How Do I Take Pictures With My Webcam on Windows Movie Maker?

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Windows Live Movie Maker is designed to allow users to edit videos easily and quickly. While the software does not include an ability to take photos directly from a webcam, there is a work-around to this by using the Movie Maker's webcam video and snapshot features. With these options, you can record a video using your webcam and then take snapshots of specific points of the video that can be saved as a photo.

  • Connect your webcam to the computer.

  • Click Windows Live Movie Maker's drop-down menu, and then select "Options."

  • Click "Webcam" and select your webcam from the "Available webcams" drop-down menu. Click "OK."

  • Click the "Home" tab in Windows Live Movie Maker.

  • Click "Webcam Video," and then click "Record."

  • Pose as if you are taking a photo. Do as many poses as you want.

  • Click "Stop." You will be prompted to save the video to your computer. It will be automatically added to the video timeline.

  • Click the video on the Movie Maker's timeline. Press "Play" or drag the cursor to a specific point in the video. When you have reached the point you want an image of, click "Pause," and then select "Snapshot" from the top of the program. This will create an image of that point in the video and allow you to save it as a .PNG file.

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