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Using Windows Movie Maker (Windows XP)

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq PCs that came with Windows Movie Maker.
Use this document for basic help when using Windows Movie Maker. For more detailed information, refer to Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker Web site .
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Quick overview steps for creating a video

Following are the basic steps required to create your own video in Windows Movie Maker:
  1. Capture the video, image, and audio content to be used in the movie.
  2. Create a new project.
  3. Edit video by breaking up video clips into smaller sections (scenes), assembling the clips in the desired sequence in either the Storyboard area (Timeline), and adding special effects such as transitions or titles.
  4. Save your movie to your PC and record it to disc.

Capturing video

Capturing digital video
To capture a digital video using Windows Movie Maker:
  1. Connect your digital video source to the PC.
  2. Connect the video camera transfer cable into the camera, and then into an open USB or FireWire port on the PC. The port may be located in the front or back of the computer.
  3. Turn on the PC and the digital camcorder. Set the camera mode to play recorded video (often labeled VTR or VCR on a DV camera).
  4. Open your recording video software.
    Click Start , All Programs , Windows Movie Maker .
  5. Under Capture Video, select Capture from video device .
  6. Under Available devices select your DV video capture device, and then click Next .
  7. Type in a file name for your captured video. If you do not want your file to be saved in the My Videos folder, click Browse , select a location, and then click OK to select a place to store your video. Click Next .
  8. Select your video settings, and then click Next . Make sure the output from the digital camcorder appears in the Preview window. If it does not, double-check your connections and make sure your camera is in playback mode.
  9. Click the Start Capture click Stop Capture when the video file has been captured, and then click Finish .
  10. Click the Play button to preview your video file before you record it.
  11. Drag and drop your video clip to the storyboard area.
  12. Click the Save to my computer , and then click Next , Next , and then click Finish . Your video file is processed and automatically saved to the My Videos folder on your hard disk drive. The video clip appears in the Media Library portion of the screen.
Capturing analog video
NOTE:When this document was written, most HP Media Center PCs contain TV tuners (capture devices) that are not compatible with Windows Movie Maker.
To capture analog video using Windows Movie Maker:
  1. Connect your analog video source to the PC. With the computer off, connect the VCR, television, or camcorder to the HP Media Center using a coaxial or S-video cable.
  2. Connect the cable using the TV-out connections on the VCR/camcorder and the TV-in connections on the back or front of the HP Media Center computer.
    NOTE:For some PCs with front and back video connectors, you must connect your analog device to the Composite Video 2 or the S-Video 2 connector on the front of the PC.
  3. Connect the audio cables.
  4. Turn on the PC and the VCR/camcorder, or the digital camcorder.
  5. Open your recording video software.
    Click Start , All Programs , Windows Movie Maker .
  6. Click Capture from video device .
  7. Click the Video Source drop-down box, and then select either SVideo or Composite , depending on which connector you are using.
  8. Type in a file name for your captured video. If you do not want your file to be saved in the My Videos folder, click Browse , select a location, and then click OK to select a place to store your video. Click Next .
  9. Select your video settings, and then click Next . Make sure the output from the analog device appears in the Preview window. If it does not, double-check your connections and make sure your device is in playback mode.
  10. Click the Start Capture click Stop Capture when the video file has been captured, and then click Finish .
  11. Click the Play button to preview your video file before you record it.
  12. Drag and drop your video clip to the storyboard area.
  13. Click the Save to my computer , and then click Next , Next , and then click Finish . Your video file is processed and automatically saved to the My Videos folder on your hard disk drive. The video clip appears in the Media Library portion of the screen.
  14. Make sure the output from your VCR, television, or other analog input device camcorder appears in the Preview window. If it does not, double-check your connections and make sure your camera is in playback mode.

Editing video

To edit a video using Windows Movie Maker:
  1. Open a video project:
    1. Click Start , All Programs , Windows Movie Maker .
    2. Click the File menu and then select Open Project . Browse to find your video project, select it, and then click Open .
  2. To remove sections of the video, your can right-click a video clip from the storyboard area, and then select Delete or you can follow the steps below:
    1. Click the small image of a video in the storyboard area to load that video into the Preview pane.
    2. Click the Play button to play the video until you get close to the beginning of an area you want to remove. Click the Pause button and use the Previous and Next frame buttons to locate the specific frame.
    3. Click the Split Clip button to mark the starting frame of the series of frames that you are going to remove.
    4. Click the Play button to play the video until you get close to the end of the area you want to remove. Click the Pause button and use the Previous and Next frame buttons to locate the specific frame.
    5. Click the Split Clip button again to remove the section.
      NOTE:When you trim a clip, only the copy in the Story Board or Time Line is affected. The original in the Media Library remains unchanged. This allows you to bring more than one copy of the same clip into your movie.
  3. To add a video clip to your movie, drag and drop the video into the storyboard area where you want it to appear.
  4. To add video effects or transition effects to your movie:
    1. Click the View Video Effects or View Transition Effects under Edit Movie .
    2. Select a video effect or a transition effect and drag it from the Video Effects or Transition Effects pane to the area between clips in the storyboard area.
    3. Preview the transition, by selecting a video clip before the transition and clicking the Play button.
  5. To add titles or credits:
    1. Under Edit Movie , click the Make titles or credits .
    2. Select the Title or Credit format you would like to use, type your text into the text box, and then click Done, add title to movie or click Cancel to return to the main Movie Maker window.
    3. To edit the title or credit text right-click the small image that contains the text in the storyboard area, select Edit Title , select the text you want to change, enter your new text, and then click Done .
  6. To add audio to your movie (like a commentary track), follow these steps:
    1. Under Capture Video , select Import Audio or Music .
    2. Browse for your music file, select it and then click Import . Your audio file appears in the Collection window.
    3. Drag and drop the audio file to where you want it in your movie. To add an audio file, you must click the Show timeline button to be in the timeline mode.
    4. Click the Play button to preview the edited video.
      NOTE:Preview mode does not represent the full quality of the final video. Play the video in Windows Media Player after the video is saved to see the full quality.

