Digital Video Techniques

Movie Maker Tutorial Exercises

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1.  Saving 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 my computer.  

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 automatically.

2.  Saving 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.

3.  Saving 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 drive.

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 camera.

4.  Saving 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 Next.

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.

5.  Saving 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  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 good idea.

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.

6.  Saving 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, of course.

You can also save a copy of the "web" version (compressed) to your computer and upload it later.

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