How to Render a Video on Windows Live Movie Maker

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Microsoft offers Windows Live Movie Maker as a free download to users of genuine versions of Windows. The Windows Live version of Movie Maker is the successor to Microsoft's well-received Movie Maker application. The program makes it relatively simple for even complete novices to create videos using photos, music and even other video clips in almost no time at all. After you create your video Windows Live Movie Maker, the program offers options for rendering it into a Windows compatible movie format you can play on your computer or share on the Internet.

  • Click "Start" then "All Programs" then "Windows Live Movie Maker."

  • Click the "Add videos and photos" button on the tool bar. Navigate to a photo image or video clip to include in the movie. Highlight the file name and click the "Open" button.

  • Insert more photos or video clips as needed into the movie by browsing for them using the "Add videos and photos" button on the toolbar.

  • Click the "Webcam video" button on the toolbar to record video from your webcam and import it into the movie.

  • Click the "Add music" button on the toolbar. Browse to an MP3 or WMA audio file to include in the movie. Click the audio file to select it then click "Open."

  • Click the "Title" button on the toolbar to create a title screen for the movie. Change the default text from "My Movie" to something more appropriate or descriptive for the movie. You can also use the font controls to change the size, color and transparency of the title text.

  • Click "Animations" on the menu bar to change transition animations between photos or video clips. Position the mouse cursor between two photos or clips on the movie timeline, and click the transition type to apply. Alternatively, choose an animated transition and click the "Apply to all" link to make transitions the same for the entire movie.

  • Click "Visual Effects" on the menu bar to change the brightness or color characteristics of a single photo, single clip, or all clips and photos.

  • Render the movie and upload it to the Internet by clicking one of the website icons on the tool bar. Websites to which you can upload formatted videos are SkyDrive, Facebook, YouTube, Windows Live and Flickr. Click and select a resolution setting. Windows Live Movie Maker renders the movie using the chosen resolution. Log in to your Windows Live account. Enter a descriptive name for the movie and your login credentials for the chosen site. Follow the prompts to continue rendering the movie and upload it to the Internet site.

  • Click the "Save Movie" button on the tool bar to save the movie to your computer. Enter a file name for the movie in the "File name:" field and click the "Save" button. Windows Movie Maker renders and saves the movie using default settings. To change the rendering settings, click the drop-down box beneath the "Save Movie" button and choose the resolution, bit-rate and audio settings to use for the movie.

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