In my last article I introduced Microsoft's Movie Maker 2.0 for Windows XP. In this article, I'll to dig a bit deeper into the product and demonstrate some of the more advanced features you can leverage when building your movies.
You'll learn how to organize your content more effectively, choosing when to switch between the Storyboard and the Timeline, enhancing video with visual Video Effects, controlling audio, and learning to publish a movie.
There's a lot to do, so let's get cracking.
When you work on a movie, the first thing you need is material. For Movie Maker, it means video, digital photos, and audio. Which camera you use depends on how your images are stored on your hard drive. Wherever your images and video are, you want to bring them all into Movie Maker's Collections folder.
If you are creating small movies, collect all your content together in one Collection, which makes it easier to find the files later. However, if you have a lot of content, I recommend that you create several Collections. Create a naming scheme. For instance, if you are taking the video, movies, taped interviews, and music to "Tony and Tina's Wedding," split up the collections as follows:
I am a bit of a programmer, which is why the underlines are there (old habits die hard), but you do not need to use them. Separating the folders under consistent names allows you to quickly find your digital media and gives you more time to create.