Creating Movies with Windows Movie Maker
Adding Effects to Your Video
Your videos can have effects that are used when a media item is first displayed. You
can add the same effect to multiple items, and a single item can have multiple effects
as well. In the lower-left corner of the item’s storyboard is an Effects button. The
appearance of this button tells you whether an item has effects associated with it.
An item with no effects has an Effects button as shown in Figure 10-31.
An item with one associated effect has an Effects button as shown in Figure 10-32.
An item with multiple associated effects has an Effects button as shown in Figure 10-33.
You can add effects to media items by completing the following steps:
1. In Windows Movie Maker, click Effects in the Tasks Pane to display the avail-
able effects in the Collections Pane, as shown in Figure 10-34.
2. To see how an effect works, click it and press the Play button in the Preview Pane.
3. To use an effect, click it and then drag it to the item to which the effect should
be added. Alternatively, click the effect, press Ctrl-C, click the item to which the
effect should be added, and then press Ctrl-V.
4. Repeat this process to add multiple effects to the same item
Another way to manage multiple effects applied to the same item is to follow these
1. Right-click the item’s Effects button in the storyboard and then select Effects.
2. Use the Add or Remove Effects dialog box, shown in Figure 10-35, to manage
the effects associated with the selected item:
Figure 10-31. The Effects button for an item with no effects
Figure 10-32. The Effects button for an item with an associated effect
Figure 10-33. The Effects button for an item with multiple associated effects