How to Highlight Objects in Windows Movie Maker

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Using Windows Live Movie Maker software to create and edit movies gives you access to a range of editing tools, processing features and visual effects. To edit a video, image or audio object in Movie Maker, you’ll first need to highlight the object in the program’s movie storyboard and timeline pane. Once it's highlighted and selected, edit or transform the object with the tools available in Movie Maker’s menu ribbon.

  • Launch Windows Live Movie Maker. Click “File” in the main menu and then select “New Project” from the pull-down menu to start a new Movie Maker project.

  • Click the “Home” tab in the main menu ribbon. In the “Add” group, click the “Add Videos and Photos” button. Navigate to the library folder or subfolder that contains the video and image objects that you want to add to the movie project. Click and select the file. Click the “Open” button in the file browser window to add the image or video object to the Movie Maker storyboard pane. If you also want to add an audio track to the movie, click “Add Music” in the “Add” group and follow the same procedure to import the audio object.

  • Click an image, video or audio object in the Movie Maker storyboard pane. Single-clicking the object highlights the item so that you can edit or add visual effects to the object. When highlighted in the Movie Maker storyboard pane, the object displays a pale blue border instead of no border. Movie Maker will apply any edit or visual effect that you now select to the highlighted object.

  • Click the “Animations,” “Visual Effects” or “Edit” tabs in the main menu ribbon. Select your preferred edit or effect from the items available in the toolbar groups on each menu tab. You can add transition effects to smooth the join between two objects, or select a visual effect that changes the appearance or stylizes the image or video object. Once you’ve highlighted and edited one object, click another object to highlight it and follow the same procedure to add an effect.

  • Click “File” in the main menu. Select “Save Project” to save the project, or “Save Movie” to save the project as a movie file on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Highlight multiple objects at the same time by holding down the “Shift” key on your computer keyboard and clicking on each object that you want to highlight and select.

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