Windows Live Movie Maker online training course

Windows Live Movie Maker lesson 2, The basics 101

Type of files you can use

Its important to know which file types you can use in Movie Maker, and with type i don't mean video, photo or sound but which extensions these files may have.
To know more about this its best to click on the "Help" button in the menubar (1).

This will bring you to the online help paeg of Movie Maker.
In the list with frequently asked questions you click on the third question "What kind of files can i use in Movie Maker?" (2).

This opens a list with categories (3).
Click on a category and a list with all files tha you can use in Movie Maker will appear.

Starting a new project

When we opened Windows Live Movie Maker this will open with a new project automaticly where the preview window (1) and the storyboard (2) are empty.
To add photos or videos to the storyboard, you click anywhere in the storyboard (2), or click on the button "Add photos and videos" in the workbar (3).
Adding photos or videos by clicking in the storyboard can only be done when the storyboard is empty.
Adding photos or videos by clicking on the "Add photos and videos" button in the workbar can allways be used.

Once you have clicked on the button or in the storyboard, the "Add videos and photos" window will open.
In this navigation window you browse to the files you want to add to your storyboard and select them.

To select adjoining files (1) you first click on a file and then when holding down the "Shift" key on your keyboard you click on the latest file.
To select non adjoining files (2) you click on each file while holding down the "Ctrl" key.

When you are done selecting the files, click on the "Open" button.
Ths will place all files in the storyboard (1) and the first file in the preview window (2).

Quick note:
When you remove or replace the files from the folder they where in when they were added to your project they will also automaticle be removed from your project.
This is because Movie Maker only refers to these files but doesn't actually insert them into the project.