Introduction to Windows Movie Maker 2
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Once you have imported video, music, or photographs into your collections, these items can be dragged from the Collections pane into either the storyboard or timeline to begin the creation of your project. Items can be adjusted or moved anywhere in the timeline or storyboard accordingly. After you have positioned these elements where you want them you can use MM2’s edit functions to manipulate your project.
This section will cover how to implement the following edit functions:
One of the most important of MM2's editing functions is Split. In our iSchool Lab movie, we used the split function multiple times to divide video clips for deleting or for adding effects. For example, if you want to remove unwanted segments or move some portion of a video to another location in the timeline, simply slit the video, which will create two independent video clips, and then manipulate accordingly.
Step 1: First, in the timeline window, move the blue vertical time marker over the desired location to split (Figure 9).
Step 2: From the Clip menu at the top of the interface, select Split and the clip will become two separate pieces (Figure 10). You can also split a clip in the Monitor by selecting the Split icon at the lower right of the pane.
Step 3: If you desire to delete one of the new portions, click on that portion (highlighted in white) and either right click and select delete or press delete on the keyboard.
The Trim function serves as a manual length editing tool. In the timeline window, you can manipulate the length (duration) of images, videos, audio or music. Trim works to primarily reduce the length of a videos, audio or music, but for images, trim can also be used to extend or increase duration.
Step 1: Toggle to the Timeline window.
Step 2: Select the image, video, audio or music clip that you desire to manipulate.
Step 3: Place the arrowhead over the right end of the clip and a double red arrowhead will appear (Figure 11). Click and drag to trim the clip (Figure 12).
MM2 gives you the option of undoing and deleting actions. By clicking on the Undo or Redo icons at the top of the interface you may remove or redo an action (Figure 13). By selecting the arrow at the right of the icon you may undo or redo a desired amount of actions. By right clicking on a transition or clip you can Cut, Copy, or Delete specific items (Figure 14). In the timeline window, you can also select a set of clips or other elements to delete by placing the arrowhead at a specific point and, while holding down the left mouse key, draw a selection around your clips and then press delete.
After inserting audio, MM2 provides a number of options for adjusting transitions between music clips, adjusting the volume of a clip, and adjusting the audio strength between video and music.
Step 1: Between the junction of two music clips, select the right clip, drag clip left over preceding clip and release (Figure 15). This will create a transition between the two clips, and as one clip ends the following clip will fade in.
Step 2: To adjust audio levels, select the desired clip.
Step 3: Select Clip menu, then Audio, and last, Volume (Figure 16).
Step 4: In the Audio Clip Volume window, move the slider left or right to decrease or increase volume, then select OK (Figure 17).
Step 5: At the top left of the timeline or storyboard windows, select the volume icon and the Audio Levels window will appear.
Step 6: In the Audio Levels window, move the slider left or right to decrease or increase volume between video and music, then select OK (Figure 18).
Note: By splitting a clip you can adjust audio or music volume within a desired range. If you desire, you may also mute the audio from a video clip and allow only music to play.
In MM2 you can add various effects to a project to enhance the outcome of your movie. Some of MM2's effects include; blurring, increasing or decreasing brightness, speeding up or slowing down frames, rotating images or video clips, fading in or fading out, and more (Figure 19).
Effects can be added to a project both in the storyboard and timeline windows. In the timeline, effects can either be dragged into a specific track or by right clicking on a desired image, selecting video effects (Figure 20), and then adding or removing desired effects (Figure 21).
As an example, in our iSchool Lab movie we used a number of effects to portray specific meaning in particular scenes. By slowing down video clips and adding cycling of the color spectrum, we were able to create an impression of our movie character "remembering his teachings." To add basic transitions follow these steps:
Step 1: From the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie , select View video effects.
Step 2: Choose the desired effect, select and drag into the storyboard or timeline over the desired clips. On individual clips in the timeline you can also right click on a specific clip and add or remove effects (Figure 21). MM2 will allow you to add up to six different (or the same) effects on each clip. As an example, for specific sections of our iSchool Lab movie we added the slowdown, half effect more than once.
Step 3: After inserting an effect, sample the change in the preview screen to determine if the effect works in the way you desire.
MM2 offers sixty different video transitions (Figure 22). When applied, transitions provide a unique way to smooth the exchange between clips in your project. To insert a transition follow these steps:
Step 1: From the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie , select View video transitions .
Step 2: Choose the desired transition, select and drag into storyboard between desired clips (Figure 23).
Step 3: After inserting transition, sample the change in the Monitor to determine if it works in the way you desire.
Step 4: To change a transition you can either Undo the action, right click on the transition in the Storyboard and select delete , or simply drag a new transition over the old transition.
In our iSchool Movie, we used the Fade transition numerous times to smoothly move from clip to clip. By adding the Fade transition you are also overlaying small segments of the beginning and end of adjoining clips. In our movie, this transition made the video and audio overlap and provided a perfect transition for Chet's remembering sequence (Figure 24).
To add titles or credits to your movie or slide show, MM2 provides a number of font and animation options. In our iSchool Lab movie we chose to include a Star Wars type of scrolling text to represent our movie theme. By creating a star image in a photo editing program and inserting the image into the timeline, we were able to simply add scrolling text on the selected clip (Figures 25 & 28 ). To add text, perform the following steps:
Step 1: From the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, select Make titles or credits.
Step 2: Determine where you want to add a title and select that option (Figure 25).
Step 3: In the text box which appears, enter your desired text.
Step 4: At the bottom of the text box, MM2 provides options for changing text font style, size, and color (Figure 26). Text animation can also be manipulated through clicking on Change the title animation and selecting the desired options (Figure 27).
Step 5: As text additions are made, a sample of the changes can be seen in the Monitor. When completed, select Done, add title to movie and the text will be added to the timeline.
To add an additional element to your movie or slide show, MM2 provides for recording and inserting audio into the timeline. This process of narration can be accomplished by:
Step 1: In the iSchool Lab, microphones are available on headsets at each station. Ensure that the pink microphone plug has been properly inserted into the microphone outlet on the CPU.
Step 2: To narrate, either select the Tools menu and then Narrate Timeline or select the microphone icon at the top left of the timeline (Figure 29).
Step 3: From the Narrate Timeline window, select Start Narration and the program will begin recording. To stop the process simply select Stop Narration (Figure 30).
Step 4: Once stopped, you will be directed to save your narration. Give your narration a name and select save.
Step 5: On the Narrate Timeline window, select Done and the audio will be inserted into the Audio/Music track on the timeline. As with video, title, and photograph elements, your created narration can also be moved or edited within the timeline.
Step 6: Click Play on the Monitor (or top left of the timeline/storyboard) and sample your narration.