Creating Movies with Windows Movie Maker
storyboard not only serves as an outline for the presentation, but it also lets you visu-
alize the project in a way you otherwise would not be able to. At a glance, you can
see the work from start to finish, and this is extremely important in the way you con-
ceptualize the project.
As you add media items to your video, you build the storyboard and set the play
order for each item you are including. To your storyboard, you can add titles, cred-
its, effects, and transitions. Unlike Windows DVD Maker, Windows Movie Maker
doesn’t put pictures into a separate folder. Instead, all media items are added to the
same storyboard, and that storyboard can have many thousands of media items.
As with Windows DVD Maker, you can select all the pictures and videos you want
to use in Windows Photo Gallery first, and then add the selected items automati-
cally to Windows Movie Maker. After you use the same tricks discussed previously,
click Make a Movie to open Windows Movie Maker with these media items. Win-
dows Movie Maker will then analyze the media items and create a movie for you
automatically using these media items (see Figure 10-22). Your AutoMovie will have
a title frame, automatic fade settings for each media item, automatic transition set-
tings between media items, and an end credits frame. This will save you consider-
able time in terms of finalizing your movie.
In Windows Movie Maker, you can select the items to add to your video by complet-
ing the following steps:
1. On the Task Pane, click the appropriate Import option.
2. As shown in Figure 10-23, use the Import Media Items dialog box to browse to a
folder containing pictures or videos you want to add.
3. Select the items to add using one of the following techniques:
• Select an individual item by clicking it.
• Select a series of items by clicking the first item, pressing and holding the
Shift key, clicking the last item, and then releasing Shift.
• Select multiple items individually by clicking the first item, pressing and
holding the Ctrl key, clicking each additional item in turn, and then releas-
Figure 10-22. Creating an AutoMovie