Burning a movie onto CD/DVD

To record a movie to a CD or DVD using the Windows Movie Maker:
NOTE:Windows Movie Maker may not allow you to write a movie over 4.7 GB, depending on the type of DVD writer drive you have. Double-layer DVD drives are able to write up to 8.5 GB of data to a double-layer disc.
  1. Insert a DVD disc (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, or DVD-RW) into your DVD burning drive.
  2. Click Start , All Programs , Windows Movie Maker .
  3. Click the File menu and select Open Project .
  4. Browse to find your movie file, select it and then click Open .
  5. Click Save to DVD . The Save Movie Wizard opens and begins to format the file to be able to be copied to a DVD.
  6. When the Create a DVD window appears, select options to create your DVD and then click the Create DVD button to start the recording process.
  7. Click OK after the movie is finished being copied to disc.
    If you receive the message "The media is not ready " when you try to create a DVD, follow these instructions:
    Check if you have inserted the disc properly into the drive.
    Verify if your drive supports the media format. For example, if you have a writer that only supports -R or -RW, but you want to create a disc that is +R, the drive will be unable to identify the DVD disc. Consult your drive manual for selecting a compatible disc type.

Saving a movie to hard drive

To save your movie to your hard drive, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start , All Programs , and then Windows Movie Maker .
  2. Click the File menu and select Open Project .
  3. Browse to find your movie file, select it and then click Open .
  4. Click Save to my computer . The Save Movie Wizard opens.
  5. When the Save Movie Wizard opens, enter a filename for your saved movie and then choose a place to save your movie. Click Next .
  6. Select your movie settings and then click Next . Your movie file is saved to the folder you selected.
  7. Click Finish . Your movie file automatically opens in Windows Media Player and begins to play. Your movie is saved in the folder you have selected in step 5.

FAQs

Where can I upgrade Windows Movie Maker or find out more information?
Why does Windows Movie Maker not recognize my capture device?
Windows Movie Maker can recognize devices that use WDM compliance drivers. For most TV turner cards, there are four standard drivers: WDM audio capture, WDM video capture, WDM TV turner, and WDM Crossbar. You have to use the software that came with any non-WDM device to capture and save video to a file and then import that file into Windows Movie Maker.
What do I do when the file that I recorded has no sound?
To ensure that you can receive sound, check that your audio cable is properly connected to the sound card, and that the line-in on your Windows volume control is not muted.
What is the difference between the 1 hour DVD and 2 hour DVD media?
1 hour DVD media is a single-layer single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 4.7 GB of data. 2 hour DVD 2 media is a double-layer, single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.
I created a DVD but it does not play on my home DVD player.
Determine which media you used (DVD-RW/R or DVD+RW/R) and make sure that your home DVD player supports that type of media. Many new DVD players can support both formats, but some older players may not.
Why do I get the message The "Media is not ready" when I try to create a DVD?
Make sure that you have the disc properly seated inside the drive with the correct side up, and verify that the media format is supported by your drive.
Where is captured content saved?
Windows Movie Maker automatically adds the content it captures to one of the Windows Movie Maker media libraries, which represent the files you captured for your project. While making a movie, you work on the clips in the library instead of the original source files.
What are the video source requirements?
Windows Movie Maker can accept video from any of the following: PCI cards or USB devices that have a composite or S-video input, TV-tuner cards, and DV cameras.
What file formats can be imported into Windows Movie Maker?
Windows Movie Maker can import video, audio, or image files in a wide variety of formats, including the following: MP2, MP2V, MPE, MPV2, MPEG, MPG, WM, WMV, AVI, BMP, JPEG, MP3, and WAV.
What file formats can Windows Movie Maker save movies in?
Windows Movie Maker can save finished movies in these formats: Windows Media Audio/Video file (WMV) and DVD movie file (DVD).
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