D. WORKING WITH
a new project
Go to File and select New Project. To
save, go to File and select Save Project. Select the
appropriate folder where the file is to be saved. All Move
Maker projects are saved as .MSWMM files.
Consider creating the necessary
folders/collections before you begin a project. Perhaps
create a new folder for the entire project, then, include
subfolders such as video, still pix, audio, etc.
Get into the habit of saving frequently,
particularly after major changes.
clips in storyboard view
Have displayed the Storyboard at the bottom of
the window. To add clips, have clips displayed in
Collections. Simply click-drag the clips into the
Storyboard. You do not need to be terribly exact, as the
dragged file always jumps to the left-most-available slot.
You can also drag an entire Collection into
Storyboard. Display Collections in the Collections
pane. Click-drag the desired folder into the
Storyboard. All the clips contained in the Collection will
be copied in alphabetical order.
clips in storyboard view
You may also drag clips between other clips
that are already in Storyboard. Drag the clip to the area
you want to place it. A blue vertical line appears where the
clip will go.
missing media files
If parts of your collection have been moved to
another location since the start of your project, a RED
X will appear. Double-click it to locate the misplaced
file. Click Yes to browse for it. It will then be
returned to its original location. If it is no longer on your
computer, you will need to recreate the file.
clips in the storyboard
It is very easy to delete clips in Storyboard
view. Click the clip once to select it, then hit Delete on
your computer keyboard.
If you want to remove all the clips from
Storyboard, select Edit and choose Clear Storyboard.
clips in storyboard view
If you need to change the order of clips in
Storyboard view, simply drag the desired clip to the new
location. Again, the blue vertical line will appear where
the clip will be positioned.
If you need to copy a clip in Storyboard,
right-click and select Copy. Then, right-click and select
Paste. The clip will be placed in the slot to the right.
Copying a still photo is one way of having
the photo run twice as long in the finished video.
the size of your storyboard
While it's not possible to resize the
thumbnails themselves in Storyboard, you can resize the Storyboard
window which does change their size. Place the mouse on the
blue line dividing the panes--click and drag to resize.
Reducing the size of the Storyboard places more thumbnails in view
which can be helpful when rearranging them.
movies in storyboard view
In Storyboard, if you move the mouse over a
clip the frame turns black and information about the clip
appears: the name of the clip and its duration in
Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Hundredths of a Second. If you click on
the clip, the border turns blue and the clip appears in the Preview
Monitor. To play the clip, click on the Play button beneath
the preview screen, the Play button in Storyboard, or simply hit
your computer space bar. Pressing the space bar again
pauses the clip--quite handy.
storyboard view features
The far left icon is the Set Audio Levels icon. Next is the
Narrate Timeline icon (the microphone). In the center,
above, are the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons. These are only
active in Timeline View. To the right are the Rewind and
The above shot is from the Storyboard View and shows the area
between two clips. The gray rectangle between each clip
indicates a transition, if present. The small square
with the star in the lower left of each clip indicates a video
effect for that clip, if present. You can simply hover
the mouse over either and an info box will appear describing the
transition or effect.
10. Surveying the timeline view, part 1
Timeline View shows detail pertaining to ...
time, and, also, audio information. You can resize the
Timeline pane to see more details, if necessary.
Timeline View shows:
Also, note that to the left of the video
track is a box with a + in it. If you expand this view, you
can also see:
the video transitions track, and,
the audio track that is connected with
11. Surveying the timeline view, part 2
Above the video track in Timeline View is the timeline ruler.
It is calibrated in hours:minutes:seconds:and 100ths of a
second. Above, the cursor is at 23 seconds and 87 100ths of a
second into the track.
Clicking at various points in the timeline
ruler will give a preview of the clip at that particular point on
the Preview Monitor.
12. Adding clips to the timeline
You can drag clips from the Collections
Contents pane to the Timeline pane. The vertical blue I-beam
will indicate where the clip will go when you release the
mouse. You can insert it at the end, or between clips.
If audio is attached to the video, it will go into the "video
audio" track. You may need to expand the + icon to see
You can select multiple clips by
In a similar manner, you can add audio clips to
the audio music track by dragging and releasing. You can have
a gap between audio clips, but not video clips.
13. Overlapping clips on the timeline
By overlapping clips in Timeline View, you can
create a fade out/fade in effect.
In Timeline View, have at least two clips
inserted. Click and drag the right-most clip to the
left. A blue wedge appears indicating the cross-fade
point. Also, the word fade appears in the Transition track,
indicating that particular transition. The clip becomes
"transparent" at the point where the two clips
overlap. The more overlap, the longer the fade.
Of course, because the two video clips will
be playing simultaneously during the fade, the overall length of
the video will be a tad shorter. (This is different than a
dissolve, where there is no overlap.)
Click Play to see the preview.
14. Trimming clips on the timeline
In Timeline View, if you move the cursor to the
end of a clip, a double-pointed red arrow shows up. If not,
click the end-point of the clip and the arrow will be
If you desire to trim the end of the clip,
click-drag to the left. The attached video-audio will also
If you desire to trim the front of the clip,
execute the same procedure, but click-drag to the right.
You can also trim music/audio clips in the
same manner by dragging the red arrow.
Give all of the above a try.
15. Creating an AutoMovie
This is the fastest way to create a
movie. You can edit later.
Under Movie Tasks, select Edit Movie, then,
Make an AutoMovie. When you click on this option, you are
given five movie style choices:
Flip and Slide
Highlight your choice. Then, drag the
window bar down so you can see further options at the bottom of
First, enter a title for the movie.
Then, you can select background music, if desired. When you
click here, you will be given opportunity to balance the volume
between the music track and the video track:
Finally, click Done, Edit Movie.
16. Editing project properties
Before getting to the point of saving the
movie, first check project properties. This is done by
clicking on File, then, Properties.
A window will show what is/will be embedded
with the file. Here you can add: Title, Author,
Copyright notice, Movie Rating!, and a description. Just be
aware that any viewer may be able to see this information at some