What is Windows Movie Maker?

Windows Movie Maker is a video creating/editing software, included in Microsoft Windows Me, XP, and Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. New effects and transitions can be made and existing ones can be modified using XML code. Windows Movie Maker is also a basic audio track editing program. It can apply basic effects to audio tracks such as fade in or fade out. The audio tracks can then be exported in the form of a sound file instead of a video file.
Development of Windows Movie Maker was abandoned after the release of Windows Vista; its replacement, Windows Live Movie Maker, is included with Windows Live Essentials, a free download from Windows Live;[1] however Windows Live Movie Maker does not have the same features as Windows Movie Maker. [2] However Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista is compatible with Windows 7 and recommended by video editors. [3]

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What can you do and how do you use Windows Movie Maker?

For an online tutorial follow this link to the Microsoft WIndows "How To" page.

How do you save a project made in Windows Movie Maker?

Once your project is completed, save it by doing the following:
  1. Click on the down arrow next to "3. Finish Movie"
  2. Select "Save to my computer"
  3. Double-check the location you are saving the document to - make sure it is to the G:drive
    1. Name the movie
    2. Save it
You now have a movie that is ready to be shared with others. Please note that the movie is encoded to play, by default, on Windows Media Player. You can tell how something is encoded to work by looking at the last few letters it is saved with (i.e., Pivot uses .piv). Depending on what you created, a project published with Windows Movie Maker will be encoded as a ".wav" (audio) or a ".wmv" (video).

How do you view a movie made in Windows Movie Maker?

Once you have saved a project, it is now designed to play, by default, on Windows Media Player. To view, you can
  1. Open the file which will result in Windows Media Player opening so you can watch the video.
  2. Open Windows Media Player, and open the movie (Ctrl + O). It will be added to the playlist and then can be watched.

Are there other ways to view a movie besides using Windows Media Player?

Yes. One way is to convert the file into another format - this can allow you to upload it to YouTube or other media-hosting site. Here is one way it can be done:
  1. Open an Internet window and go to Mr. Lane's Computer Applications-Web 2.0 Blog.
  2. Find the right sidebar and scroll down to the section titled Web 2.0 Resources.
  3. Locate and open the link for Zamzar.
  4. Follow the step-by-step directions on the site or below.
    1. Select the file to be converted.
    2. Choose a format to convert to - for a movie you want to select mp4.
    3. Enter your gaggle.net e-mail address.
    4. Click convert.
  5. Open another tab or window and go to Gaggle.Net, login and check for the link that will be sent to you by Zamzar in an e-mail. The conversion process may take some time if your movie has a lot to it so you will need to be patient.
  6. Click on the link provided and then dowload the file to your G:drive - it will be saved as an mp4.

You can now upload your movie to YouTube or other media-hosting site and all of the features of your movie will be ready to go. Once you have done this you can embed the video or share a link to the video through MySpace, Facebook, a blog or wiki, or another social-networking site.