Remember how I told you I was busy finding myself over the past few months? One thing I found about me is that I actually DO enjoy learning technology and trying it out! This past spring semester I had a class at the college called Emerging Technologies. It was all about the different types of technology available and how to use them. One thing they shared was how to use Windows Movie Maker. I used it to say thanks to my friends and family for making me laugh!
Now hear me all of you advanced users, I know there are other programs to use. You can skip to the comments and tell me what they are! This one however, I think is a great stepping stool to the more advanced programs.
Did you know most of us with a PC that have Microsoft Windows software actually have Windows Movie Maker? Oh and it is so much fun! To find it on your PC go to your START menu and either “search” for or find Windows Movie Maker. If you don’t have it and you would like to download it go to the Microsoft Download Center to get it. You will need to know which Windows your PC is running and download the appropriate one. Anyone can do this even if you are not good at technology! If I can do it you can do it!
7 Steps to make a quick and easy Windows Movie Maker file:
1. Pick some photos you would like to include. A good hint our teacher told us was to copy them to a new folder because if you are anything like me, you have thousands of photos in your “My Pictures” on your PC.
2. Open your Windows Movie Maker and add your photos. Click on Add Photos or Videos. You do NOT have to download a video to use this movie maker!
3. Choose what photos and videos you would like in the movie.
4. Once you have them open, you can move them around in the order you want them.
5. You can now add a title, caption and/or credits to your movie. You can also trim the video’s you opened, fade in and out, add music and a lot more!
6. Play around with it. Learn how to use the animations, visual effects and tools it provides!
7. When you are done, I would personally make a copy for your file first. Then you can publish to DVD, YouTube and others. Make sure to share with others!
Here is the video I made. It really was easy and I had a blast doing it! (It also gave me all sorts of ideas!) Please take a moment to watch it because I’m thanking you and of course there are some funny photos in there!
Tag your it! Have you ever played with Windows Movie Maker? Do you have any recommendations for other types of movie makers that are similar?