NOTE – all of the information in this document is copied from the help files in Microsoft® Windows® Movie Maker. This documentation is designed to help you get started using Microsoft® Windows® Movie Maker. It contains overview information and procedural steps for performing common tasks and making movies in Windows Movie Maker. The procedures describe how to use Windows Movie Maker by using the menu commands; however, you can also perform many common tasks by using shortcut keys and buttons within the user interface.
The Windows Movie Maker user interface is divided into three main areas: the menu bar and toolbar, the panes, and the storyboard and timeline.
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The following illustration shows the basic areas of the Windows Movie Maker user interface that are referred to throughout this guide.
You can use the commands in the menu bar to perform tasks in Windows Movie Maker. The procedures for completing tasks are described throughout Help by using the menu commands.
The toolbar provides an alternative to selecting commands on the menus. You can use the toolbar to perform common tasks quickly.
To show or hide the toolbar, on the View menu, click Toolbar. A check mark appears next to the Toolbar command on the menu when the toolbar is displayed.
The following illustration shows the menu bar and toolbar in Windows Movie Maker.
The main features of the Windows Movie Maker user interface appear in separate panes. Depending on which view you are working in, the Collections view or the Movie Tasks view, the main panes appear as follows.
The following illustration shows the Movie Tasks pane.
The following illustration shows the Collections pane.
The area where you create and edit your project is displayed in two views, the storyboard and the timeline. You can switch between these two views when making a movie.
In Help, the following notation is used to indicate the difference between working on the storyboard or timeline.
The storyboard is the default view in Windows Movie Maker. You can use the storyboard to look at the sequence or ordering of the clips in your project and easily rearrange them, if necessary. This view also lets you see any video effects or video transitions that have been added. You can also preview all of the clips in your current project. Audio clips that you have added to a project are not displayed on the storyboard; however, they are displayed in the timeline.
The following illustration shows the storyboard. All the clips in the storyboard define your project.
You can use the timeline to review or modify the timing of clips in your project. Use the timeline buttons to perform tasks such as changing the view of your project, zooming in or out on details of your project, recording narration, or adjusting the audio levels. The time is displayed as hours:minutes:seconds.hundreths of a second (h:mm:ss.hs). To trim unwanted portions of your clip, use the trim handles, which appear when you select a clip. You can also preview all of the clips in your current project which are displayed on the timeline.
The following illustration shows the timeline. All the clips in the timeline define your project.
The timeline displays the following tracks to indicate what types of files you have added to your current project.
The Video track lets you see what video clips, pictures, or titles you have added to the project. You can expand the Video track to show the corresponding audio accompanying the video, as well as any video transitions you have added. After a clip is added to the timeline, the name of the source file appears on that clip. If you add any video effects to the picture, video, or title, a small icon appears on the clips to indicate that a video effect has been added to that clip.
The Transition track lets you see any video transitions you have added to the timeline. This track only appears if you have expanded the Video track. Any video transitions you add from the Video Transitions folder appear on this track. When a transition is added to the timeline, the name of the transition is shown in the timeline. You can drag the start trim handle that appears when the transition is selected to increase or decrease its duration.
The Audio track lets you see the audio that is included in any video clips you have added to the project. Like the Transition track, you can only see the Audio track if you have expanded the Video track. If you select the audio clip on this track and delete it, the video portion is also removed from the Video track.
The Audio/Music track lets you see any audio clips that you have added to the project. The name of the audio clip appears on the clip.
You can also add video clips to this track if you want the audio, but not the video, to play in your project and final movie.
The Title Overlay track lets you see any titles or credits that you have added to the timeline. You can add multiple titles to this track at different points in your movie. The titles overlay the video that is displayed. You can drag the start or end trim handle that appears when the title is selected to increase or decrease its duration.