Getting StartED with Windows Live Movie Maker Paperback – Apr 14 2010
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James Floyd Kelly is a professional writer from Atlanta, Georgia. He has written numerous books on multiple subjects, including LEGO robotics, open source software, and building your own CNC machine as well as a 3D printer. He is the editor-in-chief of the number one MINDSTORMS NXT blog, The NXT Step (TheNXTStep.com), where he is joined by fellow NXT experts who share their knowledge and designs with other robot fans around the world.
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I picked up a copy of "Getting StartED with Windows Live Movie Maker". For the most part, I've been a fan of the Friends of ED books for a long time. Like all of the Friends of ED books, this one seems to have excellent logical, step-by-step chapter organization. Right away, however, I began wondering "Who is this book written for?" Most of the people I know who might want to use Movie Maker still have tape-based camcorders. One of the primary things they want to do is edit their years of tape-based footage -- or at very least, digitize or ingest it for archival. The book covers hard-drive and memory-based camcorders only. No tape-based workflow to be found here (to be fair, perhaps Movie Maker doesn't support it). If you know how to use a digital "memory" type camcorder you are probably a child of the 90s. You likely don't need a book to show you how to copy files from your memory card.
Assuming footage is already on the hard drive, this book has value to those looking to learn how to edit that footage with Windows Live Movie Maker. It is a quick read. You can easily follow the practice examples using footage downloaded from the book's website (or use your own footage, of course).
In chapter 5, the author takes up no less than 13 pages discussing each and every simple effect which could have been easily understood just by looking at the program's user interface. The author knows this, too. He states "learning about visual fx will be much easier if you're actually using them". Right, so what did I read those 13 pages for?
I did find the chapters on exporting a YouTube-compatible file (and other popular video formats) to be very useful. However, as a previous reviewer here has mentioned, Windows Live Movie Maker is more dumbed-down from previous versions (amazing that's actually possible!). It is even less editor-friendly than Movie Maker 1.0!! So YouTube export is moot, since I will no longer be using WLMM for any of my projects. Perhaps an alternate title for this book could be, "How to use every feature of the featureless Windows Live Movie Maker."
I was excited to discover Windows Live Movie Maker. However, now that I have, I'm quite disappointed in the backward leap Microsoft has taken here. One thing is clear: Microsoft has no CLUE about video editing! I'm really not certain that Windows Live Movie Maker warrants an entire book devoted to it. Especially not a book that comes at this price point. Having said that, however, I give the book 4 stars, due to the brief coverage of creating titles and compressing for YouTube. If you learn nothing from this book other than those two things, this book might almost be worth it price.
Unfortunately for me it didn't answer the questions I had/have.
The book is good intro to WLMM. I like the screen image with the action.
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