It was about two and half-years ago that I got my mission of making my father buy me a laptop brought to its grand success. And for the first time I experienced the pleasure of using a computer while lying half-inclined on my bed. I just couldn’t keep my eyes and fingers off my newest treasure. I just wanted to use it from the first moment of the wakeful day to the last.
Unfortunately, that was the time when one writing project had ended and the publisher hadn’t given me any other book to write yet. So I actually had nothing to do on laptop (except net browsing, which is always there). So I took advantage of the leisure by trying out each and every program on it. That’s how I came to the WIndows Movie Maker. It was there on my desktop too, of course. But I had never bothered to use it. And I’m sure, I’m not alone in not giving this cool dude a chance. However, those days, I had loads of newly added photographs as my sister had just gotten married. So I decided to give them, and the Windows Movie Maker a try.
At first, I felt quite lost. But very soon, through the process of trial and error (because though I’m a self-confessed lover of books, I couldn’t be bothered to read the Help manual), I found my way about it. It wasn’t very difficult either. It has a Task bar on the left side that has links to the folders like Pictures, Music ets. You just click on the pictures and select the pics you want to use. They get added to sort of storage area. When you have selected all the picture and music files you want, then it’s time to finally start arranging them in the order you want them to appear in your movie. Just remember, if you are going to add background music or any other audio, you need to first switch on the ‘Timeline’ view from ‘View’ in the toolbar on top.
Now, all you have to do is to drag and drop! At the bottom of the screen, you’d see where the files go. Drag and drop the pictures on the top bar, the audio files go below it. You can even split the music and keep only the part you want, while discarding what you don’t want. Use the ‘Split’ button given under the preview screen towards the right for splitting the audio files. You can add several different audio files one after the other. They will play in a continuous stream. You can also adjust the display timing of different pictures to make them match with your audio. For that, hover your mouse over the right or left edge of the particular pic, press your finger on the left mouse button and simply drag the edge to where you want it to extend to in the time line.
You can give several different transition effect or animation to your pictures too. The options for that are also given in the Tasks on the left. However, if you want it easy, simply use the option of ‘AutoMovie’ given over the storage area. You can only use it when your pictures and audio files are arranged in the timeline.
The Windows Live Movie Maker is more advanced and has more special effects and a different user interface. It has several different AutoMovies themes too. Plus, you can publish and share your complete project to facebook, youtube etc. directly from the program. I used it to create the video trailer of my novel Dream’s Sake, and found it much easier to use than the Windows Movie Maker. Here, you can see what I created using it. Maybe it will inspire you to indulge in some movie making too.