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Windows Live Movie Maker lesson 4, Themes

What are themes

In Movie Maker we have a bunch of transitions and effects we can add to our film pieces.
For those who don't know what a movie transition is, this is the effect you add between two video or photo files.
You can add these transitions and effects each videofile at a time, or its possible to let Movie Maker decide it for you.
If you want to let Movie Maker decide this for you, we need to go to themes.
Themes are the quickest and easiest way to make simple movies with Movie Maker.

We can find different themes when we click on "Home" in the menubar (1) and then in the section "Automovie Themes" (2) in the workbar.
Clicking on the downpointing arrow will open a menu (3) where you can find all available themes that are available in Movie Maker.

To apply a theme just click on one.
Its difficult for me to show a example here but my advice is just to try it.
When you move the cursor on a theme you will also see a example of it in the preview window.

Did you choose a theme and would you like to remove it later, then click the first theme in the list "Default" (4).

If you choose a theme you will be asked if you want to add music.
Click on "Yes" if you wish to do so.
This will open a window where you need to navigate to the sound file you want to add, you select it, and push the "Open" button.
Or if you want to do all this at a later time click the "No" button.

When a theme is applied 4 small squares wll appear on top of each thumbnail in the storyboard (1).
These squares will tell you that the thumbnails are provided with a theme.
Of you move the cursor over a thumbnail a information window will appear where also the transition between the two thumbnails is being mentioned (2).
The type of transition is being choosen by Movie Maker.

Adding music

To add music to your project you have clicked on the "Yes" button when you were asked to add music, or you click on the "Add music" button on the workbar when the "Home" tab is selected.
How you did it doesn't matter in both cases this will open a window where you will need to navigate to the soundfile you want to add, select it, and click the "Open" button.

When music is added to your movie a few options will appear that you can set for this music.
The first condition to see these options is that the time indicator (1) is located on a thumbnail where music is present.
Next click on the "Options" tab (2) in the menubar.
This will give some options in the workbar (3).

I will explain these buttons from left to right.
The first button "Music volume" will control the volume of the music which seems pretty clear to me.
The two options on the right will set the fade in and out at the beginning and end of the music.
For those who don't know what this means, fade in is from soft to loud and fade out works the opposite way.
The next button "Split" is used to divide a music fragment into two parts.
The place where the fragment is being split is the position of the time indicator.

With the next three options we can set the starting time, the start point and the end point.
First select the music fragment and then set the different times.
The starting time can be set in three different ways.
First is to place the time indicator on the position in the timeline where you want the music to start and click the "Set start time" button.
A second way is to drag the musicbar (this is the green bar on top of the thumbnails) to the position you want.
And a third way is to type the time into the field next to "Set start time".

With the "Start point" and "End point" buttons and fields we acn cut the music.
To do this place the time indicator on the place where you want the music to start or end and click on the corresponding button.
When you do this this will cut the remaining music before or after the start or end point.

To remove the music you added, just click on the green music bar and push the "Delete" key on your keyboard.

Quick note:
If there is some anoying background sounds in a videoclip and you wish to remove this then you need to, select the video (1), choose the "Edit" tab (2), click on the "Video volume" button (3), and drag the scrollbar entirely to the left (4).