Windows Live Movie Maker is Easy!

Linda Aksomitis in Switzerland
Linda Aksomitis at Harderkulm, with the city of Interlaken nestled below in the valley, and the Alps mountains in the distance.

One of the things I wanted to work on this summer was making and editing videos using images, video, and slides. Well, I finally got around to it!

I love watching the slideshows in Windows Live Photo Gallery and didn’t realize how easy it would be to turn them into a video and add a sound track with Windows Live Movie Maker (which automatically opened for me when I clicked on the movie option on the Create ribbon in Photo Gallery). Here’s my first attempt.

 

 

All you need is the free Windows software and a series of photos you want to use. If you’re not familiar with Photo Gallery, here’s a webpage with info on basic things and a download link: http://www.digitalmediausers.com/Tutorials/WindowsPhotoGalleryTutorial/tabid/57/Default.aspx

And here’s a great tutorial from YouTube to help you walk through the steps of using Movie Maker:

Video on using Movie Maker


I wanted to narrate my movie though, rather than adding music. So, I recorded what I wanted to say with the free online service at: http://vocaroo.com/

Once I had finished my soundtrack I save the recorded file to my own computer as an MP3.

Following the instructions on how to add music to the video, I just selected my soundtrack. One neat trick I discovered was that I could adjust how long each slide was shown using the duration option, so that I could coordinate the sound better to the images.

Before I uploaded the video to YouTube I converted it to MP4 format, which is more compressed and loads better. It was easy and only took a few minutes using conversion software.

Anyway, have fun turning your slideshows into videos!

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