Simple Video Production with Windows Movie Maker

April 20, 2009

In this step you tell Movie Maker the location of the video clips that you will use to make the movie.

  1. Open Windows Movie Maker (start, programs, windows movie maker)
  2. Click “Import Video” under movie tasks to left
  3. Use the drop down menu to browse to location of video clips (this will often be the Y: drive, look for “jontemplates on ‘acsfs2’ (Y:)”
  4. Uncheck the box that says “create clips for video files”
  5. Select clips (you can select several at the same time)
  6. Click import
  7. Wait, then move on to Sequence

In this step you get your video clips in the right order.

  1. Identify location of clips. Change Collections in the toolbar to see all your video clips
  2. Preview clips in play back window to right
  3. Drag and drop clips to storyboard; move to correct order
  4. Save frequently
  5. Preview storyboard in playback window
  6. Once you get all your clips in order move on to effects, transitions and titles

Once your movie is ready you have one more step, Finish the Movie. This is kind of like the publishing step in the writing process; you make a final nice copy to share with other people. In this step Windows Movie Maker is going to collected all your pieces of video and any effects or titles and combine it all into one nice tidy file.

  1. Make sure you have save the project before going on, this step crashes the computer sometimes
  2. Click “Save to my computer” under Finish Movie to left
  3. Type a name for the finished movie file (it does not have to be the complete title, it can be short)
  4. Click browse
  5. Navigate to “My Documents” and put the movie somewhere inside
  6. Click OK
  7. Click next
  8. WAIT, this one may take a while
  9. Done!

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