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Part 9. Tips and Techniques > Using Windows XP MovieMaker

Using Windows XP MovieMaker

Open Windows MovieMaker and click File, Import to access your captured files.

Select one or more files.

Click Open.


Although Ulead makes excellent video editing software programs (along with Adobe and others), anyone with Windows XP also has Windows MovieMaker. After you have captured some clips, you can recombine them and edit them in MovieMaker to burn to CD or add to DVD MovieFactory's Title List.


You can also capture directly into Microsoft MovieMaker, but to ensure the right file quality for DVD, VCD, and SVCD, choosing the project and capturing into MovieFactory 2.0 is probably a better idea.


The first version of MovieMaker has no special effects, but a much more robust version of MovieMaker with effects and more options is now available for free as a download at Microsoft.com.

You can drag and drop your clips to create a new storyboard; you also can play to preview them, or split a clip in two parts.

When you're satisfied with the storyboard, click File, Save Movie.

Click Other for Setting if you want DVD quality, and then select DV-AVI NTSC.

Click OK.

By default, this file will be saved in the My Videos folder of My Documents (unless you change it). Name it combination.

Click Save.

It will take a few minutes to render the file. Click File and save your project in the same folder.

Click Save.

Now you can click to add this new combination clip directly into a MovieFactory 2.0 project by clicking Add Video.

Click to select combination.avi.

Click Open. The added file joins the others in the Add/Edit Media Clip window.



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