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Chapter 12. Creating Movies with Windows... > Adding Video to a Project - Pg. 138

Creating Movies with Windows Movie Maker 138 Figure 12.3. Use the Record window to capture your raw audio and video footage. Before you get to that, you need to understand all the recording bells and whistles that populate the Record window. Here's a rundown: · Record--Use this list to tell Movie Maker what you want to record: Video and audio, Video only, or Audio only. · Change Device--The Video device and Audio device lines tell you which device Movie Maker will use to record video and audio. If you have multiple devices installed for one or both and you want to use a different one, click the Change Device button and use the Change Device dialog box to choose the devices you prefer. (If you know what you're doing, click Configure to adjust settings such as the video standard [NTSC, PAL, or SECAM], brightness, and contrast.) · Record time limit--Use this spin box to set the maximum number of hours, minutes, and seconds that you want to record. (The default setting is two hours.) This is useful if you're recording a live feed and want to limit how much footage you capture, just in case you forget to stop the recording. If you don't care (and have lots of disk space; see the Setting item, below), deactivate this check box to disable the limit. · Create clips--If you leave this check box activated, Movie Maker will automatically create sep- arate clips for your footage based on scene changes. If you have a long sequence to capture, dividing it into separate clips can make your editing life much easier, so I recommend leaving this check box turned on. (The exception is if your video has a large number of quick scene changes and jump cuts. In this case you might consider deactivating the Create clips check box and then creating the clips yourself; see "Splitting a Clip," later in this chapter.) · Setting--Use this list to choose the quality level you want to use for your recording. The text below the list tells you four things about what each setting represents: what the movie is suitable for (such as sending over e-mail), the width and height of the movie (in pixels), the frame rate, and the total amount of recording time you have based on the amount of free space you have on your hard disk. Notice that there is a trade-off between the quality and the amount of footage you can record. (That is, the higher the quality, the less you can record.)