How to Make a Music Video for Free

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The art of making music videos is an amenity that comes a lot easier with modern technology. The software is free to download and user friendly, so any computer user can learn to use it, regardless of technical experience. Your music video can be made to look professional and presentable, with high quality resolution and great sound, in just a matter of minutes. All you need is a great music video concept, a song and some pictures.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Music
  • Photos
  • Download the video-making software to your computer's hard drive. (See Resources for link to the program). Click on the Windows Movie Maker "Download" icon. Opt to save the program when the file download window pops up on your computer's screen.

  • Open the video-making program. Click on the "Start" icon and locate the highlighted program in the drop-down menu. The highlighted program usually served as the most recently installed program. Double-click on the highlighted Windows Movie Maker tab folder to open the program.

  • Import any media you may need to create your video. This goes for songs, photos, etc.. Click on "Import Media" at the top of the Windows Movie Maker screen. When the dialog window opens, locate and select your media file from your computer's hard drive. Click on the file and select "Open." Import each media component separately. Repeat the same action to import more media components.

  • Place your media components for the music video in time queue. The time queue will be the long playback bar at the bottom of the Windows Movie Maker screen. Highlight the media component you want to place in the music video and drag it to the time queue. Place each file in the order in which it should appear in the video.

  • Size your media components to edit the timing and capture the music video. Minimize or expand certain media components by simply clicking on the end of the component's box in the time queue and dragging it to the size you desire it to be.

  • Publish your music video. Once your music video is completed, click on the "File" tab and select the "Import Movie" action in the drop-down menu. Choose where you'd like the video to be published to determine its format. Keep all of the Windows Movie Maker recommended settings, and select "Publish."

  • Save your music video to your computer's hard drive. Click on "File" in the navigation menu at the top of the screen, and select the "Save Project As" option. Give your file a name and click "Save As" in the dialog box to store the music video file to your computer's hard drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • For the best possible quality, make sure you are using an excellent camera, if needed. Your media files should also be high quality. The audio needs to be clear and mastered with excellent sound projection and quality. The photos should also high resolution and quality for the best professional look for your music video. Save your music video file to your hard drive periodically when making your music video. This is a good way to avoid any possible loss of work and accidential freezing.
  • Windows Movie Maker is a free program that is intended for personal use. It is not usually used for high quality music videos for television syndication. Most people use free video making programs such as this one for broadcasting on YouTube and other video streaming sites. Be sure you publish your music video once it is complete. This ensures that it is formatted correctly for playback outside of Windows Movie Maker. Otherwise, it will only be accessible in Windows Movie Maker. Your audio file should be in MP3 or WMA. If it is not, it will need to be converted for successful playback in the music video. See Resources for conversion methods and assistance. All of your music video's media must be stored to your computer's hard drive to be imported into the Windows Movie Maker. In most cases, you can transfer media from a jump drive or through a USB connection from the device that created it.

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