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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
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!
Something To Make You Smile
This little mini movie was created quite a while ago in 2008 when I’d only just bought a computer so this was my first venture with Windows Movie Maker. But you can’t take away from the impact that a catchy piece of music and a few happy baby pictures play in lifting up your emotions.
This happy, cute and fun little home made mini-movie shows the different transitions that can be used with the older original versions of Windows Movie Maker. If you still have the old version and want some extra tips, tricks and fixes for the common problems you might encounter, just go to mini-movie-maker.com.
Just recently I needed to make use movie maker again to edit some video footage taken on my Samsung Galaxy S4. So I had to reeducate myself all over again about how to use it properly and make the most of the extra great features and visual effects. Consequently, I found the need to launch all that new information on another website to provide help, solutions and useful tutorials for the NEW versions of Windows LIVE Movie Maker. That one is mini-movie-maker.net and I’m really pleased with how it’s evolving.
Anyway, for now, I felt like something to life my mood even higher. Enjoy!
Making your own mini movies on your computer at home is incredibly easy to do, especially if you use Windows Movie Maker … And it comes FREE with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8 and most people have it on their computer already and don’t even know it.
Here’s the best way to
CHECK IF YOU HAVE A MOVIE EDITING PROGRAM
on your computer already.
For now I’ll add a short list of the great things you can do on what has been reported to be the easiest video editor on the market. There are lots of benefits, so I will just list a few of the obvious and maybe not so obvious ones.
Making Mini Movies (with Windows Movie Maker) are a great way to:
- Provide Fun and Entertainment – First of all, they are great fun to make, especially if you have lots of spare time to experiment and play. Also, because they are made in such a simple format they’re easy to make, view, share and are accessible even on your mobile phone or ipod.
- Display Your Family Photos – Mini-Movies are a wonderful way to showcase all those photographs that you have stored away. You are then able to e-mail your mini-movie to family and friends, set it up as a screensaver on your computer or publish it to a social site on the Internet and share it with the world.
- Promote Your Business – When Mini Movie Clips are published to Video sharing sites such as YouTube (which is the most popular video sharing website in the world) its enormous database attracts millions of visitors everyday. So if you have a business or money-making idea you wish to promote, ‘YouYube is your oyster’ and with the massive amount of traffic to this site everyday, the effect that viral marketing has on our world, with some careful keyword selection and planning, anything could happen!
- Keep Your Kids Busy – Who needs to say more!
- Give Yourself A Creative Outlet – There is creative genius inside all of us. Maybe making mini-movies will unleash that creative part inside of you. Because they are quick and easy to produce and with lots of scope to add your individual flair.
- Make A Unique Gift – What a great way to say you care about someone with a personalized Mini-Movie made just for them. Compile photographs, images or home movies along with captions and audio and you’re bound to produce a work of art.
- Edit Your Home Movies Properly – How many home movies do you have stored in their archives? Isn’t it time to resurrect the best parts of them, edit them properly and show them off to other people and at the very least, watch them more often yourself!