Here are some handy tips for editing your film in Windows Movie Maker.
Editing with Windows Movie Maker
- Connect your video device to your PC
- Open Windows Movie Maker
- Click on Capture Video and select Import video to begin importing your video.
- Save a full version of your film before you start editing e.g. my_place_master
- Then resave it as my_place_roughcut, this is the version you will begin to edit.
- It is important to begin by creating a rough structure of the film. Refer to your storyboard, cut up your film into basic sections and edit together the main points in the right order.
- Each shot should last a minimum of three seconds.
- Viewers do not have a lot of patience, keep your film short. If in doubt, chop it out!
- Remember to use cutaways; a cutaway is an edit to a shot that shows a different view of the scene e.g. close up of hands. It is used to keep the audience engaged and to cover messy edits.
When you've created your first edit, save it as my_place_firstedit. Now you are ready to add your audio.
Editing Audio and music
- When you are editing speech, edit from the beginning or end of a word.
- When editing music, edit on a beat. If in doubt close your eyes and use your ears. You can hear if something does not sound right.
- Use rights-free music or music you have composed yourself. If you don't use rights-free music you will have to get permission from the composer.
- If you decide to use a voice-over in your video, you can do this by plugging a microphone directly into the computer during the edit.
- To record a voice-over, click the Narrate Timeline button on the timeline.
It's a good idea to mute video clips that don't have important sounds. To mute a clip; if you're not in Timeline view click on the View menu, and select Timeline. Right click the audio section of the clip and click Mute.
- If you can't decide what to cut out and what to leave in, take a break and return to it later. If you're still having difficulty, ask another person to look at it, they might be more objective.
- When you're happy with your edit. It's good practice to turn the sound off and watch the pictures. You are watching for anything wrong for example; an extra frame that shouldn't be there, microphone sticking in shot.
- It's also good practice to close your eyes and listen to the audio all the way through. Does it make sense?
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