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Windows Movie Maker (Part 3)

Friday, September 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Multimedia

Windows Movie Maker (Part 3)

Well, we have done well so far, haven’t we?!

After yesterday’s article, we’ve got our film into our computer, we’ve edited it, added some transitions, put a title and some credits in and generally made it into a minor masterpiece.

All we have to do now is decide how we are going to show it to our eager audience! (They are eager, aren’t they?!)

So, this is where we move on to our third section of the Windows Movie Maker series and that is: Finish the movie!

The options we have are all shown here and clicking on any one of them results in a wizard appearing to walk you through the whole process. So, you really shouldn’t run into any problems.

Let’s look at the options.

First of all, you have to save your work to your computer (you really should have already done this several times). If you do that, you can, of course, use any suitable media player on your computer to show it to a limited number of people.

You will get a wizard that will show the following information:

1. Estimated space required to save this movie.

2. The available space on your drive (clearly if you don’t have enough, you have to do some clearing up before you can proceed).

3. You may chose to accept the recommended best quality or otherwise, you can chose other options by clicking “Show more choices.” But, this does go beyond the scope of this article.

Next we have to “Save to CD.” (Not good for you? Well, you can also save it to a DVD without any problems!) Again, a little wizard will start and you will first of all, be asked what you want to call your movie and to give a name to the CD/DVD. Next, the screen below will appear and again, accept the default options if at all possible.

You are shown the size of the movie and the room you have on the CD/DVD. So, if there is space left over, you could record several movies on the same disk.

Thereafter, the movie will be saved and then burnt to your disk. At the end, you will be asked to “Save this movie to another recordable CD.” The answer to this will obviously be “Yes.” (Check the box or hit “No” to uncheck the box).

Option three is interesting: Send in e-mail. With this one, you are handheld all the way.

The first thing you will see is a moving line indicating that it is being saved.

Everything then takes its course until eventually, you wind up with a situation like this:

Which, as you can see, shows that the movie has been made as an attachment to an e-mail, which you can complete and send as required.

With the next option: Send to the Web, you will need to make a selection of a hosting provider who will put your movie on their server.

After you start the wizard, you will first of all, have to give a name to your movie and then a screen comes up which will require you to indicate what your Internet connection is. Choose either dial-up, ISDN or broadband.

In addition, the bottom section will show the anticipated file size of your movie.

After saving the movie, you will then be offered some hosting providers (see small picture below) and if you are not already signed up with any of them, you can actually sign up “on the fly” by clicking the bottom link. Thereafter, the movie will be uploaded and in the end, you will be given the option of watching the movie on the Web, while also saving a copy to your computer if you wish.

Finally, we have what is probably the most useful option: Save to DV Camera. Let’s just explain what this encompasses.

You can, if you wish, record your compiled movie to a tape in your DV camera. In addition, you could connect the camera to your TV (if you have the correct cables) and everyone could then watch it in comfort. Additionally, you could record the output from the camera to your VCR on an analogue tape and play that back to your audience. Whatever you do, the procedure is the same and the sequence is:

1. Click Save to DV camera.

2. Select the DV device you wish to use (if there is more than one connected to the computer and if there is only one, you are not offered the choice).

3. Set your camera to playback mode (often labeled VCR or VTR on your camera).

4. You will then have a “Cue Your Tape” page, so rewind or fast forward the tape in the camera to the point where you want your movie to be recorded.

5. In the wizard, click “Yes” to continue.

6. Output to the camera is under way (and if you have a preview window on the camera, you can watch it as it occurs).

7. Job done!

And that, my friends, is that!

You have now successfully completed your first movie project and put it in such a form that you can proudly show it to your friends and family without the fear that they will be bored. It will actually be entertainment for them and yourself!

Okay, maybe you have a little way to go before you can start charging an entrance fee, but read some books and magazines on movie making, experiment with all the other features that I have not mentioned in Movie Maker and you’ll get there before you know it. Have fun!

~ David Woodford

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