboard (1m57s, 2.4 MB)
    This movie shows you how to use the Storyboard to build a movie that includes transitions and video effects.

  • Changing Default Settings (42s, 860 KB)
    The default duration of a still image added to a movie is five seconds. This movie shows you how to change the default duration for still images as well as for transitions.

  • Editing with the Timeline (1m37s, 2MB)
    This movie covers the basics of editing video using the Timeline in Windows Movie Maker. You will learn how to trim and split video and still image clips.

  • Adding Titles and Credits (2m47s, 3.6 MB)
    This movie shows you how to add titles as separate video clips and as overlays. You will also learn how to create end credits for your movie.

  • Adding a Music/Audio Track (1m18s, 1.7 MB)
    This movie shows you how to add a separate music track to your movie. You will also learn how to adjust the volume levels so the background music plays softly in the background and does not drown out the audio from the captured video.

  • Adding Narration (54s, 1.1 MB)
    Learn how to record voice over narration for your movie.

  • Exporting a Movie (1m17s, 1.5MB)
    This movie shows you how to export your movie into a format that can be shared with other people or posted online.

  • Converting to iPod Format with Videora (1m24s, 2 MB)
    The iPod does not support the .wmv format used by Windows Movie Maker. This movie shows you how to use a free program called Videora iPod Converter to convert .wmv files into .mp4 files that can be played on an iPod. Videora can be downloaded here.


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