How to Assemble a Movie in Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker makes it easy for anyone to assemble a movie in Windows 7. Creating a movie in WLMM involves gathering together clips (movie, music or still pictures) and assembling them in the order you want them to appear. Windows Live Move Maker gathers these pieces together to form a movie project.

  1. Choose Start→All Programs→Windows Live Movie Maker to start Windows Live Movie Maker.

  2. Choose File→Save Project, give your movie a name, and click the Save button to save the project.

    Your project is ready to go.

  3. Choose the clips from one of your collections, or from anywhere else on your computer or network.

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    You can also add clips to the project by clicking the Add icon in the upper-left corner. Then just navigate to the folder you want and pick the clips that interest you.

  4. Drag one or two more clips to the unoccupied part of the storyboard.

    An image of each one appears in the workspace.

  5. Rearrange the order of the clips so that they appear in the order you want them in the movie.

    You can use a lot of techniques to rearrange your clips, including the following:

    • To move a clip to a different location in your movie, click the clip, drag it to the place where you want to insert it, and release the mouse button.

    • To insert a clip between two existing clips, just drag it between the two clips.

    • To delete a clip from the workspace, right-click the clip and choose Remove.

    • To cut and paste a clip, right-click the clip you want to move and choose Cut. Then right-click the clip after which you want to place this clip and select Paste.

    Unless you change things, still photos dragged to the storyboard appear in the final movie for three seconds.

  6. To save your project, choose File (the little icon to the left of the Home tab) and then Save.

    Congratulations! You’re well on your way to becoming a film legend.

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