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Direct Your Own Photo Show:
Windows Live Movie Maker
by Jim Austin, www.jimages.com
Eyes Wild, above, is a show I made with the Windows 7 “Windows Live Movie Maker” program that is a free download from Microsoft, as part of Windows Live Essentials. WLMM is easy to learn and friendly to use. It is also and has an intuitive and useful set of features for making short shows or videos.
Let's walk through the 8 steps.
In your Windows 7 program, check to make sure
you have WLMM installed or download and install it.
2. Bring up WLMM
Click on Slideshow once
to bring up WLMM.
3. You'll see a series of tabs for HOME, ANIMATIONS, etc.
Under the HOME tab, you can reorder the images just by dragging them. Use the “Add Videos and Photos “ button to import more images.
I chose the Sepia setting for my show. The preview window shows you the run time, and lets you click the arrow to expand your preview size to full screen.
Add a music track by clicking the Add Music button.
Add a title with different fonts and add
captions if you like. Just like
in the movies you can choose how your Credits will scroll, fade, or
4. ANIMATIONS TAB
You'll want to choose transitions from one image to another. By default, WLMM will zoom and pan automatically, so you can choose another Transition or Animation, or none at all, by clicking on those two options and choosing different fades, or pan and zoom effects.
Note: When you are just beginning, try not to
overdo the pan and zoom. Turn it off and just use the basic non-pan,
non-zoom most often. This will put the emphasis on your image, not the
5. VISUAL EFFECTS TAB
This gives you options to alter the
individual photos using fades, overlays and color adjustments.
6. PROJECT TAB
Under the Project tab, choose your
format. I chose 16:9 for widescreen. WLMM has a wonderful feature to
make the duration of each slide add up to match the total length of your
music file: just click on the Fit to Music button.
7. EDIT TAB
8. FINISH with MENU TAB
Save your project,
publish the movie directly to the web and save your movie to your hard drive
through this menu.
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