Windows Live Movie Maker

4 Dec

One of the things I like to emphasize in my Making Movies course is the fantastic controls the Live Movie Maker gives you for editing your video content.  The trimming tool and the set start and end point controls are easy to use and can allow you to put together very polished versions of your video clips.  Well I had one guest who has taken to the next level.  Bob Black, a guest sailing with me aboard the MS Amsterdam, produces an online web-course called Life 401 which simply explains complex investing concepts.  Well Bob after taking our Making Movies course decided to switch his production tool to WL Movie Maker because of it’s powerful but simple to use interface.

Produced entirely onboard the Amsterdam, we shot video clips of him lecturing, imported charts, and recorded audio tracks.  We took all these elements and seamed it all together in MM.  You can check out the video below!  What a powerful tool.

For the Set Start and Set Endpoint you use the Track Indicator (that thin black line at the front of a selected slide) as the cutline.  Simple roll your cursor over the Track Indicator and it becomes a hand.  When it does left click and you can move it over the video clip.  As you movie it you will see the segment that you at display in the preview window.  Find where you want to cut off and hit either the Start or End point.  Depends if you want to cut in front of the TI or behind the TI.  In a few moments you can remove that shaky beginning and shaky end to you film.  And don’t worry, you are not actually cutting up your original video clip.  Your original is safe on you hard drive.  You will be making a new movie, so play around, try something’s out, experiment, learn, and make something fantastic!

Will Bossen

Techspert – MS Amsterdam

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3 Responses to “Windows Live Movie Maker”

  1. Steve December 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    I first learned about Windows LIVE Movie maker on the Westerdam last year.Windows Movie Maker (for XP) does not accept .mov files – only .avi – and my new camera (Nikon) only did .mov. I was excited to come home and make movies but found out that, while Windows Live works on XP PCs, Windows Live MOVIE MAKER needs Windows 7. It’s not the cost of updating my 3 year-old PC to Win 7 but a whole new learning curve and many of my Programs won’t work on Win 7. A big disappintment. So, while I use Windows Live for images – I need to use Picassa for movies and it’s not as good. SOMEDAY – when I HAVE to – I’ll go to Win 7. Meanwhile folks with XP should be aware that Windows LIVE MM doesn’t work with XP.

    Love the other HAL digital workshops!

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