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Using Windows Live Movie Maker

February 21, 2015 | lfeesey | Comments (0)

Windows Live Movie Maker is now installed on every public internet access computer in the Toronto Public Library system. So why not try editing a movie from the video on your camera, phone or tablet? 

Windows Live Movie Maker

In brief, here is how to use Windows Live Movie Maker:

  • Attach your camera or USB to a TPL computer. Transfer your video to the Public (P:) drive. 
  • The Movie Maker icon is located on the desktop. Double click it to open the program. 

Windows Live Movie Maker icon

  • Under the Home tab, click Add Videos and Photos. Import them all by holding down the Shift key on the first and last video clip. The clips will appear in order on the palette on the right side.
  • Save Movie As… onto your USB drive. This saves your project so you can work on it later.
  • The viewer is the window on left side.  Use the arrows or the spacebar to start and stop play. 
  • Drag and drop the clips on the palette into order.
  • Trim your clips. Under the Edit tab, Set a Start Point and an End Point. You can also Split a clip into parts and move them around on the palette.
  • Under the Visual Effects tab, alter the qualities of the image.
  • The options under the Animations tab provide various transitions between clips.
  • Speed up or slow down a video under the Edit tab. You can apply this effect to one clip or many depending on which are highlighted.
  • Under Home tab, add titles, sound, music, and/or credits.
  • When your edit is complete, under the Home tab click the Save Movie drop down menu. Choose the format according to viewing device or website.
  • Get more tips and advice directly from Microsoft, or a free download of this program for your home computer at: 


A few helpful books:

Making movies with your iPhone by Ben Harvell

Attack of the killer video book take 2: tips and tricks for young directors by Mark Shulman

Conquering YouTube: 101 pro video tips to take you to the top by Jay Miles

iPhone millionaire: how to create and sell cutting edge video by Michael Rosenblum 



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