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Chapter 11. Windows Movie Maker

Chapter 11. Windows Movie Maker

XP’s Windows Movie Maker lets you transfer audio and video to your computer from a video camera, VCR, Web camera, or other video source and use that as raw material for your own movies. You can combine footage, still photos, music tracks, videos, voice-over narratives, and other media files. Then you can edit; add titles, video transitions, and special effects; and save the result as a stand-alone file in Windows Media Audio/Video (.wmv) format. Your movie is ready to play or to share with friends and enemies via email, Web, or disk.

Tips

  • Movie Maker is a bare-bones video editor; it’s no substitute for professional editors from, say, Adobe, Avid, or Pinnacle.

  • Video editing is a compute-intensive activity that requires at least a 1.5 GHz processor and 256 MB of RAM. You’ll need a lot of free disk space, too; video consumes about 250 MB per minute.

  • Most copies or installations of Windows XP include Movie Maker 1. In January 2003, Microsoft released Movie Maker 2, which is covered in this chapter. You can download the latest version free via Windows Update or at www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/moviemaker/.



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