How to Get Started With Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is one of the more widely-used video editing applications, and getting started can be relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, however, some common missteps can derail progress and hinder future plans.

Start off by clicking “Add photos and videos” at the top left of the interface and this will take some time as it uploads your files.


Windows Movie Maker is one of the premier video editing programs, providing users with everything they need to record video from a camera and add pre-loaded visual effects and themes to make movies look special. However, for professional looking films you may require something more powerful.

When you record a video, it is divided into clips – independent segments of your movie that can be saved as separate files on your computer – in order to reduce its size, making it simpler for sharing across various websites and platforms as well as helping prevent audio and video synchronization issues with long movies.

Capture settings include frame rate and video bit rate settings that determine the quality of the final file. As with other settings in Windows Movie Maker, both can be changed after importing footage into it.

Choose whether to record video in high or low resolution depending on the amount of storage you have available, and set a maximum capture time limit so it will stop automatically when this time limit has expired; this feature can help when working with limited space.

Windows Movie Maker makes adding text to videos simple. Just click Caption under the Home tab, type your text, select font size/style/opacity settings for text as needed, and add any desired subtitles or captions!

If you want to edit the sound of your videos, Windows Movie Maker provides tools that will enable you to do just that. With its audio extractor feature, which lets you isolate audio from video streams for manipulation separately; and various other tools designed to get just the right soundtrack. Plus, adjust and correct colors in videos for an enhanced professional finish!


Windows Movie Maker can be an intimidatingly complex program when used for editing videos, yet its interface can quickly become simple and user-friendly. There are three areas within its window – Ribbon, Storyboard and Timeline. Each has unique functions; to switch easily between them simply press either Show Storyboard or Show Timeline buttons.

When adding clips to a Storyboard, they appear as thumbnails that you can move around freely in linear order. You can then drag these thumbnails onto a timeline for organization in chronological order – this is where most editing will occur; yet another great advantage of working in this format is being able to rearrange clips by simply dragging and dropping into new positions.

Video editing software must offer the capability of splitting clips into individual segments for editing and trimming purposes, making the job much simpler. Windows Movie Maker provides many options for trimming videos including trimming the end point as well as shortening duration by cutting out unnecessary portions of clips.

Text tab can also help you add titles and captions to your videos, with multiple font styles and backgrounds to choose from to fit any style; animated titles will even play back when watched back! Customization features allow for text size, color, position on-screen adjustment.

Windows Movie Maker makes it easy to add captions for English translation and hearing-impaired viewers, using its Trim toolbar and setting start and end points for caption duration adjustment. Furthermore, this program enables you to adjust audio levels on videos as well as apply fade-in/fade-out effects to music tracks.

Windows Movie Maker isn’t the only free movie editor out there, but it remains an effective solution for creating simple videos and movies without spending a penny. Other programs provide more advanced feature sets to cater to more experienced videographers; such as green-screen effects that create professional-looking films or image stabilization to correct shaky footage.

Adding Music

Windows Movie Maker makes it easy to add music files and edit their sound tracks using various audio effects that Windows offers, including fade-in/fade-out effects, volume adjustments, echo effects or eliminating background noises from songs.

To add music to your video, click the Add Music button on the Home tab and then select your file to upload. Afterward, you can adjust its length by moving its beginning and end points on the timeline; additionally, drag audio tracks around on it if needed.

If you don’t already have a music track, Windows Movie Maker provides a large library of background music spanning classical, rock, fashionable folk, love, and pop. Furthermore, you can add your own personalized tunes for added customizability of your movie project.

Once your song is in your timeline, use the audio tools on the right-hand side to adjust its timing with video clips and audio tracks. Cut or trim audio to suit the length of video clip if necessary or use splice tool for longer tracks to stop or start at specific places on track.

Use the Tempo tool to adjust the tempo of your music and alter its speed accordingly, for instance slowing it down for a waltz tempo or speeding it up for dance beat. To add even more interest, titles may also be animated (fly-in, fade in etc), placed at either the beginning or end of your video and added for extra interest – these may include fly-ins/outs, banner animations/spinning newspaper animations etc.

As soon as your project is finished, click “Play” to preview your finished work. Since adjustments may need to be made in order for audio and video elements to sync properly, make sure to save before making changes or alterations.


Once your video editing process is complete and it’s time to share, Windows Movie Maker offers several different sharing options. From uploading directly to YouTube or downloading various file formats – as well as supporting various codecs (for both audio and video files) and automatically choosing optimal settings per format to ensure maximum quality output – Windows Movie Maker gives you plenty of choices for sharing it online.

Windows Movie Maker makes sharing videos simple – simply press the share button found in its ribbon, select one of its sharing options and click Share again. Options may include providing a public link that anyone can view freely or limiting access with email addresses in To field. Furthermore, users can edit and change file attributes like name.

Uploading it to Windows Live’s website is another way of sharing videos; once uploaded you have options to make the file accessible to everyone or restrict access by adding passwords. In addition, this program creates a short link that you can copy and paste in emails or social media posts for easy viewing of your video.

Windows Movie Maker also supports a range of titles and effects that can be added to your movie, such as animated text screens that can be placed at either end of clips and moving/animated titles at either top/bottom. Furthermore, transitions can help create an effortless flow from scene to scene in your film.

Windows Movie Maker is an accessible video editing program suitable for anyone, from beginners to advanced users. Its wide array of features for producing professional-quality videos includes effects, overlays and music. Furthermore, 360 degree videos can also be edited with this program while supporting various social media platforms – you can download a free version but some features will be restricted.

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