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Movie Maker (MM) Workshop Agenda:

MM Knowledge Level Survey

  • Please complete the Movie Maker Knowledge Level Survey before we officially begin today's class. This survey will allow me to determine the different levels of knowledge concerning movie maker of those in our group.
  • Please go to this page to complete the survey - Survey.
  • When finished with the survey please click on the link found in the "confirmation message" or the movie maker link on the navigation bar to the left to return to this page.

Movie Maker (MM) Overview


Movie Maker enhances classroom learning in a variety of ways and on a variety of levels. You can create a movie to educate and inform students about a specific topic, allow students to create movies as an assignment for a project, and /or create for an alternative assessment. This engages students as they are able to relate to the digital world of technology that they live in rather than shutting off the technology when they enter our classes.
Before creating a movie with Movie Maker, you need to be sure to gather the necessary materials related to the content or topic of the movie. You need to have either photo images and/or movie clips, such as video segments, videos or pictures from discovery streaming (formerly united streaming), as well as sound files to use in making the movie. You should have a topic in mind for the movie before you begin so you have a plan of what you want your movie to become. The sound can come from an mp3 file that you download from a creative commons site or from different song files that you own. Please remember, if you are using your own sound files - you may only use 30 seconds of a particular song in your entire movie. You also have the option of creating a podcast (ex. through audacity) to insert as the soundtrack of your movie.


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Getting Started

  • Begin by opening movie maker. Go to start, all programs, and look for the program called "Windows Movie Maker". It will likely not be found inside folder rather by itself.
  • After you open the program, click on File and choose "Save Project As". This is going to save your project that you are about to begin working on rather than actually save the movie file. You will do that part later.

MM Tasks

1. Capture Video

  • Capture from Video Device - this option is used if you are actually pulling pictures from a camera or video from a camcorder (either while recording live or after the recording is finished)
  • Import Video - this option is used to bring a video file or files or segments from a location on your computer
  • Import Pictures - this option is used to bring picture files from a location on your computer
  • Import audio or music files - this option is used to bring sound files (mp3) from a location on your computer

2. Edit Movie

  • Show Collections - after you have imported or captured your files, they will appear in the center of the screen in the section called "collections". Notice there is a box that you can click in called collections that will show you different folders about the files you imported. Specifically there will be a collections folder for videos, a collections folder for pictures and a collections folder for sound files.
  • View Video/Picture Effects - changes how your pictures or videos play in the movie such as changing to black and white or sepia
  • View Video Transitions - determines how your movie changes from one video to the next or how it will begin and end
  • Make Titles or Credits - a slide to the beginning, middle, or end that provides text related to your movie

3. Finish Movie

  • Save to My Computer - click on this option to actually save the movie. Up until this point we were only saving the project. When you choose "save to my computer" now you will be telling the computer to combine all the separate pieces into one movie file. This will give you a new file with the file extension .wmv (windows media video)
  • Save to CD - if you have a CD drive that burns cd, you can have the movie sent directly to the CD drive. This means the
  • Send in email - finish the movie and attach it to an email. I wouldn't recommend this option as you may not have the movie for later use.
  • Send to the web - finish as a movie and directly upload to a movie storage site such as youtube or teachertube
  • Send to DV camera - send to a camcorder that will burn DVDs

MM Collections

  • Center of your screen where you will find the pictures, video and sound files that you have imported to use in your project.
  • You can click on these items and drag them to the storyboard below to put them into your movie.
  • Just because you see them in the collections doesn't mean they are in the movie yet or that they are saved in your collections.

MM Storyboard vs. Time Line

  • Storyboard - The storyboard is a simply view of your movie. As you begin to drag and drop pictures or video files into the storyboard, you will begin creating your movie. You can just as easily click on an object in the storyboard and drag it to a new place in the movie.
  • Time Line View - this is a more complex view of your movie. This view will allow you to determine what is playing at a particular minute and will allow you to cut sections out of a movie rather than using a movie in entirety.

Creating a Project

A. Importing Video/Pictures

  • Click on import video to import your video files
  • Click on import pictures to import your pictures

B. Drag to the Storyboard

  • Click and drag your pictures and videos down to the storyboard.
  • Place them in the order you would like them for your movie.
  • Rearrange the pictures and videos if need be to get them in the correct order.

C. Apply Effects and Transitions

  • Click on "add effects" to see the different effects you can possibly add to your pictures.
    • If you wish to add one of them to your movie, click on the effect and drag it down to the star in the corner of a picture
  • Click on "add transitions" to see the different transitions available that can be used between pictures or videos
    • Again, if you wish to use one of the transitions, drag it down to the spot where you would like to use it and let go

D. Add Title and Credit Slides

  • Add title slides to the beginning of the movie
  • Add credits to the end of the movie
  • You can also change the font, color, and animation of these slides by going to the more options

E. Finish Your Movie

  • Click "Save to My Computer"
  • Notice where it is saving and provide a name for your movie
  • Then click "next" to actually save the project into a movie


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