Using Windows Live Movie Maker with your Videos
These instructions will show you how to use a program that is very likely already in your computer. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will either have Windows Live Movie Maker on your computer or a link to download it for free from Windows Live Essentials.
With this program, you can convert videos to a WMV format, you can rotate sideways videos, compress them into smaller files, and edit clips together or take clips out of a video.
Windows Live Movie Maker is not a program that we support, because we did not make it; however, many of us use it around the office, because it's easy to use and available on most recent versions of Windows for free.
How to Find it On Your Computer: Search for "Live" in Your Start Menu
Click the Windows/start button on the bottom right of your screen. (1) Type in the word "Live" in the search field. (2) If you already have the program installed, you'll see it listed in the results. (3) If not, you should at least see "Get Windows Live." If neither appears, then you won't be able to use this program to convert your video, and you should contact support or use these instructions.
Importing Videos Into Your Timeline
Windows Live Movie Maker is a very simple video editing program. Much like iMovie, you import and edit videos or pictures, add effects, and then export your video into one of many different formats. To begin, left click the white space in the middle to add your video. A window will appear allowing you to find the video, image, or audio file that you'd like to use.
Anatomy of the Program
(1) This part of the program contains buttons that allow you to import videos images, images, or other things into your Project.
(2) These options allow you to rotate the selected video clip. This is useful for when videos taken on cell phones come in sideways.
(3) These options allow you to upload your video to Youtube or other programs, share it, or export it.
(4) This viewing/player window shows you what frame or clip the slider (5) is on. As you click play, you'll see the slider (5) move throughout the project timeline.
(5) This is the slider, which represents the part of the timeline you are looking at in (4). You can click and drag this slider to any part of the timeline and the viewer window in (4) will update.
(6) This is one of the video clips that have been imported into the timeline. You can click and drag these clips to arrange them in any order.
(7) This slider bar allows you to "zoom in" or "zoom out" of the timeline. The further to the left you move the slider, the shorter each clip will look, and the further to the right you move it, the longer each clip will look. This is useful if you need to more easily navigate through a big project or "dial in" the slider to a specific frame.
Clipping Your Video
If you need to cut a video to pull out specific clips, you can do that by importing the video to your project and clicking on the video in your timeline. You'll then have access to the (1) Video Tools. To cut the video, drag the (2) slider to the point in the video where you would like to cut. You can use the zoom slider on the bottom right of the program window to make it easier to hone in on the frame in which you'd like to cut. Once you have the slider on the place where you'd like to clip the video, click the (3) "Split" button and the clip will split into to video clips in the timeline. To delete one of them, simply click it and press delete on your keyboard.
Compressing or Converting: Exporting Your Video
Once your video is on your timeline and completed (it will appear in the white area you clicked to add the video), you can then select the way you'd like to convert it. Click on the "Save Movie" drop down menu on the top of the program, and a list of options will appear. Each one of these represents a different option in descending quality. If you click on "For Email," your file will be saved in the lowest quality, which also means that it's the smallest file in the final output. This will take the shortest amount of time to upload to the board or email, so select this one if this is your intended use for the video.
A window will then appear asking you where you'd like to save the video. The only file type option is WMV (Windows Media Video), since this is a Windows program. The output file should be playable on any media player or computer.
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