Here is a good introduction to editing in the software. It will give you a good idea about how to create a short movie. For exporting the movie, however, you should follow the instructions on our export page.
If you are using Windows Movie Maker Live (created for Windows 7), you can get started with this tutorial: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdte6mxMZzg. Many people, however, strongly like the never version because it doesn’t have a timeline. It is recommended that you use Version 2.6 for Vista and Windows 7 or version2.0 for Windows XP.
Choosing the correct screen dimensions and video format
This step is very important. Your dimensions and forma should match your original video. Our cameras record PAL video and you can choose between standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) formats.
1. Go to the Tools menu and select options.
2. Select Advanced
3. Select the PAL Video Format. If your original video is standard (i.e., non-widescreen), select the 4:3 aspect ratio. If your original video is widescreen, select the 16:9 aspect ratio.
Syncing Audio and Video
If you want to match your extra audio track (e.g., music) more closely to your video track, you can fine tune where you want your video or audio clip to start. Select the clip you want to move by clicking on it in the timeline. Then go to the Clip drop-down menu at the top of the window tool bar and select Nudge left or Nudge right. This will move your clip slightly to one direction.
You can also try zooming in a cutting one or two frames from a clip if you need a more exact match.
If you are using Windows Live Movie Maker, syncing the video and audio is more difficult. There is a tutorial here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xGarU_TArA
Windows Movie Maker keyboard shortcuts (from Microsoft.com)
|To do this||Use this keyboard shortcut|
|Create a new project||CTRL+N|
|Open an existing project||CTRL+O|
|Save a project||CTRL+S|
|Save a project with a new name||F12|
|Publish a movie||CTRL+P|
|Import video from a digital video camera||CTRL+R|
|Import an existing digital media file||CTRL+I|
|Undo the last action||CTRL+Z|
|Redo the last undone action||CTRL+Y|
|Select all clips||CTRL+A|
|Rename a collection or clip||F2|
|Clear the storyboard/timeline||CTRL+DELETE|
|Switch between the storyboard and the timeline||CTRL+T|
|Zoom in on the timeline||PAGE DOWN|
|Zoom out on the timeline||PAGE UP|
|Zoom the timeline to fit on the screen||F9|
|Expand the Video track when it is selected in the timeline||+|
|Collapse the Video track when it is selected in the timeline||–|
|Add selected clips to the storyboard/timeline||CTRL+D|
|Play video in full screen||ALT+ENTER|
|Set start trim point||I|
|Set end trim point||O|
|Clear trim points||U|
|Select clip trim handle||ALT+SHIFT+UP/DOWN ARROW|
|Trim clip edge left||ALT+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW|
|Trim clip edge right||ALT+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW|
|Split a clip||M|
|Combine contiguous clips||N|
|Nudges clip to the left||CTRL+SHIFT+B|
|Nudges clip to the right||CTRL+SHIFT+N|
|Play or pause clip||K|
|Stop playback on the storyboard/timeline||CTRL+K|
|Play content on the storyboard/timeline||CTRL+W|
|Rewind and go to the beginning of the storyboard/timeline||CTRL+Q|
|Display Help topics||F1|
|Select previous item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)||LEFT ARROW|
|Select next item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)||RIGHT ARROW|
|Select item above (on a timeline track or in the Contents pane)||UP ARROW|
|Select item below (on a timeline track or in the Contents pane)||DOWN ARROW|
|Go to the first item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)||HOME|
|Go to the last item (on a timeline track, on the storyboard, or in the Contents pane)||END|
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