Whether if it’s for a gift, corporate presentation, or just a personal hobby, we’ve all wanted to create our very own video. Luckily for us, there are lots of video-making software available today. One of them is Windows Movie Maker that comes installed with the Microsoft Windows OS. I recommend using Movie Maker in Windows 7 as it has more modern transitions and allows for more flexibility.
You can do lots of things in Movie Maker. I recently did a fan-made music video of Imagine Dragons 30 Lives and it was fairly easy. Start creating your own video with these easy steps:
Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the interface.
Once you open the software, take time to familiarize yourself with it and get a feel of how to navigate the tools. Look for how you can add photos, videos, music, and also edit its appearance and transitions.
Step 2: Add photos or videos.
When you’re done with that, add the photos or videos you wish to include in your video. Remember that you can’ add music before you add photos; it always has to be vice versa. This is because the software layers the song with the photos. Don’t worry, you can add or remove more photos/videos later. You can adjust the duration the photo/video appears in the video.
Step 3: Add music.
You can now add music to your video. You can split or trim the audio if you wish. You can also add transitions like fade in, fade out, and others. You can also slow it down or make it faster.
Step 4: Add transitions for photos and/or videos.
Once you’ve arranged your photos/videos and made it appropriate for the audio, you can now add appropriate transitions. Transitions are used to achieve smooth flow of visual elements in your video and also to highlight important elements in the photos/videos.
Step 5: Insert captions.
Don’t forget to add captions! This is how you can effectively convey your message. In the case of creating a music video, you simply add the lyrics to the video. For personalized ones, you can input absolutely any text you want. You can also use transitions and effects to emphasize certain texts.
Step 6: Polish and publish!
Finalize your video by adding a few retouches here and there, and voila, you can now save it on your computer or any memory stick!