Windows Movie Maker
A video creation and editing application, included in Microsoft Windows Me, XP, and Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. New effects and transitions can be made and existing ones can be modified using XML code. Windows Movie Maker is also a basic audio track editing program. It can apply basic effects to audio tracks such as fade in or fade out. The audio tracks can then be exported in the form of a sound file instead of a video file.
Things to Consider when using Movie Maker:
1. Different versions of the program are available depending on your operating systems. Currently, our laptop computers have a newer version of Movie Maker that came out with Windows 7 than our desktop computers (which still use Windows XP.) You can move from an older version to a newer version, but not always the other way around. Keep this in mind when considering which version of the software you have at home as well.
2. Store your data files in one location. Movie Maker essentially creates the framework for a movie that must be filled in with data (photographs, scanned primary source documents, imported video clips, audio files, etc.) The Movie Maker file is separate from the data files until the project is complete. In order to work successfully with the program, both components must be able to "talk" to each other at all times during the creating/editing phases. It is very important to store your data files in one location that Movie Maker can access. Be careful in trying to work in multiple locations. Planning out your strategy for using the software at school will be key to your success.
3. Pay attention to file formats. Not all file formats are compatible with Movie Maker. This is especially true when using video cameras and smartphones. Test your devices for compatibility before you go out and shoot your video footage. Talk with your librarian and technology support staff to determine how best to accomplish your goals for the project. Please do not wait until the last minute to do this! We will make every effort to help, but, again, planning is key to success in this area.
4. Be sure to finish your project by converting your final video into a movie file. Then, determine if you will burn it to a dvd or show it from a flash drive. Test your technology before you plan to present it. Planning to be finished with your project a day or two early to allow time for any last minute problems is a necessary step in making a presentation using technology.
5. Ask for help. You have a staff of willing and able people here to assist you.