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#1 rodent


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    Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:55 PM

    Inspired by this awesome wedding video(YouTube - Levi and Christinas Wedding) , I have started to play with Windows Movie Maker to learn how to make something like that.

    I thought it would be useful to start a thread about using Movie Maker so we can teach each other how to get the most out of the program.

    Movie Maker is already on your computer if you have Windows XP. I found it pretty easy to start using without reading how to do it. Now I'm trying to learn how to do more advanced stuff. I'll look for a good description to post about getting started.

    This is what I made on my first attempt. It was much easier than I expected.
    Video of Engagement - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
    This is my video after I downloaded new zoom & panning techniques.
    Video of Engagement 5 - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

    I just found out a way to zoom in on specific things & to pan across the picture. I had to download an addition to the program from here to do that. Rehan Pan Zoom Effects
    You can try it free for 15 days. After that its $8. It was really easy to download & use. The new effects are available in the "effects" menu.

    My current project is finding out how to overlay pictures where the one on top is transparent. I'll post if I figure out how to do it.

    UPDATE Use this for hosting your video Vimeo, Video Sharing For You

    UPDATE I've been told photostory is much easier to use to make slideshows. I haven't used it. it should be a free download if you have windows.

    #2 rodent


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      Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:02 PM

      Windows Movie Maker: How to use
      Here is the website to get you started on how to use Movie Maker. Its pretty user friendly so you might be able to figure it out just by clicking around. Depends on how much you use a computer.

      I'm starting to explore this page to find cool effects to add to my program.
      WindowsMovieMakers.NET for Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2 Enthusiasts.

      #3 amyh


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        Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:11 PM

        How fun! Thanks! How do you upload your finished product?? I tried to on photobucket once but it said the file was too big

        #4 rodent


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          Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:21 PM

          How long is it? I think photobucket will only store a 10 minute video. If you want to make a longer video you can use onetruemedia.com. Its $3.99 per month.

          I'm finding some great stuff on Movie Maker about movie maker. I feel like I'm close to being able to make the transparent image on another picture. I will share it once I do it.

          #5 rodent


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            Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:32 PM

            Here is a video about how to get started using Movie Maker.


            and here is a pdf of how to use movie maker

            I thought I had the picture overlay thing figured out, but it just looked like picture in picture on a TV.

            #6 Sarah


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              Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:01 PM

              I LOVE my Windows Movie Maker. I'm starting to get addicted! lol

              I've made several slideshows, and am starting to edit my wedding video as well. Here are two that I've uploaded...both of these are on this forum in other threads:

              This is from my brother's BMT Graduation
              Click the image to open in full size.

              #7 wkbroome

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                Posted 15 July 2007 - 12:54 AM

                That's too funny. I have been in stores looking for this program...I didn't know it was already on my computer. Duh! LOL.....

                #8 rodent


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                  Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:12 AM

                  You can also download photostory 3 for free

                  Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again

                  I haven't used it, but I think it's for pictures only. It sounds like you can use it with movie maker to enhance your photos.

                  #9 TammyB

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                    Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:24 AM

                    Sarah, I have a question for you.. SO your newest addiction is making slideshows, so my question is this... Now that you have been playing around do you still feel it was worth spending the extra money to have Juan make your slideshows? I know he does an AMAZING job with them, I'm just courous on how you feel about it now that you know how to do them.

                    #10 Lorilou

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                      Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:20 AM

                      Hi Morgan,

                      I've played around a bit with Movie Maker but I'm finding that when I view it full screen that the pictures look blurry (Pixelated). Are you having that same problem? Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Thanks!

                      I really like using Movie Maker b/c it's so easy. but the pictures don't look that great. I tried it through Powerpoint and my pictures look fine full screen...

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