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Windows Live Movie Maker is a small but powerful movie editing application from Microsoft. It is a complete rewrite of the old Movie Maker software with a new audience in mind. The focus of this new edition is on giving you the power to quickly create movies and slideshows to share with your friends and family. The movies can be a combination of your favorite pictures and home movies set to your own soundtrack. You can add cool effects to transition between scenes, and captions to add a narrative to your movie. With Movie Maker, users can:

Edit digital video and photos, including adding music and narration Apply animation effects to videos and photos Create DVDs for personal use, including menu systems for navigation

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Windows Live Movie Maker

Abstract
I take photos and videos of everything. Yes, I’m one of those people. I document just about everything I do. And I don’t limit myself to the standard “special occasions” such as vacations, first steps, and weddings. No, I take pictures of things I build, such as a set of workbenches I recently cut and bolted together; I capture screenshots of software settings I’ve figured out; and I shoot video of me assembling things such as a 300+ piece LEGO robotics kit. The list goes on.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 2. Getting Started with AutoMovie

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Movie Maker can help you put together some great videos to share with your friends and family. It has tons of special effects and powerful features to help clean up, edit, and add some “Pow!” to your final projects. But before you can begin creating great videos, you’ve got to have the raw pictures and video to work with.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 3. Working with Video

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There are a variety of tools available for editing photographs. It’s fairly easy to remove redeye, fix a lighting issue, and tackle other problems that you encounter with your photos. Ideally, you want to clean up your photos before importing them into Movie Maker (applications such as PhotoShop, GIMP, and PaintShop Pro are all suitable solutions). But for videos, Movie Maker has some great editing tools built right in. You can simply import your videos into Movie Maker and then clean them up with some cropping, fade-ins, and more.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 4. Working with Audio

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Back in the early days of movies, silent films were immensely popular. For the first time in history, people could watch moving images rather than just still photo images. To make up for the lack of sound, a pianist or guitarist would occasionally be hired to provide accompanying music to go along with the action. Dialogue was provided using text that was inserted into the movie; the limitation of the screen size, however, usually meant that the text had to be short in length. A drawback was that this limited the amount of information the viewer could receive. Still, it was a start.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 5. Working with Animations

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If you’ve ever watched any homemade movies, this scenario might be familiar: Uncle Ned presses play on the DVD player. The video immediately displays a large group of people standing around in what appears to be a large building. The sound is horrible because the video recorder’s microphone is picking up on hundreds of conversations. The scene jumps to a close-up of a very old book. (Uncle Ned pauses the video and tells you, “This is our visit to the Sistine Chapel.”) After a few seconds the video jumps to Aunt Matilda standing next to a group of ladies you don’t recognize. The scene changes quickly to show the ceiling of the chapel. The scene changes again to show a few quick close-ups of various historic and valuable artifacts that you’re not familiar with, and then changes quickly again to show you five or six quick scenes of various walls and displays around the chapel.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 6. Playing with Visual Effects

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Not every movie you’ll be editing and sharing with others needs to be so serious. You might find yourself putting together a nice music video of your latest snowboarding venture, or maybe a video for a friend of her latest art show gathering. There are plenty of times where a movie could use a little extra whiz-bang special effects and editing. And when that time comes, you’ll want to take a look at the visual effects that Movie Maker brings to the table.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 7. Working with Text

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Movie Maker can make your movies shine with its easy-to-use editing features and a bundle of special effects. With the right amount of cropping, clipping, ordering, and animations, you can put together a very entertaining and engaging movie that your viewers will enjoy watching.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 8. Saving a Movie

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After all your hard work — cropping videos, adding background music and voice-overs, throwing in some animations and visual effects, and then adding some opening and closing credits — it’d be a shame to lose it all to a power outage, dead hard drive, or the fast fingers of a two and a half year old who really likes your shiny laptop (my son loves the clickety-clack of the buttons).
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 9. Publishing a Movie

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Congratulations! You’ve completed your movie, and now you want to share it with the world. Who wouldn’t? All that hard work — editing, cropping, voiceovers, animations, and text narration — should be on display.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 10. Creating a DVD

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In Chapter 9, I showed you how to publish your movies with YouTube. It’s a great way to enable others to see your movies. And in Chapter 8, I showed you how to save your movies in various formats, depending on how you were going to share them: e-mail or a portable device (such as a flash drive) were a few of the options available to you.
James Floyd Kelly

Chapter 11. Tips & Advice

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It seems that every time I edit a video clip or share a completed movie with my friends and family, I learn a new trick or discover a shortcut or specialty application that makes my final movies even better.
James Floyd Kelly

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