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I’ve been editing business and personal growth videos over the past 9 months with tremendous success using the free version of Windows Live Movie Maker. I even have a copy of Adobe Premier Pro but adore the simplicity that Movie Maker provides.
IF YOU DON’T ALREADY HAVE IT ON YOUR COMPUTER, it’s a good idea to download this fantastic program before it is no longer available as support ceases in January 2017.
Below is a sample of what’s possible to achieve with ease and fairly quickly too, especially as you become more familiar with this excellent Video Editing Program.
How This Video Was Taken
The video above was captured using my Samsung Galaxy S6 on a selfie stick held in front of me and slightly above my head and looking down. I find this position to give the most flattering angles. Leaning the stick against my arm keeps it fairly stable as I pan around myself to take in the background scenery as well.
Simple Transitions And Effects
Instead of using a Credit right at the beginning, I’ve chosen a Text Caption as an overlay on top of a black and white effect of footage duplicated before the actual video begins, which provides an interesting introduction. You’ll notice that I also slowed in down by about half and blurred it as well as the added text scrolls up slowly enough to be read easily, before it slides out of view.
I’ve then used a darkened blur before the full colour normal speed footage begins and fade out to black right at the end.
Adding a Logo
I use a text logo with my name in all my videos and position it in whatever corner provides me with the most space or the least amount of distracting elements in the background. Whatever fonts you have on your computer can be used and I believe there is a way you can add your existing logo as a font, but have never tried it for myself. On the HOME TAB, select caption, and under TEXT TOOLS >> format, I have chose the cinematic – burst 2 text effect which matches the cinematic – burst 1 which I used in place of the credit right in the beginning.
Animations That Add Movement
To achieve a more professional look to a fairly still video, I often use Animations that Pan and Zoom. If in one section I have zoomed IN to the left, in the next clip I will tend to zoom OUT from the left to keep the movement fluid. Sometimes if my clip has too much head room, I will use the pan effect across the bottom section of the video to draw my subject in closer. Again, if I pan from left to right across the bottom, I will then start from the bottom right (where I left off) and either pan left or zoom out from that same position.
How To Make Clip Cuts Smooth
If ever I need to edit sections out of my video footage or split the clips for any other reason, I always prefer to use the “blur” animation between splits. If the video is dark, I use the “blur through black” to give a really nice look. This also blurs the video audio as the transition passes so it can be set to a short .25 of a second or up to 6 seconds by typing in the 6.00 into the duration box. The long transition is especially beautiful to use with scenery as each section melts into the next
Although I didn’t even try to use the video stabilization feature with this mini-movie, it’s a fantastic option that Movie Maker provides to reduce the natural shake and wobble from hand holding my selfie-stick.
Including Appropriate Music
I deliberately chose some pan flute music that blends gently in with the frogs and crickets chirping in the forest here. There are two ways to choose the music volume:
- Select the Project Tab >> Emphasize Narration. Just to the left you are given the option to use an “audio mixer” with a slider. Here you can adjust the volume throughout the entire audio to suit your taste.
- Select the Music Tools Tab >> Music Volume on the far left of your screen. There you can also choose how you want to fade your music volume in at the beginning and end.
Fading The Music and Video In And Out
Fading the video sound (under the Video Tools Tab) and music volume (under the Music Tools Tab) at the beginning and end adds to the smooth professional feel of a production. Test whether slow, medium or fast suits your particular video and adjust accordingly.
Let me know if this has raised any further questions by commenting in the box below. I’m more than happy to help where I can. The quality, ease and speed of my work has improved out of sight since I’ve started editing my own videos again. Kindest wishes ~ Elizabeth Richardson
Creating a video that’s moving, emotive, empowering, interesting and attractive is easier than most people probably think it is. You don’t have to be an experienced movie maker or even particularly good at shooting video footage to make a professional looking presentation – in fact, all you need is a PASSION for whatever your subject will be. So what is it that YOU are passionate about?
STEP 1 – Decide on a mood or emotion for your project.
