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Chapter 10. Capturing and Creating Video... > Using Windows Movie Maker

Using Windows Movie Maker

Although more expensive and full-featured video editing products are available, your Media Center PC includes a very capable program that covers all the basics, and quite a bit more. Windows Movie Maker is designed to let you edit and share your home movies—all on your desktop with drag-and-drop ease. You can also add various transitions, special effects, music, and even narration. Finally, your Media Center PC allows you to display your finished masterpiece to friends and family right in your entertainment center, or use the communications features of Movie Maker to distribute your movie via the Web, email, or removable media. (You can also create DVDs from your movie, which we'll discuss in greater detail in Chapter 12, “Creating DVDs on an XP Media Center.”)

Creating Your Video

The basic idea of editing video involves deciding which stuff to take out, and which to leave in, and then putting it all together in just the right order. At the professional level, it is an art form that can take a lifetime to perfect, and the top craftsperson in the field is honored each year with an Academy Award. Well, everyone has to start somewhere, and dragging and dropping together a montage of family scenes is as good a way as any.


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