Introduction to Windows Movie Maker 2
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Once you have completed your project, depending on what type of finished movie you select (save to my computer, save to CD, etc), there are a number of options to choose from. From this point some consideration must be given to the file size of your project, as well as your intended media application. CDs typically hold up to 700 megabytes of data, while standard DVDs can hold 4.7 gigabytes (double layer DVDs up to 8.5 gigabytes). On average, one hour worth of imported video can consume 12 gigabytes (uncompressed) of storage space. Windows Movie Maker has a list of twenty different settings for saving your movie. Each setting has some combination of different bit rates, display sizes, and frames per second. If you are sending your project to a DV camera, you may choose to save it uncompressed. Standard miniDV tapes in SP mode can record, on average, sixty minutes of video. If you are planning on sending your project in email or to the web, consider first the size of the project and the limitations of transmitting and opening large files.

For our completed project, the file size exceeded just over one gigabyte in size. We determined that our project would be saved in two formats; as an uncompressed file on a DVD and the other as a compressed version for posting on the tutorial website. As a sample, follow the steps below to save your project to the computer (or FireWire drive if you are in the iSchool Lab):


Step 1: From the Movie Tasks bar, under Finish Movie, select Save to my computer (Figure 31).

Step 2: In the Save Movie File window, under 1., enter a name for your completed movie, and under 2., select the destination that the file will be saved.

Step 3: At the bottom right of the window select Next.

Step 4: In the Movie Settings window, select Show more options and then Other settings (Figure 32).

Step 5: From the drop down menu you are given the option of selecting one of the settings.

Note: all of the settings except one will compress the file size to varying degrees as indicated at the bottom left of the Movie Settings window (Figure 33). All of the settings options, except one, will save your project as a proprietary Windows Media Version (wmv) file. If you choose, you may select the non-proprietary AVI (NTSC) file. This option will save your project as an uncompressed file, 720 x 480 pixels, 30 Mbps bit-rate, at 30fps (frames per second). If you are unsure which option to select, under Settings Details at the bottom right of the Movie Setting window, you can review the estimated file size of your project. By selecting different file options, the file size will change accordingly.

Note: Some DVD burning software will not support the WMV file format. In such a case, you must save your project as an AVI file.

Step 6: Once you have made your selection, select Next and the file will be saved (Figures 34 & 35).

Step 7: Once you have saved your project as a finished movie, you will not be able to make changes. You can, however, reopen your Windows Movie Maker 2 project file, makes additions or changes and then save the project again as a finished movie.

Finish Movie

Figure 31


Save Movie window

Figure 32


Movie Settings window

Figure 33


Save Movie window

Figure 34


Complete Wizard window

Figure 35

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