Introduction to Windows Movie Maker 2
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To Import Video, Photographs, Audio or Music

To begin building your movie or slideshow project you must first import your video, picture, audio or music files into MM2. To do so, follow the steps below:

Step 1: From the Movie Tasks bar, under Capture Video, select the appropriate link to import video, photographs, audio or music into MM2 (Figure 4). For our iSchool Lab movie, we saved our files in an external hard drive (FireWire drive)—drive F: in Figure 5—and then imported them. If you are working from home, your files may be saved on your computer’s hard drive, on a CD, or a DVD. In the lab, you may also have your files stored on a CD, a DVD, or in your web-space.

Step 2: From the Import File window (Figure 5), choose the desired directory and files, click Import, and the files will be inserted into your MM2 Collections pane.

Note: MM2 will allow you to import the following file formats:

- Audio files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav and .wma

- Picture files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff, and .wmf

- Video files: .asf, .avi, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv

Step 3: You are now ready to begin the creation of your project.

Capture Video

Figure 4


Import Files

Import Files

Figure 5


To Capture from Video Device

In order for you to capture video from a device, such as Digital Video Camera, follow the steps below:

Step 1: To capture video from an external device you must first attach the device to the computer. As an example, for the iSchool Lab project we attached a DV Camera to the computer with a miniDV to FireWire cable. Other devices, such as a VCR, require a different configuration. Consult lab staff for help with setting up your device for capture.

Step 2: From the Movie Tasks bar, select Capture Video, select Capture from video device.

Step 3: On the Capture Video File window, enter the name for your captured video, select the place to save your captured video (FireWire drive in the lab), and click Next (Figure 6).

Step 4: From the Video Settings window, select Digital device format (DV-AVI) for uncompressed capture (or choose Best quality for compressed capture) and then click Next (Figure 7).

Note: Uncompressed capture will provide the highest quality capture of your video, but will also consume a large amount of file space. By selecting different file options, the Video Settings window will display the setting details and the video file size for that option. You must take into consideration the quality of video you want and file storage space available to you. For our iSchool Lab movie, we captured our video uncompressed (DV-AVI).

Step 5: From the Capture Video window you can choose to have MM2 turn your movie into video clips, mute speakers, or set a capture time limit. If you wish, you may also create clips after the video has been captured by right clicking on the video icon in the Collections pane and selecting Create clips, MM2 will randomly separate the video into segments.

Step 6: At the Capture Video window, click Start Capture and press play on your device and the program will begin capturing your video (Figure 8).

Step 7: When completed select Stop capture and Finish. Your captured video will be automatically inserted into the Collections pane.

Captured Video File window

Figure 6


Video Setting window

Figure 7


Capture Video window

Figure 8


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