J. SAVING AS A MOVIE
a movie file, part 1
To save your movie, be in the Tasks pane.
Under number three, Finish Movie, are five options:
Save to my computer
Save to CD
Send in e-mail
Send to the web
Send to DV camera
When you click on Save to my computer,
a window will open where you can enter a file name and storage
location. When you click Next, you will come to a window
where the default setting is: Best quality for playback on
Movie Maker save the movie as a .WMV (Windows
Media Video) file, which can be played in Windows Media Player.
At the bottom of this window is information
regarding file size. Click Next and the movie will be
saved. After saving, click Finish. Your movie can now
be played by anyone who has Windows Media Player. If you
check Play movie when I click Finish, the movie will play
a movie file, part 2
When saving a movie, rather than accepting
the default Best quality for playback on my computer, you
can click on Show more choices. Next is Best fit
to file size, where you pick the maximum file size for the
movie in MB or KB. Movie Maker will decide how to compress
the movie ... gulp.
The next choice is Other settings.
This offers a drop-down menu with many choices. The only one
that doesn't create a .WMV file is the DV-AVI choice, which will
create a high-quality uncompressed video file that can be played
back by other types of media players, not just Windows Media
player. Make a selection and click Next.
your movie to DV tape
Click Tools from the menu and select
Options. On the General tab, view your temporary storage
space. Movie Maker will save a temporary file here
before saving to DV tape, so you must be sure there is enough room
here to hold your movie. If there is enough room, click
OK. If not, you're outta luck if you only have one hard
Next, make sure the camcorder is connected to
your computer through the digital video port. Also, make
sure the camera has tape long enough to accommodate your movie.
Turn on the camera in VCR mode, or VTR mode,
or Playback mode, depending on your camcorder. Open the
movie in Movie Maker.
Finally, in the Tasks pane, click send to DV
your movie to a CD
To save a movie to CD your computer must have a
CD burner, obviously.
Go to Movie Tasks and choose Save to CD.
You'll be prompted to name the file and name the CD. Click
If you're saving only one movie, keep the
default, Best fit for recordable CD, which will give you
the highest quality for the amount of space on your CD. For
more choices, click on Show more choices. **Be sure
not to exceed the file limitation of a recordable CD.
Click Next to begin the process. The CD
will autoplay when inserted into a Windows machine equipped with
Windows Media Player.
your movie for e-mailing
This choice will compress your movie. Go
to Tools, then Options. Here you can set the maximum file size
for sending a movie as an e-mail attachment. A size of 1MB may
be the maximum size for some Internet Service Providers, such as
hotmail.com. Click OK.
Then, go to Tasks and select Send in
e-mail. Movie Maker will save the movie and compress it
to the maximum file size you specified.
When done you have two options. You
can: (1) Play movie to check it out. (2) Save a copy
of my movie on my computer. ... This seems like a pretty
To send, click on Next, and Movie Maker will
open your default e-mail program so you can begin. Click
Cancel to send your saved movie at a later time.
your movie for the web
If you have a web page that uses a host that
will accommodate Movie Maker files, you can send the movie directly
to your web space by clicking on Send to the web.
Next, give the file a name. Next, you
have options related to internet connection speeds, etc.
**To make your movie accessible to the
largest number of viewers, choose Dial up modem (56 Kpbs).
Bigger files sizes are of better quality, but take longer to load,
You can also save a copy of the
"web" version (compressed) to your computer and upload