Mastering Windows Live Movie Maker

March 27, 2011, By Christian Cawley

With Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Essentials 2011 users have at their disposal a useful and user-friendly method for creating and editing movie clips on their Windows 7 PC.

Available by installing the free Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite of products from Microsoft, Windows Live Movie Maker is ideal for editing together clips that you might have recorded on a mobile phone or digital camera.

Getting started with the software is very easy, and with so many features available you can create a professional-level movie that you can share with family and friends!

Mastering Windows Live Movie Maker

Getting Started with Windows Live Movie Maker

The first thing you will need to know how to do with Windows Live Movie Maker is add clips to a new project and edit them. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds – the application makes things nice and easy and you can add and remove clips with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Various visual enhancements are available for Windows Live Movie Maker projects, things that will enable you to add a veneer of professionalism to the movie.

For instance, you might cut between scenes using fades or screen wipes to deliver a smoother transition, or you might wrap the whole project up in a particular pre-set theme.

Wired for Sound

One of the most interesting things about Windows Live Movie Maker is the way in which you can add a new soundtrack and balance the existing audio. This can give some interesting effects that will help you to polish your movie project further and produce a fine sounding movie as well as a fine looking one.

Of course you don’t have to have any audio at all. You might opt to create a silent movie, with your subjects wandering around in a bizarre silence. But adding an audio track, even if it is just music, will give your video project a nice additional element.

Titles and Captions in Windows Live Movie Maker

If you are planning on a silent movie, you might consider taking advantage of the software’s title and credits caption tool. This can be inserted between clips and allows you to type a message on the screen, which might be anything from the title of your movie to explaining what is going on.

There is also a standardized “production credits” tool for listing the names of the people involved with the movie, and all of these captions can be displayed in various ways with different styles attached to them for sweeping in from the top or simply fading in and out. Different fonts and font colours and sizes can also be applied.

Once your movie project is complete, Windows Live Movie Maker presents a few useful sharing tools. These allow you to share the finished movie on sites such as YouTube, or even upload it to Facebook or your Windows Live account!

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