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Getting StartED with Windows Live Movie Maker [Paperback]

James Floyd Kelly


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Book Description

April 14 2010 1430229012 978-1430229018 1

Windows Live Movie Maker is a small but powerful movie editing application from Microsoft. It is a complete rewrite of the old Movie Maker software with a new audience in mind. The focus of this new edition is on giving you the power to quickly create movies and slideshows to share with your friends and family. The movies can be a combination of your favorite pictures and home movies set to your own soundtrack. You can add cool effects to transition between scenes, and captions to add a narrative to your movie. With Movie Maker, users can:

  • Edit digital video and photos, including adding music and narration
  • Apply animation effects to videos and photos
  • Create DVDs for personal use, including menu systems for navigation

What you’ll learn

  • Learn what’s new and different with the Live version of Movie Maker; find out where to download it and view an installation walkthrough.
  • Discover the basics of importing pictures and video, how to use AutoMovie and perform some easy tweaks on it, and how to save projects.
  • Experiment with trimming, splitting, and rotating video, fading-in/out, using the View menu to zoom in/out and switch between aspect ratios, arranging storyboard items, and previewing movies.
  • Learn how to import, trim, and fade music in/out; use start/end points; control volume; and edit audio in a movie clip.
  • Use formatting, color, size, transparency, and start/end times to add text animation, titles, captions, and credits to your movies.
  • Learn about DVD formats, creating menu systems, HD (720 and 1080) vs. standard formats, portable devices, e-mail attachments, and IM formats.
  • Learn tips for enhancing movie and sound quality, file management, menu organization, and creating interesting DVD movies to share.

Who this book is for

Most digital video editing applications have a steep learning curve and a thick manual. Windows Live Movie Maker is not difficult to learn, but it does not come with a manual. This book is for readers who want to quickly and easily edit their digital movies and create DVDs for viewing, but don�t want to sift through a lot of technical mumbo jumbo.


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About the Author

James Floyd Kelly is a freelance writer living in Atlanta, Georgia, with degrees in English and Industrial Engineering. He is editor-in-chief of the world’s most popular LEGO NXT robotics blog, thenxtstep.com, which continues to draw an estimated 50,000+ readers monthly, and is the author of three Apress LEGO robotics books including his latest, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: The King’s Treasure. James has also written on topics including building custom computers and free software, and he just completed Build Your Own CNC Machine, which shows readers how to build their very own computer controlled machine that cuts, drills, etches, and more. He and his wife have a 3 year old son and have another little boy on the way.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows Live Movie Maker, James Floyd Kelly July 20 2010
By Constance Schroeder - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written. Good for basic, intermediate or advanced user. Instructions are step-by-step with a lot of pictures to demonstrate each step. This movie maker program is more of a "dumbed down version" than the previous version (Windows Movie Maker).
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Book for a Sorry Video Editing Program Nov. 13 2010
By Clark Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've never cared much for Windows Movie Maker 1 or 2. Still I have found myself using Windows Movie Maker for occasional quickie projects. Windows Movie Maker 1 was a decent first effort by Microsoft, to offer a "free" editor, bundled with the operating system. Windows Movie Maker 2 made a few good improvements. I skipped Windows Vista and only recently installed Windows 7. So I was interested to find out how much Microsoft had improved in the latest iteration, Windows Live Movie Maker.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting started with Windows Live Movie Maker Oct. 17 2010
By Leon K. Tietyen - Published on Amazon.com
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The book did a nice job of showing step by step on how to use WLMM.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read! July 16 2011
By ScubaBum - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book an easy read and very accurate. I had no problem following along in the book with Windows Live Movie Maker on the PC. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to get started with Windows Live Movie Maker.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not a workbook July 5 2011
By Michael Beloved - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is crammed with information but it is not a work book. It is great except for that one fact.
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