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Using Windows Live Movie Maker (Windows 7)

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Use this document for basic information when using Windows Live Movie Maker. For more detailed information or to download, refer to Microsoft's Windows Live Movie Maker Web site .
NOTE:HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.

Before you begin

At the publication time of this document, Windows Live Movie Maker does not support importing media through analog connections . To import media from a digital video camera use the USB or IEEE 1397 Firewire connections. If your digital video camera does not support USB or Firewire connections, use the video capture software provided with the camera to transfer the media to the computer then import it as a file into Windows Live Movie Maker.

Overview

Do the following to open Windows Live Movie Maker:
Click Start , All Programs , and select Windows Live Movie Maker . The Windows Live Movie Maker window displays.
Figure 1: Windows Live Movie Maker main window
Windows Live Movie Maker

Add content to your movie

Use the information in the following sections to add videos, photos, and music to your movie.

Adding videos and photos from the computer

Open Windows Live Movie Maker and use the following steps to add videos and photos from the computer.
Windows Live Movie Maker can also import media from external sources such as CD, DVD, memory card, thumb drive, and network folders. Do the following to import media:
  1. On the Home tab, click Add videos and photos .
    Figure 2: Add videos and photos
    Image of Add videos and photos button
  2. Browse to the folder containing the videos or photos you want to add, select the files, and then click Open . The file is added to the movie.
    NOTE:If you use Windows Media Center and a TV tuner to record television programs, the programs are saved in c:\Users\Public\Public Recorded TV.
    Figure 3: Add Videos and Photos window
     Image of Add Videos and Photos window

Adding photos and videos from digital camera or camcorder

Follow these steps to add content from a digital camera or camcorder
  1. Connect the digital camera or camcorder with a USB or IEEE 1397 Firewire connector to the computer.
  2. Click the Movie Maker button at the top of the Movie Maker window.
    Figure 4: Import from device
    Image of Movie Maker menu
  3. Click Import from device .
  4. If a pop-up window opens, click OK .
  5. Select the device containing the photos or videos, and then click Import .
  6. To import all items from the camera or camcorder, select Import all new items now , and then click Import .
    To choose which items to import, select Review, organize, and group items to import , and then click Next . Then select the items to import and click Import .
    Figure 5: Import Photos and Videos
    Image of Import Photos and Videos window

Adding webcam video

Follow these steps to record and add video from a webcam:
  1. On the Home tab, click Webcam video .
    Figure 6: Webcam video
    Image of Webcam video button
  2. Select an audio device (microphone) and webcam, and then click OK .
    Figure 7: Select audio device and webcam
    Image of Select audio device and webcam window
  3. Use the controls to start and stop recording of webcam video.
    Figure 8: Webcam controls
    Image of webcam window
  4. Create a name for the webcam video file and then click Save .
    The webcam video is added to the movie.

Adding music

To add music from the beginning of the movie, click Add music on the Home tab. Then browse to the music, select it, and then click Open .
To add music at a particular point in the movie, follow these steps:
  1. On the Home tab, click the arrow at the bottom of Add music and select Add music at the current point .
    Figure 9: Add music
    Image of Add music drop-down list.
  2. Browse to the music you want to add, select it, and then click Open .
    The music is added at the current point of the movie.

Adding titles, captions, and credits

You can add titles, captions, and credits on the Home tab.
Figure 10: Title, Caption, Credits
Image of Movie Maker Home tab
  • Title
    1. Click Title .
    2. Enter the title text.
      Figure 11: Title
      Image of Movie Maker Title screen
    3. Select options such as font, size, bold, background color and start time. You can also select an effect for the title.
  • Captions
    1. Pause the movie at the point you want to add the caption.
    2. Click Caption .
    3. Enter the caption text.
    4. Select options such as font, size, bold, background color and start time. You can also select an effect for the caption.
  • Credits
    1. Click Credits .
    2. Enter the credits text.
    3. Select options such as font, size, bold, background color and start time. You can also select an effect for the credits.

Editing your movie

Use the Edit tab to set volume fade, and split, trim, or delete movie segments.
Figure 12: Edit tab
Image of Edit tab
Use the Video volume fade controls to fade in and fade out music.
Use Split to separate the video file into smaller segments. Then you can move or delete the segments.
Use the Trim tool to remove the beginning or end of the movie.

Saving your movie

Follow these steps to save your movie so it is viewable on a computer, phone, or high definition display (HDTV), or to burn a DVD:
  1. Click the Movie Maker button at the top of the Movie Maker window, and then click Save Movie .
    Figure 13: Save movie
    Image of Save movie options
  2. Select from the following options:
    • Recommended for this project : Save using the recommended settings.
    • For high-definition display : Save a movie that is suitable for viewing on a high-definition monitor or TV. This setting creates a large file.
    • Burn a DVD : Browse to the DVD drive and click Save to burn the current movie to disc.
    • For computer : Save a movie to the computer.
    • For email : Save a file that can be used as an email attachment. This setting creates a smaller file.
    • Windows Phone or Zune : Save a file suitable for viewing on a phone or Zune.
    • Create custom setting : Create your own settings, such as width, height, bit rate and frame rate.
  3. Enter a movie name, browse to a folder where you want to save, and then click Save .

Publishing your movie to a Web site

Windows Live Movie Maker enables you to publish your movie straight to certain Web sites (for example, OneDrive, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr). Click the Movie Maker button at the top of the Movie Maker window, and then click Publish Movie . Select the site and follow the instructions to publish the movie.
Figure 14: Publish movie
Publish movie options

Burning your movie to a DVD

  1. Insert a writeable DVD disc (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, or DVD-RW) into your DVD burning drive.
    NOTE:Make sure there is enough free space on the disc. Single layer DVD discs typically hold 4.7 GB of data. Double-layer DVD drives are able to write up to 8.5 GB of data to a double-layer disc.
  2. Click the Movie Maker button at the top of the Movie Maker window, click Save Movie , and then click Burn a DVD .
    Figure 15: Save movie
    Image of Save movie options
  3. Click OK . Windows DVD Maker opens in a separate window.
  4. Browse to the DVD drive and click Save to burn the current movie to disc.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Where can I upgrade Windows Live Movie Maker or find out more information?
Why does Windows Live Movie Maker not recognize my import device?
Windows Live Movie Maker can recognize devices that use WDM compliant drivers. For most TV turner cards, there are four standard drivers: WDM audio import, WDM video import, WDM TV turner, and WDM Crossbar. You have to use the software that came with any non-WDM device to import and save video to a file and then import that file into Windows Live Movie Maker.
What do I do when the file that I recorded has no 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 imported content saved?
Windows Live Movie Maker automatically adds the content it imports to one of the Windows Live Movie Maker media libraries. 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 Live 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 digital video cameras.
What file formats can be imported into Windows Live Movie Maker?
Windows Live Movie Maker can import video, audio, or image files in a wide variety of formats, including the following: .wmv, .asf, .mov, .avi, .mp4, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp2, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .png, and .mp3.
What file formats can Windows Live Movie Maker use to save movies?
Windows Live Movie Maker can save finished movies in these formats: Windows Media Audio/Video file (WMV) and DVD movie file (DVD).
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