Build Your First Movie with Movie Maker

After you import all the pieces of your new film, it’s time to grab your megaphone and start creating. You start by adding items in the linear Storyboard window, which you use to literally assemble your movie, moving from left to right.

Map out the general flow of your film on paper — even as a simple list of scenes, titles, and images — before you start creating it. However, Movie Maker makes editing so easy that many folks can simply build a film on the fly, following their inspiration where it takes them. Go figure.

Anyway, when you’re ready for the real work, add all the video clips and photos you want to use. The figure illustrates the first photo and video clip that's been added.

When you have multiple items in the Storyboard pane, you can change their order by clicking and dragging an item from one media square to the desired media square.

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If you decide against using a clip or photo, delete it from the Storyboard pane by right-clicking the item on the strip and then choosing Remove from the pop-up menu that appears.

To trash all the media you added within the Storyboard pane and start completely over, right-click any item on the strip and choose Select All from the menu that appears. Then right-click again and choose Remove from the menu that appears.

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