Introduction to Windows Movie Maker 2
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Before beginning any project, it is important to establish and set a number of program options, as well as save your project.

Step 1: Select the Tools menu from the menu bar at the top of the interface.

Step 2: Select Options at the bottom of the menu.

Step 3: From the Options window, select the General tab (Figure 2) and modify options accordingly. In the Default author box you may enter your name. You may also wish to designate the location where the computer stores a backup of your project. In the Save AutoRecover box you are given the option of having your project backed-up anywhere between one and sixty minutes. The program defaults to ten minutes; you may change this according to preference.

Note: As a video editing program can consume a lot of computer processing power and is susceptible to “crashing,” it is always important to manually save your project often.

Step 4: From the Options window, select the Advanced tab (Figure 3) and modify options accordingly. The picture duration and transition duration settings specify how long (in seconds) a picture or transition will last. This setting will be applied to the entire project. The editing section of this tutorial will show how to manipulate these settings on an individual frame-by-frame basis.

Step 5: From the same advanced tab, the video properties settings default to NTSC format and a 4:3 aspect ratio. Unless you are working with a PAL video device,

Step 6: Now, before beginning, select file in the upper left-hand corner of the MM2 interface and select save project. If you are in the lab you will be saving your project to an external hard drive or “Firewire” drive. In the save in box select the Firewire drive, give your project a file name, and then select save. If you are at home, the default location for saved movies is to My Videos folder. Simply give your project a file name, and then select save.

Note: If you are unsure about what settings to select, simply use the MM2 default settings.

Options, General

Figure 2

Options, Advanced

Figure 3


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