Do you want it to feel happy, inspiring, funny, silly, sad, poignant, exciting, passionate, lovely, warm, stimulating, euphoric etc.
STEP 2 – Choose music to fit the mood.
Not much stimulates emotion as quickly as music, that’s why it’s often used prominently in movies, advertising, elevators, shopping centers, babies rooms and your car.
STEP 3 – Find or write some quotes/words/poetry that’s meaningful to you.
What simple words might fit with the mood/emotion that dominates your project?
STEP 4 – Take photos, find images or shoot video footage to suit.
If you need inspiration, you might find it useful to do a google image search for the mood/emotion you’ve chosen and see what comes up. Google images inspire me regularly and when I see something I like, it helps me to focus my attention on taking my own original pictures or shooting easy video. While some people are born creative, others can use a little extra help.
Step 6 – Research what’s HOT on YouTube.
I pulled this highly motivational video out to show you how simply it’s been made. With basic video footage, some screenshots and/or still digital photos and it could have easily been compiled on a free video editing program too. There’s nothing fancy going on here yet the intended effect has been achieved.
Words can be added in text on the screen or with a simple voice narration. (If you don’t like the sound of your own voice, get someone else to do the voice over for you). Put it all together and see what you come up with. Take a look at this list of SOME OF THE BEST FREE VIDEO EDITORS if you don’t already have one.
When you’re feeling really good, the right words will come, the right pictures will be obvious, the right people will show up. If this is something you’d like to be able to do yourself – just give it a go – you’ll probably surprise yourself more than you know. Enjoy!
Video Editing Software Programs
There are several different programs that you could use to edit video clips taken on your phone, video camera or web cam to make a simple business promotional mini-movie, but if you want something that’s REALLY EASY to use, QUICK TO MAKE and FREE TO DOWNLOAD, the one I recommend using is Windows Movie Maker (which is probably already on your computer …
… If you have Windows XP or Vista) for more details see Where To get Windows Movie Maker.
… If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 8, the newer versions of Windows LIVE Movie Maker are even easier, quicker and still FREE.
Don’t Have Much Experience Making Mini Movies?
That doesn’t matter at all. In fact, here’s why I recommend it. Movie Maker is an excellent video editor and very easy to learn. It automates the process for you and is possibly the simplest and most user-friendly video editor available today … and it’s FREE. Have a look at this business promotion video made in only one hour with a little bit of fairly average video and a few still digital photographs – and it looks sensational.
Want To Make A Quick Promo Video For Your Business Too?
Then get out your smartphone or a video camera, print up your business logo, take a few relevant photographs or search for images off the internet, grab your favorite music or even a microphone to record your own voice, and you’re on your way. Before you know it you’ll be as proud as a Hollywood movie producer and have something useful to upload to YouTube and add on your website. Make it fun!
When I needed to make a quick promotional mini movie for a local boxing trainer on The Gold Coast yesterday, I used the FREE version of Windows Live Movie Maker and whipped this up in about an hour – pretty good considering I haven’t done any video editing at all since 2008.
Back then, I was making Vision Movies just for fun and learned so much over that time I created a little website to store all the information, tips, fixes for problems and useful articles that I was accumulating as I was playing around. Then a few days ago I found the need to make this Movie in a promotional style, so downloaded the new version of Windows LIVE Movie Maker (that comes free with the microsoft essentials pack) – and found it to be even better than before.
If I can make a quick, effective, concise, powerful,
useful and meaningful business promo
with Window LIVE Movie Maker …
… ANYONE CAN!
Yes it could use some fine tuning, but when I saw the fabulous special effect that the “CINEMATIC” auto movie theme gave me after only an hour, I was thrilled to say the least.
TO MAKE THE PROMO CLIP COHESIVE – I applied a black and white effect.
TO KEEP THE VIDEO COMPILATION BALANCED – I made sure the text appeared at the same place on each screen.
TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION MORE POWERFUL – I added a punchy piece of music.
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